Archive | August, 2015

Fish Tacos

28 Aug

Fish Tacos

This is a great summer meal that everyone will love.

1 1/2 pounds of cooked coconut cod

6 soft taco shells

Shredded lettuce

corn salsa

Guacamole

sour cream

Medium hot tomato salsa

Shredded Mexican cheese

Chopped jalapeno

Diced tomatoes

Heat the taco shells in the microwave for 30 seconds

Add a piece of cod, three tablespoons shredded lettuce,  two tablespoons of corn salsa, one tablespoon guacamole, one tablespoon sour cream, two tablespoons tomato salsa, two teaspoons diced tomatoes, a few jalapeno slices and top it off with the shredded cheese.

Steamed Clams

26 Aug

Steamed Clams

This is another flash from my past.

We used to dig clams in Narragansett Bay and my Mom would steam them for dinner.

It was such a feast.

In a big pot melt one stick of butter

Add one big chopped onion

2 stalks of chopped celery

3 cloves of garlic

Saute till soft

Add six dozen washed clams

Add two cups of chicken stock

One rounded teaspoon of corse ground black pepper

Put the cover on the pot and bring to a boil

Steam till the clams are open.

Do not eat any clams if they don’t open

Stir the clams so all the broth gets into each clam

Serve in bowls with a cup of broth and a small dish of melted butter

Don’t forget the chunk of crusty Italian bread to dunk into the broth.

Save the broth.

Strain it and freeze it to make chowder.

Wash the shells and dry them.

Give the grandchildren washable magic markers and they will color the shells for hours

Very nice outdoor activity

 

Salsa Verde

25 Aug

Salsa Verde

6 tomatillas, cut in half

1 large onion cut into quarters

3 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 to 2 jalapenos depending how hot you want it. Cut the stem off and take the seeds out.

juice of one large lime

1/2 cup cilantro

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 scallions

Take the husks off the tomatilla and wash the sticky film off .

Dry well and slice in half

Place the oil in a roasting pan

Place the tomatilla skin side up.

Add the onions, garlic and jalapenos

Roast till the skins on the tomatilla starts to blister and turn dark

Put everything in the food processor including the oil

Add everything else and pulse till chunky

This is delicious with tacos, chicken, steak, fish or just chips.

Zucchini Flower pancakes

24 Aug

Zucchini pancakes

This is another recipe from my Mom.

My Dad had a huge garden and he used everything.

When we saw the orange zucchini flower bloom we were so excited.

We would carefully pick them, my Mom would gently wash them and leave them on a towel to dry.

She never measured anything so I had to figure the recipe out .

10 to 12 zucchini blossoms cut into 1/4 inch slices

One large diced onion

3 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups flour

One egg

3/4 cup milk

2 rounded teaspoons baking powder

Melt butter

Saute onion till soft

Set aside

In a bowl, mix the egg with the milk

Add the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper

Add the flowers and onion with all the butter

This should be the consistency of pancake batter

If it is too loose add more flour

If it is too thick, add more milk

Melt another tablespoon of butter in a non stick pan or griddle

Just like regular pancakes, heat the griddle to medium high.

Drop a heaping tablespoon of batter on the griddle and wait for the bubbles to pop

Then turn over for a minute, just to cook the other side.

Season with some kosher salt.

These are great plain or dip them in sour cream or any other dipping sauce you like.

 

 

The Best Beach Melted Cheese Sandwich

18 Aug

melted cheese sandwich

This is an oldie but goodie.

I used to make these sandwiches when I would go to the beach with my  Mom.

Two slices of a soft bread or a roll

I love potato rolls and bread so I use them a lot

Two slices of good American cheese

One thin slice of onion

Two slices of tomato

One teaspoon spicy brown mustard

Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap

Go to the beach and place this on top of your cooler so it is in the direct sunlight

When the sandwich feels warm the cheese is melted and you are ready to eat

This usually takes about an hour

Get ready for a delicious sandwich

Make two because one is not enough and everything tastes so much better at the beach.

 

Smoked Pulled Pork Shoulder

14 Aug

Mojo Pork IMG_2513

My son, Andrew, is smoking everything possible.

He has a new green egg and hasn’t stopped playing with it since he got it.

Last weekend he made a pork shoulder that he marinated for three days.

Instead of using the bottled Mojo dressing, we had to make our own.

It isn’t hard but it takes a lot of ingredients but the pork came out moist and very tasty.

1/2 cup oil

zest of a small orange

One cup orange juice

1/3 cup lime juice

One entire head of peeled garlic

One bunch of chopped cilantro

2 teaspoons oregano

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons turmeric

One tablespoon salt

One tablespoon pepper

One large pork shoulder with the bone- in. about eight or nine pounds

Put everything in the food processor, except the pork.

Process till it is all chopped. It doesn’t have to be smooth.

Put the pork in a large zip lock bag and pour the marinade into the bag and seal closed

Marinate the pork for two to three days

Heat your smoker to 285 degrees.

Place the pork on the grill and smoke it for about 8 to 10 hours

When it comes off the grill, the meat falls off the bone.

Great to eat with cole slaw, salad, sweet potato fries, corn bread, BBQ sauce or just make a sandwich.

Also good to make tacos and chili.

 

Shrimp Caprese

13 Aug

Shrimp Caprese

I had a leftover tomato salad .

I always use what I have and never waste anything.

One small Italian bread, sliced into thin slices.

Dip each slice into the oil of the tomato salad

Cut each small tomato in half

Place on the oiled bread

Add one cube of mozzarella cheese

One basil leaf

Broil till the cheese is melted.

Add one pan fried shrimp

Just lightly coat the shrimp with flour,  salt and pepper.

Pan fry in a couple of tablespoons of oil till light brown.

A quicker version is to just pan fry the floured shrimp till brown.

Take them out of the pan and set aside.

Use the same pan and add your tomato salad

Cook on high heat till the tomatoes start to pop.

Add the shrimp and serve with the bread on the side or pour it over pasta.

You can add the cheese if you like.