Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Grilled trout with Green tomato salsa!

Do you have a over abundance of tomatoes? Well, I know quite a few of you do, as I have been getting e-mail after e-mail of readers asking if this is an unusual year. Well, it depends where you live. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are having a record amount of sun, so, we are having a record number of tomatoes and various other vegetables!

Today I am offering you a quick and easy salsa! This bright fresh  and cooling salsa is the perfect topping for my grilled trout, however, it is also good on a hot dog or your favorite fish!

Grilled Trout with green tomato salsa

1 lb unripe green tomatoes, hulled and chopped (you may use any tomato you have, however, the flavor will be less tart)
1 T finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 T snipped chives
1 T finely chopped tarragon
1-2 T capers
2 T extra virgin olive oil
 Juice of 1 large lemon, plus more as needed
1/2 tsp sea salt

The fish-see how to buy a fish below

4 whole trout
Fine ssea salt
2 lemons sliced thin

Mix all the salsa ingredients together and season to taste with lemon, salt and pepper.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill.

Option 1-Oil a cast iron skillet with olive oil. Season the trout inside and out with trout and stuff with slices of lemon. Place the fish in the cast iron skillet and put into hot grill, with lid down. Cook until opaque. Rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch.

Option 2-Oil the grill grate.  Oil the trout skin with olive oil Season inside and out and stuff with lemon slices. Place trout on the grill directly over fire and cover. Cook until opaque. Rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch.

Place the trout on a plate and spoon the salsa over. Garnish with Parsley.

A delicious easy meal that takes very little time!! Fresh and healthy! The wine is a local Washington state winery, I loved the name, and knew it was going to make a good gift for some occasion!! I tried it with my fish, it is really yummy!! I have ethree more bottles waiting for that special event...1/2 ASS!!

How to buy fresh fish-

1. Go to a reputable fish monger
2. Look for firm shiny flesh, when tuched it should bounce back.
3. Eyes should be clear as pictured below
4. Sniff the fish, it should not smell fishy
5. Check the gills, they should be bright pink/red and be wet not slimy or dry.

Summer is officially winding down, can you believe it? Can you guys believe Labor Day is this weekend? I know we still have a few weeks of summer left, but for some reason, Labor Dayalways feels like a symbol of the end of summer. I hope you enjoy this holiday weekend whatever your plans are!


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Gazpacho shots! Figure friendly!

The tomatoes are coming fast and furious! Just in time for the load, a tasty gazpacho soup! With these steamy August days and a ton of tomatoes what could be more perfect! Since I don’t can my tomatoes, I mostly make sauce, soup, Rustic Tomato Tart, sandwiches and salads. We eat lots and lots of fresh tomatoes in salads, on bagels, in sandwiches (best BLT ever), but the gazpacho is probably my favorite way of eating fresh tomatoes.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cilantro lime taco's- Nordstrom

I've been enjoying Cilantro lime tacos when I am shopping at Nordstrom this Summer. These bright, flavorful and light tacos with a tangy vinaigrette are just the ticket for a light flavorful lunch. I looked up the recipe to share and wha la, I found it!! This is an easy-to-follow recipe that was developed by corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs. It is so delicious and perfect for a Summer dinner outdoors!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Chorizo Clams! Wee Bear's favorite!!

Steamed clams make a great appetizer, but better yet with a few additions they make a fantastic dinner. I always make a big pot and serve them in bowls with all the yummy juices on the bottom. Wee Bear and I get some crusty sourdough to soak up all that yumminess .......OH MY!

This recipe is spicy, bread-dipping, clam-broth-a-licious. This isn't just a dish, it's a full-blown event! (The recipe calls for 2 1/2 pounds of clams... I bought 5 pounds of Manilla clams ....Wee Bear and I nearly ate all of them!!  Feel free to double this recipe!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Salted Caramel "Ding Dong" Cake!

I was always more of a Hostess cupcake girl. I just loved that creamy white filling surprise in the middle! However, with two rich chocolate cake layers covered in salted caramel ganache and stuffed with a vanilla bean filling? I could convert.......

A couple weeks ago my daughter-in-law, Eva turned 39. I wanted to make her something special, as she is a special kind gal. She is always trying help out in any way she can and is fun person. She loves salted caramel, so when I ran into this recipe in a old Bon Appetit, I knew this was a cake she would love. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Quick Cherry Kuchen!

The first time I made Cherry Kuchen, I made it with sweet Bing cherries, the story follows!

My kitchen looked like a crime scene. Red splatters were everywhere... the freshly picked cherries bursting as the pitter plunged through to extract the pit. The juices puddled on the cutting board and stained my fingers. These cherries were at their perfect point of ripeness. Their flavor needed no companion or accent. It is why I kept it simple and made a cherry kuchen.

I then cleaned up the kitchen and went to the store. The cashier gave me a strange look. After I got home I realized why.  Those red splatters were all over my shirt and neck.....hahaha!  Remind me next time to wear one of my friend  Fawn's hand made aprons! And/or checking how I look in the mirror before heading out the door would be a good idea too. I’m so glad it wasn’t too busy at the local grocery. At least no one called the police!!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Over night Breakfast Enchiladas!

In my opinion, having the option to do ahead breakfast for guests is one of the best ideas...ever!! When company comes to stay and you want to treat them to a hot and special breakfast, it is so nice to just pop this delicious dish into the oven.