I’ve been on quite the vegetable kick lately. Before now, I never realized how easy it was to just throw together a meaty main dish for dinner and call it a day. Now I’ve really had to get creative so that salad is not the only thing on the menu. One of the most hearty vegetarian dishes on my rotation is shakshuka. It has an earthy yet spicy kick thanks to some key ingredients, and it spoons just so perfectly onto a steaming loaf of Homemade Bread….
Until about the time I graduated from college, I was definitely not a shellfish person. I didn’t like the briny flavors or the idea of slurping down a slimy oyster. Fast forward to now and I can’t get enough of the stuff. Maybe the palette change comes with maturity? (hah!) With my new found crustacean proclivities, I hit up my local market for my usual Monday shopping routine and noticed that they had a huge pile of fresh prawns for sale. I couldn’t help myself. I filled an entire bag while my head swam with recipe ideas….
I have to say, I am really proud of how this dish turned out. I cooked it on a whim after finding whole branzino at my local fish market and couldn’t resist snagging two of them. Turns out I probably should have bought at least double that since the fish flew off the platter so fast I almost didn’t get to eat any of it! These little guys were on the smaller side (a little over 1 lb each), so plan on about 3/4 – 1 lb per person when making this deliciousness.
I’ve been having some serious pasta cravings this week and haven’t had the opportunity to feed the beast until this past Friday night. I finally broke out my super duper special durum flour and made some of my homemade pasta with it. It was life changing. I’m never using the all purpose stuff again… except when I run out of this fancy business of course. Until then, I’m a durum flour addict now. I most certainly need to go into recovery after eating all these leftovers.
This is probably the most easy and incredibly satisfying recipe I’ve made in a while, which was quite the nice surprise as I made it up on the fly last night. I picked up the fish on the way home from work and figured I would be able to create something edible with the remaining ingredients in my fridge from my last shopping trip. I scoured around and came up with grape tomatoes, some herbs, capers, a sad little lemon, and the last of a bottle of white wine hiding in the door of the fridge. I had my light bulb moment and started my prep.
Sundays have always been family dinner night since I was growing up, and even in my adult years I have refused to give up the tradition. Nowadays this means I take over my Dad’s kitchen on Sundays to whip up something tasty for as many people as he’ll let me have over (hehe). Watching highlights from the Olympics, I set to work figuring how I could make dinner without forcing my super lazy bum to go to the grocery store. I was not about to enter that insanity on this hot Sunday….
When I received a last minute call from my Dad last night seeing if he and his other half could join us for dinner, I knew the meal I was planning on making wouldn’t quite satiate five people without some major tweaks. As dinner was already set to be what I like to call a Pantry Meal of the Week (aka Amanda doesn’t feel like grocery shopping) what I had planned for dinner was already quite the compilation of miscellaneous food. I decided to serve everything on top of a heaping portion of brown rice to stretch out my ingredients and make sure that everyone was full and satisfied when they were done stuffing their faces….
If I’m ever looking to make a crowd pleaser that won’t take me hours of work to whip up, this meal is definitely at the very top of my list. It’s a seafood dish that even your non-seafood loving friends will enjoy.
Today was a long and very hot day here in Los Angeles, so when it came to tonight’s dinner I wanted something easy and delicious that I could just whip up and chow down on. Summer is here, which means bikini body season is upon us….
For me, any holiday celebration, no matter what it is, revolves around what food I’m going to be serving. Big surprise there, I know. Fourth of July is a tough one because when you have a crowd like we did this year, it makes serving up some grilled steaks not very feasible for the wallet (or frankly my patience), burgers tend to be a little to bland, and hotdogs just aren’t very exciting….