Smoked Salmon Pasta

When you have the best ingredients you do not need to do much to make them shine. While in Seattle for IFBC I picked up some lovely Alder Smoked Salmon.  On its own it is fantastic.  One subtly smoked, tender taste had me happily handing over my cash.  Once I got it home I decided to find some fun ways to turn this delicious snack into a full blown dinner.   I was looking for something akin to my favorite smoked salmon nibble –...

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Crab Cake Dip

I am not a big fan of crab in a general sense.  In fact I am not a fan of shellfish overall. That said, I love, and have always loved, crab cakes.  I like the mix of flavors, the different textures, and I find the creaminess of the crab mixture hard to resist.  So, in an effort to expand my crab consumption options I modified one of my favorite crab cake recipes and made it into a warm dip.  It has everything that I love about crab...

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Baked Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

I love warm weather food!  There is nothing like it, and when the temperature breaks the 95F mark I pull out my favorite Summer recipes. One such recipe is fish tacos.   Cool and crisp lettuce, creamy avocado, and crunchy fish wrapped in a corn tortilla is perfect for a light afternoon lunch, or a dinner on the patio with a cold beer.   There is just one problem with this dish, and that is deep frying the fish.   Of course, you know I...

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FoodBuzz: 24, 24, 24 – Eating Local – Dallas, Texas

Howdy y’all!  Welcome to Texas! One evening, while feeling particularly full of myself, I submitted a proposal for Foodbuzz’s montlhy 24, 24, 24 event.  For those of you reading who do not know what 24, 24, 24 is I’ll give you the short version.  24 bloggers have 24 food events over 24 hours.  Fun, right? I decided on the following menu: Fried Gulf Coast Shrimp Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos Smoked Beef Brisket...

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Spiced Butter Poached Shrimp

I love shrimp.  Once upon a time I only ate them fried, but now that I am older and wiser I like them grilled, baked, and boiled also.    While watching television the other night I saw a segment about a restaurant that poaches their shrimp in a spiced butter.  They did not say what the spices were, but the resulting shrimp looked wonderful!  I decided I could come up with my own spice mixture and give this method a dry.    If you...

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Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

While out at dinner a few nights ago I had some really lovely garlic shrimp over rice.  It was really tasty, but I am not a fan of rice unless it is my mother-in-laws fried rice, and I wondered how it would taste with pasta instead.   So, a few nights later the inspiration bug was biting and I went to the market and got some shrimp so I could test my idea.  What I wanted was a dish that was buttery with a mellow garlic note.  I needed...

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