7 posts tagged Fish

Salmon Tartare

If you happen to have a nice, sushi-grade wild caught sockeye salmon, try this dish as a delicious and refreshing amuse bouche. Continue Reading

Pan-Seared Salmon in a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

I know I've not updated in quite some time, but seeing as how summer is in full swing here in Dallas, my only excuse is that it's hot. Really hot. So, in weekends past we've had friends in town, gone to see Lady Gaga, trolled McKinney Square for some good breakfast, and reserved "boardroom - sized" private rooms for birthday parties of 6. W and I have been making an honest effort at eating more healthy recently, and part of that is including some fish in our weekly repertoire. One of my favourite recent discoveries is that we have a Gordon Biersch less than 10 minutes from our house. One of the meals that always makes me smile is their Cedar Plank Seared Salmon with a Creamy Dill Sauce. I tried to make an attempt at that slightly sweet, very tangy, herb filled sauce, and while it's not a direct copy, I think the flavour profile inspiration is there. Try this dish and let me know what you think! Continue Reading

Red Snapper en Papillote

Every single time I suggest making a fish dish, Weston sort of turns up his nose and suggests something else, often beef, lamb, or pork based. However, Alton Brown is a complete genius and I owe him a debt of gratitude for opening W's eyes to the beauty of fresh fish! While watching Alton's The Pouch Principle this past week, my dear, normally fish-isct husband suggested that he might actually eat Alton's Red Snapper en Papillote. Excited that I might be able to change his mind about fish in much the same way I was able to change his mind about pumpkin based dishes, we set out to gather the freshest and best ingredients we could find. One thing we did notice, is that often an entire fish is much less expensive per pound than a comparable fish filet ($19.99/lb. of filet, and our entire 2.8 lb whole snapper was $24.99 total), so if you don't mind a few bones, baking a whole fish in an envelope of parchment paper is probably a much more low cost option for a significant payoff! This dish is certainly impressive once the envelope is cut open and the lovely smells waft your way. I guarantee, if you have a fish hater in your house, they will surely change their tune if you offer this delectable buttery fish dish to them! I'm so glad we tried it, because you'll be much more likely to see more fresh dish on my blog from this point forward. Yay! :) Continue Reading

Beef Stew . . .with Anchovies over Toasted Tortellini

Happy New Year! I know what you're thinking. No, I did NOT drink so much over the past 2 weeks that I've lost my marbles. But, hear me out. I understand why you might be skeptical. Trust me when I tell you that I've learned to appreciate having anchovies in the house for more than just Caesar Salad. I was browsing a food magazine recently (I couldn't tell you which one) and in it, I glanced at a Beef Stew recipe that included anchovies. I often make a practice of cleaning out the pantry, so I thought I might take the leap, and throw some anchovies into some slow simmering beef stew. I'll be honest - I didn't expect the rich, non-fishy umami flavour that resulted. That, and 2 cups of a good Cabernet pushed this stew over the edge into a "will do again". I served this over some toasted tortellini, and loved the combination of the crunchy pasta with the richly flavoured beef stew. Continue Reading

Lemon, Garlic and Cilantro Grilled Shrimp

Here in Dallas, we’re having what is likely to be our last weekend of warmth for the season. It’s in the mid-70s, with blue skies and light breezes, so tonight felt like the perfect night to grill. This was a light, delicious meal that I served with a particular soup that I can’t post yet, but trust me - it’s DELICIOUS! ;) That being said, my husband has been on a mission to build a light similar to the Ego lights, but for less money. These pics were taken with that light, and I have to say - impressive! Thank you, babe! :-* Continue Reading