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Apricot Ginger Sauce ~ Happy Halloween 2K11!

Happy Halloween Nummy Num Nums! Despite my intense exhaustion due to the weekend’s celebrations – i.e. Todd’s stupid ayse dressing up as the banker from Monopoly and leaving $1 million worth of fake money scattered all over Blair – I could not let this most high and holy of days pass without a recipe.

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I know this recipe isn’t for severed fingers or brain soup or whatever other disgusting “treat” Sandra Lee is no doubt whipping up today, but it is orange and therefore festive all on its own!

The Chef says this sauce is great sauce for grilled chicken, pork or even seared duck. It does sound pretty tangy and delicious, and were we not planning on feasting on some shockingly cheap Chanterelles The Chef procured from Costco for dinner, I’d be demanding duck for All Hallow’s Eve. (Luckily these shrooms are orangish on their own, so we shall be totally “wealthy” and seasonal with our supper either way.)

And if you’re looking to waste a little time today, here’s a little Monster Squad for your viewing pleasure. Yes, this is as scary as it gets for me. OH IT’S SPOOKY!

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1 12 oz jar of apricot jelly
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp garlic minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook on low until the preserves are fully melted.
  2. Dunzo. Sauce and serve.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

It is rhubarb season which means strawberry rhubarb pie time! I first had this pie back in 2005 from the lovely Chef Erin (famous for her Mac and Cheese recipe).  I have been begging her for the recipe since, and now 6 years later I have it. I was invited to a shrimp and grits dinner party and knew that was the perfect time to try out this recipe!  It was just as tasty as I remembered.  This is just the recipe for the filling, feel free to use your favorite pie crust recipe.  You can use a frozen pie crust but will need two as there is a top to this. – ts

2 1/2 cups chopped red rhubarb, fresh
2 1/2 cups de-stemmed, washed and cut strawberries (in larger pieces)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons minute tapioca
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons butter, cubed small
1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon water
Large granule sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  1. Mix the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, tapioca, flour, zest and juice of lemon, dash of cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well in a large bowl and pour out into chilled crust.Dot the top of the filling with the butter.
  2. Brush edges of pie crust with egg white wash. Roll out the other piece of dough and place over filling. Crimp to seal edges. Brush with egg white wash and garnish with large granule sugar.
  3. Collar with foil and bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Decrease temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling starts bubbling.

Let cool before serving.

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Seared Scallops with Mango Vinaigrette

So as it turns out, mangoes are kind of amazing. As in you know you like them but you’re not sure how much until they’re all dressed up in their killa heels and slinky black dress.

And I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but combining mangoes with the fresh scallops from Paradise Seafood is simply and surprisingly blissful. I don’t know how, but all of their seafood that tastes like tiny sweet little lobsters. You put a perfect sear on one and hit it with this vinaigrette and you are dunzo.

Mango Vinaigrette:
2 ripe mangoes, peeled and rough chopped
1 lime, juice and zest
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon, fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon honey
salt to taste
1/2 cup of olive oil

  1. Place all ingredients except oil, 1 mango in a blender or food processor.
  2. Slowly add oil. Once blended, you are good to go.
  3. Toss the chopped avocado and mango together and reserve to top scallops with.

Seared Scallops:

  1. Heat a non stick skillet on high heat.
  2. Dry off moisture from scallops. The Chef places them in between 2 paper towels.  Usually on Bonnie’s counter instead of a plate like a normal person, but it’s your life. Do what you need to do.
  3. Salt and pepper scallops. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of butter to the skillet.
  4. Add scallops to the pan and be sure not to mess with them or they will stick. Patience, my dear.
  5. Sear 2 minutes on each side for medium rare.  “Cook longer for you and Bonnie,” says The Chef. Yes, I will eat meat that is still mooing, but for seafood I prefer it well done.
  6. Top scallops with mango vinaigrette and serve with mixed greens. Refreshing and tangy. Nothing better.

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Pan Roasted Red Snapper with Chile Citrus Vinaigrette

Aside from tuna, I know very little about fish. I know that I will order it if it’s served over mashed potatoes or comes covered in butter. Other than that, I am completely unprepared to make any educated decisions.

For example, I thought I knew what red snapper was, and I was pretty sure I liked it. I realized, however, that I was very confused when The Chef brought it out and it wasn’t red. The scales are, of course, but the actual meat is white.

(For those of you who knew that, enjoy a good laugh at my expense. I watch 5 hours of the Food Network a day and am still apparently Simple Jack when it comes to seafood.)

Anyway, I like most varieties of firm, white fish, and this is my new favorite. And not just because I braved the cold, rainy morning to get it from Paradise Seafood at the Memphis Farmers Market (I had to walk all the way across the street, y’all). Pan searing is super easy, and this vinaigrette is so fresh and tangy it will make you want to eat it straight out of the bowl.

Furthermore, the dude who own Paradise is crazy nice (I’ve since learned his name is Don), and he’ll let you pick our your own fillet for a very reasonable price. Plus he named his business after Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and that just spells good people.

Picture borrowed from Richard Swiecki Food Photography because my camera has the flu.

Fish:
2-3 red snapper fillets
flour
splash of white wine
salt and pepper to taste

Vinaigrette:
juice of 1 lime
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 orange
1 tsp of sugar
salt to taste
1/2 cup of olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, minced

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To make the vinaigrette:
    1. Combine all ingredients except oil.
    2. Whisk in oil slowly until emulsified.
  3. To make the fish:
    1. Heat oil in saute pan on medium high heat. Salt and pepper fish and dredge in flour (flesh side up, only dredging one side).
    2. Place fish flesh side down in pan and saute until golden brown.
    3. Turn fish and add wine. Then place in oven for 3-4 minutes.
    4. Remove and top with Chili Citrus Vinaigrette. Lots of it. Trust me, you’ll want it.

Sidenote: We also had some head-on shrimp from Paradise that were so good they tasted like little lobsters. Recipe coming soon.

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Watermelon & Tomato Salad

Like any good Southerner, I love watermelon… Mmkay, you know what? In the spirit of exhaustion and honesty this post-Music Fest week, Imma be real with you: I’m not really a fan.

I’ve choked it down at every Fourth of July catfish fry, I’ve tried it with salt (and if salt can’t help me, honey, I don’t know what can), and I’ve even had the vodka-soaked variety and frankly, I’ll leave it.

But as with so many things I’ve traditionally disliked, The Chef has found a way to make it not only palatable but actually good. Bacon, tomatoes and cheese have a hand in that, but the watermelon itself actually gets a dose of personality here, so go on and get out and proud and pretty with this one. You won’t be sorry.

2 cups watermelon, diced and seeded
2 cups assorted tomatoes, diced
basil vinaigrette
2 tbsp toasted pecans
crumbled goat cheese (or mozzarella or blue cheese)
3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
spring mix

  1. Get mixy and then serve atop spring greens. That’s all folks.

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Mango & Avocado Salsa

Hippity hoppity folks – it’s Easter and stuff! While I am busily preparing my Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume for my nephew’s superhero birthday party tomorrow, I know most of you are hard at work preparing your Easter Sunday feast. So, The Chef would like to offer up a very seasonal, festive salsa that will spruce up any spread.

And frankly I just think it might be good to put something in your body that’s not made of marshmallows or sugar. While I was definitely offered several questionable food items during my younger years (sardines, Vienna sausages, canned spaghetti – Whassup!), I have always been well aware of the fact that Peeps are the ultimate YUCK. And jellybeans too. You can keep them, creepy old person dressed up as the Easter Bunny. I’ll be here with my chips and salsa.

4 mangoes, medium dice
2 avocados, medium dice
1 red onion, small dice
1 red bell pepper, small dice
3 limes, juice only
1 orange, juice only
handful of chopped cilantro
salt to taste

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Serve with chips or over fish.
  3. Collect the most eggs. Who cares if you’re 40 and you’re playing against 3-year-olds? Whoever dies with the most toys wins. Fact.

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Italian Lemonade

We made this drink months ago with Meatball Feast 2K11, and it was perhaps so good and strong that it made me too stupid to even remember to post the recipe. How’s that for a selling point?

This cocktail uses Campari, an apertif that has a slightly licorice taste. Now don’t run off just yet; I beyond-hate licorice, which means I have deep-seated fennel and Twizzler issues, but in this drink, the flavor really works. Plus it’s pink and you get to drink it out of those martini glasses you got for your birthday 6 years ago and have never used. Go get it, girl.

1.5 oz citrus vodka
3/4 oz Campari
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
7-up
lemon slices

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka, Campari, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake until well blended.
  2. Put some ice in your fanciest cocktail glass and place lemon slices inside the bottom. Strain drink into glass while adding 7-up.
  3. Call a cab.

Recipe taken from Cocktail Times.

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