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Green Tomato Salsa

As it turns out,  it IS easy being green. And nothing proves that more than this funky take on a summer classic. Plus, this is one time in life where impatience serves you well because you don’t even have to wait until the tomatoes are ripe. So get in there early. And often.

6 green tomatoes, diced medium
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2 red onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 3-4 limes
salt to taste
3 green onions, thinly sliced
handful of cilantro, chopped

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Let sit for at least 2 hours.
  3. Serve with chips. Preferably from Las Delicias.
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Tuna Ceviche Tacos

Hey there Nummy Num Num; I feel that an apology is in order. I haven’t called or written or even as much as Facebook-stalked you, and you don’t deserve that. All I can say is  it’s not you, it’s me. I have been under the post-graduation stressfest of job-searching, and snarky-yet-succulent recipe-posting fell by the wayside.

Well, no more! A job has been procured and I can now get on with the incredibly important business of telling you all how to pile on the pounds in the most delicious fashion. So here goes.

The Chef, in his endless quest to make every type of taco imaginable, concocted a ceviche variety in order to take advantage of the amazing tuna Paradise Seafood sells at the Memphis Farmers Market. When it’s as fresh as theirs is, a few veggies and some fresh citrus are all you need to highlight the tuna’s fantastic flavor.

I’d suggest serving this alongside the highly addictive Mexican Corn and with Angie’s Salsa Fresca or Southwestern Slaw as topper options (three more recipes that will allow you to take advantage of MFM’s unparalleled produce). Top it all off with a Blue Ribbon Margarita and you’ve got the perfect summer supper. Bon Apetit!

1 lb of sushi grade tuna, diced small
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1 poblano pepper, diced small
1/2 red onion, diced small
juice of 4 limes
juice of 1 orange
salt to taste
sriracha hot sauce to taste
crunchy tacos
1/2 bunch of cilantro, minced

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for 5 minutes. (Note: This is for rare tuna because The Chef likes it to still be swimming when he takes a bite of it. If you prefer yours a little more done, let it marinate longer.)
  2. Serve on crunchy tacos (crunch is key for ceviche, so don’t swap out for soft tortillas) and top with sliced avocados. Find a patio, pour yourself a ‘rita, and enjoy.

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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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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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Mexican Crema

The Chef uses this as a garnish on soup, chili, tacos, etc. I can attest to its awesomeness on all of the aforementioned. It was particularly yummy on black bean soup, something I always thought was a totally throw-away lame-A excuse for a soup, but he changed my mind. Recipe coming soon. (That’s what we in “the biz” call a “teaser.” Sup.)

1/2 cup sour cream
‘1/2 tsp grated lime zest
2 tsp lime juice

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Boom.

If you need a little more direction as to what to use this on, top Fish Tacos or Tortilla Soup with it for maximum numminess.

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Brett’s Basic Margarita

As we learned on our trip to Oxford last weekend, we have a mixologist in our midst: Mr. Brett Meeks. And if there’s a blog that screams more for this kind of expertise than ours, I have not yet found it. Here Brett offers his basic margarita recipe.

He had to make these at 4:45 on Monday afternoon instead of doing his homework  just for Nummy, so thanks Brett! (Legally, though, I must publicly declare that if we are the cause of your law school demise, we hereby officially deny all liability. Or something equally lawyer-sounding.)

From Brett: Finally, we’ve got a real holiday. February 22nd marks National Margarita Day and another excuse to drink too much tequila on a Tuesday. To prepare for this wondrous festival of merriment and dancing on tables, we’re going to walk you through the basic margarita recipe. There are tons of variations, but to keep things simple, we’re going with classic.

The margarita is simply equal parts tequila, triple sec (or other orange liqueur), and lime juice. So that’s exactly what you’ll need: tequila, triple sec, and limes. It’s a good idea to invest in a hand citrus juicer if you’re making these for a party, because squeezing limes can be very tedious. Also, I think it goes without saying, but stay the hell away from margarita mix unless you like headaches and heartburn.

Tequila – pick a good one. That doesn’t mean expensive, but try to branch out from the usual Jose Cuervo Gold. This is a holiday damnit, not a 10th grade pool party. I’m using a reposado to get a nice balance of smoothness with a little age to fight off the infamous “bite” tequila causes.

Triple Sec – this is just an orange liqueur and you can use any you want, but try to go for quality. The absolute best is Cointreau, but it’s about $40 for a 750 ml bottle. Gran Marnier is also great to use, but you can always go for one of the cheaper brands if you must. I’ve selected Gran Gala which is more like Gran Marnier than Cointreau but about half the price.

Limes – typically you can get about 1 oz of juice per lime, so depending on how many and what size you’re going to make, you’re going to need a bunch of limes. Like I said, getting a hand citrus juicer is a really good idea.

1 measure tequila
1 measure orange liqueur
1 measure fresh lime juice

  1. Shake or stir with ice and strain into a glass of your choice.
  2. Drink, repeat, turn music up louder, love Tuesday, send unnecessary text messages, make another one, don’t be afraid to just go for it. Margarita Day comes once a year.

(Optional: If you like your margs a bit sweeter, add a half measure of simple syrup to the recipe. Simple syrup is simply equal parts sugar and water—good thing to keep around for your home bar.)

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FreshRita

Yesterday I went to two grocery stores that pushed the boundaries of what I’m physically capable of after a night of class followed by RBVs followed by slit-your-wrists-computer-music. One was the Kroger at the corner of Poplar & Cleveland. It was a particularly potent mix grommet in there yesterday, and I don’t think a single person we encountered could count to 10 without using both hands.

The second store was Viet Hoa, the Mexican/Asian market at Court & Cleveland. Bonnie calls this “The Pet Store” and now I know why. While you can undoubtedly find very fresh, very specific ethnic ingredients here, you can also find smells that can turn an iron stomach into a churning fear-belly. Let’s just say I had to seriously consider freeing some frogs while I was there, and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Anyway, we managed to score a bag of limes (ALL of which you’ll need if you want to make these because one lime yields something stupid like a teaspoon of juice), and we used these little freshies to take the edge off the shopping experience. They’re good, solid margaritas and the real lime juice is key. I do plan to keep refining them though. A margaritologist’s work is never done.

Margaritas:
3 parts tequila
2 parts simple syrup*
2 parts fresh-squeezed lime juice

  1. Make simple syrup*.
  2. Mix, pour over ice and swallow. Fancify rim using lime sugar-salt below if you like.

(*Simple syrup is just that: simple. You stir together equal parts sugar and water over low heat until it’s mixed and slightly thickened.)

Lime sugar-salt (optional for rim):
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
zest of 1 lime

Pulse ingredients in a small blender or spice grinder and dip dampened glass rims into it. The Chef doesn’t usually like salt on margaritas but was won over by this, so even you fools who don’t have the salt-love may wanna try this.

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