Ciao Down on Fish Tacos

I didn’t know I loved fish tacos until only a few months ago.  I met some friends at Cascal, and we ordered several small plates, and after I had one of the fish tacos with a cucumber and jalapeño margarita, and that’s all she wrote —  that’s all I wanted the rest of the evening. […]

Seared Scallops with Pea Puree and Pancetta

Easy, elegant, and lush tasting. Okay – before you say “No!” This is a SUPER easy and fast recipe.  The pea puree takes 5 minutes.  The pancetta takes about the same and all you have to do is put it in the oven.  The gremolata is just a quick chop — 2  minutes max?  And […]

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce

It’s Dungeness crab season — and with crab as low as $4.49/lb. it’s hard not to want to make these every night.  I learned a trick from Mark last Christmas when we made these at Mary’s.  I was carefully patting the mixture into what I thought was even little servings, and Mark was packing the […]

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Spicy Cucumber Salsa

Serves 8 Ingredients 1 tablespoon each whole coriander, cumin, dill, and yellow-mustard seeds 2 tablespoons whole fennel seeds 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1 whole four-pound side of salmon, skin on, small bones and excess fat removed Olive oil Spicy Cucumber Salsa (recipe below) Directions 1.Combine all seeds […]

Shrimp Cakes with Chili-Lime Cream Sauce

Here you go, Mike.  If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life (AND if shrimp didn’t have so much cholesterol), I would be happy to just eat these! Shrimp Cakes 16 uncooked large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined 1 large egg 1 green onion, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon […]

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Fire-Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

6 halibut fillets, 6 to 8 oz each Salt and white pepper 1 ½ T. olive oil Preheat oven to 350. Gently season the halibut on both sides with salt and white pepper. Heat the oil in an ovenproof saute pan and sear the halibut on one side until lightly brown. Flip the fish over […]

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Citrus Beurre Blanc

6 halibut fillets, 6 to 8 oz each Salt and white pepper 1 ½ T. olive oil Preheat oven to 350. Gently season the halibut on both sides with salt and white pepper. Heat the oil in an ovenproof saute pan and sear the halibut on one side until lightly brown. Flip the fish over […]

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Caper Vinaigrette

6 halibut fillets, 6 to 8 oz each Salt and white pepper 1 ½ T. olive oil Caper Vinaigrette (recipe follows0 Preheat oven to 350. Gently season the halibut on both sides with salt and white pepper. Heat the oil in an ovenproof saute pan and sear the halibut on one side until lightly brown. […]

Prosciutto-Roasted Halibut with Fresh Thyme

2 6-ounce halibut fillets 3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided 4 thin slices prosciutto 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped shallot 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 tablespoon butter Preheat oven to 400°F. Sprinkle fish fillets with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon thyme atop each fish fillet. Place 2 slices prosciutto on work […]

Grilled Brined Shrimp with a Grilled Corn Salsa

Serves 6 Brine: 1/3 c. each kosher salt (or sea salt) and brown sugar 1 qt. water Marinade ¼ c. light olive oil 2 t. finely chopped garlic 1 T. chopped parsley ¼ t. red pepper flakes 2 T. dry white wine 1 ¼ lbs. large shrimp (16-20 count) or enough for 4 shrimp per […]