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Bruschetta


Bruschetta

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

For me, good food is about smell and texture and nothing smells more like summer than fresh basil and nothing has a worse texture than tomatoes out of season – that’s why these tomatoes were SO good – fresh, great texture and the lovely smell of my home grown basil – oh yeah!!! Just toss with garlic, olive oil, a splash or two of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Its a summer treat that really can’t be beat!

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Grilled Salmon


Grilled Salmon

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Summer is nearing and there will be much more outdoor cooking. Today I grilled a nice salmon fillet simply seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil and then served with a lemon wedge – very tasty!

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Tonights dinner was largely experimental, but I didn’t really think there was a chance things could go all that badly since all of the ingredients were fresh and things I love.

Fried Aspargus
Cut the ends off asparagus
Dredge in one egg, a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of salt
For the breading I used a mixture of Panko and a seasoned flour
Pan fry in vegetable oil for about 3 minutes each.

For the Cheesy Shrimp & Tomato bake
Preheat oven top 400 degrees
Grease an 8X8 pyrex dish
Sprinkle shrimp with old bay or similar seasoning
Add to dish along with one clove of chopped garlic; three sliced roma tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil
Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake for about 10 minutes until the shrimp are done.

Serve immediately as you really want to aspargus to be hot – its another yummy meal with the great fresh ingredients in the area right now.

Cheers!

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Great, great dinner, and easy. I blogged already about the mango salsa. I served it over grilled chicken. I used a leg/thigh cut of chicken which I salted and peppered and then rubbed with olive oil. Put on a hot grill for about 12 minutes. The zuchinni, I seasoned with salt and pepper and olive oil also, added a nice ripe cut tomato, and threw on the grill in some aluminum foil on the top rack – about 5 minutes after I put the chicken on. It all got done at the same time and I simply spooned the mango salsa over the grilled chicken. It was very tasty and a nice late spring dish…and since I cooked it all outside, it made for easy clean up which is always a good thing.

I served this with a red zinfindel – YUM!

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mango salsa

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Easy!! Dice one mango, add chopped onion, cilantro, a dash of lime juice and a dash of wine vinegar (red or white will work, I used red) Let sit for 15 minutes. Enjoy over grilled fish or chicken. YUM!

 

Mimi – you need to get in the kitchen!! 🙂

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Catfish Tacos

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

In deference to Devin’s belief that you shouldn’t eat bottom feeders…I love catfish tacos!! An easy and enjoyable meal. Went to one of my favorite seafood places – Shonuf; You buy we fry! I didn’t let them fry it as I like to do that myself and I bought the fish at 11 this morning and it was for dinner so….but it was nice of them to offer. ANYWAY – you can do this with any sort of fish, I have used Talapia just as successfully and of course blogged about the shrimp mango tacos last week. Just cut the fillet into nuggets or strips – bread and deep fry – add to flour tortillas with your favorite toppings – I had colby/jack cheese, plain yogurt (in place of sour cream) guacamole, and green salsa. Yum.

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white sangria


white sangria

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I am noshing on leftovers from book club tonight so I don’t have any food to blog about. I did, however, also have quite a bit of white wine and lots of fruit left over as well. I decided to make a sangria.

I come from a great southern tradition of sapping the nutritional value from vegetables by frying the ever living crap out of them, so why not, in that grand tradition, ruin the nutritional value of fruit by soaking it in alcohol and soda water? Why not indeed.

I happend to have a pleathura of strawberries and pineapple left over so I threw it into a glass with the left over pinot grigio and a splash of soda water….YUM.

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