Archive for the ‘seafood’ Category

Quinoa Shrimp Bibimbap

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Quinoa shrimp bibimbap

I could eat bibimbap every day. Sometimes I do. It is simple, flexible, vegetable-rich, flavorful and satisfying. The rice or quinoa and vegetables can be made ahead of time and reheated when you’re ready to eat. The sauce already lives in the refrigerator but doesn’t take more than 2 minutes to pull together. 2 minutes to fry an egg — it really is the perfect meal. Read more…

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Mien Xao Cua (Glass noodles w/crab & mushrooms)

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Mien xao cua

I have been craving this dish for months…impatiently waiting for crab season to start. Since my brother and I wouldn’t be together for Thanksgiving, we celebrated early with Crabsgiving! (exclamation points required).  I purposefully bought a few extra crabs so that I’d have enough left over to make mien xao cua, a dish my mom used to make for special occasions.

Growing up, my mom’s version was loaded with chewy noodles, crunchy wood ear mushrooms, sweet sauteed onions, cilantro and tons of pepper. She probably used white pepper but my black pepper grinder works a lot better so I used black. I don’t have her recipe but a Google search gave me a rough idea of what to do. Read more…

Catfish Adobo

May 3, 2013 2 comments

Catfish Adobo

Lately, we’ve been having weekly dinners that are hosted on a rotating basis by my cousins and SF family. Last week was our turn to host. I had a few limitations: 1) I had to do most of the cooking ahead of time as I would be coming straight from work. Last minute prep could take no longer than 30 minutes. 2) One person is a celiac so gluten-free (GF) option is a must 3) Another cousin prefers not to eat red meat so a seafood or vegetarian option is not required but nice to have.

Based on the above criteria, I settled on chicken adobo. Because I’m a newbie to GF cooking, I thought adobo would be a great option. I could cook it all the night before and better yet, it would taste even better reheated the next day after the flavors had a day to deepen. All I had to do on the day of was set the timer for rice. Genius! Read more…

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Smoked Whitefish Dip

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Smoked Trout Dip

I lived in NYC for a summer on the Upper West Side. At that time, I didn’t cook because I had ten short weeks to take in all that the city had to offer. I knew I wouldn’t be moving there long-term, so I had to take advantage of the time I had. One of my favorite snacks in my neighborhood was the whitefish dip from Zabar’s. I could finish the container with some pita chips in one sitting. Costco also sells a 1 lb tub that is a bit much, so when I got the craving today, I figured it out for myself.

You can use any smoked fish for this recipe, but I used trout. I was home alone for the weekend and ended up finishing the entire batch in about 24 hours. Read more…

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Shrimp & Grits Casserole (Dressing?)

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Shrimp & Grits Dressing

Growing up, my mom often made chao (rice porridge) with shrimp or, if she was in a hurry, we’d have farina and shrimp. I can’t remember when I first had shrimp & grits but I always have a soft spot for it in my belly. My love of grits is well documented.

On our visit to Charleston, Hominy Grill was on my must eat list. When we arrived for brunch, a huge storm the night before had damaged the kitchen and we were sadly turned away. Fifteen minutes later, they were able to magically reopen and our friend sent us back for the shrimp and grits…boy was I glad that worked out! Read more…

Lowcountry Shrimp Boil Potato Salad & Grilled Okra

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Shrimp Boil Potato Salad + Grilled Okra

Shrimp Boil Potato Salad + Grilled Okra

I’m super behind on documenting the things I’ve made…and now I’m skipping around a bit. The amazing tacos al pastor will have to wait until another day because I don’t want to forget what I did with this tasty “salad.” While in South Carolina, we went to a food & wine event sponsored by Garden & Gun magazine (I know!). The event was a great way to taste small plates from the area’s amazing chefs. Sean Brock of Husk & McCrady’s fame made a lowcountry shrimp boil, South Carolina’s answer to the New Orleans crawfish boil. Shrimp, crab, sausage, corn, leeks and spices boiled together and dumped onto a table of newspapers for all to enjoy. Read more…

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Ad Hoc Lobster Rolls w/Pickled Onions

July 10, 2012 3 comments

Ad Hoc Lobster Rolls w/Pickled Onions

I came home from work and discovered that he’d made us lobster rolls for dinner. Not just any lobster rolls, but Thomas Keller’s version from the Ad Hoc cookbook…complete with house pickled red onions. Five lobsters poached in a court bouillon that involved herbs wrapped in a cheesecloth sachet! Best lobster rolls ever! Read more…