Recipe: Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

fish taco recipe (with cilantro lime slaw)

fish tacos with cilantro lime slaw

I’m pretty sure that tacos are the answer to all of life’s problems. They’re certainly the easiest answer to “What’s something easy we can make for dinner?” You can load ‘em up with cheese and sour cream and guacamole (or as we call ‘em in this house, “supreme style”), or go a healthier route and make them with grilled chicken, seafood, and a citrusy slaw. The latter option is one we turn to regularly when we want all the satisfaction of Mexican food at home, but none of the guilt of ordering takeout enchiladas. I’ve made lots of varieties of these fish tacos with fresh cilantro lime slaw, but I’d never written down what I did, and figured it was high time to add this one to my official recipe box.

I mention this at the end of the recipe, but I really love this particular recipe with shrimp. It’s not always Joe’s fave though, so recently for dinner, we swapped in a cod filet and it was just as good. If you’re new to cooking with fish, for something like this taco dish, you want a fish that will hold up well as you cook it — if it’s too flaky and fine, it’ll all just fall apart in the pan. A thick cut filet of cod or mahi mahi is great; if you can get a good deal on it, snapper or halibut will be delicious too!

I’m a huge fan of adding a final dollop of sour cream on these (sometimes I’ll thin sour cream out with a little milk or cream, add a bit of lime zest in it, and presto, you’ve got a “lime crema” that you can drizzle over the top). The only reason you don’t see it here is the other night, when I popped open a container of sour cream we had on hand, it had molded over. #FridgeCleanoutFail. Even without it though, these tacos are delicious and satisfying (and pretty guilt free, in my opinion!). Here’s how to make ‘em: Read the full post +

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Recipe: Shrimp and Orzo Salad

shrimp salad recipe

summer shrimp salad

Because sometimes, when you’ve been eating a lot of takeout and drinking way too much wine, your body finally taps you on the shoulder and is like, “Um, hello? Can we please have something light, fresh, and healthy today?”

That’s basically what my body said to me recently (or was it my liver?), and who I am to ignore that nagging internal voice that wants you to load up on high quality foodstuffs? So I whipped up this light but satisfying salad, and immediately felt better. What is it exactly? The perfect summer meal: shrimp sauteed in olive oil and lemon, mixed with freshly chopped raw vegetables, tons of herbs, and orzo pasta. Dress it in a light vinaigrette, and dig in. I like this dish because you can make the shrimp and orzo salad on its own and eat it as is, or pile it high on fresh greens (I love it with peppery baby arugula). The shrimp salad itself can be zhushed up with any veggies you have on hand, and you can swap out the herbs for whatever your favorites are. In my version, I used fresh tomatoes, basil, parsley, peppers, and a few other goodies, but I think this would be good with dill, sun dried tomatoes, and even summer corn. You can finish the salad with a little crumbled feta, or omit it if you’re being extra good.

We have a bunch of the shrimp and orzo salad left over, and it’s the perfect thing for a take-to-work lunch, or for a picnic with friends. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Here’s how to make it:  Read the full post +

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Recipe: The Best Seafood Chowder

recipe adapted from ina garten's seafood chowder

seafood chowder recipe

elegant seafood chowder

I think if I could only eat seafood and vegetables for the rest of my life, I could definitely make it work. I just adore fresh fish and shellfish. There’s something about it that feels special and luxurious, no matter the occasion at a restaurant or how might be preparing it at home. Granted, depending on the seafood it can sometimes be a little pricey, which is why I save dishes like this Seafood Chowder for a special treat. It’s based off a wonderful recipe from (who else?) Ina Garten, and I love how fresh and elegant it tastes versus its more ubiquitous, creamy, and — meh — gloppy counterparts. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the classic white New England clam chowder can be a thing of beauty, but I think it’s rare to find a truly great one, and most of the time, they’re so rich they just make my stomach hurt.

Ina’s version is unique in that it doesn’t have a purely dairy base, so it feels lighter while you eat it (I say feels because, let’s be honest, this recipe still calls for LOTS of butter and a touch of cream!). I built off her base recipe and added in additional flavorings, such as fennel, herbes de provence, white wine, and lemon — I think it gave the chowder a little southern French touch. We cooked up a batch of this on the Fourth, and despite the French flavorings, I thought it was deeply patriotic. For while the dish has its origins on the western coast of France, it was extremely popular during colonial American times, what with the abundance of seafood on the east coast (if you want to food-nerd out, check out this article on the history of chowder).

History lessons aside, if you love seafood, I promise you will love this chowder. I’m already scheming up another “special occasion” so that I can splurge and make it again! Here’s what you do:  Read the full post +