Holy Mackerel it’s good!

Hubby’s recent fishing expedition of the coast of Wilmington, NC netted 2 large Mackerel.  Now before you turn up your nose, just want to tell you what great success I’ve had with a couple of very simple recipes for preparing this much maligned fish.  While most of Europe is on board with Mackerel, the US hasn’t quite come around.  For the llife of me I don’t know why!  It is firm fleshed, full of good-for-you Omega oils, and takes on the flavor of many preparations easily. Day after catching the beauties, I stumbled on a fantastic recipe by Jamie Oliver … Continue reading Holy Mackerel it’s good!

Bounty of the season dinner

The early fall bounty of wonderful tomatoes and squash inspired me to create a rif on an old Italian standard for dinner tonight.  Gluten-free, low carb, and lowfat Turkey Zucchini Lasagna is a winner on a Friday night after a long day of yardwork. Turkey Zucchini Lasagna 2 medium zucchini squash 1T salt 1 1/2 C marinara sauce made from fresh tomatoes 1tsp pepper 1tsp oregano 1/2 tsp basil 1lb ground turkey (lean) 1/3 C diced white onion 1 clove garlic (diced) 1 T olive oil 1 C ricotta or small curd cottage cheese 1 egg, beaten 1 C grated … Continue reading Bounty of the season dinner

Keep it simple…

Spiced boiled peel and eat shrimp, a favorite salad, maybe a baked potato or baked sweet…. that’s the ticket for a warm spring night when I don’t really feel like cooking.  The shrimp are made ahead so they have at least a couple hours to cool in the boiling liquid. The BEST boil I’ve made to date includes the following spices: 2-3 bay leaves 1T mixed peppercorns 1t celery salt 1/8C + 1T Old Bay seasoning 1/2T Chili powder Bring to boil in 1 and1/2 quarts water. Add 1lb. raw shrimp. Boil until shrimp are pink.  Cool in the boiling … Continue reading Keep it simple…

A beautiful day leads to a beautiful night

Another beautiful day on the water in Wilmington, North Carolina allows us to spot a pod of porpoises near our boat.  Look closely, you will see a fin!  or two!  And below, another swimming in the water!      When the day has ended, we enjoy our dinner of Mussels in a Green Curry sauce with Noodles as we gaze out our window onto the water.       To prepare this feast for your family folllow the recipe below: Cook julienned carrots and sliced sweet onions in 1 1/2C Vegetable stock until al dente Add 2 teaspoons of green curry … Continue reading A beautiful day leads to a beautiful night

Gnocchi and Langostino Tails

A wonderful, rich dinner of potato Gnocchi with langostine tails will change your mind about gluten-free low-cal cooking.  The sauce begins with minced garlic, green onion or shallot and tarragon lightly sauteed in olive oil. After sweating the vegetables add 1 cup of corn milk made by food processing fresh or frozen corn kernels.Corn pairs so well with lobster, scallops and other sweet delicate seafood/shellfish!  Begin cooking the pre-made (yes I cheated here, but who wouldn’t use such a great gluten free helper?) gnocchi in a pot at medium boil with well salted water.   Gnocchi cook a lot quicker … Continue reading Gnocchi and Langostino Tails

Dinner, too…Greek Hunter’s Stew

Another of my husband’s favorites for dinner tonight. Stefado (Hunter’s Stew) is a chilly weather dish that hits all the right notes. Best when made with game meat like venison, rabbit or even lamb, stefado is also wonderful when made with beef. Cubes of meat are browned in butter. (Let the butter brown in the pan a little before adding the meat for best flavor.) Add salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1/2 stick cinnamon, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup red wine, 1/2 small can of tomato paste and add 2cups of water (or more … Continue reading Dinner, too…Greek Hunter’s Stew

No Dough….no problem

I’ve been intrigued of late by some Facebook posts, Pins, and recipe posts talking about a dough free pizza. Pizza without crust? Whatsa matter for you? Believe it or not…. this stuff is good. And for those who need to be gluten free or carb free…it is a BONANZA! I decided on a rainy day to make a big batch of Beef Barley and Mushroom soup. But I wanted a side dish to make the meal a little more hearty. So… why not try the dough free pizza? Unfortunately, while I was cleaning my oven, the glass door cracked and … Continue reading No Dough….no problem