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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crab Quesadillas with Fresh Mango Salsa

After a very long day’s work, I wanted to make something for dinner that was light, low fat, and uncomplicated. So, I made one of my favorites: Crab Quesadillas with Fresh Mango Salsa. I absolutely love this dish because it’s fun and pretty and the mango salsa is very therapeutic to make (well, I think so anyway). I suggest preparing the mango salsa and hour or so before preparing the crab quesadillas, so that the flavors have a chance to blend. So, here’s the recipe for one of my favorite dishes!

Mango Salsa
  • 2 mangos, diced small
  • 1 red pepper, diced small
  • 1 small red onion, diced small
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, diced small (remove seeds first)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. raw sugar
  • ¼ cup of cilantro, chopped
  • For a little extra spice, add a few drops of hot pepper sauce

Combine ingredients in a medium to large bowl and place in your refrigerator.


  • Flour tortillas
  • Swiss Emmental cheese
  • Fresh crab meat
  • Green onion, chopped
I'm assuming I don't need to explain how to make the quesadillas. But if you would like more instruction, just leave me a comment and I'll be happy to walk you through it.

And my suggested pairing? A Sauvignon Blanc – Chalk Hill is usually the one I go with. Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio may also work well, but the Sauvignon Blanc is always my first pick.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Steak Dry Rub + Spiced Butternut Squash + Home-style Spinach

Tonight I tried out a new dry rub for a New York Strip Steak. It's a strange combination, but it turned out AMAZINGLY well…

AMAZING Dry Rub for Ribeye or New York Strip Steak:
- Garlic powder
- Rosemary
- Thyme
- Minced cloves
- Chille powder
- Black pepper
- Brown sugar

The side dishes included for tonight’s meal...

Spiced Butternut Squash:- 4 cups of butternut squash, cubed
- Butter
- Garlic (fresh is better, but garlic powder is fine)
- Rosemary
- Garam Masala
- Sea Salt
- Maple Syrup (grade A)

Pre-heat oven to 450°. In a medium-sized Pyrex dish, combine melted butter and seasonings. Add maple syrup and mix thoroughly. Add cubed butternut squash and stir until the butternut squash is completely coated. Total cooking time is about 40 minutes. Make sure to stir after 15 minutes and then another stirring after another 10 minutes.

Home-style Spinach:
- Fresh spinach leaves
- Garlic (fresh)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil
- Sea salt

In a large pot (to fit uncooked spinach leaves), add ¼ cup of water and a tsp. of sea salt and bring to a boil. Add spinach leaves, reduce heat to medium (low), cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain spinach in a colander, making sure to remove all excess liquid (pressing down the a large spoon helps). Put the well-drained cooked spinach back into the pot and add the balsamic vinegar, garlic, and olive oil. Turn the stove on to medium and chop the spinach while cooking off excess liquid.

This meal pairs perfectly with the Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2006.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Retro Cooking

My mother just presented me with two amazing gifts:

The first, my great-grandmother's cook book, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, by Fannie Merritt Farmer (1928). And... it has notes and clippings inside that include the recipes for my great-aunt's wedding cake and our family recipe for crumpets...

The second, my grandmother's favorite cook book, "A Guide to Good Cooking" (22nd edition that was "designed for today's busy homemakers"), which includes inserts of her personal recipes for walnut fingers and nanaimo bars. Can't wait 'til Christmas, though baking isn't at the top of my list of talents.

But, maybe I should share some of their favorite recipes and you can tell me how they turn out...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grilled Meat-Fest 2010

Last night I finally nailed down my BBQ'd Babyback Ribs recipe! This time I marinated the ribs in a homemade apple cider vinegar-based BBQ sauce for 48 hours. The ribs cam out juicier and more flavorful than ever - blew my guests away. I also served up grilled shrimp, beef satay and a spiced corn salad.

I've been playing with the corn salad concept for the past couple of days and came up with the following...

Spiced Corn Salad:
4 ears of grilled corn
1 red pepper, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced (but next time I'll use 2)
2 Tbs. of finely chopped cilantro

2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar
4+ tsp. of fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. of cumin powder
1 Tbsp. of raw sugar
Dash of coarse sea salt & cayenne pepper

Try it out and let me know what you think!