Category Archives: seafood

Sweet Corn Chowder with Chanterelle Mushrooms

The Farmer’s Market yielded some great finds today:  mini pumpkins for 50 cents,  a big bag of hazelnuts of $6, seed garlic to plant tomorrow,  and fresh ears of local corn for 50 cents each. The best find this week, … Continue reading

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A New Adventure . . . and Some Exciting News!

I’m heading off on a new wilderness adventure soon. More about that later because I’m excited to tell you first that while I’m away my blog will be having its own adventure too. Since I’m heading to a region that … Continue reading

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Shrimp and PIneapple Mini Bites–fit for a Prince :)

Super simple, fast, low-fat, cute. A great appy. Here’s something tiny to celebrate the birth of a royal prince born today. Ingredients For the Wonton Cups: 18 wonton wrappers 2 teaspoons light salad oil 1/4 teaspoon salt For the dressing: … Continue reading

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Pacific Coast Niçoise Salad

Will this perfect weather ever end? Here on southern Vancouver Island we’ve had a stretch of beautiful summer weather. It’s warm enough to swim, but not hot enough to complain about. Days like this are what we dream of all … Continue reading

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Gin Gingered Spot Prawns

Where do you usually get YOUR ideas for meals? Cookbooks? Food blogs? Pinterest? All of the above? Me too. But today, my idea for dinner appetizer came from an unlikely source: a quick chat before a meeting. Even before a … Continue reading

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Dungeness Crab Salad with Grapefruit and Goat Cheese

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest, as I do, you likely have ready access to fresh crab. It’s always a good idea to check to see where your crab spent his last days of freedom, however. … Continue reading

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Dungeness Crab Mac ‘n Cheese

Like many of you, (I suspect) I read cookbooks like novels. Actually, I read cookbooks w-aaaa-y more often than I read novels. I found this recipe in a cookbook of sustainable seafood recipes that I picked up last year. I’ve … Continue reading

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Citrus Sake-Lacquered Salmon

The last time we were in San Francisco, we stopped in at True Sake and picked up a bottle to bring home. Are we sake drinkers? No, not really. That bottle sat in our cupboard for over 2 years. Until … Continue reading

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Crab and Avocado Bites

Ingredients 1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal extra virgin olive oil  (for brushing the baguette slices) 2 avocados salt and pepper 1 Tbsp. lemon juice pinch dried chili flakes 4 ounces lump crabmeat 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint 2 tsp. freshly … Continue reading

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Crab ‘n Lime Avocado Crisps

Fresh crab. Fresh lime. Smooth avocado. Crunchy jicama and celery. A hint of cilantro, and a dab of mayo just to hold it all together. Those are the makings of a great amuse bouche we had before dinner tonight. 2/3 … Continue reading

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Fennel-Crusted Salmon with Orange and Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Fast and fancy. Fennel and salmon really do work together, despite my initial doubts. Serve the salmon with a fresh orange vinaigrette on tender greens and it makes an over-the-top quick weeknight dinner. I’ve adapted this recipe from one published … Continue reading

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Creole Style Chicken, Sausage and Prawn Jambalaya

Ingredients 4 smoked chicken sausages 4 slices bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed 2 dozen (or more, or less–whatever you have) peeled prawns 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 yellow onion, chopped 3 … Continue reading

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Salmon-Quinoa Patties with Lime Yogurt Sauce

I’d make these just so I could have the yogurt sauce that I serve with them. Makes about 6 patties Ingredients For the patties: 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained 2/3 c. water 3/4 lb fresh (cooked) or canned salmon … Continue reading

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Summer Rolls with Thai Chili Sauce

Who wants to cook in hot weather? Summer has now arrived in full force here on Vancouver Island and it looks like it’s here to stay for a while. When I discovered that Alyssa from Everyday Maven had chosen Summer … Continue reading

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Food Matters: Corn-Avocado Salad with Smoked Salmon

This week’s Food Matters Project challenge was to experiment with Mark Bittman’s recipe for Corn-Avocado Salad (with a Little Something Seared on Top). It was perfect timing for a summertime dinner salad. This salad could certainly stand alone as a … Continue reading

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