RECIPE: Apricot Cilantro Salsa

Seasonal apricot salsa brightens grilled chicken or fish. Photo courtesy Landana Cheese.   Salsa is simply the generic word for “sauce.” Many centuries before tortilla chips were invented, Aztecs and other Mesoamericans ground ingredients into sauces for meat and fish. This salsa recipe was developed as a sauce for chicken or fish, as opposed to…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Don’t Wash Meat & Poultry Before Cooking

Don’t wash raw poultry, meat or seafood. Photo courtesy Chicken.org.au.   Recently we received a pitch for a line of food cleaning sprays that purport to eliminate harmful bacteria. “Outdoor cooking leads to more trips to the hospital because of the improper handling of meats and veggies while grilling,” it advised. “Many of us take…
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RECIPE: Tilapia With Gingered Rhubarb Sauce

Fish and rhubarb? Absolutely! Photo courtesy McCormick. The eighth of McCormick’s 2010 flavor trends is a pairing of roasted ginger & rhubarb Ginger is a wonderfully pungent spice with a long history of cultivation. In China, where the plant originated, as well as in other Asian countries, the spice is used in a multitude of…
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CELEBRATION: The Feast Of The Seven Fishes On Christmas Eve

We’re having Chef Daniel Boulud’s tuna tartare, topped with caviar, at our Feast Of The Seven Fishes. Here’s the tuna tartare recipe. While the Feast of the Seven Fishes may have roots in Southern Italy, today it is a purely an Italian-American tradition. The Christmas Eve dinner is celebrated with a feast of—you guessed it—seven…
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TIDBITS: The Truth About Daurade (Dorade)

Dorade, a popular fish with an identity crisis. It is variously called daurade, dorade, porgy, sea bream, tai, zeebrasem and other names. [1] Photo courtesy La Tienda. [2] Cooked with black olives (photo courtesy Payard). [3] The raw fish, with a scrumptious recipe that includes cherry tomatoes, lemon and parsley, from Plate Du Jour.  …
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