Seafood Recipes

Japanese Style Glazed Salmon

Japanese Style Glazed Salmon

You should come see our kitchen. Actually, maybe you shouldn’t because we’d probably kidnap you to hover over the sink and wash a ton of dishes.

As of the last two months we’ve been working on client shoots and recipe testing for personal projects that all involve enough food to feed a football team. Almost everyday we’ve sent out emergency messages to brothers, friends and dojo folks to come eat. Our messages are often blunt, like , ” Don’t eat lunch or dinner anywhere today. »

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Milla Grazie Postino – Tuna & Spinach Bruschetta for Fall Fest

Milla Grazie Postino – Tuna & Spinach Bruschetta for Fall Fest

Fall Festis here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach ofAway to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network.

Please join in and share your blog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.

Bruschetta is such an unassuming, effortless antipasto. A nice slice of rustic bread slightly charred and »

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Citrus Tequila Shrimp Skewers – Good Bite Video

Citrus Tequila Shrimp Skewers – Good Bite Video

There are few things which declare California summers like grilled shrimp and tequilla. Usually in separate moments, or side by side… Margarita anyone?!  However in an instant of lazy brilliance, we combined the twoto form an intoxicating bit of deliciousness.»

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Teriyaki Burgers w/Homemade Teriyaki Sauce – Think outside the bottle

A while back, we were lamenting about how overly sweet and artificial some bottled teriyaki sauces were. With the exception of one that we liked on our teriyaki burgers, most were too sugary. Fake tasting. Processed. Yuck.

With the grilling season underway, we wanted some teriyaki variety to our bbq menu and it was always a struggle to search for a bottle that didn’t look like a goop of sugary, sticky brown blue. We needed to think outside the bottle and needed to be quick »

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Grilled Prawns with a Citrus Garlic Butter -Al fresco Inspiration

A rare day off, the sun was out, and the air springtime warm. A day peacefully spent meddling about in the garden, harvesting the last of the sugar snap peas and planting tomatoes and veggies in their stead, throwing in the occasional play session with the dogs. Video it and soundtrack in some music, and it becomes one of the moments to be shown at a birthday or funeral which evoke the crowd’s tears reminding how great life can be.

Extra crunchy charred prawn eyeballs. »

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Shrimp Stir Fry with Sugar Snap Peas – Snow & Sugar Pea Garden Monster – Jamie Oliver cookbook

There’s an uncontrollable beast on the North end of the garden and it actually comes in two forms: sugar snap peas and snow peas. Our spring peas are like serpants, clinging to everything they can get their tendrils on. Once they latch on, pea flowers shoot out and within 3-4 days, we have fresh peas to munch on. As a matter of fact, the warm sun is encouraging way more pea growth than we can ever imagine so it’s snow pea and sweet pea recipe »

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Creamy Hot Stove-Top Crab Dip for the Oven-Less

I’m often impatient in the kitchen when it comes to having to use the oven to bake a simple dish. Just the thought of having to pre-heat the oven makes me cringe at the waste of time and energy it takes to create a simple meal. It’s a relief for me to be able to adapt a dish that is traditionally baked in the oven to be cooked on the stove. My impatience enjoys the fact that it doesn’t have to wait for the oven »

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Versatile Curry Gravy with Fried Fish (or what ever you heart!)

I can’t imagine a life without curry. Thinking about it brings a void and desperate plea to my palate, “Noooooo!”  The warm, fragrant combination of spices topped over warm rice, tofu, veggies,  fish or meats is indispensable for me. Long ago, I swore to not live a bland life. I shall not live curry-less.

As versatile as it is delicious, my curry gravy is great accompaniment to almost any dish that needs a quick burst of flavor. Simple olive or grape seed oil, garlic and »

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Iron Chef Bloggers in Asheville, NC and Cherry Sauce Recipe

“Let the battle begin!”

It definitely felt like a war during our first full day on the East Coast en route to the Asheville, NC blogger bash.  I won’t divulge into the details about our horrendous experience with !&*%#! Delta Airlines, but what I will say is THANK GOODNESS for the amazing Asheville hospitality and passionate food folks that saved me from sending a three page letter to Delta. I became this (pinching my fingers together) close to going postal on Delta’s terrible infrastructure. Luckily, »

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Beautiful Cowboy Cooking – Cast Iron Pans and BBQ Salt Crusted Fish

Until a year ago, I was a fool.

Every time we would peruse our favorite kitchen stores I would gaze longingly at all of the beautiful stainless steel pans shimmering by their storefront windows. “Oh, to own a full set of copper cores…. sigh.”    But for the copper cores one must come with cash, lots of it, and we knew it was a luxury that wasn’t necessary.  (Yes, we could have charged it up, but we don’t endorse that sort of needless spending!)

We »

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Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

local fisherman in My Khe beach, Da-Nang, Viet-Nam

Every time I return to my birthplace, Vietnam, I’m continually drawn and connected to the ocean. I was born in Da-Nang, which is only a few minutes scooter ride to My-Khe beach, where I grew up as a small child. When we escaped Viet-Nam and made home in America, my mother would always reminisce and tell me stories of how close the ocean was and how we fed off the amazing bounty of Viet-Nam’s wealth of seafood. »

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Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner

Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner

This gorgeous cookbook has a new owner and it’s Pam!! Congratulations Pam and we hope you enjoy this beautiful cookbook.

Thank you to you all for your amazing input and thoughts on what you love in a cookbook. We appreciate all your fabulous comments on this  cookbook giveaway!

This was the most amazing forum of wonderful ideas that we’ve ever had. Reading all of your wonderful, insightful comments was inspiring and informative. We’ve never been so thrilled as were were with your participation in this »

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Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

It’s not often that I can get excited about a cookbook enough to want to snuggle with it on the couch and to read it cover to cover.  Most of the time, I’ll scan through a cookbook and bookmark particular interesting recipes that jump off the page. But I found one book that not only had me hooked from the very first page, but had me laughing, crying and stomach growling at the same time. If anyone saw me, they’d think that I was an »

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Vietnamese Jackfruit Salad Recipe: shrimp+pork – Gỏi Mít Tôm Thịt

Vietnamese Jackfruit Salad Recipe: shrimp+pork – Gỏi Mít Tôm Thịt

August has been a seriously busy food month for us and it’s barely half over! With friends coming into town, a series of cooking classes that we’ve taught and Friday’s catering event , we’re trying to make the best use of our left overs. We’ve been very conscientious of food waste and are always making sure we don’t waste food like we used to. So with Friday’s party all cooked, delivered, served and done, we’ve got a few left overs in the fridge we assembled »

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Salmon Corn Cakes Recipe – Leftover Medley

Salmon Corn Cakes Recipe – Leftover Medley

 

The smell of BBQ and fireworks are in the air! We, as well as many of you, are planning on lighting up the grill for the BBQ festivities, something we really look forward to. During the warm summer months, our smoker gets plenty of mesquite action, but there’s always a special feeling in the air on the 4th. Lighting up the BBQ is like lighting the candles on America’s birthday cake. We’re giving America a serious celebration today with plenty of grilling action , »

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Video #8- Vietnamese Stuffed Squid & Wine Blogging Wednesday

Video #8- Vietnamese Stuffed Squid & Wine Blogging Wednesday

There are so many food blogging events, but so little time. The small hand full of marvelous events that we already enjoy participating in has us scrambling till the very last wee hours of the night to submit our contribution. Procrastinating might be the evil force hiding behind our 2am post writings, but some minds work better under pressure. In our case, it’s two. But between two very busy jobs and continuous projects in the works, we blog when we can and that means late »

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Disney Wine & Food Festival and Shrimp Lollipops!

Disney Wine & Food Festival and Shrimp Lollipops!

We had a date with Disney last Friday evening to attend a special preview event of Disney California’s 3rd annual Food & Wine Festival. Armed with our camera, a big appetite and eyes for some delicious vino, we sampled an amazing spread of California inspired cuisine and wine pairings. Prepared by some of the resorts top Chefs, the fabulous “Taste Of California Marketplace” themed dishes we savored were just a sampling of what was to come for the “Eat and Drink” festivities which are to »

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Salad of Grilled Shrimp & Wilted Mizuna Mustard Greens

Salad of Grilled Shrimp & Wilted Mizuna Mustard Greens

“The hills are alive!…not with the sound of music…but with wild mustard flowers!!”

Behold, another exploding Southern California Spring scene that makes us sing and celebrate this anticipated and colorful season. Peter’s Canyon is our local getaway where we can hike, bike, birdwatch and walk our dogs. Nestled in the suburbs of Orange County, Peter’s Canyon Regional Park is a hidden gem of wilderness trails and outdoor retreat when we need to refresh and rejuvenate from our daily strains of work. Springtime is especially beautiful »

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