Pasta Nests with Pan Seared Shrimp – Entertaining with Pizzazz

With the holidays rapidly approaching it's not too early to start thinking about dishes to make your holiday gatherings more delicious!  Everyone of us becomes an event planner when the holiday season starts and whether its a cocktail party, dinner or even a brunch, my Pasta Nests with Shrimp will leave a lasting impression. Let's start by … [Read more...]

How to Make Skillet Jambalaya

If you want to excite your tastebuds and put some life into that tired old weeknight dinner routine everyone seems to fall into, try my Skillet Jambalaya.   A world of flavors awaits you and it's not that hard to make that journey, simply by taking that path a little bit outside of your flavor comfort zone. What awaits you is a whole new world … [Read more...]

Red Snapper en Papillote

I had a request from one of my friends to make poisson en papillote  aka fish cooked in a parchment paper. It's been ages since I've cooked fish using this method and I've never made this type of dish for Lisa so I thought it would be fun to revive this healthy and delicious style of cooking in our home.   Looking at the fish I had on hand I … [Read more...]

Pan Seared Halibut with a Garlic Crab Topping

Halibut has become one of my new favorite seafood options because of its flavor and texture.  Halibut is a lean fish with mild, sweet tasting white flesh, large flakes and a firm but tender texture.  Because of its leanness halibut becomes dried-out if overcooked, so make sure not to let this gorgeous fish dry out. I recently posted an image my … [Read more...]

How to Make Salmon Cakes

To think that six months ago I didn't like salmon and now I'm not only eating it, I'm making Salmon Cakes out of it.  It's not that I didn't try to like salmon, as a chef I kept experimenting with specials stuffing, seasoning, and cooking it as many ways as I could think of.  But it just never tasted good to me...sigh Then I found Pacific … [Read more...]

Bread Crumb Crusted Baked Halibut with an Quick Lemon Beurre Blanc

As part of my new healthier lifestyle I've been adding more fish to my diet, simply roasting or grilling with sea salt, black pepper and olive oil. But as you can guess with my restaurant background I tend to do a little more than simply roasting from time to time. My Baked Halibut crusted with a mixture of bread crumbs, aged Romano cheese, … [Read more...]

Garlic Shrimp and Supergreens with Pasta

I love the simplicity of pasta dishes, creating a topping in the saute pan and tossing it with perfectly cooked pasta. Just the words Garlic Shrimp start the juices flowing, and trust me this simple and delicious dish did not disappoint. I've switched over to Gluten-Free pasta (Barilla has been my GF pasta of choice) but Lisa still prefers … [Read more...]

Healthy and Delicious Blackened Salmon Salad

What's not to love about summer time?  The bounty of fresh produce just makes you want to eat healthier and my Blackened Salmon Salad is just what you need to excite your taste buds while keeping you fit and trim for swimsuit season! It's not hard being good when you have all of these amazing flavors to enjoy.  Northwest Coho Salmon, fresh … [Read more...]

Stuffed Salmon with Cream Cheese and Crabmeat

Since  discovering Northwest Wild Caught Salmon earlier this year, I've been having fun finding different ways to prepare and enjoy this lovely fish.  I was lucky enough to pick up some nice sockeye salmon at Sam's Club. This week Stuffed Salmon was on the menu at home, and I decided to try something a little different with the stuffing using … [Read more...]

Jonah Crab Claws

What do you do when the price of Stone Crab Claws gets to high?  You buy Jonah Crab Claws and never miss a beat! Crab claws are great steamed with dipping sauces or simply served cold with cocktail sauce. Either way it's a great way to start a meal or add to your selection of seafood for a night of deliciousness! I steamed these … [Read more...]