Wood-Grilled Branzino (European Seabass)

Preparation: Yield: 2 generous dinner portions (can be easily increased) Grilled whole branzino (European seabass) served with a fresh summer salad tossed in a light vinaigrette ~ delightful! It’s easy, too. Here’s how to prepare your whole fish … Ingredients (if preparing for two people): 2 branzino (1 per person), whole, cleaned & scaled 2…

Bolinhos de Batata (Brazilian Potato Balls)

Yield: Approximately 24 bolinhos (Brazilian potato balls) A first! For the first time, last night I made Bolinhos de Batata (Brazilian Potato Balls) to accompany Brazilian-style, wood-grilled sirloin tri-tip. They were delicious, even better than what Brazilian steakhouses serve! Also, Merchant Spice Co.‘s Brazilian Seasoning makes a great rub on the steaks prior to grilling….

Jumbo Garlic Shrimp with Fennel-Scented Risotto

Yield: 2 dinner portions A wonderful weekend of birthday dinners ~ starting with this lovely dish of Jumbo Garlic Shrimp with Fennel-Scented Risotto. There were fresh, wild-caught Gulf shrimp at the market, 10-15 count, so shrimp for dinner was in the works. Here’s the simple preparation. Ingredients: 1 lb. fresh, wild-caught shrimp, peeled & deveined…

Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops & Steamed Lobster Tails with Pasta Primavera

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linquine, cooked al dente with a portion of the pasta liquid reserved 2 giant lobster tails, steamed and flesh removed 1 lb. jumbo sea scallops, 10-12 count 2 large shallots, sliced 1 yellow squash, roasted, then halved lengthwise and sliced thickly (NOTE: In preparation, roast a yellow squash…

Spanish-Style Fried Fish Filets

Yield: 2 generous dinner portions Ingredients: 1 pound fresh, wild-caught Atlantic cod filets 1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour 2 large eggs Extra virgin olive oil, for frying Finely ground sea salt, to taste (NOTE: Our Ñora Red Chile Seasoned Sea Salt works well with this recipe. Grown in Spain and common in Spanish cuisine, these dark…

Flourless Almond Cake

Yield:    As much or as little as you’d like! This is an amazingly simple recipe. This is a no-bake cake, accomplished in mere minutes! Accompanied by a rich, dark cup of espresso, this almond cake satisfies that after-dinner craving for a little sweet … or simply perfect formed into cookies and served with a cup of English breakfast…

Maple ~ Mascarpone Bread Pudding

Yield:    6 generous servings This is an amazingly simple recipe for an incredibly moist and tasty version of the traditional bread pudding. Simply perfect accompanied by a cup of English breakfast tea in the afternoon. Delightful! Ingredients: 2 cups leftover bread, torn or cut into bite-size pieces (We used homemade sourdough poppy seed bread.)…

Brine for Smoked Turkey Breast

Yield: Brine for 2 1/2 to 3 pound fresh turkey breast Wood-smoked turkey breast has an incomparable flavor and is ideal, thinly sliced, for sandwiches. Here are the brine ingredients for a 2 1/2 to 3 pound fresh turkey breast, on the bone. INGREDIENTS: 2 1/2 – 3 pound turkey breast, on the bone Brine 1 1/2…

Wood Grilled Tuna Steaks in Citrus~Pepper Marinade

Yield: 2 dinner servings Summer grilling at its best. So simple ~ so delicious. Ingredients: 2 – 8 ounce tuna steaks (We buy wild-caught from Spain.) Marinade: ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 1-2 tablespoons sunflower oil 1-2 tablespoons Citrus-Pepper Seasoning from the Fanciful Collection by Merchant Spice Co. Sea salt, to taste Accompaniments: Zucchini Noodles:…

Basil & Oregano Pesto

Yield: Approximately 1 cup of pesto Ingredients: 4 oz. fresh basil (NOTE: Remove the leaves from the stems.) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (NOTE: Sicilian olive oil works nicely here.) ¼ – ½ teaspoon coarse Sicilian sea salt (NOTE: Any sea salt of your choice is fine.) 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced ½…