Ceviche

Yield: 4 appetizer portions or 2 first course portions Ingredients: 1 1/2 pound whole red snapper 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 fresh serrano chile, minced 1/2 small red onion, diced 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1-2 tablespoons Peruvian Seasoning from Merchant Spice Co.’s Blends of the Americas 1…

Grilled Whole Red Snapper, Greek-Style

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1 whole red snapper, sourced from the Gulf of Mexico (gutted and cleaned) 1 whole organic baby lemon, thinly sliced and seeds removed 3-4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced Greek Seasoning from Merchant Spice Co.’s European Collection Sea salt, to taste (NOTE: Cyprus sea salt flakes make an excellent choice.)…

Wood-Grilled Leg of Suckling Goat

Yield: A feast! Summer grilling at its best. Reminiscent of meals prepared by Argentinian gauchos, this dish is worthy of the finest asado. Ingredients: 2 legs of a 16-18 pound suckling goat (NOTE: We purchased a whole suckling goat from Anshu of Exotic Meats, (the finest purveyor state-side of wild & exotic meats.) Marinade: ¼…

Garlic Tapenade for Tapas

Yield: Approximately 1-1/2 cups of tapenade Ingredients: 1/2 head of elephant garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped (approximately 1/2 cup of chopped garlic) 1 whole dried Sicilian red pepper, torn into flake-sized pieces 1/4 – 1/2 cup red wine vinegar (start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed to achieve the proper texture) 1/4 cup water…

Pollo en Adobo (Chicken in Adobo)

Yield: 2 servings Ingredients: 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast 1 tomato, diced 3 large garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 small white onion, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 1/2 – 1 cup diced chiles (NOTE: Either Hatch red or green chiles would be an excellent choice.) 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons Merchant Spice…

Souvlaki

Yield: 2 generous dinner portions (can be easily increased) Souvlaki can be made with just about any meat you desire. Pork tenderloin, chicken breast, turkey breast and lamb all work equally well for this tasty skewered dish. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless turkey breast, cut into approximately 2″ cubes (NOTE: Increase portions to 4 dinners by…

Crispy Fried Calamari

Yield: 2 generous portions Truly ‘crispy’ fried calamari is a delight! In order to achieve this result, the process to follow is first to coat the squid pieces with a corn-flour mixture, then dip in egg, and finally to coat with breadcrumbs. The result is impeccable! Ingredients: 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup organic, unbleached white…

Banana Beignets

Yield:    8 beignets Beignets, fresh and hot, right out of the frying oil, are scrumptious. They were originally brought to New Orleans by French colonists in the 18th century and quickly became a favorite in Creole cuisine, with variations often including banana or plantain, fruits readily available in this port city. Accompanied by a rich,…

Lobster & Jumbo Sea Scallops with Angel-Hair Pasta

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. angel-hair pasta, cooked al dente (it only takes a minute or so!) 6 jumbo Atlantic sea scallops, 10-12 count 2 giant Atlantic lobster tails 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1 large celery stalk, diced 1/2 large white onion, diced 1 large handful (a generous cup) sugar snap peas, strings removed,…

Beet~Pickled Eggs

Yield: 1 quart Pickled eggs once graced the countertop of many a deli and country store, but alas, ’tis no more. Now, however, pickled eggs are once again a delightful possibility! Here is an easy recipe for these scrumptious little delicacies. Ingredients: 10-12 large eggs, boiled and peeled 2 cups vinegar 1/2 cup spring water 1/2 cup…