Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…

What to Make – 4th of July Edition: Grilled Curry Coconut Milk Pork Skewers

Burgers and dogs get all the 4th of July hype.  Why is that?  The last time I had a memorable one of either item was…… *Cue crickets chirping*  Or for those of you paying attention to American politics, to quote Jeff Sessions: “I don’t remember.” There are a few reasons to make hot dogs and/or burgers.  Beginning with: They are cheap. And ending with: They are easy.  But since shaking things up seems to the the theme of 2017 in the US, I am going to shake things up too… With these pork skewers!  They are marinated in a savory coconut milk and curry spiced mixture that is sweetened a bit with…

What to Make for Memorial Day: Recipe round-up

Have a barbecue planned this Memorial Day weekend?  Kick off the grilling season with these favorites!   Main Course Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers A savory, tangy-sweet, and herb-y marinated chicken that is easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser!  Find the recipe here. Ultimate Black Bean Sliders A vegetarian option that even meat lovers will love!  Packed with southwestern flavors!  I love topping it with mango and chipotle mayo!  Find the recipe here. Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Pork Chops A easy to make sweet, smoky, salty, and spicy rub helps these pork chops get a sweet and caramelized crust when grilled.  Make sure you buy bone-in pork chops to maximize the…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…

Sichuan Salt Skewers

If I could pick any region of the world’s cuisine to  master, it would be the Mediterranean regions of the Middle East.  The succulent morsels of lamb, the divine marinades, and the perfectly sauced dishes with just the right about of heat are enough to make a girl swoon. My favorite restaurant in Seattle is a tiny hole-in-the-wall owned by a jovial man from Lebanon who makes a mean lamb chop (and knocks everything else on the menu out of the park as well).  I would work in that restaurant just to learn his secrets because he has the magic touch on generations of family recipes.  And secondly, because my…
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