lime-cilantro pasta salad

Lime-Cilantro Pasta Salad

As a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that I am particularly fond of sugar and butter, which, unfortunately, is not good for me nor my waistline. That’s why I am excited to find recipes as healthy and tasty as this pasta salad.  With luscious mangoes, creamy avocados, sweet tomatoes and bell peppers, I’ve found a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet.

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raw: italian yellowtail crudo with basil-orange vinaigrette

Italian Yellowtail Crudo

Over the last couple of posts, I’ve taken you to Hawaii for salmon poke and to Tahiti for poisson cru.  Today, I’m taking you halfway around the world to Italy for pesce crudo, which literally translates to “raw fish.” It is similar to the Japanese sashimi, but instead of wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger, Italians traditionally dress the fish with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon, and sea salt. As with the other raw fish dishes I’ve shared with you, the key to crudo is to use the freshest quality ingredients and let their flavors shine.

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raw: tahitian poisson cru

Tahitian Poisson Cru

I was first introduced to today’s raw fish dish, poisson cru, or e’ia ota, many years ago, on a trip to Moorea, one of the islands in French Polynesia, more commonly known as Tahiti. Poisson cru, Tahiti’s national dish, literally means “raw fish” in French. It consists of fresh fish, usually tuna or mahi mahi, and vegetables marinated in lime juice and coconut milk. It is found just about anywhere in Tahiti – from roadside stands to fine restaurants.

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cocktail hour: cherry-lime rickey

Cherry-Lime Rickey, cocktail

Yaaay, thank goodness the weekend’s almost here! We’re near the end of a long week and we’ll definitely need a couple of drinks later this evening. Well, don’t head to a noisy, crowded bar for watered down happy hour cocktails after work. Instead, make yourself this cool, crisp lime rickey and unwind in the comfort of your home. This gin cocktail, flavored with cherries, is light and tart, with just a hint of sweetness, which is a nice change of pace from beer, wine, or the typical sweet mixed drink. So, when you get home tonight, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and relax with a cherry-lime rickey. For you teetotalers out there, simply omit the gin, and add more club soda.

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strawberry mojitos

After all of the weekend’s chores were done, Chris and I had a chance to relax and enjoy an absolutely gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  We sat on our deck and welcomed the cool breeze under a shady spot, amidst the swaying bamboo and peaceful sound of the water in the nearby pond.  We watched an orange butterfly flutter around and a couple of colorful birds splash around the water. For a short while, we were transported to a distant tropical island, without a care in the world, sipping these refreshing Strawberry Mojitos, and enjoying each other’s company. Continue reading

football food: asian chicken wings with lime, ginger, and soy sauce

Asian Chicken Wings with Lime, Ginger, and Soy Sauce
To many Americans, football season means getting together with friends to watch the big game.  Aside from the thrilling action of the game, a big part of the fun and festivities is the food.  Football food has to be easy to handle as table space is limited around the couch or tailgate so finger foods are ideal.  Over the next couple of posts I will share with you a few recipes perfect for your next football gathering or tailgate party.  So, instead of ordering takeout for the next big game, I hope I inspire you to try one of these recipes. Continue reading