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Spending the Ides in the Caribbean; It’s So Easy…

Okay, NOW it’s the Ides of March. If your name is Julius Caesar, I suggest you stay indoors, hide the knives and see no visitors. For the rest of us, we should avoid Caesar Salad; unless you see that as an appropriate celebration of the passing of the warrior-leader of ancient Rome. (Me, I don’t […]

A Party Salsa That’s Sure to Be a Hit

I don’t often see a salsa recipe on a commercial products website that interests me, but I found one that is a tasty exception. It’s also surprisingly easy to make, mostly using ingredients found in your pantry. Here’s the procedure for Chipotle Black Bean Salsa:

Gather together the following items:

1 can (14½ oz) diced tomatoes (I […]

Fish 4 Friday: Grilled Salmon With Pineapple Salsa

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

There are a number of very appetizing beers made in Mexico. Most folks know about Corona, a drinkable lager and the best-selling non-domestic beer in the States. Other recognizable labels include Pacifico, Negra Modelo, Dos XX, Tecate and Bohemia. I’m partial to the darker beers, […]

Another “Too Many Tomatoes” Solution, and Green Too

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Most of us who have dirt-stained pants knees nurture vegetable gardens south of the Dixon-Mason Line have now reached a common state of affairs. The tomatoes now look like Little Shop of Horrors plants, just as we’re all getting a bit tired of tomatoes for dinner. […]

Fish 4 Friday: Zesty, Beer-Soaked Tuna Steaks on the Grill

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

Ah, summertime. (You folks up North, you gotta wait; but we’ve got summer here already. Eat your hearts out.) Picnics and ballgames. Grilling everything. Boat rides, soccer camp and backpacking. Lemonade stands. Shave ice. Blockbuster movies. Cold beer on a hot afternoon.

And did I mention […]

Fish 4 Friday: Grilled Swordfish With a Summery Salsa

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

Swordfish are big sea creatures, with males running up to 300 pounds and females up to four times that big. Trivia for the day: Swordfish are one of only a few cold-blooded creatures with a special ability to warm up part of their body! They […]

Fish 4 Friday: Sauces Make the Fish

A recent post in Slashfood reminded me I was overdue to visit one of my favorite food websites: The Skinny Chef. This being Lent and all, I’m always looking around for ways to assist those who want their traditional seafood on Friday. However, I’m not that traditional a fella. (I know, it’s a shock; […]

El Dia de los Muertos, and I'm Feeling It

Halloween was a beautiful evening here, cool and crisp and promising a wonderful fall season ahead. The kiddies were out in all sorts of costumes, although we had reduced traffic in our neighborhood. We didn’t see any truckloads of “imports” like we often do, for one thing. After running out of candy the last […]