Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Menu ideas and recipes for swordfish, salmon, zucchini, green beans and boiled peanuts

Menu ideas and recipes for swordfish, salmon, zucchini, green beans and boiled peanuts Swordfish with red chimichurri This smoky red chimichurri recipe is great on baked swordfish—and I’ve also made it for tilefish and dogfish. Tomorrow, I’m tossing the leftover chimichurri with roasted potatoes. Let nothing go to waste! (Or at least try not to.) …

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Menu ideas and recipes for bluefish, tilefish, sweet bell peppers, zucchini, corn and greens

Menu ideas and recipes for bluefish, tilefish, sweet bell peppers, zucchini, corn and greens Bluefish and tilefish recipes If you like spicy, check out this recipe for cherry pepper sauce. Although meant for pork chops, I made it for bluefish. I also added eggplant (in season!), onions and basil. It’s a keeper. My mint was …

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Menu ideas and recipes for striped mullet, monkfish, smoked salmon, summer squash, roast beef, and pork shoulder

Menu ideas and recipes for striped mullet, monkfish, smoked salmon, summer squash, roast beef, and pork shoulder Striped mullet and monkfish recipes We don’t eat much salmon because we get a weekly fish share from the North Carolina coast, but when I saw this New York Times recipe for roasted dill salmon, I wanted to …

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Menu ideas and recipes for catfish, pasta, summer squash, short ribs, basil pesto and kohlrabi

Menu ideas and recipes for catfish, pasta, summer squash, short ribs, basil pesto and kohlrabi Spicy southwestern pasta Thinking I didn’t have enough prepared fish for a second night of fish tacos, I baked catfish fillets with a rub of ancho chile powder, chipotle powder, cumin, coriander, dried oregano and salt. But I was wrong …

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Recipes and menu ideas: eggplant caponata, summer southern succotash, charred shishito peppers, summer squash gratin, peach glazed chicken thighs, roasted mackerel with garlic and paprika, and southwestern striped mullet.

Recipes and menu ideas: eggplant caponata, southern summer succotash, charred shishito peppers, summer squash gratin, peach glazed chicken thighs, roasted mackerel with garlic and paprika, and southwestern striped mullet. ~~~ Eggplant Caponata About a month ago, eggplants of all kinds and shapes appeared at the farmers market. When I first saw a display of them, …

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In my continuing quest to use up all the zucchini that comes my way, here’s a recipe I first made during last year’s zucchini season: zucchini scallion pancakes with a spicy and sweet soy dipping sauce. Like zucchini tots, these pancakes are a great way to disguise zucchini. I served them alongside hoisin chicken with …

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Quick, before all the summer squash is picked, try this “pasta.” Ok, it’s not really a pasta; it just sort of looks that way. I’ve seen pseudo-pasta recipes before, usually for spaghetti squash. In colder seasons, when I’m getting tired of butternut squash, acorn squash, and their winter squash cousins, I often make an Italian …

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This quick relish takes only a little longer than the time it takes you to chop up the vegetables. I love its fresh crunchy taste with a hint of tang and sweetness. I found the recipe on Prudence Pennywise. When it came time to make a quesadilla, I covered the whole tortilla with relish, instead of …

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