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.)…

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,…

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,…

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…

Lamb Kabobs

Yield: 4 portions Originating in Yemen, the intriguing blend known as zhug has spread throughout the Middle East. Various versions can be found from Israel to Arabia. Exotically delicious, this spirited seasoning can be used to flavor all manner of meat, bean and vegetable dishes, such as this recipe for lamb kabobs, which we present…

Gazpacho, a glorious summer soup from Spain

Yield: 2 luncheon portions Gazpacho ~ a favorite light summer soup, reminiscent of wandering the back alleys in Seville, Spain, and discovering places unknown to the typical tourists. This recipe is ridiculously easy and sure to please. Ingredients: 3 large vine-ripened tomatoes 1 large cucumber 1/4 cup minced yellow onion 1 large garlic clove, minced…

Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops & Steamed Lobster Tails with Pasta Primavera

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linquine, cooked al dente with a portion of the pasta liquid reserved 2 giant lobster tails, steamed and flesh removed 1 lb. jumbo sea scallops, 10-12 count 2 large shallots, sliced 1 yellow squash, roasted, then halved lengthwise and sliced thickly (NOTE: In preparation, roast a yellow squash…

Moroccan-Influenced Stuffed Baby Eggplants over Couscous

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: For the stuffed eggplants  4 baby eggplants (approximately 3″ long would be considered large for ‘baby’ eggplants) 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, chopped 1/4 cup yogurt 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons chopped oil-cured Moroccan black olives 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted 1 tablespoon chopped preserved Meyer lemons 1 tablespoon…

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linguine pasta, cooked al dente, with a portion of the pasta water reserved for the sauce 6-8 oz. cooked whole clams 1 large vine-ripened tomato, diced 3 large garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 small white onion, sliced thinly (in what I refer to as half-moon slices) 1/4 cup white wine…