Last Saturday evening, my hubby and I were going to SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for an 8:00 curtain. We thought we’d grab dinner out before the show. Leon’s Mexican Restaurant was a standard in our dining-out repertoire for more than ten years. In the last 9 months and 9 weeks the restaurant has moved from Saratoga to Ballston Spa and we hadn’t ventured to the new place to see our friend and the owner, Roberta Acosta, and knew we had to stop in. The reason I mentioned the 9 months and 9 weeks time period is because while Roberta was moving to her new venue, she found out that she was pregnant…..with twins!! We got to meet the beautiful 9 week old boys who were in the office under the care of their older sister, Luchiana. Roberta, not only a great mother and restaurateur….. but a Superwoman!! (more…)
Oysters and seafood were most likely on the table of the settlers in Plymouth, MA in 1621. This pescetarian thinks that’s an awesome idea! Click here to get this recipe!
Recently in South Carolina for my cousin’s wedding we decided to extend our stay for a week and make this trip our annual vacation. After the uncluttered beaches and non commercial areas of Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, we ventured to Myrtle Beach for a night away to celebrate our second Wedding Anniversary. As we grew closer to our destination, I seriously didn’t think we’d find the romantic dining experience that I envisioned for our evening… (more…)
You know that I can’t get enough writing, reading, recipe developing, researching, cooking and eating food….. so, when I heard about the classes offered at Healthy Living Market and Café, of course, this pescetarian signed up for Kitchen Confidence: Mussels & Clams. I was directed to the demo center in the center of the fresh produce section of the store and greeted by Christina Davis, the coordinator of the demos in the Saratoga store. We were a small and eclectic group of students, all of whom seemed to be veterans of the demonstration classes, making it comfortable and relaxed for this newbie. Our instructor, for this class, was Karen Dunham, a CIA graduated who has been with the market since it’s opening about three years ago. She is the Seafood Replenishment Buyer & Supervisor. She took on three recipes in our hour long class and still had time to answer all our questions (with a smile) about the proper way to clean mussels, clam sizes and their sweetness. She also demonstrated how to shuck clams for serving on the half shell. (The seafood department will shuck clams for you to take home if you give them a little advanced notice.)
My favorite recipe/preparation was the Clams in Foil for the Grill or Oven. I am always trying to find the best way to have my husband cook on the grill! Here is Karen’s recipe:
1# of clams – cleaned
1/4 lemon sliced
1 tablespoon shallots – finely diced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon garlic
1 sprig of thyme
A large piece of foil about 14×14
Preheat your grill or oven to 450 degrees. Place your clams in the center of the foil and pull the foil up and around the clams to make a pocket leaving a small opening in the top for adding your remaining ingredients. Add the wine, butter, garlic, lemon slices, thyme and shallot. Seal top and place on grill for 10 to 15 minutes until clams open. If using the oven, place your foil pouch on a cookie sheet first. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the yummy broth. If a clam does not open do not eat it…. it wasn’t meant to be.
We were served all of the dishes that Karen demonstrated with slices of beautiful artisan bread and bottles of sparkling Saratoga water. The cost of this class? Free! Education and lunch! The Saratoga location has classes offered at least four times a month. To visit their website for up and coming demo classes click here and I will see you there….I heard a rumor about cheese pairing…
Pastrami style smoked salmon….it’s a no brainer! I had to make a Rueben or… a Sueben! (My friend Andy came up with that name so I think it’s gonna stick.) A little off the diet track but sometimes you just have to eat! Here’s what I did. Two good size sandwiches:
It’s that time of year… ah Spring! Tulips, fiddleheads, birds chirping and soft shell crabs! In season for only eight weeks a year, usually blue crabs in the US, these little beauties are naturally sweet. Once lightly breaded and sautéed, they are crunchy and satisfying. I’ve eaten soft shell crabs in restaurants most of my life so I thought I’d give them a try at home. I grabbed four from Healthy Living Market. Here’s what I did: (more…)
While looking for a new fish dish for dinner one night, I asked a chef friend whether he thought that frogs legs were considered pescetarian. I love snails too….. are they considered a fish? He impatiently replied, “Susan, just eat ’em!” (more…)
Japanese organic buckwheat soba noodles are very versatile. I found these at Fresh Market. Easy to cook, they can be served hot or cold. I had some beautiful cured salmon from Healthy Living Market so I thought I’d make a cold soba noodle salad since the weather has felt like midsummer. I did use a recipe for a guideline on my dressing but added my own tweaks. Here’s how it turned out: (more…)
After my recent trip to Ireland, the one question I hear the most is, “How’s the food? ” usually accompanied by a look that implies the negative. Honestly, especially for a pescetarian, the food was fabulous!
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean so seafood is on every menu. Here are a couple of my dishes… The crunchy, light battered fish and chips with smashed peas were a late breakfast for me. The mussels were really fresh and served with a garlic aioli for dipping.
If you are a smoked salmon fan, Ireland is the place to order it. Check out the high tea from the Killarney Hotel.
The cows are grass fed so the dairy is naturally creamy and sweet. If you haven’t had Irish butter, you haven’t lived my friends! You can get Kerrygold butter and cheese at your local grocery store. Give it a try.
We did a ton of walking on our trip and the Irish lanes were lined in hedgerows filled with raspberry bushes. A nice little snack while hiking!