A Recipe: Grilled Spot Prawns with Pea Shoots + Citrus

  Just like produce, seafood also has its seasons. For the Santa Barbara spot prawn, its season┬ábegins now (early spring), so if you’re looking for something delicious, seasonal, and local (to Southern California), keep your eyes peeled. Its flesh tastes sweet as candy and it’s easy to cook. Availability can be somewhat sporadic, so I […]

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Charmoula Shrimp Skewers

Charmoula Shrimp Skewers On a recent catering event, Dylan and I totally fell in love with Susan's charmoula marinade. We were downright enthusiastic, threatening to eat it by the spoonful (okay, that was mostly Dylan). Herby, punchy and especially delicious on seafood, it came to mind immediately when I found out one of my dinner […]

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Clams and Mussels in Coconut Milk, Lemongrass & Dried Shrimp Broth

Inspired by Marvin from Burnt Lumpia's recent ode to dried shrimp and my love for Thai food, I present you with "shells" steamed in a broth of dried shrimp, coconut milk and lemongrass. Like Marvin, I also had my own little stash of dried shrimp forgotten and abandoned. I keep them on hand for the […]

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Shrimp Boil

Even though it was my idea to go to Vicenti for date night on Friday, at the last minute, I vetoed my own plan. You'd think I was crazy to pass up one of the best (according to Jonathon Gold) Italian restaurants in L.A., but I had two legitimately sane reasons. One, my skinny jeans […]

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Broiled Coriander Prawns with Turmeric Polenta

  Broiled Coriander Prawns with Turmeric Polenta Yet another Indian spice inspired dish. I made these nibblers for my wine and cheese party. Plump, giant prawns (about 8 per pound) marinated with a paste of ginger, coriander, garlic and olive oil. Since I've been quite nostalgic for Summertime barbecues, I turned to the next best […]

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Coconut Lemongrass Curry with Florida Pink Shrimp

Coconut Lemongrass Curry with Florida Pink Shrimp For my impromptu girls night last week, my friend Jamie was in charge of the girlie drinks, so naturally, I was in charge of the eats for our soiree. And it couldn't have come at a more perfect time, since I had just made a recent trip to […]

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Surprise Birthday Party

What exactly does it mean when you whip up tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, mole, chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies all in one evening right in front of your boyfriend, and he doesn't suspect AT ALL that you're throwing him a surprise dinner party??? It just might mean that I cook too much, but […]

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