Salade Niçoise with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette

I’m sick as a dog. I caught that terrible flu that’s been going around. I had a fever of 103° and felt pretty darn miserable. Finally got rid of the flu, but my doctor says I now have bronchitis, not to mention I’m wheezing like an old asthmatic. Sigh….. Anyway, since I’ve been laid up…

Mini Seafood Potpies

I had to take some appetizers to a party so decided to make mini seafood potpies. I love potpies but we usually make them with chicken. I thought seafood would make a nice change. You could do this with shrimp only or crab only. Or you can add lobster or scallops for more varied seafood….

Crab Salad Crescent Appetizers

I got the inspiration to make these appetizers from the Pillsbury website. My family has been making crab salad for years, though we always serve it as an appetizer in a bowl with crackers on the side. When I saw the photo on Pillsbury, I thought how perfect it would be to wrap our family’s crab…

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapés

I love smoked salmon. It’s delicious made with pasta or turned into a dip for crackers. But my all-time favorite way to eat smoked salmon is with bagels and cream cheese. These canapés are a take-off on the bagel and cream cheese idea. Instead of bagels, I used english cucumbers for a base. I made our…

Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

  Gambas al Ajillo or Garlic Shrimp is one of the best Spanish tapas ever! It’s a favorite all over Spain and is served in homes and tapas bars in practically every city in the country. It’s very easy to make and is sometimes cooked and/or served in a shallow terracotta or clay pot called a…

Shrimp Toast

Somehow, I’d forgotten all about this recipe until now. I was looking through my recipe box for an appetizer to make and came across my recipe for these crispy little nuggets of seafoody goodness. I used to make Shrimp Toast for parties all the time when I was newly married. Finding this recipe instantly brought back memories of…

Shrimp Mousse

This is an old recipe of my Mom’s. She made it all the time for get-togethers or when we were expecting company. It’s very addictive and you’ll find yourself heading back to the appetizer table again and again for just a little bit more. It always reminds me of my mother-in-law whom I miss terribly….

Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice

We were invited to a potluck dinner at our neighbor’s house. I remembered a recipe I had seen in the January 2012 issue of Cooking Light magazine and thought it would be a good one to take for our contribution. I was right! I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, preferring instead to use Vigo Yellow Rice to…

Healthy Fish Tacos with Island Slaw and Baja Cream Sauce

Fish tacos are a popular treat in Baja California, Mexico from where the dish made its way into San Diego and points further north. I love fish tacos. More often than not, it’s what I order when we eat at a Mexican restaurant. Traditional fish tacos are made with a beer-battered fish that is deep fried,…

Halibut Skewers with Chili-Lime Sauce

Every other summer, we all load up the car and drive to Sunriver, Oregon for a family vacation. My brother-in-law’s family lives out in Yakima, Washington so they drive down to meet us and we spend a week together in Sunriver, hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding, and generally having a good time in the summer…