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Soft Shell Crabs in Fresh Butter and Garlic

Sort of a “screw healthy” dinner tonight. It’s soft shell crab season! 

Fresh butter I made Sunday night, a good bit of garlic and a cayenne seasoned flour. Served with wilted spinach. Eaten outside.

The trees have enveloped my deck, it’s just birds and crickets. 

   

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Chili-Lime Glazed Barbeque Shrimp

Marinated shrimp on the grill with fresh papaya and Asian pear. Made a lovely fresh herb-honey-mustard vinaigrette to go with the greens. Not shown is a honey goat cheese, which I will buy again. Holy cow, that cheese is good!

        Music from The Hold Steady’s first 2 albums and first 3 Replacements albums. “One thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.”

Random Friday food thoughts:

I love chocolate when I have it. I never crave it, but if I have a piece of chocolate salted caramel cake or something….just wow. 

I’d put this dish on my menu in my fantasy restaurant. Just a small room, 12-15 people at a clip. Good music, vibrant yet intimate. You can come hang out at the open kitchen and request tunes and chat. 

I’ve really become fond of honey. I can’t wait to taste the honey from a neighbor. She has bees, and I think that’s pretty cool. 

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Grilled/roasted veggies with white wine and Parmesan  

Simple, satisfying, colorful, healthy. Plus, this dish smelled really good. I had to grill a little fresh sourdough from the Breadbox Bakery, brushed with a little olive oil and rubbed with garlic. 

  
  
Thank you The Scrumptious Pumpkin for the recipe and inspiration. 

  
A crisp Pinot Grigio topped the meal off. Even ate on the deck. A rare free evening!  As it should, it ended with soccer and basketball in the yard and driveway. 

Music tonight was a Spotify 80’s Indie/college radio mix, quite tasty. 

  

Grilled scallops, mixed greens, roasted corn salsa

Grilled Scallops with Roasted Corn – Cilantro Salsa

We got a string of nice days last week before early March-like weather returned over the past few days, and I fired up the grill to make scallops.  Other than the roasting of the corn, this is a quick and easy meal to put together in under 30 minutes.  Makes me feel “summery”, even though its mid-April.

I brushed the corn lightly with melted butter and simply put the ears on the grill over low heat, turning occasionally for about 20 minutes.  Then I removed the corn off the cob into a large bowl and scraped off the cob to get a little more of the corn juice/flavor into the beginnings of the salsa.

I added one teaspoon of olive oil, a few squeezes of honey, a big helping of fresh cilantro (chopped), one jalapeno pepper (diced) along with salt and pepper and a dash of balsamic glaze.

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I screwed up the scallops a little bit I think.  I rinsed/dried them, then made a mistake of coating lightly with olive oil and lemon juice.  I’m thinking this move cost me a good searing, but in the end, scallops on the grill do taste pretty good.  I just missed the good grill marks (I used a “seafood” grill pan with tiny little holes in it) and crusty texture I like. Live and learn, right? If anyone has a technique for getting a nice sear when grilling, please clue me in.

Plated up with a mixed green salad with a honey/herb vinaigrette.  There you have it.  Try this out, give it your own spin and let me know how it turns out!

Music for this meal was Fix It from Bob Mould. The song makes me smile, and Bob hits the lyrical mark well with interesting metaphors.  Music and food – my equation for peach and tranquility.

Sampling of why it hits me in the sweet spot.  Don’t really know why, but I know it when I feel it.  Sort of like why I prefer minor chords.

I yell into a paper cone
Pounding on a piece of wood and wires
We all feel the crush of life
I don’t know how anyone survives

Small vibration, once it’s amplified
Can build you up and tear you down
Fly that kite ’til lightning strikes me to the ground

Fix it, fix it, fill it up
Time to fill your heart with love
Fix it, fix it, full enough
Time to find out who you are

Lyrics to “Fix It” by Bob Mould

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Flatbread grilling

I discovered tonight that dough is just the base for curiosity. 

Caramelized onions, roasted peppers, chorizo, a red wine reduction sauce and a goat cheese that was amazing. 

  

 

 Chianti and The War on Drugs again. 

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Solid Bucks County, PA Bakery

I love fresh bread. I love the texture of different types of loaves and the aromas of the bread, especially inside the bakery. 

I recommend the Bread Box Bakery in Perkasie, PA if you live local and haven’t experienced their goods yet.