Cutting carbs? Try our Zoodles alla Checca

Need a recipe that is healthy, tasty and takes 15 minutes to make? Try our go-to, Pasta alla Checca. Tomato, basil, parmesan and garlic is the classic combination of flavors that makes up this savory pasta dish, and it always just feels like summer to us. The first time I remember making this was with…

Rich but healthy: Spiced carrot-sweet potato-ginger soup with curry

Coconut shrimp provide a tasty, crispy counterpoint Most times, when I think of root vegetables I think of a winter meal of rosemary-crusted lamb on a bed of carrots, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic. But occasionally that combination of veggies screams creamy soup instead. This recipe, which blends carrots, sweet potatoes and ginger in a…

Grilled whole sea bass: Healthy, tasty, primal

At a recent visit to our favorite Asian grocery store, the dazzling array of fresh seafood caught our attention. The live lobsters and blue crabs might have fit nicely in our stockpot, but not in our budget, so we downgraded to Plan B: grilled whole sea bass. It didn’t feel like a big sacrifice, though,…

Orzo salad inspired by Greek flavors

A Mediterranean flavor profile in any dish is always among our favorites. We love the briny taste of Greek olives, the fresh herbs and vegetables and the salty punch of feta. So we dug around in our fridge and came up with this Greek orzo salad to bring all of those flavors and aromas together….

Salty and sweet watermelon-feta salad

Watermelon is my favorite fruit, always has been. I am certain I come by my love for watermelon genetically, as my dad, Big Pa, is a lover too. And our son, Big Jake, is the next generation to have fallen in love. I believe all three generations can eat it everyday and not tire of…

Why your cast iron griddle is the tool for this grilled salmon burger

I’ve been toying with using a cast iron griddle pan on my grill lately. “Why are you doing that,” you ask? Thanks for asking, and I understand your confusion. Isn’t grilling about those sexy crosshatched grill marks, not cooking in a pan? Sure, but we were looking for the perfect combination of the smoke of…

These chipotle-dusted scallop tacos will fuel your tacomania

Tacos are a thing with me. Anyone will tell you, from my closest family to the guy I met on an airliner five minutes ago. (Sample opening conversation: “Hi, I’m Dave. Got any tacos?”) It’s an issue, judging by my wife’s uncontrollable eye rolls when I reflexively reach for the corn tortillas, or my daughter’s…

Basics: roasted tomatillo-avocado sauce

Confession: I used to love the avocado sauce at El Pollo Loco, a fast food Mexican¬†chicken chain. It’s creamy, smooth and a great complement to their roasted chicken tacos. So we set out to come up with something like it. Rick Bayless has a recipe with tomatillos that sounded similar, so we adapted this recipe…

Basics: Guacamole

Doesn’t it feel sometimes like guacamole is similar to dancing? Because everyone does it their way, and most are pretty satisfied that their way is the right way. I’m the exception: I’m pretty convinced that my dancing is the wrong way, so when it’s required, I keep it simple. I feel better about my guacamole…

When friends provide salmon, try this miso-ginger glaze recipe

A friend recently texted us with some of our favorite words: I have some fish for you. He’s an avid fisherman, and we knew he was coming back from Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado, where he was fishing for the delicious kokanee salmon found there. Kokanee is landlocked sockeye salmon that you can find it…