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,…

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…

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…

Check out this light shrimp and orzo salad

It was one of those fake spring days in Colorado, where it is warm enough to make you think spring is here and the snow is done. (It snowed a few days after.) Fake spring days always put us in the mood to fake celebrate with spring-feeling dishes for dinner. Like this one. Suzy envisioned…

A festive ahi appetizer for poke fans

One of the best parts of loving to be in the kitchen is taking the flavors and ingredients you want (new or familar) and creating something fun to serve. Our love of poke, sushi, ahi and the like guides us in reinventing different dishes. One such dish is sashimi-grade tuna marinated in Asian flavors set…

Sugar-spice salmon: A family favorite

Adding fish in the dinner rotation is not only a good idea for health, but a great way to mix it up in the kitchen. We have been serving this sugar-spice salmon dish in our family for decades, and we have yet to meet the person who didn’t love it. Although we generally seek out…

Mussels in a creamy fennel-ouzo sauce

“People are like mussels. You can put them in a vat of boiling water, and some of them will pop open immediately. Some of them will have to float around in the water for a bit, then they’ll slowly release. Others never open up at all, no matter what sort of hot water they’re in.”…

Visit Hawaii, bring back Poke bowl love

We took a trip to Maui last summer, and we fell in love with the whole poke bowl phenomenon. Thanks to our local Asian market, we came home and tried to make our own. With some guidance from a few web sources, they came out delicious. Poke bowls suit our cooking style perfectly, because you…