Grilled Tuna Steaks

tuna slices close up

I love meatMy family has always eaten plenty of tuna. As a kid, I, however, did not. My discerning palate didn’t much care for anything outside of plain cheeseburgers, French fries, and pepperoni pizza. To me, tuna was something that came out of a small aluminum can and was then mixed with diced pickles and mayo. Under no circumstances could I imagine something that smelled so bad tasting good. Lucky for me, as I grew older my tastes changed as much as my body did. I decided I would try anything at least once. While I’m still not a big fan of the “chicken of the sea,” I’m forever grateful I was introduced to the grilled tuna steak. This recipe is now a staple at my house when high quality steaks are available. Simply put: Tuna steaks = tasty. Continue reading…

Mussels in white wine

mussels finished close up

I love meatMany moons ago I was a college student, and like most college students I was lazy, broke, and inept in the kitchen. I relied heavily on a steady diet of pizza, instant noodles, and cheap beer. Fixing a fancy dinner for my girlfriend meant deep-frying a frozen puck of “chicken,” and placing it on top of a pile of overcooked spaghetti – boot-leg chicken parm, if you will. Looking back, my idea of “good food” was embarrassing and it’s downright amazing my girlfriend stuck around and eventually agreed to be my wife. Had I known this cheap and simple recipe for mussels and white wine as a college student, I may have been able to seal the deal with her sooner because it’s now one of her favorite dishes. This fine fare can turn a kitchen zero into a hero, and as an added bonus, it just happens to be quick, easy, and cheap to make. Continue reading…

Cajun crawfish boil

crawfish boil finished

I love meatFor me, there is nothing better than cooking a big communal meal for friends and family. My favorite foods to cook often involve large crowds and parties. And it’s icing on the cake if I get to cook outdoors on a warm summer day.  So when my good friend threw his annual pool party, I decided it was the perfect time to prepare a Cajun classic: crawfish boil.  Depending on where you live, you may know these little crustaceans as crawfish, crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs. I call them simply delicious. So grab a cold one, turn on some Zydeco and let’s cook some mudbugs. Continue reading…

Grilled oysters with habanero butter

plate of grilled oysters with habanero butter

I love meatA group of friends and I have started an annual tradition of traveling to Austin, TX for the United States Grand Prix. This four-day weekend is one of the highlights of my year. The race is always exciting and the city of Austin is amazing.

The food and gluttony of the weekend are almost as fun for me as the race itself. In the sea of Austin’s amazing restaurants, one that stands out is Lucy’s Fried Chicken. My friends and I enjoy spicy food and absolutely love their Diablo Oysters. I find myself craving them constantly after I return home. So, I decided to head to my kitchen and devise a plan that would allow me to enjoy this dish year round.   The recipe I crafted is surprisingly simple and is fairly accurate replica of those spicy shellfish I’ve come to love. Continue reading…

Grilled whole red snapper

Grilled whole Red Snapper

I love meatOne theme you will start to become fairly familiar with in my posts is I love to grill.   I’m convinced you can make anything taste better by grilling it.  One of my favorite things to grill is fish.  Moist and flaky, grilled fish is an awesome way to eat healthy and satiate those carnivorous desires.

On a recent trip to the market I came across some great looking red snapper.  I’m not going to lie, I saw some cheaper fillets laying there as well and all I could tell myself was “but think of how cool pictures of a whole fish will look!”  I saw the fishmonger out of the corner of my eye walking over and my brain started to frantically flip back and forth between price and cool factor.  “How can I help you? He asked.  I blurted out “I’ll take a whole snapper!”  Cool factor won out.  Continue reading…