Monthly Archives: May 2011

Chilean Sea Bass, Grilled Veggies and Arugula Salad

You guessed it- tonight we had Chilean Sea Bass, grilled veggies and arugula salad for dinner! We love using the grill during the summer (grill marks make everything look tastier in my opinion).

Arugula Salad

Arugula Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

  • 5 cups fresh arugula (or as much as you so desire)
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 10 baby tomatoes halved

For Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • salt and pepper (sprinkle of each)
  1. Pour all ingredients into a mason jar. Close and shake until emulsified. We usually sprinkle some salt and fresh pepper over the top of the salad as well.

Wasn’t that easy? It’s puckery, but delicious and the arugula gives the dressing a nice balance.

Chilean Sea Bass (and some shrimp we threw on the grill too)

Chilean Sea Bass

  • 1 pound Chilean Sea Bass (we usually do 1/3 pound per person when buying fish)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • whole lime squeezed
  • salt and pepper (sprinkle of each)
  1. Mix olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, salt and pepper and gently coat the fish on both sides.
  2. Place on medium heat on the grill for 14 minutes (flipping mid-way) or until cooked through.

Grilled Veg

Grilled Veggies

  1. Mix of whatever veggies you want (we used 1 Red Pepper, 3 Zucchini, 2 Squash, 1 Fennel bulb)
  2. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and juice of one lemon. Just lightly coat. (I didn’t put quantities as it varies depending on the size of the veggies you pick. Just keep it light.)
  3. Grill for 20 minutes or until soft and caramelized.
  4. Serve with fresh basil.

Dinner!

And for dessert we had mixed berries and grapes (I couldn’t help but put them under the flowers :))

Berries and Grapes

Delicious!!

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Hello Michigan

We left this morning on a 5:45AM flight which meant leaving the house at 3:30AM. I couldn’t sleep even though we miraculously got upgraded (yay Delta Silver Medallion). Or it may not not have been such a miracle because who flies out before 6AM on a holiday weekend? Anyways, we made it! And I like to think you know you’re in the Midwest when you see this within a mile of hitting the road:

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We dropped our bags at the hotel and said hi to the bride and groom. And then first mission was food! Zingerman’s Deli was suggested to us by just about every person we spoke to about Ann Arbor. The line wasn’t too bad (around 20 minutes to order and another 20 until your food came). There are maybe 50 sandwiches to pick from (chicken, pork, beef, turkey, veggie). I got the chicken, pesto, mozzarella:

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And my mom got the turkey, avocado, bacon.

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We also got a side of wheat berry salad. It was a pretty delicious meal and highly recommended to anyone heading to Ann Arbor. I sort of want to go back tomorrow….Yummy! Now off to see more of Ann Arbor and a wine reception tonight!

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Summer Fridays

Start today! At my work, every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day  is a summer Friday, which means if you are done with your work by 2, you can leave! Even if you only get to take one or two early Fridays during the summer, it is still such a treat. And to celebrate, our office had this brought in today:

Fro Yo

Delicious! And once I got home, I couldn’t help but take advantage of the beautiful light outside and take more photos of the flowers Q sent me yesterday. The photo from my phone didn’t even begin to do them justice:

 

Top of the flowers

Tonight I am going down to Anaheim for the “Glee” concert with my girlfriend. Unfortunately we are leaving now to get there by 8 because of all the holiday traffic! But we have plenty of snacks and music, so we will make the most of it. And then I’m off to Ann Arbor first thing in the morning…let the weekend begin!

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The Best Surprise Ever

As if I didn’t already love him enough, THESE just showed up at my desk. I turned to the delivery guy and I said “Oh I think you have the wrong desk” because I didn’t think it would be possible for Quincy to arrange for these to be delivered. He is seriously in the middle of nowhere (as in no phones or internet at all). As if he doesn’t have enough to worry about, he thinks of me. It means the world. I couldn’t be happier or more in love or more surprised. WOW!

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Things Up My Sleeve

  • This weekend my mom and I are flying to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a good friend’s wedding. (A little lame that I am taking my mom and not Q, but figured we could make it a girls trip.) I’m excited to post about a new mom and daughter trip like when we went to Seattle. Also any suggestions on where to eat/go in Ann Arbor would be greatly appreciated!
  • I am trying to find the right baked good that will last when shipping to Afghanistan (mind you it takes a week to get there, so the cookies/brownies/cake needs to be able to last at least a week and not melt in the heat). I read about these Care Package Brownies last night. I’ll let you know if I end up going with them or trying something new. I was also thinking biscotti could work.
  • It looks like all I ever cook is salmon, so I’m going to be venturing into other types of fish/meat for the blog this week (making major steps with my cooking skills).
  • And since posts without pictures are no fun, I leave you with this cutie who was walking around the Sunday Farmer’s Market. He was just like a puppy – he let people pet him and was eating snacks from kids hands. He was fond of our cart in particular and kept trying to nibble on the carrots…
  • the baby goat likes our shopping cart

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Cheerios for Dinner

I don’t know why, but all day all I was dreaming about was this:

A big bowl of cheerios

I LOVE cheerios. Just plain old cheerios with milk. I think a lot of it comes from my childhood- I went through a stage where I only ate white foods (i.e. bread, plain pasta, mashed potatoes) and yes I know those are all carbs… and yes I wonder why I am obsessed with carbs as an adult… anyways, I ate a LOT of cheerios as a kid and I think when I’m super stressed or busy, I just want simplicity and familiarity aka cheerios.

yummy

Don’t worry guys, I had more than one bowl… I refilled numerous times before I took this photo.

In other news, a friend from work brought me this treat this morning for Q’s next care package:

Tabasco

I think Q will love this to put on his bland army food. I know it is kind of gross to put cheerios and hot sauce in one post. But I’m having a sort of random day. Oh, and I had the last slice of crack pie for dessert… whoops 🙂

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Momofuku’s Crack Pie

Crack Pie

This pie may not photograph well, but people just die for it. This is the number one thing I bake that gets the most requests. The last time I made this pie was about a year ago and I have gotten asks for it every month since then. I promise you it is worth trying.

The actual baking of the pie is interesting since you actually bake out a large cookie first which then crumbles up to make the crust.

Making the cookie

Baked cookie

Once you crumble the cookie, add butter and make your crust, you add your filling. Beware, there is a LOT of butter used in this pie. It got to the point that I looked at my mom and I said “This can’t be right…” and she said “This is why it tastes so darn good.”

It tastes like caramel, it is very sweet and the texture is soft (it’s pretty hard to cut a good piece, so I usually end up using a spoon).


The recipe makes two pies and I brought them  both to work since I knew if they stayed in my house I would eat them both by myself. The pies were gone within an hour and people were raving about them.

Recipe for Crack Pie Here

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