Christmas Eve Seafood 2010

We’ve always trimmed our tree on Christmas Eve. During our first overseas posting in the early 1980s, we started inviting single friends over to help us hang the decorations. Even though we’re settled down in Tucson now, we still invite our single friends over for the tree-trimming party, and of course we wine and dine […]


Salad with Grilled Salmon

Ditalini came up with this great grilled salmon salad. She makes the salad and dressing; I grill the salmon.

Ingredients (Salad)

mixed salad greens red/yellow/green salad peppers, sliced red onion, sliced cherry tomatoes, whole green & black olives, pitted mozarella cheese

Ingredients (Salmon)

1 lb salmon filet 1 tbsp butter 3-4 tbsp honey chopped […]


Crouton Cooks Keo (Updated)

I recently dug out Keo’s Thai Cuisine, a cookbook that’s been sitting on our shelf, unopened, since 1992. What got me off my ass, Thai-cooking-wise? Shame.

Evil Jungle Prince with Chicken (& Shrimp)

You see, I admitted on Facebook to making Pad Thai from a package, and one of my friends called me out […]


Christmas Eve Seafood

We invited all our single friends over to help us decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. Of course one has to give in order to receive, so we lured them over with promises of food. Our traditional Christmas Eve feast is seafood, and this year was no exception. We served boiled shrimp as an appetizer. […]


Back in the Saddle

Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo

Home from vacation and restaurant meals, back in the kitchen and hard at work. Tonight’s dinner? Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo. Fast, easy, and satisfying.

It’s good to be home.



Black & Red Fish

Trying to lower your cholester oil? Try some black & red fish! Aren’t eggcorns fun? I crack myself up!

Okay, seriously . . . I mentioned in an earlier entry that the side burner on our new gas grill was rather too hot for sautéeing vegetables, but that it might be perfect for blackened redfish, […]


Live Photobloggin’ Smokin’

Bet you haven’t seen that combination of blog title words before! I’m half an hour into the smoking process, photographing and blogging as I go; here’s where I’m at:

Chicken on the lower rack

I prepared two chickens by cleaning and cutting them in half with heavy duty kitchen shears, brushing them […]



This blog hasn’t exactly been smokin’ lately, and I apologize for that. Tomorrow, though, I will be literally smoking: two racks of ribs, two chickens, two salmon filets. I prepped the ribs and coated them with dry rub two days ago and they’re resting in the fridge. I halved the chooks and coated them with […]


Ceviche de Camarones y Vieiras

Ceviche: an appetizer of small pieces of raw fish marinated in lime or lemon juice, often with onions, peppers, and spices.

This is for my daughter Linguini and any readers who like ceviche as much as she does. I’ve made ceviche before, but not for a long time. When the craving hit, I put this […]