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mango salsa

Appetizers/ ColdApp

Macadamia Nut Encrusted Goat Cheese

You don’t have to be in Hawaii to enjoy these nuts.

I first had this appetizer at Tommy Bahama’s restaurant here in The Woodlands.  I knew at first bite, it would be a favorite of mine. Some recipes are so easy to duplicate at home that I sometimes don’t think I even need recipes at all except then I would not have anything to play around with.

Six years ago I had the courage to ask The Moonshine Grill in Austin if I could bring this appetizer for my son and daughter-in-law’s rehearsal dinner we had at their restaurant. They probably thought that girl has “gall” but they agreed and in fact they put it on a tray for me with the bread slices and made it very pretty. Of course, everyone loved it.

If it weren’t enough that I brought one of our own appetizers for that night, I actually had the nerve to copy one of their recipes right off their menu —  Corn Dog Shrimp with Honey Mustard and Blueberry Swirl.  It’s actually still on their menu so it must be very popular. I’ve always heard that Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

On our recent trip to Chicago I actually emailed Leopold restaurant when we returned and told them how much we enjoyed our evening and asked for their recipe of chocolate pave. I didn’t actually say “give it to me” or anything like that. I smoozed and told them the food was wonderful and the dessert was the best and did they share recipes. A very nice person emailed me back and told me how they made it. So, it never hurts to ask.

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Entree/ Fish/Seafood

Fish Tacos with Jalapeno Creme Fraiche

What’s in that taco?

40 years ago, even 20 years ago I would not have imagined I would be eating a taco with fish in it. After all, isn’t a taco suppose to be made of greasy flavored hamburger meat that drips down your elbow when you eat it and the shell cracks and spills it’s contents all over the place and you.

I remember when my husband was still in college. We were poor newly weds and we would go out to a taco trailer (and this was way before the ever popular food trucks that you see now) in Rolla, Missouri and buy ground beef tacos for 25¢ each. If I wanted to make tacos I had to buy tortillas in a can (Old El Paso brand) which were just flat corn tortillas. I had this little gizmo that folded the tortilla and I would put it in a pan filled with oil and fry up some shells.  Crazy. Back then I could also buy, for $1, a pizza mix (50) and a lb. of hamburger meat (50). Now that was a cheap meal.

These days you can find just about anything in a taco shell from fajita meat, chicken, ground beef, pulled pork, pork belly (had these in Chicago), shrimp and fish. I had my first fish taco at Georges at the Cove in LaJolla, California, a few years ago and ever since then I have copied their recipe and served a creamy jalapeno creme fraiche sauce and mango salsa with my fish tacos. Of course I had to come up with my own recipe but that was easy.

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