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You can check out these recipes on my food blog "Accounting for Taste" at http://lynnandruss.com

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Coat the fish in chermoula, a flavorful herb-spice paste of cilantro, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne, lemon juice, and olive oil, just before cooking to season its exterior.

Tagine for Two

The bright colors and flavors literally pop off the plate in this lovely, healthy fish tagine. And with a few tweaks, we bolstered that brightness by doubling the amount of carrots and green olives. Pairing it with a side of tricolored couscous to help soak up the luscious sauce didn't harm the color palette either!…

Grilled lemon halves, drizzled with honey and squeezed over the charred chicken skewers, adds a final note of sweet-tart acidity that helps balance all the bold, savory seasonings.

An Herbal Freshness

Summer is the best time to skewer around, don't you agree? And when all it takes is a bit of prep and less than 30 minutes cooking time, you will have plenty of extra time for anything else on your agenda, or just relax and enjoy a cool beverage. Once again chicken is the star…

The salsa verde made with scallions, mint, cilantro (or parsley), capers and garlic becomes the marinade for both the steak and the dressing for the greens. Flank Steak, Salsa Verde, Cilantro, I Foods, Low Carb, Mint, Salad, Dinner, Recipes

Low-Carb Dinner

This summery dinner salad is perfect for the dog days of August. While the list of ingredients may seem a bit lengthy, the salsa verde made with scallions, mint, cilantro (or parsley), capers and garlic becomes the marinade for both the steak and the dressing for the greens. A win-win in my book. If you're…

You concoct the entire meal in one large pot in-house—a genius alternative when cooking at the beach isn’t an option. Large Pots, I Foods, Chicken Wings, New England, Alternative, Meals, Baking, Recipes, House

Loving Lobster

OK, so the actual title is New England Clam Bake, but I don't eat clams and the real star of the show here is, let's face it, the LOBSTER! While I've participated in many a clam bake over the decades, I never actually made one. And the beauty of this is, no need for a…

Both the marinade and the cooking method have a huge payoff resulting in charred, slightly spicy, really juicy chicken that is equally wonderful by itself. Add a pan sauce and now you’re in “amazing” territory. Garlic Ginger Chicken, Cilantro, I Foods, Spicy, Beverages, Mint, Cooking, Amazing, Peppermint

Amazing Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a go-to for many home chefs because they are so versatile. BUT, they can also be extremely bland and dried-out if not cooked and seasoned properly. In Garlic-Ginger Chicken with Cilantro and Mint, both the marinade and the cooking method have a huge payoff resulting in charred, slightly spicy, really…

The ingredients in this summery pasta dish are few, so fresh corn and ripe tomatoes are key. Bag Lunches, Sweet Corn, Brown Bags, Pasta Dishes, I Foods, Tomatoes, Entrees, Salads, Key

Summery Sweetness

In our neck of the country, no food combo screams summer quite as loudly as the holy trinity of sweet, fresh corn, tomatoes and basil. The Hubs and I try to eat them as often as we can during the short growing season. So finding a version of this recipe from Milk Street was welcome…

You don’t even have to get a grill going because these are done directly in a skillet. The secret to these burgers is the spicy-sweet flavor and a mild garlickiness from some Asian chili-garlic sauce and a little brown sugar mixed into the ground pork. Pork Burgers, Chili Garlic Sauce, Little Brown, Grilling Recipes, Skillet, I Foods, Brown Sugar, Spicy, Asian

Spicy-Sweet

How about another twist to the all-american hambuger? You don't even have to get a grill going because these Smoky Chili-Garlic Pork Burgers are done directly in a skillet. And no special skills are needed here, just a willingness to mix a few ingredients together and give one flip to each pattie. OK, and add…

Ideal for summer because it uses in-season tomatoes and eggplant. In addition, the pasta is cooked directly in the sauce so there’s no need to heat up the kitchen with another large pot of boiling water. Large Pots, I Foods, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Sausage, Pasta, Cooking, Water, Kitchen

Sausage and Eggplant Ragù

This pasta dish, loosely based on a sausage and eggplant ragù from Sicily, is ideal for summer because it uses in-season tomatoes and eggplant. In addition, the pasta is cooked directly in the sauce so there’s no need to heat up the kitchen with another large pot of boiling water. And it was hot as…

The onions are fried until crisp and deeply caramelized—almost burnt, really—to coax out a savory bittersweet flavor. Lentils And Rice, Onions, I Foods, Crisp, Vegetarian Recipes, Beef, Meals, Meat, Meal

Hearty Vegetarian Meal

Rice and lentils with caramelized onions is a much-loved food in the Middle East. This is Milk Street's take on the version they tasted in Lebanon, where the dish is called mujaddara. The rice and lentils are simmered together in the same pot, with the lentils getting a 10-minute head start so both finish at…

With a sweetness tempered by tangy vinegar, salty soy sauce and savory garlic and black pepper, the marinade infuses bone-in, skin-on chicken parts. Japanese Potato Salad, Lemon Lime, Soy Sauce, I Foods, Vinegar, Steak, Garlic, Stuffed Peppers, Chicken

Nicely Lacquered Skin

We recently returned from a two-week vacation on Cape Cod. Before departure, we knew that along with dining out sparingly (due to COVID restrictions) and ordering take-out, there would also be a fair amount of home-cheffing taking place. In preparation, we created a dinner menu and grocery list ahead of time. Yes, we are "those…

Chicken broth gives the sauce some backbone, and cornstarch slightly thickens it so that it lightly cloaks the meat and veggies. Pork And Green Beans, Quick Stir Fry, Fried Pork, Oyster Sauce, Cloaks, Pot Roast, Oysters, I Foods, Fries

Quick Stir-Fry

Stir-frying is the name of the game when you want something quick and healthy. And making it yourself ensures you know exactly what's in it, as compared to many Asian take-out places loaded with unwanted fat and calories. Cook's Illustrated found that marinating pork tenderloin in a simple soy-sherry mixture and cooking it quickly (about…

Imbued with spices that char at high heat, this aromatic pork recipe is a snap to throw together — exactly what you want for a night of summer grilling. Grilled Pork, Fennel, Skewers, Pork Recipes, I Foods, Spicy, Grilling, Good Food

Pork-Elicious!

Spicy Grilled Pork with Fennel, Cumin and Red Onion, just the name gets my juices flowing. Imbued with spices that char at high heat, this aromatic pork recipe is a snap to throw together — exactly what you want for a night of summer grilling. If using wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them in…

The side dish of Smashed Cucumber Salad with Peanuts, Scallions and Cilantro was just the ticket to compliment the pork and make for a low-carb dinner. Pork Recipes, Low Carb Recipes, Grilled Pork, Peanuts, Cilantro, I Foods, Ticket, Side Dishes

Accounting for Taste

Spicy Grilled Pork with Fennel, Cumin and Red Onion, just the name gets my juices flowing. Imbued with spices that char at high heat, this aromatic pork recipe is a snap to throw together — exactly what you want for a night of summer grilling. If using wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them in…

The secret for the best grilled tuna steaks? Extra-virgin olive oil my friend. Grilled Tuna Steaks, Grilled Fish, Vinaigrette, Seafood Recipes, I Foods, Olive Oil, The Best, Grilling

Beautifully Seared

The secret for the best grilled tuna steaks? Extra-virgin olive oil my friend. To produce tuna steaks beautifully seared on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, Cook's Illustrated discovered that marinating the fish in extra-virgin olive for at least an hour produced remarkably moist grilled fish. We took it a step further—in…

Just when the veal chops get moved over to the cool side of the grill, place the tomato skewers on the hot side. Everything will be done about the same time. Veal Chop, Loin Chops, Paste Recipe, Grilled Tomatoes, Skewers, I Foods, Chicken Wings, Grilling, Herbs

A WOW Factor

I first posted a blog on this Grilled Veal Rib Chops with Mediterranean Herb Paste recipe 5 years ago. Back then, we only had veal loin chops, but now we got to revisit with actual rib chops. We loved it the first time, and cemented the love affair with this reiteration. All of the herbs…

Almost magical in appearance, these little gems are sure to impress! Lollipop Recipe, Flank Steak, Pinwheels, I Foods, Grilling, Bbq, Appetizers, Gems, Dinner

Pretty Presentation

One of, if not THE, most popular posts on this blog over the course of its 6 1/2 year history is this Flank Steak Pinwheel Lollipops recipe. In the past month alone it garnered over 17,000 impressions on my Pinterest Board Casa "H" Culinary Creations! Even though they may look complicated in structure, they're not,…