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Jun 22nd, 2004

Well, I've decided to get over the fact that my friends are making fun of me and soldier on. I've thought of starting my own cooking blog rather than overwhelming this site, but there are so many cooking blogs out there already. And really, what would be my angle? Busy mom cooks food her kids won't eat? I don't know, somehow it doesn't really reach out and grab you. So I guess I'll continue here for now, until I get too embarrassed or find an alternate venue.

I did do some cooking over the weekend. Saturday evening my friend Larissa came over with her daughter, Alina, who is a good buddy of Jay's. We had a nice relaxed picnic style meal of good bread, spreads, and avocados that she brought, some broiled soy-lime marinated tuna, and green salad that I made, and some yummy summer mangos, cherries, and blueberries. With a few beers and the kids playing out back in the last rays of the sun, life just doesn't get better than that. Well, actually the gourmet chocolates that Larissa brought (I tasted one scented with Earl Gray tea, and another that tasted of fresh mint right out of the garden) did manage to make life just the tiniest bit better!

On Father's Day I made Jim his favorite breakfast, which is prepared as follows: Walk to the Red Apple market and buy donuts - get maple, sugar, and chocolate kinds. Let Jim sleep in until at least 10:00. Arrange donuts attractively on a plate while he makes his usual latte. Serve.

It never fails.

My parents came up for the day, but my mom hasn't been feeling all too well, so we had a nice big lunch instead of a dinner so they could get home early. Jim requested chicken club sandwiches, so that's what we had, with an avocado aioli and a big salad for the Atkins-ites who wouldn't do the bread part. For dessert, vanilla icecream and strawberries from my dad's garden. It was all good.

Along with the strawberries, my parents brought along the biggest cabbage known to humankind. I don't really want to know what my dad is putting on his garden to achieve these mutant vegetables, but I literally had to use all my body weight to wedge that dang thing into our fridge. I'm not sure it's ever coming out again, but if it does, a veritable mountain of slaw will ensue. If you don't hear from us again, it's because we have been buried under a metric ton of shredded cabbage.


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I've recently discovered Talapia. Heretofore, I'd been rather shy of this small white fish because in Hawaii, it's akin to wild catfish-- swims around the drainage ditches and little streams eating lord knows what off the concrete and rocks. Having overcome my aversion, I've discovered that it's an easy and tasty meal. -- My favorite way to cook fish is with some sort of rub, then to sear them, but I've also been marinating them, or wrapping them in foil with some spices and throwing them on the grill. What I don't eat at night, I use for tasty tasty sandwhiches.

-posted by adm on Mar 12th, 2006
I love Kymm's postings.

Today I fed Priya the meat of a McD's cheeseburger and fries off the floor of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. If I ever manage to do better than that, I too will post onto this board. Till then, I eat vicariously with the Cooperrider family. Don't stop typing and leave me hungry.

-posted by Hetal on Mar 12th, 2006
Adam, I keep meaning to try this fish. It's super cheap at the Red Apple, and I know that it is being farmed commercially in this country, so it no longer has the unfortunate taste that comes from swimming in drainage ditches, as you mentioned. But one of my favorite cookbook authors, Mark Bittman, advises cooks to steer clear of Tilapia entirely. He says it tastes muddy. But I'm going to try it out anyway. Probably not right now though, as the fish season is in full swing in Seattle. In the last few weeks I've gotten some excellent salmon, ahi tuna, and last week I got Mahi Mahi for $2.99 a pound. I wasn't thrilled with the Mahi Mahi marinade I tried though, it was okay, just not great. It was basically like marinating the fish in a mojito (rum, lime, mint, honey) with some additional spicy ingredients (jalepeno, cilantro, garlic, oil, and salt). Anyone have a good recipe that's good for Mahi Mahi? I've still got a bunch in the freezer. For god sake, it was $2.99 a pound!

-posted by Kymm on Mar 12th, 2006
I like mahi mahi with a mango slasa. Though I've also made it crusting it with a coconut concoction (that's fun to say!). I think the mojito sounds, basically good, though I'd probably have skipped the mint part. You might also try roasting/broiling it with rosemary and seaweed. -- That is, wrap it in something with the rosemary and seeweed and a little sea salt, and cook it for a bit, then uncover to let it crisp up a bit more.

-posted by adm on Mar 12th, 2006
Hmm.... gotta get myself some of that slasa. (hee, I never tire of teasing the adm about his spelling). You got any recipes or descriptions for coconut crusted mahi mahi? That sounds faboo.

-posted by Kymm on Mar 12th, 2006
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