Stuffed Calamari in Tomato Sauce

I used to hate calamari when I was a kid. Really, it was just the tentacles that bothered me. Not gonna lie, I still don’t like them.

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Cleaning & Preparing Whole Squid

There’s not too many culinary tasks that intimidate me. I have a lot of nifty gadgets that can make even the most daunting tasks seem easy. However, I had a box of whole squid in the freezer for over a year because I just had no idea where to begin.

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Beer Battered Crab Cakes

Crab is one of those foods that is like a perfect life partner. It can go casual with a simple dunking in a vat of melted butter, or it can get all dressed up and mingle in a party of other ingredients. In other words, I like it.

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Leek & Fennel Salmon Loaf

20190730_173122One of the greatest things about salmon (aside from all the healthy stuff… omega-3 fatty acids…blah, blah, blah… you know “omega” is a Greek letter) is the fact that it is the perfect medium for so many other flavors, yet is still strong enough to hold its own.

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Creamy Crab Dip with Rosemary & Kalamata Olives

20190508_215812My Medium Boy’s exact words were “Oh my God, this is delicious” when a spoonful of this dip hit his mouth.  I’m not sure, but I think he may have liked it.

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Cheesy Crab Dip with Artichokes & Greek Peperoncini

20190113_201048It’s the early 90s, Berkeley, Ca.  I’m being treated to a nice dinner at Skates On The Bay, a surf-and-turf restaurant literally on the San Francisco Bay.  We order the crab and artichoke dip with focaccia bread.  I was hooked.

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Greek White Fish Stew

20181126_221503Fresh seafood combined with fresh vegetables simmered in a flavorful broth, topped with a sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese, and that comes together in a jiffy… why yes, I’d like seconds, please!

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Ginger-Lime Noodle Soup

20200311_190203My cousin gets the credit for introducing me to what became the inspiration for this soup.  She brought the original recipe with her and said we should make this for dinner.  When my cousin says “should” what she really means is “will”, but usually I’m game for whatever plans she concocts, so it works out anyway!

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Roast Salmon with Pesto

20180812_202057I had an “embarrassment of riches” situation.  Thanks to a deal at Costco and a generous neighbor, I had a bunch of wild salmon (no complaints).  I also had a ton of pesto due to a prolific planting of basil (also no complaints).

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Greek Summer Salad with Anchovies

20180629_115755There are few tasks when visiting family in Greece that I enjoy as much as going to the λαïκη (lye-ee-KEE), the farmer’s market.  There you will find the ripest, most colorful produce, buckets of olives, slabs of feta, and the freshest seafood and meats.  I drool walking past each display.

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Caper & Green Olive Salmon Keftedes

20180604_204316It was on a whim one summer evening a few years ago that I decided to do something with some leftover salmon other than just reheating it.  Lo and behold, a new favorite meal was born.

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