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May Recipe Round Up   9 comments

I am participating in the May Recipe Round Up hosted by Kim at Hiraeth.  This month’s recipe topic is Appetizers. YUMMY!

I love to serve salads as appetizers.  This is a fabulous, easy and refreshing salad that works perfectly as an appetizer.  I double the recipe for larger crowds.  This recipe has received rave reviews.  I have made it several times and just thinking about it and seeing the picture is making my mouth water.  Enjoy!


hands-on time: 20 minutes total time: 30 minutes makes 6 servings

1 1-pound package frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
4 cups watermelon, seeded and roughly chopped
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
2 avocados, roughly chopped

Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Place the shrimp, watermelon, onion, cilantro, jalapeños, and avocados in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, oil, salt, and pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Cut down on prep time (not to mention refrigerator-shelf space) by using a “personal-size” watermelon (available in most supermarkets). It weighs only 4 to 6 pounds and contains few, if any, seeds.

Recipe courtesy of Real Simple’s “Meals Made Easy” – I highly recommend this cookbook.  Easy and delicious!

Posted May 15, 2007 by Lana G! in Cooking Tips, Entertainment, Events, Food, Fun, Recipes

What’s the best way to flip fish on the grill?   2 comments

While checking out the Cook’s Illustrated website  today, I came across their instructional videos and lo and behold there was one titled What’s the best way to flip fish on the grill?

If you have ever tried flipping fish on a grill, you know it is NOT an easy task!  Well, check this video out and Go and Get Your Learn On! By the way, this is for those of us who do not have or do not use a fish basket!  

(The link below takes you to the Featured Videos list.  You must then choose the What’s the best way to flip fish on the grill? video from the list)

Cook’s Illustrated Video

FYI their magazine – Cook’s Illustrated – is a very unique cooking magazine.  There are no advertisements.  They test recipes, gadgets, cooking techniques and cookware.  Every recipe is an experiment.  They test every possible way to perfect a recipe and tell you all the details. Informative and helpful indeed! 


Would you make 38 versions of the same dish to find the absolute best version?

We do, every day. Why? So you don’t have to.

The weekend is finally here!  Yippee! Remember to take  some time out for rest and relaxation this weekend.

Posted April 27, 2007 by Lana G! in Cooking Tips, Food