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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian

Grilled Swordfish With Dill and Caper Butter Sauce

Swordfish is awesome. Shall I list the reasons why? Yes? Okay…

First and foremost, it’s meaty. Unlike the lighter and flakier white fillets — such as flounder or tilapia — a quality cut of swordfish could easily play the part of a steak in a pescetarian’s diet thanks to it’s full-bodied texture. Secondly it’s mild in flavor, which allows for flexibility and makes it a great “starter” fish for anyone looking to incorporate more fish into their diets but are hesitant on whether or not they *love* it. And finally, swordfish is a sustainable option. Best options are caught by handlines, harpoons, or buoys from the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and U.S. North Atlantic. You may also find good alternatives at your market, which are caught by large mesh drift gillnets, pelagic longline, or shallow-set longline from California, U.S. Atlantic, U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and the East Pacific. But as always, if the fish your eyeing isn’t labelled, ask your trusty fishmonger.

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East Series, Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian

Long Life Noodles {Yi Mein}

This recipe is part of my EAST Series

Today’s post kicks off the second segment of my EAST series, and we’re tasting China!

This dish is all sorts of noodle-pulling goodness.

Long Life Noodles, or Longevity Noodles, represent a long unbroken life. They’re a must-have at joyous events in Chinese culture, like the Chinese New Year and, more importantly, at birthday celebrations. Some noodle variations are actually meant specifically for birthdays — Longevity Noodles being one of them. (Fun fact: On the bottom of the box of Longevity Noodles I purchased, it actually reads “Longevity noodles are an appropriate birthday gift”. My birthday is December 2nd, FYI.) Serving these noodles to someone bids them a long life with prosperity and good luck. But because the long noodles represent a long life, cutting the noodles symbolically shortens your life.

So maybe don’t do that. Just keep slurpin’.

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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian

Grilled Jerk Fish Tacos With Tangy Peach Salsa

It wasn’t until the other day when I realize I didn’t have a fish taco recipe on this blog. Like hi, how sad. Not only is this a pescetarian blog, but I’m also kind of/sort of a taco aficionado. My husband and I are total devotees to Taco Tuesday and we hit up our neighborhood taco joint weekly in order to celebrate the taco. How could I let this happen? (I do have a shrimp taco recipe, though. Just sayin’.)

Last week I hit up Facebook and asked you, my readership, what you wanted to see more of on this blog. I’m *really* glad I did this, because sometimes as a blogger, my mind is just a jumble of ideas with no concrete plans. Some of the suggestions I received were flippin’ brilliant, and now I feel more inspired than ever! So, if you were a part of that, THANK YOU.

One of my pals suggested fish tacos, and a light went on in my head almost immediately: jerk fish tacos. And when I perused the Raleigh farmers’ market this past weekend, sweet peach salsa came to mind — sweet peach salsa with tangy locally-grown green tomatoes.

Aww yisss.

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Food, Main Dishes, Pescetarian

Summer Zucchini and Pesto Pizza With Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms were on my list of “unicorn produce to get my hands on this season” along with romanesco, watermelon radishes, and cucamelons. (I’ve yet to find cucamelons and I’m getting pretty salty about it, to be honest.)

Back in the beginning of April, I helped my friends till and plant their garden. Like, a real BIG garden — not an urban container garden like mine (though no disrespect to container gardens, mine is blooming like mad right now!) Over the weekend, I visited said friends and paid a visit to their crop; I wanted a proud veggie mom moment. And omg. I can’t tell you how excited I was (and how confused my friends were) when I spotted these highly sought-after squash blossoms.

It sounds fancy, and it looks fancy, but if you’re a gardener and you’re growing zucchini, you know that these blossoms are accessible, easy to harvest, and meals that include them aren’t as pretentious as they look. Sometimes I struggle with making meals look approachable because I love gorgeous produce and fresh ingredients, but all of these things are easy to snag if you know where to look.

This pizza is as easy to assemble as it is pretty.

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Food, Main Dishes, Salads, Sides, tapa-tizers + snacks, Vegetarian

Cold Soba Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love hitting up the patio to grill. Nothing tastes more summertime than something that’s been given the char treatment — especially when it comes to your fave proteins and veggies. But here in North Carolina, some days are just too damn hot. Too hot to fire up the grill, too hot to heat up the oven, and almost too hot to eat… but we *have* to eat.

For this reason, I think it’s super important to have a few go-to recipes that will cool you down while also being substantial and nourishing for your bod.

This soba noodle salad does just that; this soba noodle salad is LIFE.

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