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Cilantro for days…


Outside of work stuff, summer is a really busy season for me so I’m always looking for quick and creative food ideas.  Last year I came across a recipe on Pinterest that I really liked.  It looked really easy and seemed flavorful based on the ingredients, but it took forever to find some reasonably priced crabmeat.  I mean the one good thing about living in Baltimore is that crab and oysters are always at your beck and call, but sometimes they get a little pricey.  Anyhoo, fast forward, I made the dish…it was amazing and easy and quick.  I decided it would now be one of my summer staples.

I hope you’re good at following a storyline here, because I’m always all over the place.  Maybe a month or so ago Whole Foods had their “One Day Deal” on jumbo lump crabmeat.  At $15/lb it was a steal and I got like 5 things.  So I made some crab cakes and added some crab to my vodka sauce and then it was 85 degrees and I didnt feel like cutting my stove on.  Re-enter the cilantro lime crab salad recipe.  I got home late, had to mow the lawn and before I knew it, it was 9pm.  I whipped this up in less than 10 minutes.  Check out the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup (8 oz.) lump crab meat
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced finely
  • 1-2 tsp jalapeño, diced finely (optional)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Dash of cumin
  • 1 avocado, cut in half, pit removed

Here’s where the story changes pace again…I went to the market on Tuesday and they had a sale on cilantro.  2 bunches for $1…another steal!  I swear I bought all the cilantro.  So now I have like 5 more bunches at home and nothing to do with them.  I was sitting at my desk thinking, “I wonder what else I could make with cilantro…” and I came across a recipe for Coconut Shrimp Salad With Spicy Mango & Cilantro Salsa at Food Republic.  Its an oven recipe, but its baked and healthy and has that fresh mango salsa.  Its going to go great with the white sangria I’m making this weekend and you guys got a twofer today.  Have a great weekend!

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How do you end a crappy work week?


Scrap the happy hour and get Joe Squared wasted!!! Earlier this week I was checking out Food Network’s Twitter feed and saw that a local spot had received the honor of being one of the nation’s 50 best pizzas. The crazy thing is, I’d been driving past this place for years, (for as long as I was able to drive really) and never once thought to stop. And I’m not sure if the reason I didn’t stop was because this silly Baltimore geographical thing, but I’m going to attribute it to that. There’s this thing where if you’re from the West Side, you don’t really do things on the East Side and vice versa. Luckily for me, the vast majority of restaurants, chain or otherwise are located on the West Side…my side of town. Well Jesus take the wheel!  I no longer have to deal with the likings of Dominoes and Papa John’s for my pizza fix.

See this city's crazy mixed up jigsaw lines...

So anyhow, after I make my daily trek back from the DC area for work, I planned to have a date night with myself…some pizza, a few beers and Rio. “Lionel Ritchie works every time.” I get to Joe Squared and it’s a beautiful evening. They’ve expanded since the last time I drove and even noticed the place. There was a nice little outdoor patio section where people where enjoying drinks and pizza (of course). But once I got inside, this place was far from your average corner pizza joint. They serve everything from pizza to gumbo to cheesesteaks and everything in between. A gentleman was setting up in the corner to play his guitar, live. The bar was fully stocked and with what seemed like more import than domestic choices. Score!

Setting up...

Now based on Food Network’s choice, I ordered the Flag Pizza. And it doesn’t take an Einstein to realize that the pizza is an homage to the Italian flag. The red stripe was made with red sauce and five, count ‘em five cheeses (Asiago, mozzarella, Parmigiano, provolone and romano). The green stripe was a fresh and light treat, made with fresh mozzarella and pesto sauce. And my favorite out of the entire masterpiece was the white stripe. I don’t know what exactly it was, but it was divine…I plan to go back and just order a pizza made like the white stripe. It was white sauce with cheddar, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. I’m going to assume that the ricotta was seasoned a bit more than everything else, but it was perfect! I wish I hadn’t gotten a small. *sad face*  All six slices and two Stellas later, I was in heaven.

Of course I had to get it with extra cheese. Please and thank you!

Yeah…all of that said, blame it on the alcohol that this ending is a bit abruptly… I’m pregaming before I get ready to go to my friend’s 29th birthday shindig. This shall be one for the ages. And in typical fat girl fashion, I’m hoping that she has cupcakes!!! Happy birthday Quiana!

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