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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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Where Have You Been…


*insert a scantily clad Rihanna here*

Anyhoo…I was having a conversation with a friend today [who must have been bored] and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen any posts recently.  #fact  Who knew trying to work full-time, go to school full-time, sleep and eat were going to take up so much of my time.  So my apologies for not posting more often.  The other thing is…I’ve initiated Operation Kate Moss in an effort to try to drop some pounds for the summer so I haven’t been cooking that much lately either.

So…no cooking=no blogging…or so I thought.  A couple months ago, I bought this little salad bowl thingie from Whole Foods.  It was only 10 bucks but as long as you keep watering it and place it in sunlight it continues to grow, even after cutting the lettuce for your salads.  The problem was, I was eating salad like twice a day and it took at least a week for the stuff to grow back.  And then enters Pinterest…  I was doing my normal midnight stroll through the land of Pinterest and came across a post on how to build a raised garden.  This damn thing would solve like twelve of my problems: 1. I think food is too damn expensive, so why not grow it myself., 2. My salad bowl wasn’t growing back fast enough., 3. This house I just moved into had a backyard that was in freakin’ shambles, so this would take up a lot of space and make it look somewhat presentable, 4. Maybe it was only 3 really, but that Pinterest post was a godsend.

My ragtag yard before I started the project

I’ll spare you the measuring details and giving the guy at Home Depot the side eye when I asked him to put 8-2×8 pieces of landscaping timber and stacking 400lbs of soil into my 350Z…although it probably would have been a funny picture.  Moving along, it took me the better part of a Saturday afternoon to construct this thing and I was super stoked because I did it all by myself *hikes up big girl panties*.

Workin’ it out!

Yay me!

I wanted to plant some hearty but easy to care for veggies and I even threw some strawberries in there.

Some of the goodies I planted

I chose cabbage, rainbow swiss chard, make a salad bowl of my own (red, bibb and romaine lettuces), some good ol’ collards to go with my fried catfish *judge me*, spinach and cherry tomatoes.  I planted some herbs too, but nothing major.

The babies all snug in the dirt

Things are starting to sprout, bud and grow and I can’t wait to grill some peaches, make more fresh salads and saute some swiss chard.

We’ve got some action!!!

Last year’s peach tree…yummy!

My little tomatoes

Stay tuned…  We may have to create a tab for salad dressings and quick summer dishes.  Feel free to share your ideas too!

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