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QUICK FIX: Roast Pork with Strawberry Salsa and Rotini with Summer Squash

August 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Pork tenderloin with fresh strawberry salsa make a sweet and spicy summer dinner. Ripe, colorful, berries make delicious desserts, but I also add them to salads or use them to make tasty, condiments for cooked meats. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Fresh fish makes a tasty taco

August 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Tacos, a traditional Mexican dish, are becoming a favorite American sandwich.
I tasted a delicious fish taco recently at a Miami food truck, Que Pinche Taco, and asked the owner, Octavio Miller, how he made them. He told me he only uses the freshest fish and delicately seasons the fillets. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Any kind of salsa can perk up chicken breasts

July 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Chunky tomato salsa tops sauteed chicken breasts for this quick 15-minute meal. It’s simple enough for any weekday meal or a holiday weekend with friends. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Shrimp Saganaki: A Greek classic with garden-fresh flavors

July 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Today’s dinner is a fresh, summer take on shrimp saganaki, a Greek dish in which shrimp is sauteed with onion, celery and tomatoes and topped with feta cheese. It takes its name from the shallow, two-handled pan in which it is cooked. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Bahamian seafood adds touch of spice to rice, pigeon peas

July 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

While in the Bahamas, I tasted a minced lobster dish. Not only was it good, it takes only minutes to make. I used shrimp instead of lobster because it is easy to find. Crab meat also works well with this recipe. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Steak and salad — in one tasty sandwich

July 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Simply grilled steak on garlic-flavored county bread smothered with caramelized onions and mushrooms and topped with spicy arugula makes a tasty, all-in-one meal. It’s a steak and salad dinner that’s perfect for a summer meal. Add a few tomato slices on the side. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Sun-dried tomatoes, capers to garlic chicken

June 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A sun dried tomato and capers sauce makes a great topping for a quick sauteed garlic and lemon-flavored chicken breast. This is a tasty way to dress up cooked chicken breast. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Adobo-rubbed cowboy steak lassos flavor as big as Texas

June 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Texas cowboys working near the Rio Grande border loved their cowboy steaks flavored with Mexican spices. I tasted a modern version that had a hint of ginger. The spice mixture forms a crisp coating over the steak keeping the meat juicy with a burst of flavor. A Texas-style cowboy steak can be about 18 to 20 ounces. But that’s Texas. Here’s a more manageable version adapted to fit our lifestyle. Continue Reading

QUICK FIX: Sauce lends barbecue flavor to burgers without heating grill

June 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Juicy burgers are an American favorite. Barbecue sauce mixed in with the meat gives a barbecue flavor without having to heat up the grill. It also helps make these lower-fat burgers moist. Continue Reading

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