Blur

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Do you ever feel like your life is a blur? So many activities, responsibilities, places to be? Chris and I had 3 1/2 hours ALONE together this week. He came in to off load, re-ice, re-fuel. It happened to be during a time when I had scheduled a sitter as I had appointments where kids are not allowed. Anyway, since he was home and the sitter was here…..we had a date! Well, sort of. It was the middle of the week, middle of the day thing. So not exactly date-ish. And, we ran the errands and attended to appointments that I would have done anyway ~ we just did it together. So yeah…. date-ish. Anyway, among the rushing around we saw some friends that we’ve known for years. When I first met Chris, this couple played a large part in our budding romance. (That’s another story for another time) Anyway, these two sweet people are getting on in years. We talked a few minutes and when we got back into the truck we were both silent. (An oddity for the two of us, for sure!) Regaining our chattiness, we went over how long we’ve known them, how they used to be, and were astounded by how quickly the time as passed. These people were vibrant and full of life. 13 years ago. Those years have blown by SO SO quickly. Seeing them that day, seeing how they’ve aged and changed –  was a shocking and vivid reminder of how fleeting the time is that we truly have together.

I am just fine with my semi-date day. If I run errands with my husband, and laugh together as we cross our ‘to-do’s’ off the list, and watch the water for a few minutes while we wait for an appointment TOGETHER…that is good. So from last week, with all it’s um, difficulties –  to this week, with the same difficulties and more actually…. my view has changed. And, more than ever, I am grateful that this sweet couple has reminded me again that each of  these few moments that we spend with each other, or with the kids, or seeing friends…these moments all strung together ARE our lives. I’m savoring each of them.

Simple Salmon

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I just put oil in a pan, seasoned it with Trader Joe’s “21 Salute” and topped it with Panko crumbs (again from TJ) and some fresh dill, popped it into the pan.

 The trick with fish is not to over cook it.  Cook until opaque on bottom and up sides – less than half way – few minutes- and flip and do the same on the other side.  Wow what a treat.
Served with fresh lemon.

I love this kind of thing. Super simple, but really good. I tried it (I’m not generally a ‘trout’ person) but Chris just LOVES this Steelhead. Plus, I was going to TJ anyway. 🙂 So, I did it and it was quite tasty. I fully believe in her advice of ‘do not overcook!’ and I was careful to take it off even a bit early. Which made Chris very happy. Plus, my son went out and picked a lemon from the back yard for it ~ which made him willing to try it. He liked it too! Yay ~ a family meal where everyone ate and everyone liked!!!

Marinate for Sea Bass, Salmon, your favorite fresh fish.

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This simple recipe was shared with us by Tim W. I love how easy, simple it is….and the flavor is perfect with our Amazing White Sea Bass. I topped it with tiny chopped chives for serving. Afterward, I found a nice recipe for Coconut Rice that I think would have been perfect with it…. gives me a reason to do it again! Thanks Tim!!

Try this on Halibut, White Sea Bass, Salmon or any of your favorite fresh fish!

Summertime!

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What a beautiful start to this season. We are LOVING this sunshine.  The kids and I are settling into having Chris away….kind of. We’ve been staying up way too late, eating dinners that are for sure NOT dinner food (scrambled eggs are so fast, and so easy!) swimming a lot and making random stops at the beach. What’s your favorite way to kick off SUMMERTIME?

Grilled Skin-on Sea Bass

Grilled Skin-on Sea Bass Recipe

Few fish are as pleasurable to grill than our local White Sea Bass.  Below you’ll find a simple technique for grilling your filets, which can be accompanied by fresh steamed or grlled veggies for a simple and delicious meal to celebrate Father’s Day!

Angel Shark Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Angel Shark Tacos Recipe

Angel Shark is one of the favorites of locals in the know due to it’s great flavor, delicate texture, and overall versatility in the kitchen.  A classic choice for fish tacos at many of our local eateries and a fish that adapts great to any style of cooking, including grilling, broiling, deep frying, or pan frying. See our recipe below for grilled fish tacos using our fresh, amazing Angel Shark.

If you love fish tacos, Angel Shark is a perfect choice!

 

Local California King Crab with Lemon and Melted Butter

California King Crab

California King Crab is one of the local delicacies few have had the experience of trying.  Their thin shell not only makes extracting the meat extremely easy compared with other types of crab, but also provides more delicious crab meat per pound of whole crab, which means more for you to enjoy! (that is, unless you prefer the shell! :-).  Arguably the best shellfish our coast has to offer, we know you’ll love it and so will your family or guests.  We’re happy to do the work for you and have your crab cleaned and prepared to cook and also included a quick recipe for cooking your crab below.

Steam Braised Fish

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Our new favorite way to prepare our fish is “steam-braising”, which we learned from a chef in the UK, who admittedly made up the term, and have yet to find a fish that it does not work well with.  You won’t find mention of this technique anywhere I can think of, but you’ve probably done something similar with a foil parcel/packet.

 

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