This Seared Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) is cooked to perfection in browned butter, and served with a tangy Mustard Caper Sauce. This flavorful dish is ready in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for Date Night! champagne-tastes.com

Seared Barramundi with Mustard Sauce

This Seared Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) is cooked to perfection in browned butter, and served with a tangy Mustard Caper Sauce. This flavorful dish is ready in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for Date Night! champagne-tastes.com

Seared Barramundi with Mustard Caper Sauce

This Seared Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) is cooked to perfection in browned butter, and served with a tangy Mustard Caper Sauce.  This flavorful dish is ready in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for Date Night!

Have you tried barramundi yet?  Have you ever heard of it?  Barramundi is a type of Asian Sea Bass that’s begun showing up in U.S. grocery stores recently.  It’s native to Southeast Asia and Australia.  If you’ve never tasted it, know that It’s a firm white fish, and its mild flavor takes well to marinades or sauces.  If you like grouper, striped sea bass, or red snapper– give this fish a try.  If you’re not sure whether or not you like those fish, but like trying new seafood options– go ahead and grab some at the store, and try this Seared Barramundi with Mustard Sauce!

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This Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple is perfect way to make fish the main meal at your spring and summer cookouts!

Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple

This Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple is perfect way to make fish the main meal at your spring and summer cookouts! champagne-tastes.com #ad

Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple

This Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple is perfect way to make fish the main meal at your spring and summer cookouts!  This recipe is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Can I confess something?  As much as I adore the idea of a cookout– I usually find myself eating semi-sad sandwiches made up of hamburger buns and hamburger toppings– without the meat.  Does this happen to you too?  If you, like me, choose to avoid red meat– you may feel a little left out when grilling season begins.  If you’ve found yourself gazing sadly over piles of grilled red meat, wishing for a healthier option– I’ve got one for you!

This year, as the grills fire up and spring turns into summer– reclaim your grill!!!  It’s time to bring seafood out of the kitchen and onto the fire, with this Grilled Chili Lime Salmon with Pineapple.

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These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos

These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos

These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia Tacos are filled with a strawberry cole slaw, sweetened rhubarb, and ginger seared tilapia.

Last month, I flew to Florida for the best friend’s wedding.  I spent my time getting the obligatory ‘I wore SPF 5 million but I’m insanely white’-sunburn, crying ugly (but happy) tears as she walked down the aisle, and eating as much fresh seafood as humanly possible.  What kind of seafood?  We ate oysters– of course– because I can’t find those at home, but also mahi mahi, grouper, and whatever type of fish tacos I could find.

When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about fish tacos– savory fish tacos, fish tacos with fruity salsa– I wanted them all!  These Strawberry Rhubarb Tilapia tacos are the brainchild of my seafood-obsessed mind and the piles of rhubarb and strawberries I brought home from the market last week.  Want some?  Keep reading!

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These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt

Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos

These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt

Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Burrito

These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are made with delicious, high-quality ahi tuna, filled with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger soy sauce and a spicy yogurt.  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Whenever I sit down to order food at a restaurant, my eyes scan the menu for something fishy. Is there something new for me to try?  Has their chef had a moment of seafood brilliance?  Last summer, I bit into something amazing– an ahi tuna burrito.

When I ordered it, I wasn’t completely sold.  Would the toppings overwhelm the tasty ahi?  Was it crazy to use a fish that shines so well all on its own…. in a burrito?  It turns out that it was crazy– crazy delicious!  (It’s okay if my jokes make you shake your head– but keep reading for the ahi!)  This is my version of that fish-licious wrap!  These Wasabi Ahi Tuna Burritos are stuffed with tasty seared ahi tuna, veggies, and two easy and quick sauces.

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This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce. It's perfect for date night or Derby Day! Best of all-- it's ready in about 15 minutes!

Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod

This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce. It's perfect for date night or Derby Day! Best of all-- it's ready in about 15 minutes!

Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod

This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod features flaky white cod topped with a sweet bourbon sauce.  It’s perfect for date night or Derby Day!  Best of all– it’s ready in about 15 minutes!  This post is sponsored by Orca Bay, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Years and years ago, before I happily devoured seafood day after day, I ordered a bourbon-glazed fish at a restaurant… and was AMAZED.  Back then, I wasn’t really sure what bourbon tasted like, and I wasn’t even sure what types of fish I liked best, let alone how to fix fish at home.  What I realized that day, though, is that bourbon with fish is a fantabulously delicious combination, and I wanted more!  This Kentucky Bourbon Seared Cod is perfect for a fancy-schmancy date night and bourbon-filled Derby Day parties, but is so quick, easy, and delicious that you could make it for a weeknight dinner too!

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The easy Seared Paprika Salmon with Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes

This Seared Paprika Salmon with Rosemary Grapes is ready in about 10 minutes, and is perfect for weeknight dinners, date nights, or as the seafood centerpiece at a dinner party.

This past winter, I had a love affair with hot smoked paprika. Ever since, I’ve been sprinkling it on fish obsessively.  So far, my favorite fish and paprika combination is salmon covered in the earthy red spice, and seared to perfection.  This easy and delicious dinner is ‘fancy-schmancy’ enough for dinner parties or date night, but is so quick to prepare and addictively flavorful that I make it for weeknight dinners too!  This Seared Paprika Salmon is heavily dusted with paprika, quickly seared, and then topped with a delicious grape chutney.

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This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor. This salad is perfect all by itself, piled on top of sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad

This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor. This salad is perfect all by itself, piled on top of sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad

This easy Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad is ready in minutes, and packed with flavor.  This salad is perfect all by itself, piled into sandwiches, or scooped onto crackers.

I’ve got a story– a tuna story.  Are you ready?  It’s exciting!  It has problem solving, excitement, and there’s even a lesson learned.  Last summer, the husband and I went on a hiking, camping, glamping, road trip ‘experience.’  Before we left, I started planning, and I had a problem.  A food problem, to be precise.  What, exactly, does one eat when you’re in a car, with no refrigeration or cooler, no microwave, no stovetop.  If peanut butter pops into your head– I agree– but not for three weeks!  My solution was tuna.  Actually, it was this Wasabi Asian Tuna Salad.

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This vegan-friendly Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is a delicious and easy Indian curry.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala

This vegan-friendly Mint Tea Hot Toddy hot cocktail is the perfect "get well" drink for for cold winter days.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala

This vegan-friendly Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is a delicious and easy Indian curry that needs 5 minutes of prep work, and 4 – 8 hours to slowly cook through.

A few months back, the husband’s family started gushing about a slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe they’d been making.  I won’t lie– I was suspicious.  Using a slow cooker seemed so… untraditional for a curry.  And then, I tasted the sauce.  I was sold.  Hook, line, and sinker– sold.  It was AMAZING, and I needed it in my life.  (But– I wanted it with veggies!)

This Slow Cooker Vegetable Masala is EASY– it has minimal prep work, and only a few steps to follow at the end.  My favorite part about this curry, and the reason I’ve been obsessed with it for the last few weeks, is that allowing the curry to cook slowly over several hours gives the spices time to come alive.  This slowly-cooked curry actually tastes better than the same recipe cooked on the stove top!

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Love rice? Today's 'Cooking 101' post- How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave!

How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave

Love rice? Today's 'Cooking 101' post- How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave!

How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave

Today’s ‘Cooking 101’ tutorial: How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave!  Follow a few easy steps and get fluffy, delicious rice in less than 20 minutes.

In my house, we go through a lot of basmati rice.  Sometimes we eat it with curry, sometimes with lentils, but I always– and I mean always— cook it in the microwave.  Actually, I cook all my rice in the microwave.  Why?  It’s easy, seemingly foolproof, and is ready in about 20 minutes.

I realize that this post won’t be helpful for everyone.  Some of you are ‘anti-microwave,’ others have rice cookers, and some of you probably cook rice on the stove top regularly without any issues.   Personally, I don’t use the microwave on a regular basis– except for rice.  If you’re ‘rice challenged,’ and have issues with rice sticking to the bottom of your pot when cooking– this post is for you.  If having multiple stove top burners going at once stresses you out– this recipe will let you put the rice in the microwave while dinner cooks on the stove.  If you’re simply looking for an incredibly easy way to fix your basmati rice– keep reading, because this post is for you too!

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This vegan 'Get Well Soup' features sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric to help you feel better!

Onion and Garlic ‘Get Well Soup’

Onion and Garlic 'Get Well Soup'

Onion and Garlic ‘Get Well Soup’

This vegan ‘Get Well Soup’ features sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and turmeric to help you feel better!

This winter has been germy.  It seemed like no matter how hard the husband and I ducked and dodged to avoid cold cooties, we caught them.  If you too have been battling the cold and flu season, here’s a ‘get well’ soup to get you back on the road to health.  This ‘Get Well Soup’ is made from healing ingredients like sweet caramelized onions and roasted garlic, warming ginger, and a dash of turmeric.

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