Monthly Archives: April 2016

Blackened Salmon

I love grilling Salmon and have tried several recipes. Salmon is probably a little healthier than what I usually grill. Grilling salmon is quick, easy and very delicious. The most important tip is not to overcook. This blackened seasoned Salmon is my favorite and I have used it many times.

Blackened Seasoning:

1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 ½ tablespoons canola oil

Combine and mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Brush the salmon with the canola oil and rub the entire salmon filet with the blackened seasoning. Over medium heat, place the salmon on the grill, skin side down. Close the grill (to get even cooking) and grill for 4-5 minutes; then gently turn the salmon over and grill for another 4-5 minutes. Take the salmon off the grill and let set for a few minutes. Remove the skin and serve with lemon slices. Enjoy.

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Let the Good Times Roll

This is the motto from the Cigar Factory of New Orleans.  Let the good times roll is exactly what I did when I received a gift sampler from my wife who recently visited New Orleans. My three pack sampler included a Corona 44 x 5 1/4”, Café 42 x 6”, and a Numero Tres 46 x 51/4” ranging from a medium to rich and full flavors.

Located on Bourbon Street and Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Cigar Factory customers can watch cigars being hand-rolled.The cigars are from Cuban seed and two year old long leaf Nicaraguan tobacco. All of the smokes in the sampler had great flavor and long lasting burn. If you want to learn more about the Cigar Factory, check them out at:  http://www.cigarfactoryneworleans.com.

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Limoncello

Trying this traditional Italian Lemon Liqueur was a new and flavorful experience. It is produced mainly in southern Italy, Sicily, and the Maltese island of Gozo. With an alcohol content of 38-42%, Limoncello is served chilled as an after dinner drink and is usually served in small chilled glasses. I liked it so much that I brought a bottle back to states

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which has since been finished. My local Italian restaurateur friend has promised to bring me another bottle this summer but I have found many recipes online that promise an authentic taste.

Here is one to try:

1 liter of alcohol (Vodka)
2 pounds of lemons
2 pounds of sugar
1 liter of water

Peel the zest from the lemons and add the alcohol in a suitably sized container (preferably glass). A potato peeler works fine but a zester will work better. Let it set for 5 days, occasionally swirling and stirring it.

On the 6th day, boil the water and dissolve the sugar in it. Let cool for a little while and then add to the lemon/alcohol mixture. Let it sit for two more days.

Place in smaller bottles, filter off the solids. Store in a cool place and serve from the freezer. It you let it sit long enough it will clear some.

Serves 10

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When In Rome

Well, I wasn’t in Rome but I was in Italy when I tried this craft brew. I always enjoy trying local food and drink when I travel. So when I asked for a local craft beer when I was in a country that is known more for wine than beer, I was pleasantly surprised with the result. There was only one craft brew to choose from at the Pizzeria A Casa D’Amici in Catania – Settantasett. Brewed in Castel San Giorgio, Italy, the style is an Abbey Dubbel, which is typically a dark, malty, yeasty ale and has an ABV range of 6.5-8%. This Italian ale has an ABV of 7%. It poured with a creamy, off-white, long lasting head. I really enjoyed the flavors of roasted malt and caramel. It is only served in a 750ml bottle, which is no problem when shared around the table. Now I want to try the Abbey Style Dubbel from New Belgium that I can get in here in the states.

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