Think summertime and it will make you smile. Let your mind wander. Ahh, good times, indeed! This time of the year more than any other gives me a sense of not having enough time for all the things I would like to do–or wouldn’t want to miss out on. With time on my mind, I would like to point out the thing that is most impressive about the entire Coleson’s Catch seafood assortment–its purity of flavor. Each item can be simply cooked with no fuss. What has been mentioned on more than one occasion, when I have prepared Coleson’s Catch seafood for someone, is that it will of course taste good because a professional chef is cooking. Truly, the product doesn’t need a professional chef to make it taste good. Why? Because it stands on its own.
Most of us either have a summer vegetable garden or know someone with one. It might be just a tiny plot with two tomato plants, a pepper bush, a zucchini vine, and some basil. For many it is the full spectrum–with rows of corn, eggplant, carrots, beets, and lettuces. The sun-warmed, vine-ripened possibilities we can cook or eat fresh are heavenly!
One of the easiest ways to enhance a plain piece of fish or meat is to top it with compound butter (see recipe linked below). If you make a quarter pound and keep it in the refrigerator, it will make for the quickest possible flavor enhancer ever. You can also make the butter even more flavorful by incorporating herbs. A little of this flavored butter goes a very long way–an important point for the calorie counters.
During the summer, we often do not want to heat up the house with cooking, which is why the barbeque is used a lot. However, many households don’t cook outside, so I’ll give you a few open-flame ideas using the more hearty and robust fish, the kind most suited to open-flame cooking.
Quick, Healthy and Easy Summer Recipes
Tilapia with Peach and Cherry Salsa
Tilapia with Beets and Greens
Orange Roughy with Asparagus and Corn
Orange Roughy with Short-Cut Ratatouille
Mahi-Mahi with Tarragon and Mustard
Mahi-Mahi Zucchini and Carrot “Spaghetti”
Mussel Meat Linguini Salad
Imitation Crab Meat with Avocado Salad Sandwiches
Tuna Steak Holy Cow
Swordfish and Mushroom Kebab
Basic Compound Butter