Halibut with Mango and Goat Cheese

Grilling in the summer is the norm at my house. Lately, I have really been trying to get my kids to eat more fish. This Halibut with Mango and Goat Cheese recipe is one of my newest favorite creations that they really liked (can you say no leftovers?).  The combination of maple syrup and Dijon mustard flavors the fish to perfection, and it goes great with the sweet and savory mango topping made with fresh mangos, parsley, lime juice and goat cheese. This makes a great weekend night family dinner or weekend idea for entertaining with friends. Serve with a tossed salad and grilled asparagus or grilled okra for a healthy summery meal in under 35 minutes.

So Simple, So Summery, So Good: Watermelon-Tomato and Arugula Salad

This Watermelon-Tomato, Arugula Salad is a true taste of summer. This salad was inspired by a similar salad I had at George’s Restaurant in Alys Beach, Florida, one of my favorite places. The fresh combination of peppery arugula topped with sweet watermelon, mild yellow tomatoes and flavorful goat cheese mesh together perfectly. You don’t even need to use olive oil because it’s so healthy and low in fat. I drizzled mine with balsamic vinegar and fresh pepper, and that’s all I needed. Feel free to add grilled shrimp or grilled chicken to make this a main-dish salad as well. This is definitely my new favorite summer salad.

July 2011

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“Take Out” Food Ideas for Super Bowl Sunday

I was recently asked by the Editors of Magic City Post, to write a Super Bowl feature for their site on my favorite pick-up or to-go foods in Birmingham. I had many friends ask me to share this list on my site as well, so here you go. For those of you not in Birmingham, I am hopeful this will spark you top picks for buffalo wings, great appetizers and desserts in your home town. This list is great if you are short on time this weekend like I am. I am at my daughter’s dance competition out of town and won’t be back until right before game time. Go Steelers!

APPETIZERS

-Guacamole, fruits and vegetables, Whole Foods Market, Mountain Brook

-Queso dip and quesadillas, La Paz, Crestline Village in Mountain Brook

-Elkmont’s Belle Chevre goat cheese, shown at right, Whole Foods Market, Mountain Brook

-Mozzarella sticks, Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub, Crestline Village in Mountain Brook

-White pimiento cheese, Piggly Wiggly

MAIN DISHES

-Buffalo wings, Billy’s Bar and Grill, English Village in Mountain Brook and Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills

-Chicken fingers and cheese biscuits, Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

-Mini-Reuben or any deli sandwiches, Max’s Delicatessen, Colonnade

-Marinated steak and chicken kebabs to grill, Fresh Market

-Pizza, Bongiorno Italian Restaurant, Crestline Village in Mountain Brook

-Friday-Sunday chicken penne pasta special, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

DESSERTS

-Pie (any flavor), Johnny Ray’s BBQ

-Baby Bites, Pastry Art Bake Shoppe, Homewood

-Strawberry Signature Iced Cake, Ashley Mac’s, Bluff Park in Hoover and Cahaba Heights in Vestavia Hills

-Cupcakes, Dreamcakes Bakery, Edgewood in Homewood