Flavorful Grilled Shrimp

Flavorful Grilled Shrimp by John Spottiswood

This is a classic grilled shrimp recipe originally from Craig Clairborne's NYT cookbook, then adapted by Ina Garten, and then finally perfected by me. :-) Seriously, this is a wonderful staple to have in your pantry of recipes. You can serve this over pasta (which we did the other night), as an appetizer with a variety of dipping…

8 votes
Spanish Scallops

Spanish Scallops by Nancy Miyasaki

These are amazingly rich and tasty. I served these as an entree, but I think they would make an extremely good appetizer too. Make sure to serve with some crusty artisan bread for dipping in the Romesco Sauce.

6 votes
Scallops in Scallion Nests

Scallops in Scallion Nests by John Spottiswood

This is an attractive, flavorful dish, ideal as the first course for an elegant dinner. The scallions, which are cooked briefly in boiling water and served with a mustard sauce, are fantastic. I adapted this recipe from Jacques Pepin. While I loved the presentation, and everyone at our dinner party seemed to enjoy it, I wasn't…

4 votes
Spicy Shrimp on Spinach

Spicy Shrimp on Spinach by John Spottiswood

We made this as one of the dishes at our annual stay at the Koehler Winery near in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara. Everything we made was delicious, but this might have been my favorite. We served it as an appetizer, and everyone raved about it. It was extremely easy and quick and the presentation was beautiful. I made this with a…

6 votes
In the Raw…Ceviche!

In the Raw…Ceviche! by Justin Thyme

Ceviche (also spelled as cebiche or seviche) is a citrus-marinated seafood, its birthplace is disputed between Peru and Ecuador.[1] Although it is a typical dish of both countries, many other countries in Latin America have adopted it, with variations. Both fish and shellfish can be used in the preparation of ceviche. In Peru, it…

4 votes
Tuna with Moroccan Spices and Chermoula

Tuna with Moroccan Spices and Chermoula by John Spottiswood

This is just an outstanding appetizer. The spices do not overwhelm the flavor of the tuna, but instead complement them perfectly. We served this to four good friends, and we demolished it. The main course afterwards was also wonderful, but this is an appetizer that will outshine most entrees.

5 votes
Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado

Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado by John Spottiswood

This is a delicious recipe that we adapted from one by Tyler Florence. The combination of asian flavors explodes in your mouth but doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the tuna and avocado. It's really a fantastic combination and takes only a few minutes to prepare if you make the sauce in advance. This could be served as an appetizer or…

3 votes
Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio by Frank Fariello

Here's an elegant yet very quick and easy starter that suits just about any menu: a 'carpaccio' of smoked salmon, dressed simply with oil and lemon.

1 vote
Bruschette with mussels and cherry tomatoes

Bruschette with mussels and cherry tomatoes by Alida

These bruschette are quick to prepare and of great effect. They make a light and tasty starter.

1 vote
Salmon Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce

Salmon Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce by Nancy Miyasaki

This is a super easy, attractive, and tasty way to cook salmon. We loved it and so did our kids. Our 3 year old ate nearly two kebab's himself!

2 votes
Insalata di riso (Summer Rice Salad)

Insalata di riso (Summer Rice Salad) by Frank Fariello

Mid-August, when the temperatures climb to tropical heights, is a time when the enthusiasm of even the most avid cook can begin to wane. Italians often turn to easily prepared dishes that need minimal or no actually cooking. Salads are an obvious choice, and rice salads are a favorite. Not only are they delicious, but they are easy to…

3 votes
Tuscan style tuna salad

Tuscan style tuna salad by annie

This is so delish I made it for my friends @ work we always eat together and each of bring something healthy and delish I've been lookng for some other way to make tuna and I got lots of raves for this

2 votes
"Barbecue style" langoustines with cumin

"Barbecue style" langoustines with cumin by Alida

Makes a great starter. A quick recipe and very tasty. Good if you want to impress your guests!

1 vote