Posts made in March 22nd, 2011

grilled blackened tuna steaks.

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Posted on Mar 22, 2011 in Food

grilled blackened tuna steaks.

One of my absolute favorite fish varieties to cook and eat is yellowfin tuna. Unfortunately it is one of the more expensive fish types on the market, so we only eat it when it is on super sale.

This week the grocery gods were smiling and we snagged two tuna steaks for a (relatively) low price. My favorite way to eat tuna? Blackened on the grill!

Blackening seasoning can be used any number of ways, but typically it is put in a thick layer on a piece of meat and then that meat is seared to make a spicy and flavorful crust.

We choose to cook our tuna steaks on the grill. To achieve the same crust as searing in a pan, simply spray the seasoned steak with cooking spray before placing on the grill grates.

Blackening seasoning is available premixed at the super market and is easy and convenient. But since you need to put the seasoning on so thick to make the crust, it is east to plow through a $5 bottle of spice in two meals! Not good for the wallet.

Luckily, blackening seasoning is made up almost entirely of things you probably already have on your spice rack.

Store the seasoning in a shake-top bottle for easy coating the next time yellowfin tuna is on sale.

Blackening seasoning is great to kick-up the flavor of chicken or shrimp and I have my mind set on making a blackened portabella burger in the future.

Blackening Seasoning

2 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (more or less depending on taste, 1 tsp. is medium spicy)
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Mix all ingredients well. Store in a shake-top bottle.

Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks

Tuna steaks
Blackening Seasoning
Cooking Spray

Preheat grill to high. Coat all sides of tuna steaks in a thick coating of blackening seasoning, pressing into the flesh of the fish. Spray one side with cooking spray. Place sprayed side down on grill grates. Close lid and cook 1-2 minutes. Open lid, spray other side of fish and flip. Cook 1-2 minutes more. Tuna is finished when outside edges are cooked but middle is still rare.

Note : I know eating rare fish sounds scary, but tuna is a very, very lean fish and can dry out quickly. Cooking the fish through makes it dry and not good eats. If you are too scared to eat rare fish, then make sure to include some sort of sauce (tartar sauce, mustard sauce, etc.) with the tuna steaks to add moisture.


good reads

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Posted on Mar 22, 2011 in Lifestyle

Can you believe it has already been over a month since the last Good Reads post? Time flies when you’re havin’ fun, eh?

Last time we talked,  I was only two books into my 25 book goal for 2011. I am happy to report that I have now finished seven books. That’s five in the past month alone. Woohoo! I’ve noticed that the busier I get, the more I like to retreat to a good book as part of my wind down routine before bed.

I just started (as in, I just put my bookmark under the front cover) the second novel in the Vampire Academy series, so no insights on that one yet. But I’ve recently finished three YA books that I adored!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I devoured The Mortal Instruments series during my time at our beach house this summer and was very, very skeptical about enjoying a prequel to a series that I loved so much. But I ended up loving this even more than the original series! I loved the Victorian/steampunk setting and I love me a good strong-headed heroine. Highly recommended! For what it’s worth, you don’t need to read The Mortal Instruments series before starting this book.

Paper Towns by John Green

This book had me laughing out loud in the first few chapters and bawling my eyes out by the end. The main female character is interesting, dark, creative and not the norm. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours. Highly recommended!

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Another teen love story (because really, that’s what the majority of YA books are about) but with an awesome star-crossed lovers twist. I loved the “ending” of this story—even though there is a sequel and I’m sure the story continues. I really, really like books in series that are their own story. I hate it when an entire book feels like just a chapter and this one was a great story all on its own!

what are you reading?

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