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Jun 7, 2010

Ten Things

My daughter, Audra, and I were talking about a book she read in which the main character, June Parker, sets out to accomplish a list of 20 things. The twist is the list is not hers. It belongs to a new acquaintance, Marissa, whom she met at a Weight Watcher's meeting. Inspired by her 100 pound weight loss, June offers Marissa a ride home. There is a car accident and Marissa is killed. In an attempt to move past her guilt and honor the young woman, June vows to achieve each of Marissa's goals of

"20 Things To Do By My 25th Birthday."

Inspired by the story line, I decided to make a list of:

"10 New Things to do this Summer." I made my list in random order as I thought of things I would like to accomplish this summer.

#1 Try 10 new recipes.

I have already made 2 new recipes, one of which I am sharing here with you. This weekend I wanted something desserty to accompany the strawberries and cream I had on hand.

I decided upon crepes. I used Alton Brown's recipe but, as I usually do, I tweaked it a bit.

But first let's look at the fish tacos I am craving lately. I have made fish tacos in the past but I am trying to perfect it. So far, this is my best effort.

Grilled Tilapia ~ seasoned with McCormick Grill Mate's Seafood Rub, Old Bay and a squeeze of lime on each fillet.
Corn tortillas ~ fried in a bit of oil in a non-stick pan, just until they get to the beginning stages of crispy.
Slaw mix ~ (Trust me. With fish, it's better than lettuce.)
Sauce ~ 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, shake of cumin, shake of red pepper, shake of onion powder, chopped cilantro, and a good squeeze of lime. I started with this and added more of everything for extra sauce.
Red onion ~ add to slaw mix
Cilantro ~ add to slaw mix
Lime ~ just squeeze away
Dress slaw with sauce. Make extra sauce 'cause it's just that good.
Corn tortilla, sauce, fish, slaw w/sauce, squeeze of lime. Make two at a time so you don't have to wait on your second one.

We ate this with a side of black bean and corn salad or salsa. Call it what you will. If you eat it with tortilla chips, it's salsa. As a side dish, it's salad. This is a recipe I got from my friend, Jen. It is my second new recipe for the summer. I'll ask Jen to share this recipe when I feature her in an upcoming blog post. 8 more to go!


Go here for Alton Brown's Crepe Recipe

My tweak: I used buttermilk in place of "milk." I always figure if "milk" is good, "buttermilk is better."

I filled the crepes with: cream cheese, powdered sugar and a good squeeze of lime. Lay crepe flat, spoon the cream cheese mixture down the middle, a line of whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Roll crepe and dust with powdered sugar. Top with more strawberries.

~A Bonus dish for Tasty Tuesday~

Blueberry Cobbler

Preheat oven to 350*
Put a stick of butter in your big cast iron skillet.
Let it melt in the oven while you do this:

Mix 1 cup of self-rising flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk (I use buttermilk.)
When butter is melted, gently pour batter into skillet. Add your fruit of choice to the batter.
I used frozen blueberries dusted with a bit of extra sugar.
Bake until golden brown...about 30 minutes.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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  2. Awesomely yummy sis. I love you.

  3. Okay I need to know where do you get all your energy? Those crepes look so delicious...Hugs

  4. Oh I want a bite of that crepe right now, and I wasn't even hungry until I saw that photo! laurie

  5. I can't wait to try the fish tacos recipe! Rubio's in San Diego has the BEST fish taco's! When I ordered some in a restaurant here in NC recently, the menu said "Real, authentic, California fish tacos". And they had LETTUCE on them! I sweetly mentioned to the waiter (when he asked if I liked them) that CA ones usually have cabbage instead of lettuce. He talked to the chef who told him that they have lettuce, not cabbage on them out there. Oh well, no returning to that restaurant. But now I can make them at home! My son will be thrilled because he lived in San Diego for a while & loves them. So next time he's home, out comes your recipe!

  6. Those fish tacos sound amazing!!! Thanks for helping me plan dinner tonight:)
    The list idea is great and I just might try it myself. Love your blog!

  7. Hello...I found you through Tasty Tuesday and your blueberry cobbler...YUMM! I just read your December post about your precious son going to be with the Lord. I immediately started crying. As a mother, my heart aches for you. May God comfort you and give you peace that passes all understanding!

  8. can't wait to see the rest of the list! I just had fish tacos for the first time not too long ago. Yummmmmm!!

    I love you, lisa

  9. It all looks luscious and I love your blog! Thanks for finding me at Singing With Birds. I appreciate that you have set goals and are working to achieve them. I'll follow along and enjoy the sun and surf!

  10. That blueberry cobbler is on my to-do list now! yummmm...

  11. Your recipes all look delicious! Great photos - they are making my mouth water!!

  12. wow this all looks so yummy. here is a great tip taKE RED ONIONS SLICED OR CHOPPED HOWEVER YOU WANT. Squeeze in one lime cover refrigerate for @ least 20 mins till they look like jewels. put that in your slaw or salads. it tastes great and is very pretty.
    :) maggie