Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

So over the long weekend, temps way up in the 90’s (oh why is the weather so craaaazy this year?) I somehow got the idea that I wanted some of that Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad. You know the one I mean, all cool, creamy deliciousness with a few crunchy veggies and that tuna that somehow melds in and makes everything so rich.

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad

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Smoked Salmon “Cheesecake”

Salmon Cheesecake? Really? Reactions of those who’ve never considered a savory cheesecake tend to vary until someone tries this creamy, smoky spread. You may have to get over the name, but you’ll never get over your first taste…I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been asked for it.

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake – this is 1/2 recipe made in a baby cheesecake pan.

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake – this is 1/2 recipe made in a baby cheesecake pan.

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Salmonchanted Evening – Asian Salmon Packets

I don’t know if I’ve told you that I’m a reformed food snob. For years, I’d only eat the best of this and that…as prices skyrocketed, my budget diminished. I found myself cutting out a lot of the expensive fish, and was missing out on a marvelous brain food. Guess what – I’m no longer a food snob and I’m eating better than ever…

Salmon-Chanted Evening – Salmon with a Teriyaki type sauce and Snow Peas

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Tuna with Bean & Tomato Salad

You’ll know the living is easy when you try this Tuna with Green Bean and Tomato Salad, served up with White Beans for a little extra protein and substance.This is the answer for those who think Nicoise looks good, but might be afraid their picky eaters would turn up their noses. There’s nothing unfamiliar here, but the bright, lemony dressing transforms these simple ingredients.

Tuna with Beans & Tomatoes

Tuna with Beans & Tomatoes

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Jambalaya - perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

Jambalaya

The Best Roux Based or Tomato Based Jambalaya - either way the rice is perfect!

Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this version, as well as just the right amount of spice to be interesting.

Jambalaya - perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

Jambalaya – perfectly cooked rice, make either roux or tomato based jambalaya

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Tyler Florence's Shrimp Po' Boys.

Shrimp Po’ Boys

Tyler Florence…my hero!  I used his basic recipe for Po’ Boys – with a few deletions and additions, and it is amazing! His Creole sauce is so good, my son went nuts over it. While these may look like a basic Po’ Boy, I promise you, they are anything but. I’ve had them in many different areas of the country and these beat out every restaurant version.

Tyler Florence's Shrimp Po' Boys.

Tyler Florence’s Fabulously Frugal Shrimp Po’ Boys.

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Curried Shrimp Spread

Curried Shrimp Spread

This is a favorite spread, but it seems especially pretty in the Spring – the lovely curried cream cheese pairs so well with the soft, fluffy eggs. The shrimp is just the right touch and the green onion adds freshness. It has just enough bite to meld with the other flavors. You’ll be the hit of the party when you walk in the door with this spread and a few crackers or sturdy Pita chips.

Curried Shrimp Spread

Curried Shrimp Spread

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Salmon & Asparagus Hash Hollandaise Tyler Florence Hash browns

Salmon & Aspargus Hash

Salmon & Asparagus Hash - riffed off Tyler Florence, this is a beautiful brunch dish!

Sometimes I’m possessed by food jealousy – I think it might happen to a lot of people who are on a budget. They hear about a friend’s restaurant dinner, see a gorgeous meal in a magazine, or maybe they watch Tyler Florence. Darn you, Tyler! Darn you and your belly of fresh Atlantic salmon that would be so perfect for Mother’s Day!

Salmon & Asparagus Hash  Hollandaise Tyler Florence Hash browns

Salmon & Asparagus Hash with Hollandaise Sauce

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