I mentioned last week how I'm starting to crave summer-y things. In my mind, summer-y things means seafood, and seafood can be a tiny bit scary to cook (at least for me).
The Beach House Cookbook has saved the day for me more than once when I'm craving something light and wonderful but not sure how to make it happen.
The recipes are on par with the Barefoot Contessa's - they aren't 30-minute meals, but they're also not something only a Top Chef Master could figure out. Plus, they present beautifully and taste incredible - perfect for summertime hosting outdoors.
Some of my favorites are:
- Spaghetti with Vongole Clam Sauce
- Red Snapper with Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce
- Grilled Tuna with Pineapple Relish
- Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp and Corn
- Clam Fritters with Tomato Caper Sauce
Plus, they have a couple of great non-seafood items, like grilled lamb chops with mint pesto (what? really? yes, really.) and some salads and slaws that are worth scraping the bottom of the bowl for.
Also, I made their Key Lime Pie for Easter and it was a smashing success - the first one I've ever made that hasn't instantly turned to goop.
Basically, I really love this cookbook every summer, and you will too, especially if cooking fish is at all daunting to you.
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