La Vigilia or Feast of the Seven Dishes

What is La Vigilia? According to Mario Batali “It’s what Italians do when they say they’re fasting.” The meal is served in Southern Italian homes on Christmas Eve. This is to observe a fast where no meat is served. But leave it to the Italians...

Nan’s Clams Casino

Ingredients 13 ounces Minced clams – (2 small cans) * 1/2 cup Seasoned bread crumbs 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic powder OR 2 garlic cloves – minced 4 tablespoons Fresh onion – finely diced 3 teaspoons Parsley – chopped 1 tablespoon Olive oil 1/2...

New York Twisted Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients: 32 shell-on (16-20 count) NC shrimp For the brine: 1/4 cup kosher salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 cups ice For the cocktail sauce: 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained 1/2 cup prepared chili sauce 4 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish Fresh...

Insalata Frutti de Mare (Italian Seafood Salad)

One of the joys of summer in North Carolina are trips to the beach. Whether it is Topsail, Kure, Atlantic or Bald Head Island the beach brings one into close proximity of fresh local seafood. By grilling the seafood you are imparting a smokiness that should accentuate...

New York Twisted Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients 32 shell-on (16-20 count) NC shrimp For the brine: 1/4 cup kosher salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 cups ice For the cocktail sauce: 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained 1/2 cup prepared chili sauce 4 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish Fresh...

Five Spice Scallops

1 pound Jumbo Scallops 1 tsp. Five Spice Powder 1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil Heat skillet and add sesame oil. Pat Scallops dry and lightly dust both sides of scallop with five spice powder. Sear scallops on both sides no more than 2 minutes per side. Garnish with fresh cilantro...

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