Tuesday, October 11, 2011

food maven in paradise

Cheeseburger in paradise
Medium rare with mustard 'be nice
Heaven on earth with an onion slice
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise- 
Jimmy Buffet, from Cheeseburger in Paradise
 
     Our week in Paradise (otherwise known as the Florida Keys,) did not include a cheeseburger... Well, I did have some little sliders at Oceanview Inn in Islamorada, but otherwise we were tuned to the all-seafood, all-the-time channel.  
     I want to state that I am NOT complaining, here. I could eat fish every day, every week. The one thing that stuck with me was the difference between the flavor of fish I purchase, that has been caught elsewhere and shipped, versus the flavor of fish we caught and ate fresh. Wow!
     My brother-in-law, Steve's dad was with us for a couple of days. Tom would fish off the dock behind the house when not occupied with something else. By the end of the morning he had filled a gallon ziploc bag and half of another with filets, mainly yellowtail snapper.
     The next night, I placed them in a shallow pan, rubbed them with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled them with Weber's mango-lime seafood seasoning I found at Publix. We threw them on the grill for a minute or two and served them with a light, garlicky pasta topped with zucchini and toasted pecans. The pasta recipe was adapted from Southern Living mag. Look for recipe here... it was FAB!
     It had to be the best fish I've eaten since I moved away from Florida. It was so sweet... not at all fishy. Like I stated earlier... eating like this is the real paradise. Who needs cheesburgers?

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