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Sea Bass with Strawberry Orange Salsa

Grilled Sea Bass with Strawberry Orange Salsa

Back in the 90s there was a magazine I loved reading called Simply Seafood that unfortunately is no longer in print.  This Sea Bass with Strawberry Orange Salsa was adapted from that magazine and has been a favorite in my home ever since. 

Braised Short Ribs over Fontina Polenta 5

Braised Short Ribs over Fontina Polenta

Last week I shared some of my trip to New Zealand, and Bungy Jumping.  While I still have more New Zealand adventures to tell, and our time in Australia, I decided to share a recipe today instead.  Later this week I’ll fill you in on more of the details of the remainder of our trip.  I hope you’ll stop back by…….. 

Milford Sound

Milford Sound & Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette

If you’ve been following my trip to New Zealand and Australia then you know that our next journey was to take a helicopter tour of Milford Sound – the 8th Wonder of the World.

The drive to Milford Sound was 4 hours one way so in the interest of time getting there by helicopter made the most sense.  Since it gets on average 252 inches (6,412 mm) of rainfall a year it’s considered one of the wettest places in the world.  Weather is unpredictable causing helicopter tours to be cancelled often. Fortunately the day we went the weather was beautiful but windy!

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

I can’t believe how long it took me to get over my jet lag, but I finally feel like myself again.  We had a wonderful trip spending time in Queenstown New Zealand, Sydney Australia and Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

I’d like to share my trip with you this week but in a quick summary here are my thoughts: 

Bungy Jumping

Queenstown, New Zealand – Bungy Jump!

I took a little time off from blogging the past couple weeks to enjoy a birthday vacation to Queenstown New Zealand, Sydney Australia, and Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef.  A trip of a lifetime.  While the years are creeping up on me my kids were there to remind me that I’m still young enough to be crazy and adventurous! 

Roasted Grouper Roulade with Spinach Pesto over Quinoa

Roasted Grouper Roulade with Spinach Pesto over Quinoa

I went through a phase several years ago where I loved creating everything in a roulade.  I think they’re so pretty and a nice way to present a dish.

After making some spinach pesto the other day I tried to think of something creative to use it on.  Then when I went to the fish market and saw their Grouper I decided I’d create a roulade with it. The green and white would look so pretty together and be a nice blend of flavors. 

Gluten-Free Homemade Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Gluten-Free Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

What’s your favorite food?  My favorite has always been pizza.  As a child growing up I loved cheese pizza and still do. However, now I typically smother it with veggies, but hold the onions. 

Easter Peeps Centerpiece 2

Easter Peeps Centerpiece

Easter is this weekend and many of you are already busy gathering up your ingredients for the big feast.  In case you forgot about a centerpiece, here’s a quick and easy one to put together that will brighten up your table, plus be a conversation piece.