Crab-stuffed Orange Roughy

I’ve always ordered stuffed fish of whatever variety in a restaurant ~ it’s a wonder I’ve never made it in my own kitchen.

Orange roughy has a mild delicate flavor, with large flakes of meat that holds up well when cooked.  When paired with the delicious flavor of crab, you have a perfect dinner that’s elegant, without straining the food budget by ordering it at a restaurant.

This recipe looks way more time-consuming than it is. The stuffing is rich, moist, and delicious ~ if you prefer, it could be assembled an hour or two ahead of time and refrigerated until rolling and baking.  I like a little heat in the mix, adjust the seasonings to what you like.

It’s delicious, dignified, and easy as cherry pie! 

Crab-stuffed Orange Roughy


4 orange roughy fillets, about 6 ounces each
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons diced pimento
1 cup lump crabmeat, drained
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Penzy’s Ozark Seasoning or 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat butter in a large skillet; add celery onion and garlic.
Sauté until tender.
Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients through beaten egg, (up to melted butter.)
Spray a 9” x 13” baking dish with cooking spray.
Spread ¼ cup crab mixture out over each fillet.
Starting with the pointed end, roll up each fillet.
Place seam-side down in the baking dish.
Brush with melt butter.
Sprinkle each fillet with paprika.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork.


Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

A salad like this, tastes like summer to me!

Orzo pasta mingling with sweet cherry tomatoes, the subtle taste of fresh cucumbers, the mildly pungent flavor of red onions; rich, fruity, meaty kalamata olives, and salty, tangy feta cheese, all tossed together with a vinaigrette dressing.

I like the taste, shape and texture of orzo pasta ~ it’s perfect in a salad, making a great side dish for grilled meat.

Try this easy one filled with mouthwatering Greek flavors; leftover, it tastes good chilled too!

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

For the orzo salad:

1 cup dry orzo pasta (approx. 2 cups cooked)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
¾ cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the vinaigrette:

¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Cook orzo al dente according to package directions; rinse under cold water and drain well, set aside.
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and olives.
In a small bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients and whisk well.
Drizzle vinaigrette over vegetables and toss.
Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Add feta and toss lightly.
Serve at room temperature.
Serves 4


Spice-Rubbed Grilled Tilapia

Paprika is so much more than a little dusting of color for your deviled eggs and potato salad!

Smoked paprika, Pimenton de la Vera, has a smoky quality and taste I really like for a robust dish.  It’s the Spanish cousin of the more popular sweet Hungarian paprika.  
Smoked Paprika, Pimenton de la Vera, La Tienda the Best of Spain photo credit
Sweet Hungarian Paprika, Vspicery photo credit

Unlike Hungarian-grown paprika, in which red peppers are slowly sun-dried into a rich, fruity flavor, with no heat, smoked paprika is made from dried pimento peppers that have been smoked over an oak fire, and then ground into a fine powder for a woodsy smoky flavor.  

Smoked paprika can be sweet or hot ~ a little goes a long way ~ add it to grilled or roasted seafood, meats and stews, or ~ make sinister deviled eggs!

I saw this recipe, loaded with good seasonings, in our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald. Herbs de Provence is a classic blend of herbs from the sunny South of France, which includes thyme, savory, fennel, basil and lavender.  It’s equally good on roasted chicken and in sauces. 

This rub was exactly what the tilapia was begging for:

It gave the fish plenty of flavor that both Bill and I liked.  It’s good ~ give it a try!

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Tilapia


Cooking spray
2 pounds tilapia fillets
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper


Lightly spray tilapia with cooking spray.
Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
Rub spices into fish fillets.
Grill over medium heat until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Serves 4


Sautéed Vegetables with Fresh Mozzarella

This is a side dish that is a big hit here in the summer ~ thanks to good fresh veggies!

Included in the dish are some of the best vegetables that summer has to offer:  fresh juicy tomatoes, woodsy-tasting mushrooms, sweet onions, mild zucchini, and colorful bell peppers. 

All sautéed into deliciousness with seasonings and served with chunks of slightly melted mozzarella cheese.  Mozzarella is perfect with tomatoes and other vegetables, tallying in at 70 calories and 5 grams of fat per ounce ~ tasty and diet-friendly!

We really enjoy this ~ summertime goodness!  I hope you do too!

Sautéed Vegetables with Fresh Mozzarella


2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 pound fresh whole mushrooms, cut into chunks

1 large Vidalia onion, cut into thick wedges

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 each, small red, yellow, and green bell peppers, sliced

1 medium zucchini, cut into bite-size chunks

1 large tomato, cut into wedges

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼” thick and cut into quarters.


Pour oil into medium-hot nonstick skillet.

Add mushrooms, cook until they begin to release their juice, about 5 minutes.

Stir in onions and garlic cook for 1 minute.

Add peppers and toss.

Add zucchini and tomatoes, sauté until crisp-tender.

Stir in seasonings.

Add fresh mozzarella to hot vegetable mixture.

Toss together so that the mozzarella begins to melt.

Transfer to a serving dish.



Slim Potato Salad

Bill is a big fan of potato salad, and I like it too. 

If you like potato salad chock full of onions, olives and pickles like we do, you’ll like this.  And it goes with about any meat cooked on the grill!

And, even better,  it's a lighter version:

There’s not much more to say about it except that it tastes good!  Give it a go!

Slim Potato Salad


5 medium red potatoes

1 small red onion, chopped

12 stuffed green olives, sliced

12 sweet petite pickles, sliced

1/3 cup light mayonnaise

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon seasoned pepper


Wash and peel potatoes and cut into bite-size pieces.

Cook in boiling water until fork tender, drain well.

In a large bowl, combine potatoes, onions, olives and pickels.

Add remaining ingredients and toss until well-coated.

4-6 servings


Marinade for Shish Kabobs (Chicken, Beef & Pork)

Christopher Columbus was supposedly hooked on Portuguese espetadas, beef shish kabobs marinated in wine, roasted over an open fire. 

I like shish kabobs too ~ they're fun food on a stick!

This time, ours included chunks of chicken, beef, and pork, alternated with bite-size pieces of peppers, onions and tomatoes.  Seafood and mushrooms and zucchini are favorites here also.

For scrumptious, juicy morsels of meat, the key is in the marinating.  The longer, the better ~ over-night is perfect.

I was happy to come across this shish kabob marinade that was published in The Denver Post, by Marian Bassford of the Mile Hi Cowbelles, back in 1973.   Her marinade adds great flavor, while leaving the meat moist and tender.  The recipe makes a lot, and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Build shish kabobs to your liking ~ it’s a summer favorite that will please most everyone, and is definitely a food that is totally up to your imagination…

Marinade for Shish Kabobs



¼ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup sherry

1 tablespoon minced garlic

¼ cup olive oil

¾ cup low-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon seasoned pepper


In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.

Place each type of meat in a separate resealable plastic bag.

Pour a generous amount of marinade over meat, seal and toss to coat evenly.

Allow meat to marinate over-night or at least 2 hours before grilling.

Vegetables can be marinated an hour or so before grilling, if desired.

Thread skewers and grill until cooked through.

Happy marinating!

Grilled Salmon w/Cucumber Dill Sauce

Grilled salmon is my favorite fish recipe.  I like the flavor of it, how easy it is to prepare, and how healthy it is.  The cucumber dill sauce here only makes it better!  

The salmon is seasoned simply for the grill.  The cucumber sauce is mellow and refreshing with a little crunch.  I have used both fresh dill and dried dill, and I’ve used Vidalia onion slices as well as red onion, it doesn’t matter.  It’s the combination of it all with sour cream, vinegar and seasonings that makes for a dish good enough for company.

Bill gave this dinner a rave review and I seconded it!

It’s simply good summer-time eating!

Grilled Salmon w/Cucumber Dill Sauce 
Printable recipe

Ingredients for salmon: 
4 salmon fillets
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon fennel seeds

For cucumber sauce: 
½ cup sour cream
3 tablespoons chopped dill
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 cucumber (2 cups) thinly sliced
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste

Preheat grill to medium-low heat.
Season salmon with salt and pepper.
Scatter fennel seeds over salmon and press in so they do not fall off during grilling.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Place on grill and cook about 5 minutes per side, turning once.
Meanwhile, whisk together sour cream, dill and vinegar.
Add cucumbers and onion.
Season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
Serve salmon with cucumber sauce.


Cauliflower with Lemon Mustard Butter

This sauce really perks up cauliflower!        

For a low-fat sauce, it has great flavor and I imagine it would be good on most vegetables.  The sauce combines Dijon mustard, lemon peel and scallions ~ a little spicy, a little tart. 

It’s quick and good for a week day dinner, and I wouldn’t hesitate to serve it for company.  The cauliflower tastes delicious, and it’s not drowning in a calorie-laden creamy sauce. 

By the way, try Flora Pro-Active Spread, if you’re looking for a good replacement for butter.

Cauliflower with Lemon Mustard Butter


2 tablespoons Pro-Active Spread, room temperature
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
¼ cup scallions, chopped
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
4 cups cauliflower florets


In a small bowl, mix together everything but the cauliflower.
Cook cauliflower until tender.
Add mustard mixture; stir well.


Happy 4th of July!!!

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~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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