Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fresh Mako Shark Tacos, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice, Avocado Salsa, and Oatmeal Cookies

On Sunday morning, I went to Ventura Harbor with my mother where we bought fish fresh from the boat.  There were about a dozen people filleting Albacore Tuna, and just as many selling packets of Mahi-Mahi, Ahi, and Mako Shark.  It was exciting and energizing to see them all working together.  I bought some Mako Shark and Ahi Tuna.  Fish Tacos are a favorite treat throughout Baja and Southern California - and certainly, one of our favorite meals.  They're quick and easy to make on a weeknight - or any time.


Fresh Mako Shark Tacos
Marinate a 1/2 pound Shark steak for at least one hour in:
Juice of: 1 Orange, 1 Lemon, and 1 Lime
1/4 cup Tequila
1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
Pan-fry in Olive Oil about 4 minutes per side.
Slice into 1" strips.
Serve in warmed Flour Tortillas with:  Refried Beans, Shredded Cabbage, Shredded Cheese, and Sour Cream. 

Avocado Pico de Gallo 

In a medium bowl, stir together:
About 15 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
1/2 White Onion, finely diced
1 ripe Haas Avocado, Peeled and diced
About 6 sprigs fresh Cilantro, minced
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon (or Lime)
1/2 tsp Salt


Quick Refried Beans
This is a quick and flavorful way to make Refried Beans that beats the heck out of canned ones!
In a small skillet, saute:
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tablespoon Bacon Bits
1/2 teaspoon Shallot Salt

Stir until beans are heated through, then smash with a potato masher.

Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, Pecans, and Dried Cherries~


For dessert, I made these incredible Oatmeal Cookies from fellow blogger, That skinny chick can bake!!!   She is a talented and inspiring baker, and these cookies are wonderful - with all the dark brown sugar, they smell like caramel when you take them out of the oven!  I used dried Cranberries in place of Cherries, and they were great.

You won't be able to resist eating more than 1, or 2, or 3...
Enjoy!
 
Fishing Boat at Ventura Harbor

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