Recipe: BBQ Mahi Mahi Tacos

I'm a sucker for tacos - doesn't matter what you put in them - I like 'em. 

I came across a recipe for tacos using Mahi Mahi and thought not only that it sounded good - but also remembered I had some left from my Schwan's box (read about products here and Balsamic Glazed Salmon here). 

I checked the fridge and had tortillas, a red onion, BBQ sauce and goat cheese - sounds like dinner to me! The original recipe made their own BBQ sauce but I have about 5 bottles given to me from random events so I need to use some of it up. The one I chose tonight was from my trip to Branson, MO

First you cut up the Mahi Mahi into chunks. This is a very thick fish - and it holds up really well - no flaking here - similar to fresh tuna. I cracked a little salt & pepper on the fish first to season it. 

Then I started the red onion slices in the saute pan. I got these nice and soft and carmelized. It takes the bite out of it but still leaves the onion flavor. Once ready I removed the onion from the pan and set them aside. 

Then I tossed the mahi mahi in the BBQ sauce and put that in the saute pan. It cooks up quickly when it's in bite-sized pieces like this.

Here's my sauteed onion and crumbled goat cheese - just waiting for their home in my belly! 

Once the fish is done, pop it all together. I heated the tortilla shells quickly in the microwave and added my BBQ mahi mahi, red onion and goat cheese. This was so tasty! I love mixing it up and trying out new things - and you really can never go wrong with goat cheese. 

BBQ Mahi Mahi Tacos

2 Mahi Mahi Filets
1/4 cup sweet BBQ sauce
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 Red Onion, sliced
1/3 cup goat cheese crumbles
Tortilla shells

Heat saute pan and add olive oil and red onion slices. Saute for 3-4 minutes until soft and starting to brown. While onions are cooking, dice mahi mahi into bite sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper then toss with BBQ sauce. Remove onions from pan and set aside. If needed, added a touch more olive oil to the pan. Add mahi mahi to the saute pan and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with tortillas, goat cheese and sauteed onions. 

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Giveaway: $25 Gift Card to Rusty Bucket

I'm a big fan of Rusty Bucket - whether it's their rotating specials, their buffalo chicken sandwich or their pizza - it's all delicious! So to start the new year off right - here's a giveaway for a $25 gift card that I joined up with. 

Rusty Bucket Giveaway

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Restaurant Review: Mt Adams Bar & Grill

I got introduced to a new restaurant in Cincinnati and man am I glad!!! I owe it to that guy in the pic - we call him Tino (we have too many Matts). He is always trying to impress Food Hussy and take me someplace new that I'll actually like (his last effort was The Elusive Cow - he had some redemption ahead of him). 


Once inside - it's quite impressive. There's a jackelope hanging on the bar and intricate woodwork at every turn. It's very dark wood, intricate & beautiful.  

The walls are covered with photos of actors that have performed in town - right in the middle is Helen Hunt. The bar also has an interesting history - if you're into grand stories of the Prohibition era. 

 I even like the menu - it shows the old Mt Adams incline - very cool. 

I had such a hard time deciding - the menu has a lot of delicious sounding options - but finally landed on the Southwestern Chicken ($7.25 - comes with chips - fries are extra). The Southwestern is a chicken breast marinated in a special sauce then grilled and topped with sour cream, green taco sauce, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and mayo on grilled buttercrust bread. It was DELICIOUS. 

Also - let me tell you about the RANCH! I got a side for the fries and it was out of this world! It was creamy and thick - not bottled - and so tasty!!! 

Tino got the Ham Melt ($7) - which is actually one of the things I was debating over. Juicy ham grilled between two slices of cheddar cheese, tomato & mayo. He got fries and ranch as well - he was not disappointed. 

One thing I like about Tino is that when I go out and he has to stay behind - he just hands me his credit card and says to get him whatever I get. He has no fear. He even ate the grilled cheese donut plus bacon that I got him! Gotta appreciate a guy that trusts you. :-)

Why Should You Go? Tino definitely made up for Elusive Cow and then some. After one bite of my sandwich I said, "Oh man - we're gonna be coming back here a lot!!!" And once we get back to work - that's a promise!  

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Recipe: Zingy Avocado Aioli with Sauteed Shrimp #TasteTheMiracle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteTheMiracle #CollectiveBias

I love shrimp - it's practically its own food group in our house. Just the other day - my husband called me on my way home from work and told me to just bring home shrimp because that's what he wanted for dinner. Um - ok - shrimp you will have! 

The thing is though - I'm a dipper! I like to dip everything in ranch - but sometimes I want to be a little fancier - so I tried my hand at making a Zingy Avocado Aioli to dip my shrimp in! Plus - it's perfect for holiday entertaining! Suddenly a shrimp appetizer becomes super fancy when served with Avocado Aioli! 
I got my KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP when I was at Walmart. I'm pretty obsessed with their Savings Catcher app and have saved over $23 in less than 2 months! I'm going to pile it up until I have enough on a gift card to pay for my groceries one week! 

I love using raw shrimp rather than cooked shrimp. It cooks up in just a couple of minutes and has a better flavor. I dropped a tablespoon of butter in a hot skillet and then added the shrimp. Cracked a little salt & pepper on top and we're good to go!  

Freshly sauteed shrimp - good enough to devour right then & there! But wait - I have a zingy aioli to make!!!

The ingredients are simple - probably things you already have in your fridge. I got some horseradish from home for Christmas and have been looking for an excuse to use it! Horseradish is one of those things that can be a little scary - but in small doses it adds SO much flavor! It's a perfect complement to the KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP. 

Throw it all in bowl and mix it together. I used one of those hand-held stick mixers. I don't have a big fancy food processor. It was nice and creamy but you could still see little pieces of avocado. I'm already hungry! 


I encourage you to taste as you're mixing up your aioli. I had it all together, took a taste and found it needed something else - so I threw in some taco sauce (not salsa) and a little more horseradish - perfection!  Make it how YOU like it! 

If you need more inspiration for holiday recipes, check out the Cooking Up Good website. They have recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What's not to love? You can find new dinner ideas and even win some prizes. Sounds fun!

Zingy Avocado Aioli

1 avocado, slightly mashed
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or 1 clove
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP Salad Dressing
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Horseradish
1 Tablespoon Taco Sauce (not salsa) 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl - blend on low speed with mixer (or blender/food processor). Serve chilled with shrimp or as a dressing for a sandwich! 




Looking for something else to do with KRAFT MIRACLE WHIP - check out this tasty recipe for Easy Banana Bread








Review: HelloFresh Meal Delivery

There are a ton of these meal delivery services popping up all over - Blue Apron, Plated, HelloFresh - just to name a few. I was doing some research and saw that Hello Fresh had an offering of a free box for bloggers - so I applied! And yeah - I got to try it. They sent me a box with all the groceries for 3 fresh meals. 

HelloFresh comes in a good-sized cooler. The proteins are on one side and the veggies/spices are all bagged and packaged by recipe on the other side. It was fun unpacking and seeing what there was to make. You can also order a vegetarian box. I mentioned to them that my husband was allergic to eggs and they accommodated that as well. I liked the variety - there was a beef, chicken and shrimp dish.

Along with these adorable little soy sauce packets. They were little plastic fish filled with soy sauce! I totally used my fridge soy sauce so I could keep these.

It was a good time to try out this Julienner & Peeler - it worked slick on the carrot - much less work than a normal peeler.

 So you get the ingredients - it's basically they've done the shopping for you and the meal planning. All you do is open the bag - grab the recipe and go! First up was a Steak & Brussels Sprout Stir Fry. There were some veggies to chop and then a little small dicing with scallions, pepper, garlic & ginger. They provide all of the ingredients in their own little baggies and anything with a strong scent is vacuum sealed.

 The steak for this meal was amazing! I don't know how they packed this thing in that little package. I thought it had to be two steaks on top of each other. Look how thick this is?!? After chopping everything, I seared the steak and cooked for a few minutes on each side. Then I took it out and let it rest to continue cooking a bit and allowing the juices to soak back into the meat.

Then I cooked up the veggies - brussels sprouts, carrots, garlic, ginger and hot pepper. I was also cooking the rice while this was cooking.

Once the veggies were tender, I sliced up the beef - perfectly rare. I figure it'll cook a little more in the stir fry - so I wanted it nice and moo'ing. It took every ounce of will power to not just start eating right then! Srrsly!

Pop the beef back in with the veggies and the stir fry is ready! 

 This recipe was so easy to make! And it made enough for 2-3 people. Larry's not a big brussels sprout fan but he liked it. I had enough to take to work as well.

One of the other recipes was Lemony Shrimp Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers. I was really excited for this one - it's all my favorites together! If only it had mushrooms - it would have been perfection!

The recipe was super simple and I love the recipe cards they provide. They have big bright pictures with step-by-step instructions. They tell you exactly what you'll need and walk you right through making dinner.

And there we have it - Lemony Shrimp Linguine. It was very simple - you roasted the red peppers, sauteed the shrimp and mix it all together. So delicious!!!

With HelloFresh you can switch between 2-4 meals or vegetarian & classic. You can also pause whenever you need to (if you're on vacation or having a busy week). A classic box with 3 meals for 2 is $69 - but they also have a $15 discount on your first box. It comes out to about $23/meal - which is more than you'd pay at the grocery store for the ingredients but less than you'd pay for a dinner out. But when you think about all the time you save - it's a great deal! For me - meal planning takes a few hours - then a couple hours at the grocery store - and then trying to remember what to take out when - I could use some time back and a box waiting on my door step!

Thanks again to HelloFresh for giving me one simple week of cooking! Loved it!

Review + Giveaway: Crave Cincinnati at the Banks


Recently I was invited with a few other Cincinnati media folks down to Crave Cincinnati at the Banks. We were treated to an 8-course sampling of their menu from the Head Chef of Crave, David Miller! He happens to be from Cincinnati and was in town for a while and wanted to show off his seasonal favorites to us. Yes please! 

Jumbo Shrimp - Middle Eastern spice marinade, flash fried, tzatziki sauce ($16.95)

I think this was my favorite dish of the night - even though it was first. I ate mine & my buddy Nate's! I'm a sucker for Greek food - so all that delicious tzatziki was amazing!! It had a strong Lebanese flavoring that paired perfectly. Made me want a shrimp gyro! 

I should also note - these are not the normal menu size portions that the prices listed match up to. We had 7 more courses on the way! 

Roasted Beet Starter Salad - red & golden beets, citrus vinaigrette, candied cashews, orange segments, arugula ($8.95)

The salad was fine - the flavors were all fine but I like toppings more than arugula. Nothing that special here. 

Bamboo Bite & Mexican Roll - tuna, escolar, jalapeno, avocado, cilantro, spicy mayo, soy citrus sauce ($17.95)

Crave is known for their sushi and this was a big hit. I'll talk about the one on the right first. The Mexican roll was delicious! It had the right amount of spice and then squeeze the lime over it - yumbo!

Bamboo Bite - crunchy tempura shrimp, cream cheese topped with avocado, thin slices of jalapeno, with hibachi & unagi sauces ($14.95)

I haven't had sushi in quite a while and this was another bite of deliciousness. Nate was a bit obsessed with the sushi and ate his and a couple other girls!  

Chef's Signature: Pumpkin Ravioli - bourbon maple cream, butternut squash relish, bacon ($19.95)

Chef David has a few signature dishes and this is one of them. I am not typically a fan of pumpkin ravioli. I had it from Panera and it was down right disgusting. I was shocked at how good this was. I didn't love it - but I found it better than edible - and in my world - that's pretty good for pumpkin ravioli. It was a good mix of sweet & savory - too many times it's too sweet. If you at all like pumpkin ravioli - be sure to catch this special before the season is over. 

Crab Topped Filet - hand cut, blue crab, lobster cream sauce, chive potato puree, pan roasted asparagus ($39.95)

It's hard to go wrong here - crab topped filet. The filet was cooked perfectly. I'm not as a big a fan of blue crap as King - it's just not as sweet - but it was nice. All in all - a very nice steak. 

Scallops - butternut squash risotto, bacon, citrus beurre blanc, crispy leeks ($28.95)

Another favorite for me - really because of the scallops. Nate and I split our dishes up here - he gave me his scallop and I gave him my risotto. I am just not a big fan - I always want it softer and cheesier than restaurants serve it. Really - I'm wanting cheesy rice - and it's just not - so I'm always a little disappointed. Nate isn't a scallop fan - so I was more than happy to have his. It was cooked perfectly!

Creamy Chicken Fettucini - mushroom medley, caramelized onions, spinach ($19.95)

This was another favorite - and a bit surprising. It was a VERY light version of a fettucini alfredo - with pulled chicken and mushrooms. I could have eaten 3-4 more portions of this! It was so delicious! 

Rum Butterscotch Pudding, clove, whipped cream, maple cinnamon oatmeal cookie ($3.25)

This is one of their individual shot glass desserts. I didn't care for it. I'm not a fan of butterscotch or oatmeal cookies. Nate practically licked his glass but I just didn't care for it. It's very thick also - more thick than pudding. 

S’more Brownie smoked sea salt, marshmallow ice cream ($7.95)

Not much of a way to go wrong here. I actually skipped out on the marshmallow - I was beyond full and don't love marshmallows but the brownie & ice cream were decadent. So delicious. It was a wonderful way to end our tasting!

Why Should You Go? I definitely think this showed me a new side of Crave. Overall the food was excellent - the Shrimp and Chicken Fettucini were my favorites - along with the sushi.

Because I enjoyed it so much - and because the folks at Crave are so generous - I'm giving you a $50 gift card giveaway!

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Recipe: Enjoy the holidays with Easy Banana Bread with MIRACLE WHIP

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteTheMiracle #CollectiveBias

Banana Bread is one of those things that is just warm and comforting - the smell of it is heavenly. It just makes people feel loved and at the holidays - that's what you want to do for people! My friend told me about a family whose son is having some medical treatments done and wanted to take them some snacks and cards for comfort. What better comfort food is there than banana bread!?!

Before heading to the store - I looked up recipes and came across this one for Easy Banana Bread which is just what I was looking for! Then I headed out to Walmart (I'm obessed with the Savings Catcher app - saved $19+ already!) to grab the essentials and picked up the secret ingredient - my favorite salad dressing, MIRACLE WHIP! While there - I decided to grab a few Christmas movies - I need to see Christmas Vacation a minimum of 5x every holiday season. It's not just me - right?

The banana bread is so easy to make - mix together an egg, MIRACLE WHIP dressing and 3 ripe bananas. My friend Susie said she just puts all the old bananas in the freezer - then when she's ready to make banana bread - she's got a stash ready!

Then you mix the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, walnuts, baking soda, salt). Once those are stirred together - add them to the banana mixture and voila - your banana bread is ready for the oven!

Bake for an hour and out comes this heavenly smelling golden brown loaf of wonderful! Doesn't this just look perfect?! I love how the banana bread cracks open at the top - it's just screaming for butter and a tall glass of milk!

If you need more inspiration for holiday recipes, check out the Cooking Up Good website. They have recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What's not to love? You can find new dinner ideas and even win some prizes. Sounds fun!

The folks will be in the hospital with their son - so I sliced it up for them. That way they just open it up and snack away. I love the simplicity of this recipe - it's just basic and perfect. You definitely want something tried and true when you're making it for someone else. 

Photo from KRAFTRecipes.com
I hope you'll enjoy this quick and easy recipe this holiday season - and hey - if you make it - double the recipe and make two. Spread a little holiday joy - your friends will thank you!


Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed fully ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
  • Heat oven to 350.
  • Beat egg, dressing and bananas in large bowl with whisk or mixer until blended. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add to banana mixture and stir until just moistened. 
  • Pour into a 9x5" loaf plan sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 min; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.