Chef Bill’s Secret Citrus Spice Rub

This rub is made from fresh citrus rinds. Oranges, lemons, and limes, add their oils to bring a fresh summer taste to fish, shrimp, and sometimes chicken tossed on the grill.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. Captain Morgan spiced rum

Stir together lemon, orange and lime rinds, garlic, chili powder and oil.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Rub mixture into meat and let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature or cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

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Cottage Cheese and Blueberries

One of the things that this chef is doing is trying to cut down on his tonnage. In light of this I’ve been out playing basketball and feeling a bit better if not feeling a bit trimmer, yet. But one thing I’ve also been trying is more ‘healthy options’ especially in the morning. Today’s post is not so much a ‘recipe’ but a ‘something to try’. But I’ll try and write it as a recipe…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Combine the ingredients in a nice breakfast bowl and refuse to share it with anyone!

Have a happy and healthy morning…

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Parrot Bay Fruit Salad

With the fourth of July here already, it’s time to think of eating out doors. I know I’ve covered lots of salads and picnic foods here on this blog, but I don’t recall doing much in the way of fruit salads. So, because the where is hot, there’s sales on fruit, and the rum supply is ample… let’s get some things tossed together and put on ice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ of a pineapple
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 mango
  • 3 tablespoons Parrot Bay coconut rum

Peel, halve, and core your pineapple. Dice up half of it and toss it in the bowl. Peel and slice up the kiwi fruits, and peel, pit and cut up as best you can that mango. I say this which the experience that dicing these stone fruits can be very dicey indeed. Peeling and slicing your bananas is simplicity itself in comparison, so go and do that now…. Tossing the slices in the bowl.

Now for something creative. Cut the top and bottom off the oranges just deep enough to expose the inner fruit. Following the curve of the fruit cut the skin and pith off the orange in panels. Holding the orange over the bowl cut between the membranes to free the citrus segments. Let them fall into the bowl as they are cut free. By hand, squeeze all the juice from the remaining membrane over the fruit, then discard. Repeat with the other orange.

Now, splash this collection of fruits with the coconut rum, about three tablespoons or so, and let this sit in the fridge for a ½ hour or so letting all the flavors meld.

Serve this with a light topping of whipped cream if you like that, or, chiffonade of fresh mint leaves for a slightly different sensation.

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