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Makes 2 servings

  • 1 can (19 oz) tomato basil soup
  • 1 can (7 oz) chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup whipping cup
  • 1/2 cup drained refrigerated pasteurized crabmeat (about 3 oz), flaked
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  1. In 2-qt saucepan, heat soup and green chiles over medium heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to low; beat in whipping cream with wire whisk until blended.  Cook just until thoroughly heated (do not boil). 
  2. Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave crabmeat on high 30-45 seconds or until thoroughly heated. 
  3. Ladle soup into individual soup bowls.  Top each serving with 1/4 cup crabmeat and parsley. 

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Makes 8 servings

  • 2 large shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, shells and tails on
  1. Place shallots, ginger, garlic, soy, lime juice, and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the green onion and oil and blend until combined. Season with black pepper, to taste. Place shrimp in a large bowl, pour the marinade over, and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat a grill to high. Remove shrimp from the marinade and grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Serve on brown paper bags, if desired.

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Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon purchased red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing or light mayonnaise dressing
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces peeled and cooked baby shrimp, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large onion or sesame Kaiser rolls, split
  • Lettuce (optional)
  • Sliced tomatoes (optional)
  • Sweet pickle slices (optional)
  1. To make spicy caramelized Mayo, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion in hot oil for 7 minutes or until browned (caramelized), stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallot and curry paste; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl; cover and chill. Stir mayonnaise or salad dressing into chilled onion mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  2. Combine ground beef, shrimp, dill, sea salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties about 1 inch thick.
  3. Place burger patties on the lightly oiled rack of the grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 18 to 23 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers register 160 degree F, turning burgers once halfway through grilling.
  4. Toast rolls on grill, if desired; serve burgers on rolls. Top with some of the Spicy Caramelized Mayo, and, if desired, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and sweet pickle slices. Makes 4 burgers.

Make Ahead: Make the Spicy Caramelized Mayo up to 3 days ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.  

Test Kitchen Tip:The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef patty cooked to 160�F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

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Serves 6

Asian chili sauce can pack a lot of heat.  If you prefer a milder dish, reduce to 1 tbsp in the salad.

For salad:

  • 4 oz rice-flour noodles
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, cut into 2 inch long julienne sticks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 scallions, green part only, cut into 2 inch long julienne strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Asian sesame oil

For kebabs:

  • olive oil, for grill
  • 1 3/4 lbs sea scallops
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce (preferably pineapple flavored)
  • 1/2 pineapple, rind cut away and core discarded, cut into 1×1/2″ chunks
  • 4 oz fresh snow peas, blanched
  • 2 orange bell peppers, sides sliced off core, stems and seeds discard, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 (10 inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
  1. Make salad: Cook noodles according to package instructions and drain.  Rinse in cold water until cool; drain and toss with remaining ingredients in a bowl; salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.
  2. Make kebabs: Preheat grill and lightly oil rack.  Rinse scallops and pat dry; remove small, tough muscle from side of each.  Combine juice and chili sauce in a large shallow bowl.  Add scallops and marinate at room temperature, turning once, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Alternately thread scallops, pineapple and vegetables onto drained skewers; season with salt and pepper.  Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and scallops are just cooked through, about 7 minutes.  Transfer to serving plates with noodle salad in bowls on side.  Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

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Serves 2

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 (7- to 8-ounce) salmon steaks (about 3/4-inch thick)
  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. For the glaze, combine the brown sugar, mustard, and soy sauce in a medium bowl and mix well. For the sauce, transfer 1 tablespoon of the glaze to a small bowl. Add the vinegar and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Brush the tops of the salmon steaks generously with half of the glaze. Place the steaks, glaze side down, on the grill. Grill until slightly charred on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Brush the tops with the remaining glaze. Turn the salmon over and grill until slightly charred on the bottom and just opaque in the center, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plates and drizzle with the reserved sauce.

Like many fish, salmon can stick to the grill. Using a fish basket can help prevent sticking, but if you don’t have one, add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to the glaze and oil the grill before placing the salmon on it.

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Makes 4 servings

  • 4 fresh or frozen rock lobster tails (5 oz each)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp snipped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
  • Lemon wedges (optional)
  1. Thaw lobster, if frozen. Rinse lobster; pat dry with paper towels. Butterfly tails by using kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut lengthwise through centers of hard top shells and meat, cutting to, but not through, bottoms of shells. Press shell halves of tails apart with your fingers.
  2. For sauce, in a small saucepan melt butter. Remove from heat. Stir in chives and lemon peel. Remove 2 tablespoons of the sauce; set the remaining sauce aside.
  3. Lightly grease the rack of a gas grill. Preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Brush lobster meat with some of the 2 tablespoons sauce. Place lobster, meat sides down, on the grill rack directly over heat. Cover and grill for 6 minutes. Turn lobster. Brush with the rest of the 2 tablespoons sauce. Cover and grill for 6 to 8 minutes more or until lobster meat is opaque.
  4. Heat the reserved sauce, stirring occasionally. Transfer the sauce to small bowls for dipping and serve with lobster. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.

To grill lobster on a charcoal grill: Prepare as above except cook tails directly over medium coals for 6 minutes. Turn; brush with remaining sauce and cook 6 to 8 minutes more or until lobster meat is opaque.

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Makes 4 servings


  • 16 large sea scallops (about 2 lbs)
  • 1/2 tsp grated lime zest
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed through a press
  • 2 small Thai chiles (do not seed), minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed through a press
  • 1 small Thai chile, chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely minced cilantro leaves
  • 16 (2 inch) pieces of scallion
  • 16 large grape or cherry tomatoes
  • peanut oil, for brushing
  • 8 large butter lettuce leaves
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine or basmati rice, at room temperature, tossed with 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • lime wedges
  1. Satay: Pull off and discard the small white muscle wrapped around each scallop.  Mix lime zest, lime juice, fish sauce, peanut oil, garlic, chiles, ginger, and sugar in a large resealable food-storage bag to combine; add scallops.  Seal bag and toss to coat evenly.  Marinate 2 hours in refrigerator. 
  2. Peanut Sauce: Pulse all peanut sauce ingredients except cilantro in food processor until smooth; stir in cilantro.  Set aside. 
  3. Drain scallops; discard marinade.  Pat scallops dry with a paper towel.  Thread scallops alternately with scallions and tomatoes onto double-bamboo skewers.  Brush with peanut oil.  Grill satays over medium heat 6 minutes, turning skewers, or until scallops are just barely translucent in centers. 
  4. To serve, place 2 lettuce leaves on each plate and top with 1/2 cup of the rice mixture.  Remove scallops and vegetables from skewers; place over rice.  Serve with peanut sauce and lime wedges. 

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