Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dinner With Friends... And Sharing A New Award

We had our best friends (former residents of Galveston) over for dinner tonight for leftovers. Yes, I said leftovers. Neither of us was able to finish our lobster tails Valentines' Day night, so I kept it and we had the most mouth-watering lobster quesadillas with guacamole & sour cream dollops on the side, Spanish Rice, and refried beans.

Mr. Snoots was very skeptical about serving lobster in a quesadilla, but I assured him that it would all be okay. He shook his head and rolled his eyes during the entire preparation and cooking time, certain that I was going to have a failure to serve our friends. I'm more than proud to say that he was the first one to praise them once we all began to eat. I served a nice 2006 Pinot Grigio from an Italian vineyard called Mezzacorona which Mr. Snoots just happened to pick up on his last trip to Sam's Club. Yes, he still has a lot learn, but he's definitely trying. It was perfect for the lobster quesadillas. Here's the recipe:

Makes 4 (6-inch) Quesadillas.


4 (5-ounce) lobster tails (approximately 10 ounces actual lobster meat)
2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil, (i.e. grape seed or canola oil) plus extra for sauteing quesadillas
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic, passed through a garlic press
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/3 teaspoon fine sea salt
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 medium avocados, peeled and diced
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1. Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut through the underside of lobster shell and remove lobster meat from shell. Reserve shells for lobster stock or another use. Dice lobster meat into 1/2-inch chunks. Or, you could just use leftover lobster.

2. Place lobster chunks in mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, lime juice and salt. Toss gently to combine ingredients and coat lobster thoroughly; marinate 15 minutes.

3. Heat a medium non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add marinated lobster and saute until just cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Place one tortilla on a work surface and layer with one fourth of the lobster, cilantro, avocado and cheeses. Cover with second tortilla.

5. Heat a non-stick sauce pan or griddle with 2 tablespoons oil. Place filled tortilla in pan, cook on medium-low heat until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet and cut into wedges. Continue process with remaining ingredients, wiping out pan and adding oil between each quesadilla. Serve hot.


Rubbish By Roan was kind enough to bestow upon me the same award she was recently presented with. I'm pretty sure I don't deserve this award, but I'm thrilled to accept it just the same. Therefore, I shall try to pass this award on to other more deserving bloggers. I think it says Best Blog Darts Thinker. However, my eyesight has run away with the candlestick maker, so it's entirely possible that I'm wrong.

Thankfully, the message remains the same:

“This award acknowledges the values that every Blogger displays in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values with each message they write. Awards like this have been created with the intention of promoting community among Bloggers. It’s a great
way to show appreciation and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”

So, the deal is that I have to nominate another 15 bloggers to pass this award on to. No problemo. Each of these bloggers has a keen sense of humor and they are great writers as well. Please give them each a click because you won't be disappointed. Here they are:

1. Tales From The Vinyl Village
2. The Incredible Woody
3. The Color Of Home
4. Golf Girl's Diary
5. Two Dogs Running
6. Country Girl On The Chesapeake Bay
7. Ask Allison at Women In Bloom
8. Queen Of The Planet Hot Flash
9. My J'Ollie Blog Home
10. Tales From The Clippy Mat
11. Mental Pause Chronicles
12. The Bliss Of It All
13. Real Women Golf
14. Kansas Chaos
15. Country Girl On The Chesapeake Bay


Anonymous said...

awww Im honored! Thank you!

Heather Kerrigan said...

What a day brightener! I'm up my eye balls in spring golf fashions, glad I came up for air to catch your all too kind award.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! It has my mouth watering and it's still early!

Congrats on the award and you've picked some very worthy bloggers to pass it on to!!

Unknown said...

Well, I am just blushing...thank you so much for that sweet award!!! I am very appreciative and so honored.

That recipe is aawesome. I will be making that one real soon.

Again, are too kind.

Keeper Of All Things said...

Damn that looks good....
Can I come over for leftovers too???

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Why Thank You! I'm flattered and well just plain FLATTERED.

abb said...

That lobster thingy looks too good!

Mama Dawg said...

Thanks! I love getting awards!

That lobster quesadilla looks divine!

Mental P Mama said...

I love me some lobster....and thank you so much sweety snooty;)

WomenBloom said...

Onh, I'm tellin' ya, I'm falling for Mr. Snoots. He sounds diVINE! :) How sweet of him to give credit where credit is due. Not all men would do that.

Thank you for the award, very exciting!

Love your style, Snootsie!

Daryl said...

Lobster Quesadilla or however its spelted (kidding) ... oh I want some .. now please and maybe some salsa and black bean soup ... oh Snooty now I am so hungry .. good thing I didnt get here earlier ...

Anonymous said...

I'm hungry now.


imbeingheldhostage said...

I'm with Philly-- I'm hungry now. Congrats on your well-deserved award and I think you made some excellent choices to pass it on to!

Snooty Primadona said...

Yup, that Mr. Snoots is quite the catch, huh? If you can get him, you can have him. ;-) Just kidding honey. You know I'd track you down if you ever left me, lol.

Our friends would not allow me to take shots of any more than their hands. I offered them their 15 minutes (or so) of fame and they declined. WTF?

Pearl said...

OH, MY but that food looks fabulous.

Snooty Primadona said...

You know you have good friends when they will come over for leftovers...

That Janie Girl said...

Girl. I love the way you throw food together and make it fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Lobster is my absolutly yummy...just beautiful. I'm sure your friends loved it and it sounds like Mr Snoots did!

Shawn said...

Oh Snooty! You shouldn't have! Umm.. when I come over to pick up my award, can I get some Lobster Quesadillas also? And some Pinot Grigio..and some of that Chocolate death stuff you had the other day! Remember..we are family now! ;o)

I Am Woody said...

Awww - what an honor! Thanks!!

Patricia Hannigan said...

Thanks for the award!!! We all know how damn hard we work on these blogs right?

Thanks too for the inspired recipes. I'm even considering starting to cook again. Mr.GolfGirl is no Mr.Snoots when it comes to culinary skills.


Snowbrush said...

"Now, I have someone I can gritch with about my aches & pains. I can do that, right?" You

YES! Gritch. Bitch. Whine, Cry. Complain." ME

I had an experience like your daughter's only I was drawing BLOOD in a hospital.

brneyedgal967 said...

Thank you for this award. And if they have a SHITTY BLOGGER FRIEND award, feel free to bequeath me with that also.

I will try to remember to pass this on, but since I know of at least 2 (or 3?) other awards I haven't passed on... I don't make any promises. I really suck at these things.

But thank you, truly. I heart you Snooty, I really do.


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