A Nod to the New Way to Grocery Shop

Updated: Jan 21

I grew up primarily on Catalina, an island off the coast of Southern California, so eating fish (and seafood in general) is pretty much baked into my genes. Summer days spent on my family's little boat were punctuated by the fresh halibut my dad would spear or the abalone he would shuck off the rock walls of our favorite cove (back when you could still get wild abalone), always using the swim step of the boat as his cleaning station, tossing the guts and fish heads overboard for other fish or sea lions or pelicans to snatch and eat. Fish would get grilled on the little Magma grill on the back deck or eaten raw with some wasabi and soy sauce. Abalone would get pounded thin, breaded, and rolled around some jack cheese and ortega chiles before getting grilled to ooey-gooey deliciousness that I can literally taste as I write this. Looking back on it now, I recognize how incredibly lucky I was to grow up this way, and it absolutely influenced the kind of eater and cook I have become. Food doesn't have to be fussy or complicated to be delicious, and when you've got amazing ingredients sometimes your entire job as a cook is just to not mess it up.


So, I was super excited when my sister-in-law sent us a box of seafood from Know Seafood for Christmas. We've been getting our beef, pork and chicken from ButcherBox for a couple of years now and started getting most of our groceries from Imperfect Foods last year shortly after the the Covid-19 pandemic made a trip to the grocery store feel like a death-defying stunt of some sort. In other words, we are totally on board the grocery delivery/subscription train, especially with these specific companies, whose focus on sustainability is at the heart of their business model. And while nothing compares to fresh seafood, I am absolutely a proponent of quality frozen seafood, which can make it easier and more economical to incorporate seafood into your regular dietary routine.


That first Know Seafood box included a variety of items, including some lovely salmon fillets, a couple of which became Harissa Salmon Burgers....



and some Maine lobster tails, a couple of which I used in this amazing mixed seafood dish with a tomato and garlic vinaigrette....