Chefs in the kitchen

Whew! What a whirlwind of a morning. Up at 4:30 -I have no idea how that happened- to the airport, and here in LA after a few traveling adventures, of course. It feels like 5pm already πŸ™‚

Before I set off for today’s events, I wanted to say a quick “hello” and tell you about last night’s dinner party.

It was a feast of all feasts, cooked up by the chefs and grill masters in the family:

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(photo minus my madre, who reigns supreme as the grilling queen)

The Pilot wanted to have a night where my uncle and Kyle could teach him how to perfectly cook different types of meat, so last night was the night. Everyone brought over something different, and we enjoyed the amazing meal along with some margaritas and wine πŸ™‚

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Fresh salad (greens, zucchini, squash, bell peppers and some homemade balsamic)

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the most perfect ahi tuna,

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and enough meat for an army.

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Plus pasta, fries, Nana’s Jell-o casserole,

and the infamous fruit pizza.

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For the ahi tuna, my uncle added a spice rub of coriander and fennel, then topped with a thick layer on sesame seeds. He seared each side on the grill, and then cut into long medallions, drizzled with hoisin sauce and sriracha. Hands down the best tuna I’ve ever had.

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And now with this post full of glorious eats, it’s time for this girl to track down some breakfast and maybe take a nap before tonight’s Physique 57 event πŸ™‚

Hope you have a wonderful day! See ya later this afternoon.



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  1. SWOON over all of this glorious food! Looks delicious! Have fun in LA!

  2. Enough food for an Army! Or a Squadron since you are an Air Force family!

    • I have a question. So I was with my family for my grandfathers funeral this past weekend and when my nephew was acting up my sister in law (Who grew up in southern Florida) said “Say ‘yes ma’am’ with a good attitude.” I get that she is a southern girl so that is why she might have him say that but I was wondering will you guys have Liv say yes maam and yes sir. Do you think being a military family will affect your views on this? I know you lived in Valdosta for a while, did being there get you into this habbit? I am curious on different thought on this.

  3. Swooon, all that good food!! The tuna looks amazing!
    Have fun in LA!!

  4. seared ahi tuna is one of my absolute favorite foods! SO delicious!

    have a great time in LA. i’m looking forward to your IDEA conference recaps πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my… absolutely beautiful!! Need to try topping it with hoisin and sriracha!

  6. Oh all that food looks amazing!! Mmmmmm fruit pizza!

  7. I have to admit that I’ve never tried mahi tuna before…but now I think it’s a must!!

  8. can you buy ahi tuna at a grocery store? never thought of trying to make it myself.

  9. That food looks amazing, I’m super pumped for the Physique 57 event tonight, see ya there and thanks so much for this opportunity!

  10. OMG I love tuna! My friends caught a huge one on a fishing trip last summer and we had the most epic tuna feast. Everyone just kept stuffing their faces with perfectly seared tuna and we even made our own sushi. NOM!

    Have fun in LA!!!

  11. Oh wow- I definitely want to make some ahi tuna like that. Looks amazing!!!

  12. I LOVE AHI. That plate is seriously making my mouth water! Need to learn to prepare it myself…I only ever order it in restaurants!

  13. I am so jealous of all of your yummy food!! It looks so delicious!

  14. I need to learn how to grill! I am afraid of it!

  15. That ahi tuna and fruit pizza look AMAZING!!!

  16. OMG…everything looks SO amazing!!! Grilled food is the BEST!

  17. I love ahi tuna! That stuff looks amazing.

  18. The Ahi Tuna looks amazing! I have not mastered cooking it at home yet. Mine always ends up chalky, white and chewy. ugh!

  19. oh my gosh ahi tuna is hands down my favorite food! I only ever order it from restaurants, though, because I lack confidence in my ability to cook it correctly/as well as some of my fav places. I might have to show this to the bf and cross my fingers he gets the hint!!!

  20. Ohemgee.. Lucky gal!

  21. That tuna looks phenomenal! Looks like quite the feast.

  22. you have a great family! and il le hot hot hot!

  23. Shaina Anderson says:

    I can’t beLIEVE I’m not home right now for IDEA. Major sad face. Maybe a fruit pizza tonight will turn my frown upside down. Or a pizookie haha. Have so much fun! If you want some local food recommendations, shoot me an email and let me know what area you’re in!

  24. YUM! That ahi looks incredible! I was hoping you would post what it was seasoned with after I saw the photo on Instagram πŸ™‚

  25. Leslie W says:

    Now, that might de-virginize me into having a foodgasm. Holy schmoly.

  26. Ohmylanta, that tuna looks just divine.

    I’m wondering though, do yall have trouble finding good seafood? I always take it for granted living on the coast, and then I travel and realize that it’s a lot harder to come by for folks who are landlocked.

  27. Ohhhhh that grilled ahi looks DEVINE!

  28. WOW!! Ummm can I come eat at your house?! That tuna looks incredible!

  29. YUM! That tuna does look GLORIOUS! I’ve never had tuna steak and think I need to remedy that right now — now that I have a good recipe.

  30. That ahi tuna looks so good it makes me want to cry!! You guys had the best food!

  31. That fruit pizza looks delicious! πŸ™‚

  32. Ok, taking notes on that ahi tuna recipe! Sounds absolutely to die for! I’m still a little scared about cooking it myself because I always feel like I’m going to leave it too rare and make myself sick, but I’m absolutely dying to try this. Have fun at Physique 57!

  33. Wow! That tuna looks PRO, I can’t wait to try it!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely BBQ! Love + Shine CourtStar

  34. YUMMM! I am craving the tuna salad from BJs. The tuna is seared like that.

    Enjoy LA!

  35. WOW that tuna looks amazing! And your brownie pizza I’m sure was a hit!
    Happy Wednesday!

  36. Hope you’re enjoying my city! I was bummed that a last-minute commitment kept me from Physique 57 last night.

  37. That tuna looks way too overcooked for my taste (I like it just seared on the outside) but I like the idea of hoisin and siracha!

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