Quick summer dinner on the fly

Sorry, no pics.  Last night, Josh and I were in need of a change of scenery.  Our friends were making the torturous journey out to the east end of Long Island in the days of summer and we decided to go to their house and prepare dinner for their arrival.  Keys are hidden at most homes out here or you can usually just walk in where something has been left open which is exactly what Josh did.  Josh planned the menu and I just went along for the ride.

The entire meal was probably whipped up in less 40 minutes.  Guacamole, homemade salsa, chopped napa cabbage, pan fried rock shrimp, grilled flounder, mexican corn and flour tacos to start.  For dessert, grilled whole bananas stuffed with shaved chocolate over ice cream. 


5 ripe avocados – mashed
4 Italian tomatoes diced
1 jalapeno – diced
couple shots of Tabasco or a a little bit of cayenne pepper
lemon juice ( fresh lemon squeezed over the guac )
lots of kosher salt

Mix together and serve.  Make sure to save 2 pits to leave in the guac before serving so it doesn't get brown.


10 Italian tomatoes diced
1 1/2 Vidalia onions diced
2 bunches of cilantro chopped
lots of fresh lime juice and kosher salt

Chop and serve.  Taste.  This sometimes needs a little doctoring.

Mexican corn:

1/4 cup of mayonnaise
Limes – 2 squeezed that are really juicy (about 3 tblsp)
pinch of cayenne pepper ( or more based on how spicy you like it )
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
Shredded Parmesan cheese

Grilled the corn, use a pastry brush to coat the corn with the mayo ( just a little bit ), roll in the cheese, serve

Pan fry the shrimp in olive oil and salt, fry up the flounder that has been rubbed down with olive oil and salt  ( use a grill if possible )

Chop up the napa cabbage and put in a bowl, warm up the flour tortillas ( about 5 minutes at 350 in an oven )


Take a whole banana with the skin intact, split it down the middle, stuff with chocolate of choice and wrap in tin foil.  Put it on the grill just before serving for about 5 minutes.  The skin gets black and chocolate melts.  Open up the tin foil over a bowl of ice cream and scoop the banana and chocolate right in.  You really can't beat it.

Quick tasty meal.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Yule Heibel

    Darn you, now I’m really hungry and it’s only 11 am! 😉

  2. Ellen

    the chocolate bananas over ice cream did it for me. Can I do this in the oven? OMYG-d. it sounds fantastic.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Its amazing. You could absolutely do it in the oven. 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or under the broiler, not too close for about 8 minutes and not full blast.joanne [email protected]

  3. ErlendK

    Wow sounds yabsolutely delicious! I love simple and delicious cooking.My favourite ice cream topping is Blueberry Syrup: Boil maple syrup with a punnet of blueberries until the blueberries burst. Serve over ice cream. So simple, and so good.

    1. Gotham Gal

      That sounds delicious and decadent