July 21st is one of my very favorite days of the year. It signifies the beginning of a beautiful new life that I have been blessed with by God. I know this seems to be something that I talk about over and over again, but I am very thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, who love and support and encourage me and make me wake up every day with the hopes of being a better person. On July 21st five short years ago, I spent the day moving into my new condo in Nashville. It was a very bittersweet day because I was moving to Nashville after a very big life change. I left a town full of people that I cared for very much, but also was fortunate to have some lifelong friends waiting for me in my new town. One of my very best friends asked me to join a group of our friends for dinner and a boat ride. She mentioned that one of her husband’s best friends from college had just moved to Nashville, too, and would be the only other single person there, but that it wasn’t a blind-date (classic). Karly can be pretty convincing, so I thought “what the heck, I’ll go”. I wasn’t really in a place where I wanted to start dating, so I continued to unpack without much regard for the time. With only about 20 minutes to spare before I had to leave to meet everybody, I hopped in the shower, threw up my hair, quickly put on some makeup and grabbed my go-to dress for that summer.
If you haven’t figured it out, the blind date ended up being our first date (that led to a very tasty first-date extended brunch at Brick Tops) and then we had many more after that including the date that I made him dinner (see awesome tuna recipe) and then one really big date that involved a white dress, a priest, and our closest friends and family! Oh, yeah and a marriage certificate and lifetime committment to my blue-eyed washed up hippy! Ladies, this is the point where I talk about the “go-to dress” I mentioned before. We are very sentimental creatures, us ladies, so I know that you all will relate when I say that the dress I wore the night we met quickly became somewhat of a gallery piece in my closet. It reminded me of my very favorite night in my life and I LOVED his reaction every time I wore it after that. We took a trip to Cabo when Hunter was the very, very small age of 5 months and the dress may have been the only thing that kept me from crying for 5 minutes about being away from my baby when we took an amazing sunset catamaran wine cruise because it brought me back to our first date on the boat. I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the night we met that the wind hit this “dress” just right and it nearly caused me to set sail, which wasn’t at all embarrassing. Luckily for me I was doing a lot of running at the time, so it allowed me to show off my super sculpted thighs – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – and score another date!! This dress came into this relationship with about as much vigor as it left. Hunter and I were on a Mommy & Bear Bear Day a couple months later and I was wearing the dress. We walked into Target after a long lunch of drop and pick-up at Logan’s (I know, I can’t tell you why we chose Logan’s either) when all of sudden I felt a tap on my shoulder. Thinking the lady was going to tell me how adorable my child was, I turned around ready to accept the compliment, but her words were far from a compliment…..”Ma’am, I’m not sure you know this and I’m pretty sure you don’t, but your dress has a rip up the back.” I reached around and suddenly realized that I, had in fact, been giving away the farm for A WHILE! So, there you have it, fully exposed once again, but this time it wasn’t to my handsome date, but to some ruff and gruff men at Logan’s and whoever got the pleasure of walking behind my post-baby thighs, but, nonetheless, that was the end of the dress……..or was it?! Never short on resourcefulness or sentiment, I gave what was left of the “dress” to my super-seamstress sister to make into an apron and on my birthday this year, the dress was born again and will forever grace my culinary adventures in the kitchen and I can expose how I choose!!! I love you, July 21st!! You will always be one of my very favorite days of the year – exposed or unexposed!!!
- 1 pound fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
- 2 1/2 teaspoons water
- Rinse and pat dry the tuna. In a small bowl combine olive oil, sesame oil, lemon juice, ginger, soy sauce, salt & pepper. Whisk ingredients to combine. Dip both sides of tuna steaks in mixture and place in a food storage bag. Pour remaining mixture into bag and let marinate for one hour.
- In the meantime, whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside to allow flavors to marry.
- Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat pan over medium heat. Place steaks in pan and pour remaining marinade over steaks. Cook first side approximately 2-3 minutes depending on thickness of steak. Turn steaks and cook 2 minutes making sure not to overcook steaks.
- Serve over brown rice and top with sauce. Remaining sauce can be refrigerated and used as a salad dressing.