The secret to marinating and basting is to let the food marinate long enough to eliminate the need to baste. This applies to meat as well as fish. A few years ago for the Dolphins versus Bills game at Rich Stadium, I had to settle for swordfish since I couldn't find any dolphin. I have eaten the latter before and it is delicious. By the way, I don't cook horse when the Bills play the Colts!

The marinade for the swordfish smelled so heavenly and the fire was just right, so I put the steaks on the grill. They cooked beautifully and were ready to be removed when my friend Bill suggested I pour the remaining marinade onto the fish just before taking them off the grill. It added a trifle amount of flavor to the swordfish. The big bonus was how the outdoors was permeated with the brilliant marinade aroma.

The recipe for the swordfish is on the web site (go back a page) and you can also find it in the cookbook. What follows is what I did with a recipe in my cookbook for tuna macaroni salad to make it better. My sister and aunt raved over it a few months ago.

grilled tuna pasta salad xxxxxx serves 8
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2 medium tuna steaks 1 tsp. grated orange peel
1/2 cup olive oil 1 lb. elbow macaroni
6 tbsp. soy sauce 1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup Sherry 1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. snipped dill freshly ground pepper
freshly grated ginger 1/2 cup mayonnaise
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Place the tuna into a medium bowl. In a small bowl mix the olive
oil, 4 tbsp. of soy sauce, Sherry, dill relish, ginger and orange peel
and pour over the tuna. Let marinate overnight.
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The next day, cook macaroni according to the package directions.
Drain and cool. Grill the tuna over a medium fire for five minutes per
side, or until cooked through. Cool the tuna and flake it. Place the
macaroni into a large bowl, add the tuna, the remaining soy sauce,
cucumber, onion, groundpepper and mayonnaise. Mix and, if
necessary, add more mayo. Refrigerate. Serve with Basil Tomatoes.

If you're wondering who won the game, let me just say that it was Kelly against Marino in the 90s. You can figure out the rest.