Mackenzie Ltd.—Surf and turf in a hurry

By Jenny Miller

Have you ever wished you could be the kind of cook who’s not bothered by short-notice entertaining or unexpected guests? Turns out you can be—with a little help. Mackenzie Ltd. scours the globe for top-quality products you can keep on hand for easy meals or special occasions. Ordering from Mackenzie, and sister brands Chesapeake Bay and Impromptu Gourmet, makes it a cinch to assemble a surf-and-turf summer feast. Cedar-plank Atlantic salmon arrives delicately seasoned with dill and lemon and ready to cook on a presoaked, fragrant piece of wood. Easiest of all are Chesapeake Bay's indulgent lobster tails—just decide it's a lobster night and pop them into the oven or on the grill. Pair your seafood with meaty selections like Mackenzie's ready-to-grill burger patties (the stuffed Asian variety is richly flavored with a garlic teriyaki sauce), or that surefire crowd-pleaser: baby back ribs from Impromptu Gourmet that are ready in less than 15 minutes.

Word on the street
  • Instructions are so easy that even the culinarily challenged can pull off a gourmet meal.
  • Products are made with real, whole ingredients you recognize—not a bunch of hard-to-pronounce chemicals.
  • Many items can be cooked either in an oven or on the grill, for easy year-round entertaining.

On the side

Round out your surf and turf feast with classic sides like corn on the cob, Caesar salad, and baked potatoes (recipes here courtesy the Food Network), all of which can be prepared in about the time it takes to cook your main course.