Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Honey-Sesame Salmon



i've been really in to broiling fish lately. i don't know, it is just easier than the grill, maybe? anyway,  this doesn't look nearly as good as it tasted. it's a recipe from the dinnerRevolution cookbook, that I blogged about last week. if you like salmon it's just another way to prepare it. and it really was a quick and easy meal with few ingredients. in fact, 30 minutes prior, i was kind of freaking out about what to cook for dinner and suddenly i remembered i had all the ingredients on hand, thanks to my new asian friend. bonus: the kids liked it, too!

honey-sesame salmon

salt and pepper
1/4 c. sliced green onion
1 T sesame oil (i used olive)
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 T. rice wine vinegar (i used rice vinegar)
1 T sesame seeds
5 salmon fillets

place salmon on aluminum foil over a broiling pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper; to taste. next, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour over each salmon fillet. let marinate for 15-20 minutes. broil for 10 minutes or until fish is flaky and just a little golden around the edges.

that's it! i served with sauteed zucchini, squash, and onion...throw together in a pan, add olive oil and garlic (and just a little red pepper flakes) and saute until soft (or slightly crunchy). and also, let it be known that my kids hate this side dish, but in the summer have a lot of squash and zucchini. and this year we even have our own, so we are really making it a lot. and if you were wondering, we totally make the kids eat it anyway because we are cruel like that.





Friday, November 19, 2010

Thnaksgiving Sides: Green Bean Casserole

original picture from tasteofhome.com

I wasn't raised eating this casserole on Thanksgiving Day, which begs the question,
"Who else wasn't?!"

Now that we've had a few on our own, it was just within the last few years that green bean casserole became a staple at Thanksgiving dinner. I am assuming Travis' side of the family always had it and I must have picked it up there, because seriously? 

It is so good. And Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without it.

I've seen some fancy recipes for this dish. Some add soy sauce, some add Parmesan cheese, among other things. But, I like to keep it simple and the best recipe I've had (and maybe the only one I've had) is from the back of a can.

Del Monte's Green Bean Casserole. You can find that here.  I almost always use just a little more french fried onions, although typing those very words brought on the heartburn, so maybe not so much this year.

Enjoy!

Oh, and do go with the french-cut green beans. It's not a traditional dish without them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Sides: Sweet Potato Casserole

original photo from copykat.com

There are a few things I am famous for. This is one of them. I found this recipe in a magazine years ago and made it one year for Thanksgiving and it just kind of became a tradition all of its own. I can't remember where the original recipe came from, but I've added to it over the years, so now I claim it as mine.

Here's the thing with sweet potatoes: Most people either love them or hate them and if you have people of the latter variety it is hard to convince them they will actually like this. But, they will! Like I said in a previous post, everyone like sweet potatoes if there is enough added butter and sugar, which leads me to my next point.

Although this is an awesome side, it's not something you can eat all the time. Just because it is made primarily from a vegetable, it is not healthy and should be consumed sparingly.

Right.

Maybe that is true for the rest of the year but Thanksgiving is a "free pass" in my book. So get yourself some yams, or if you want to be difficult 3 lbs. of raw sweet potatoes and let's get to work.

Here's the other thing. This could be a dessert. I always serve it with the regular food, though, and it is a sweet little teaser for the actual desserts. But, like I said, it could be placed on the dessert table if you wanted it to. (But, you shouldn't. Take my word).

You'll need:

3 lbs. of raw sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked, or like I said just some canned yams and if I can remember right I think the 3 lbs. yields about 3 cups. I buy I of the large cans and 1 small.

1/2 c. sugar
1 stick of butter, softened
2 eggs
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla

And for the best part, the topping:

1 c. brown sugar (or more, definitely more)
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. melted butter

Go ahead and combine the topping ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl, mash the cooked (or canned) sweet potatoes. Add the stick of butter, eggs, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Pour into a 9 x 13 and crumble mixture on top. I almost always use more than the original recipe called for; maybe I double it. You can also add pecans if that is your thing. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Seriously, you will not regret this one.

Next up, Green Bean Casserole.

In other news, I finally caved and bought the most ridiculous pair of shoes ever.
orignal photo from strappy-sandals.com

I have hated "ugg" style boots since I first saw them, but I couldn't resist the sheep-lined wool insides any longer. Bonus: after a little research, I realized that the brand Bear Paw, sold at Macy's, at half the price of Ugg Brand is made of exactly the same materials. So score for me and everyone on my Christmas list. I have more left over for you. And now I am warm and happy and all is right in the world when that is taken care of.  But, that doesn't take away the feeling of ridiculousness I feel while wearing them. Just so you know, I don't stuff my jeans into the tops, even though it is cute on most people, it's not for me. :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Suggestion: Sausage and Cabbage


This could easily be my most favorite meal. It is simple, it is delicious, and it is healthy. And it's a suggestion because it's kind of self-explanation instead of an actual recipe. I usually pair it with black-eyed peas and cornbread and I won't lie: my kids hate it.

Good thing I am one of those parents who make them eat it anyway. I don't make it very often because of this small inconvenience. And they've come around from crying to actually kind-of sort-of eating it so....I win.

Head of cabbage, chopped
Smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 in. chunks
Salt & Pepper

Set your stove on medium-high heat. Place the sausage into a deep pot (with a lid!) and put cabbage in on top. Place lid on and let cook for a few minutes. Use a fork or spatula and "toss" the cabbage and sausage, so the sausage doesn't burn on the bottom. Do this a few times, until cabbage is completely soft. Generously season with salt and pepper and you've got yourself a meal. Hopefully your kids like it more than mine!



Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Cabbage Salad

my Mom, Triston, me. Jackson, and my Grandmother Lillian  -Christmas 2007


If there was one thing to know about my grandmother, it was that she was an accomplished cook. Feeding nine children every day is no small feat, and from what I can remember, it was not just any kind of food. It bordered gourmet meals every. night. It was her passion in life and one of things most missed when she succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease, which she has battled now for 5 years.

My mom inherited many of her prized cookbooks, and found in one a handwritten recipe for a coleslaw dish. My mom didn't hesitate to make it and we found that it is, well....awesome. But, it's not a creamy kind of coleslaw you might serve with fried fish (although it would certainly go), but more of a light cabbage salad, a perfect accompaniment to any summer dish.

Anyway, I couldn't get enough of it and so I'd like to share....


Lillian's Coleslaw Salad

1  large head of cabbage, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. salt
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. white vinegar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. dry mustard

After chopping vegetables, add salt and mix together in large bowl. Let sit in refrigerator for one hour, then drain excess water. Meanwhile, bring to boil last 5 ingredients until sugar dissolves, 2-3 minutes, and set aside.  Pour liquid over vegetables and toss lightly to coat. You can eat right away, but tastes even better when chilled a couple of hours. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Squash and Corn Chowder


A good way to use squash. That was what I was looking for when I came across the recipe in Cooking Light. We had more than we could eat and I really hate it when perfectly good produce goes bad because we didn't have time to eat all of it.

So I planned to make this and invited my in-laws over. My sister-in-law and her husband opted out. Can you guess why? Well, they said it was because they had to visit his parents, but I am guessing it was because I said I was serving Squash and Corn Chowder.

But, they missed out because this Chowder was really good. Really. And if you find yourself with an over-abundance of squash (or not), you should make this, too. I served it with homemade Bruschetta. A perfect combination.

Here's the recipe from Cooking Light.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seriously Awesome Bruschetta with a Side of Surprise


I got this recipe from Cooking Light. Ever read it? It is the best...but since my last day of work is today, I won't be able to snag them from the gym anymore. A subscription is in the works.

1 baguette
2-3 large tomatoes (garden tomatoes are the best!)
6 t. good quality olive oil
4 t. balsamic vinegar
basil
salt & pepper
raw garlic cloves

Cut the baguette into thin slices and place in oven at 425 until toasted (about 8-10 minutes). Meanwhile, dice your tomatoes and place in bowl. Add oil and vinegar and toss well. The original recipe called for 2 T. chopped fresh basil, but I used dried. Just a few sprinkles...it's hard to measure seasonings exactly. Salt and pepper, and stir to meld all the flavor together. Cover bowl and set in fridge. Once the baguette toasts have slightly cooled, rub your raw garlic clove over the top of one side.

When you are ready to serve, spoon tomato mixture on to the garlic side of the toast.Seriously awesome. My guests even thought it was fancy.  Yum!

As for the surprise...check out this fantastical cloud I saw hovering directly over the West side Wal-Mart.


It was so striking that I thought of the Second Coming, which is just...weird. But if Christ was going to return to Earth on a cloud, it would have look like that one.

I came out 30 minutes later and it had turned a most spectacular shade of pink.


But, then I quickly squashed the idea of Christ returning on this cloud...I mean, it was over Wal-Mart. (joke. joke. it was a joke...Christ loves the people from Wal-Mart, too...)

And just because it is fun, I will share this picture (even though I look hefty and hot).



We blew up 250 balloons at the Posey County Fair to hand out to children so their parents would read CLOWERS for PROSECUTOR and want to vote for Travis.

I hope it worked. Those balloons took FOREVER to blow up. It was a lot of fun though, as we looked out across the arena during the Demolition Derby, the first thing we could see were red and blue balloons bopping around. The kids loved it.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Day the Storm Came In.


On the day that our last storm came swooping into sight, I was making this.
It is really very simple. Something I make when a) I've forgotten all about dinner because I've been chasing crazy little boys around all day and b) if we've eaten too much junk. I.E. Constipation.
We are lucky enough to have freshly canned green beans from my in-law's impressive garden. So I use a jar or two of the green beans, undrained. I cube several small potatoes with the skin left ON. That is where all the vitamins and minerals are, you know. I throw it in a pot and because we are lovers of all things bacon, I put in two slices of Hickory Smoked bacon in to add some smokey flavor. I let that pot boil for a good 20 minutes and wah-la! You have dinner. If I think about this dinner early enough, I'll make a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread to go with it. Or corn bread.

I just love thunderstorms. It makes Travis mad, I think, because while he is rallying the kids to get in the basement, I'm on the front porch with my camera, ignoring his advice, for lack of better words, to "get off the damn porch and get inside"!  : )

Here's what it looked like on the east side of the house.

And here is what was coming from the west. Scary.

It passed quickly, even though I was certain a tree was going to fall on the house. They were practically sideways with the wind.

I love thunderstorms. And I love green-beans with bacon and potatoes.
And you will, too, if you try it. So go make it tonight!

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