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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Super Easy Salmon

I tried this recipe out the other night and it was met with rave reviews from my hunk! I really enjoyed it too! As an added bonus it cooks up really fast!!

Super Easy Salmon
4 salmon fillets skin removed and completely thawed
1/4 cup mayo (I like the olive oil kind)
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
a scant 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 fresh Lemon halved
1/4 cup slivered almonds or 10 Ritz crackers work in a pinch

Preheat the oven to 400. Mix Mayo, cheese, juice from 1/2 the lemon, and cayenne pepper. Place the salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, drizzle with the juice of other half lemon. Dollop cheese mixture onto the top of each fillet. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake for 15 minutes or until Salmon flakes easily with a fork.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mandarin Macadamia Nut Pudding Bars

I love these right now!

Mandarin Macadamia Nut Pudding Bars

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold butter
1/4 tsp almond extract

2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges in light syrup, don't drain.
1/4 cup sugar
24 oz sour cream
2 (3.4 oz) boxes of coconut cream instant pudding
1 (8 oz) container of whipped cream

Crust directions:
In the food processor, pulse dry ingredients until well blended.
Cut butter into small pieces and add to the processor along with the almond extract.
Blend all together until a sandy consistency is reached. Press into bottom or 9X13" pan.
Bake at 350 for 15-19 minutes or until crust is LIGHTLY browned. Remove from oven and cool.

Filling Directions:
Drain mandarin oranges and reserve the liquid.
Combine 1/2 cup of syrup with sugar, sour cream, and both pudding mixes.
Fold oranges into pudding mixture and spoon over the cooled crust.
Top with whipped topping.
Chill for at least 2 hours.

Grandma Bagley's Ginger Cookies

While I was little my sweet Grandma would often send a big plate of these home with my Dad from work. I didn't love them then, but since my tastes have matured. I love the way that the stronger flavors allow me to stealthily substitute whole wheat flour and healthier sugar substitutes. We all love them!
Grandma Bagley's Ginger Cookies

2 Cups White sugar
1 1/2 cups butter flavored Crisco or butter.
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp Ginger
2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Mix together and then add
2 Eggs
Mix and add
1/2 Cup molasses
Mix and add
4 tsp baking soda
3 3/4 cups flour
Roll into tbsp sized balls and roll in sugar and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hummus and toasted Pita

This is currently my favorite lunch.. I could eat it every day--well almost.

Hummus and Toasted Pita

1 can garbanzo beans
1 lime - juiced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 tbs minced onion
garlic powder and salt/pepper to taste
pita pockets cut into wedges

Drain the garbanzo beans and reserve the liquid.
Put all the ingredients in the food processor except for the pita pockets.
You may add lime zest if you like and add the garbanzo bean juice as needed to bring the hummus to a nice dipping consistency.
The Pita pockets need to be toasted under the broiler for just a short time- so watch them.
Tear a piece off the pita bread and dip into the hummus

I like to have something with mine so the following is what I make it's a simplified pico...

Tomato-Onion Salad Recipe
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 large tomatoes, diced
1 medium-size sweet onion, diced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Put together the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with seasonings-- Enjoy!