Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Salmon 2 Ways

I made this last night - very tasty
From Natasha's Kitchen

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon

1 1/2 lb salmon fillet (this was wild sockeye)
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (we used grey poupon brand)
1/2 tsp salt (we use sea salt)
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp light olive oil (not extra virgin, use oil with a higher smoke point)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Lemon slices, for effect 🙂
1. Preheat oven to 450˚F. Line rimmed baking sheet with silpat or foil. If you don’t line the dish, you will later regret it as you scrub the pan fiercely for a day and a half (speaking from experience).
2. In a small bowl, combine: 2 Tbsp parsley, 3 pressed cloves garlic, 1/2 Tbsp Dijon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Smell the mixture – it’s simply amazing!

I've heard this one is good - haven't tried it yet. 6 servings



  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • Salt for sprinkling
  • Fresh lemon wedges for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and ground mustard. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is warmed through, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. While the marinade is cooling, pour the pecans into a dry skillet and heat over medium heat, tossing frequently, until golden and toasted. Remove from heat; let the pecans cool to room temperature and then chop finely.
  3. Place the salmon fillets in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Pour the maple marinade over the salmon, coating the salmon pieces evenly. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Place the toasted, chopped pecans on a plate or shallow pie dish. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator. Dip the top side of each salmon fillet in the pecan crumbs pressing the salmon lightly into the pecans so they adhere to the top of the salmon. Place the fillets pecan-side up on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle the salmon with a pinch of salt.
  7. Bake the salmon for 20-22 minutes until cooked through but still tender inside (not overcooked). The salmon should flake easily with a fork but still be soft and not dry.
  8. Serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

I haven't tried these yet - but want to
Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe



  • 6 ounces pitted Medjool or other soft dates (about 1 cup or 10-12 dates)
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) unsalted, whole almonds (roasted is fine)
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/2 to 2 ounces) shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) natural, unsweetened or Dutch-process cocoa powder (I use half of each)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil (no need to melt)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a food processor and process until the ingredients are finely chopped and the mixture is crumbly (the exact amount of mixing depends on how coarse or fine you want the mixture). The mixture should hold together when a small amount is pressed or rolled. If it’s too crumbly, add a tablespoon of water (or melted coconut oil) and process again until it comes together more easily.
  2. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls (I use a #60 cookie scoop for easy portions). Enjoy immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.


I always use unsweetened shredded coconut in these little bites (from Trader Joe’s or this brand online). You could definitely sub sweetened, shredded coconut (obviously they will be a bit sweeter when all is said and done).
Also, you could probably use slivered or sliced almonds in place of the whole almonds – reduce the amount slightly if measuring by volume since they’ll compact in the cup more than whole almonds (weight measure would stay the same no matter the type of almonds used). 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Spinach Frittata

Quick, easy, delicious

From Food Network



Preheat the oven to broil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper until smooth. Fold in the cheese and tomatoes and set aside.
In a 9-inch, oven-safe nonstick frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Pour the egg mixture over the spinach, and cook until almost set, 2 to 4 minutes.
Transfer the pan to the oven and broil until golden brown on top, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a serving plate.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Creamy Corn Chowder

Reid's favorite soup - from


  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 medium red potatoes, diced
  • 1 (1 lb.) bag frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup half-and-half (or can of evaporated milk)

How to Make It

Step 1
In a 4-quart soup pot, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring, until brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Pour off all but 2 Tbsp. fat.
Step 2
Add onion, celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add potatoes, corn, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Step 3
Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir until thickened and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Step 4
Slowly pour in broth, stirring constantly until smooth. Add bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until potatoes are tender, 25 minutes.
Step 5
Remove bay leaf and stir in half-and-half. Cook until warmed through.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lake Powell's Best Breakfast Casserole


A super simple veggie loaded breakfast casserole that’s easily customizable! I loaded mine with shredded potato hash browns, tons of fresh veggies, and a big dash of hot sauce! You can add crumbled sausage, shredded chicken, or anything else you please!

  • Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8-10 mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 20 ounces shredded potatoes, thawed
  • 10 eggs
  • ⅓ cup half and half or milk (see notes)
  • ¼ cup hot sauce (more or less to taste)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (see notes)


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté them for 4 minutes or until they start to brown. Add a small pinch of salt along withe onions and garlic and let cook for 2 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add the second tablespoon of oil, if needed, and sauté the peppers for 1 minute. Add in the baby spinach and allow it to wilt, remove from heat, set aside.
  2. Generously spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Lay the shredded potatoes in the bottom of the dish and press to make sure they are spread out evenly. Add the veggies (both the mushrooms and the pepper mixtures) over the potatoes, set aside.
  3. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF if you are baking the casserole immediately.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, half and half, hot sauce, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the prepared veggies. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and another small pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Bake the casserole, uncovered, until the cheese melts, and the top gets in and golden, 45-50 minutes. Allow the casserole to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


  1. TO MAKE AHEAD – prepare the casserole as directed, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or as required (not to exceed 24 hours) and allow it to come to room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.
  2. OTHER ADD INS – I kept this recipe vegetarian, but you can certainly add in browned sausage, ground turkey/beef, shredded chicken or ham. The cheeses I recommend for this casserole are cheddar (mild or sharp), mozzarella, and pepper jack, or swiss).

Julia's Favorite Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Recipe from Lauren's Latest


The perfect sugar cookie for Fall! Sweet, spicy and soft!
Yield: 3-4 dozen
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  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree {canned pumpkin}
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • for the glaze-
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. In a large bowl, stir butter, oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla and eggs together until incorporated and smooth. Slowly mix in all dry ingredients until completely incorporated. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet using 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop and flatten to 1/2 inch thick using the bottom of a glass. If the dough is sticking to the glass, press the bottom of the glass in granulated sugar before flattening. Bake 8-9 minutes.
  2. While cookies bake, stir all ingredients together for glaze until smooth.
  3. Once cookies are finished baking, cool 3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons glaze over each warm cookie. Let glaze harden 2-3 hours before serving. OR eat them warm with lots of runny glaze 🙂

Jamie Feller's Famous Chocolate Sheet Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbs coca
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven 350. Grease and flour 11x15 or 12x17 pan.
Mix dry ingredients except baking soda.
Bring butter, water, cocoa to a boil and add to dry ingredients.
Stir in eggs, sour cream and baking soda.
Bake 20-25 minutes. Do not over bake!


2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 Tbs cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
chopped walnuts

Boil sugar, butter, cocoa, milk. Stir in walnuts and vanilla. Pour over warm cake.

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