If you are looking to use up the last zucchini from the garden or looking for a copycat version for J. Alexander’s Carrot Cake, this recipe is a winner! It has less sugar, and I add shredded zucchini and Greek yogurt!
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Are you looking for another recipe to use up all the produce from the garden? (While it lasts?) Well, this recipe is great for weeknight cooking AND using up garden goodies! I’m no nutritionist, but this recipe also has to be healthier than takeout! I turn the recipe into Lo Mein also by swapping out the rice for noodles!
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I’ve posted photos of these onions on Instagram a few times and people seem to love it! If you’ve read other recipes and posts of mine, you’ll know that Alessi Pear Infused White Balsamic Vinegar is my all-time favorite! It’s an ingredient I picked up from cooking in my MIL’s kitchen when they had the lake house up in Michigan. I miss it so much. She always had a bottle or two in the pantry. It’s like regular balsamic but sweeter and a bit milder, with a kiss of pear flavor. If Alessi ever stops making this, I’ll have to infuse my own white balsamic!
Quick post for you today! I posted this in an Instant Pot group on Facebook and want to share it with everyone here too.
If you have never had chicken wings in the Instant Pot head to your butcher shop #Milosmeats is the best in Toledo) and get some! I cooked about two pounds. We get them with drummies, wings and tips all attached.
Actually, these cookies are good at any time of the day, but with added oats and breakfast cereal and, uh fruit, I think these make a marvelous breakfast cookie and they go great with dark roast coffee. 😉
Did you see my post on Instagram with my version of copycat Panera Soufflés? They were so good and I was able to continue my tradition of having a super fast (socially distanced) breakfast break with my niece before work. It’s a new week so I made a new batch for tomorrow morning.
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For those of you reading your way through this, I want to share a special ebook from some of my all-time favorite authors! It’s a special edition eBook collection of three of the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. Instead of putting it on the book sites for free, they have it priced at $.99 for a limited time with all proceeds going to the COVID-19 Response fundCPD Center for Disaster Philanthropy. (Link posted below)
I went to the store last week for a few things. You know, the usual, peanut butter, half & half, a gallon of water (for my cubicle at work for making coffee) and quinoa. I came home from the store with ONE of those things, peanut butter! All those other aisles were pretty much empty. There was sparkling water, and some of the pricy electrolyte water in bottles. Other than that, not much there! I remember the water crisis of 2014 here in Toledo and not being able to buy water because the shelves were empty, but I’ve never seen entire isles cleared out of food or paper products. I didn’t go down every aisle, and they weren’t wiped completely out of all food items, but it was slim pickings!
I know we’ll all probably need to get creative with what we have during this coronavirus crisis, so I wanted to put together a quick list of easy recipes for you. Lots of these are made from leftovers, a few ingredients or even scraps! Some quick and easy, some will use up leftovers, but all are delicious!
I’ve been told several times to try a grain bowl from Panera. I like Panera for lattes, breakfast soufflés, and pastries, but lunch? No thank you. But I was intrigued by the Mediterranean grain bowl. I haven’t had one yet, but I did some searching on Pinterest. I saw a grain bowl with blueberries and quinoa that looked amazing so I looked in my fridge and threw everything I had (well, not everything) in a bowl and voilà, a “grain bowl” was born!
Many of my recipes are inspired by meals I remember having at my grandmothers house, or that my Mom made, or recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation through my husbands family. I’m excited to bring you a new page and category called “Family Recipes.” I’ll share recipes inspired from childhood memories, or family favorites, old and new!
Did I mention I LOVE food novels? One of my favorite series is the Magical Bakery Mysteries by Bailey Cates Cattrell. The main character, Katie, moves to Savannah to open a bakery with her aunt and uncle. She notices her aunt putting mysterious ingredients into her recipes and whispering over them. Katie discovers her aunt is magically enhancing the pastries! She discovers her aunt is a witch, and she is too! They form a book club where they meet in the bakery after work with their fellow witches and practice spells. I promise you’ll love reading about the special herbs she and her aunt add to the recipes to help their customers, and you’ll wish the Honeybee Bakery was right around the corner!
It’s about time I posted my tried-&-true Sweet & Spicy Salmon Sunday Glaze Recipe! I’m posting this on Friday so you can pick up some nice thick salmon, sriracha and/or gochujang, sesame oil and soy sauce for this weekend!
For my very first attempt at cooking salmon, I used this recipe I saw Chef Michael Salmon… um SYMON, Chef Michael Symon make on The Chew. I sooo loved and miss The Chew. Anyhoo, either he suggested using hot Chinese mustardand honey on the episode, or somewhere on The Chew is a recipe where he or someones else used hot Chinese mustard. (or I made it up?)
This post was originally published in May, but I wanted to update it and combine it with the soup recipe post for Suicide Prevention Month. I started this blog in January 2019, and in the nine months of the existence of this blog, this post, “The Year of Soup” is still my top liked post by viewers. I felt that it needed to be updated and re-posted for you.
It’s National Churro Day so if you’re looking for a fun, nutritional (ahem, cough, cough) churro recipe, try these Sweet Potato Churros! I originally posted about them on a FoodiEbook Friday, back in April when I had finished reading some Barbara O’Neal and Hailey Edwards books. They BOTH had delicious sounding churros in them. Here are the recipes I adapted my Sweet Potato Churroswith Caramel and Chocolate Sauce from. I used this recipe, halved, and swapped butternut squash with sweet potatoes (Butternut Churros) and this recipe halved, for Easy Caramel Sauce.
This FoodieBook Friday is a revisit to last weeks Pecan & Cherry Stuffed Squash post. I’ve had several requests to post the full No-Knead Olive Skillet Bread recipe. It’s an amazingly moist, easy to make, garlicky, yeasty, salty, olivey treat!
1 1/4cuppitted, sliced olivesSliced brined olives such as an Italian olive mix, and/or Kalamata olives.
Add 2 cups lukewarm water to a large mixing bowl.
Add the yeast packet, or 2¼ tsp of yeast, and stir well.
Add 1 cup flour and the salt and stir well.
Add the garlic powder and sliced olives and stir. (Save a few pretty slices to garnish the top before baking) Feel free to add some herbs, like a tbsp of fresh oregano or chopped rosemary.
Add another cup of flour and stir.
One at a time, add the remaining two cups of flour, stirring well between each addition.
Cover with plastic wrap and place a tea towel over it. Place it somewhere warm to rest and rise for 1 hour.
After the dough has rested an hour, oil the bottom and sides of a 10” cast iron skillet with 1/2 tbsp olive oil.
Pour the dough into the skillet using your fingers to pull it out of the bottom of the bowl. It will be sticky!
Lightly oil your fingers and press the dough around gently to even it out.
Preheat your oven to 425° F.
Cover skillet loosely with plastic wrap. Let it proof (or rise) for an additional 30 minutes. I spread some olive oil on the wrap to keep it from sticking to the top of the dough.
Sprinkle the top with the herbs, and add some pretty olive slices if you want to make it pretty! (A drizzle of olive oil and some flaky sea salt sprinkled on the top looks lovely too!)
Bake for 30 minutes and check to see if it's golden brown on top. If not, give it a few more minutes until it's golden brown.
Remove skillet from the oven and place on a large, heavy rack or trivet to cool down enough to remove from the pan.
After several minutes, place a large plate over the top of the bread. Using potholders, place one hand on top of the plate, and use the other hand to flip it upside down so it's upside down on top of the plate. Now place a cookie rack on top of the bread and flip it upside down again and remove the plate.
Allow it to cool for at least half an hour. Try and give it time to cool to room temperature before cutting into it. If you cut into it too soon, the steam will release and you will end up with a dry loaf, and it'll be gummy when you try and cut it.
I’ve supplemented with plain black olives. As long as you have some salty olives, the bread will turn out fabulous!
When I first made this bread, I wasn’t sure how much flour to use, so I used about 3¼ cups. It was very, very moist! I increased it to 4 cups of flour for a less fragile, slightly higher loaf.
I like to slice a large round of bread like this by cutting it in half once. Then cut the half into shorter slices.
I took it to dinner at my Sisters-in-law and it served 8 easily with plenty of leftovers!
This makes amazing sandwiches if it makes it to leftovers.
I found this recipe on Food in Books blog and adapted it slightly. Food In Books Venessa blogs about, well, you guessed it, food in books, and posts the best book reviews along with beautiful photos as she cooks dishes inspired by her reading.
If you love shrimp and especially love shrimp with a little pizazz, you will add this to your weekly rotation! I made it once and my husband has requested it once a week since. My go to shrimp recipes are shrimp fajita and shrimp scampi, but this one is our new favorite. It serves up best the night of, but packs up for a dinner work shift meal just fine. I get a little heavy handed with the panko, because who doesn’t love a crunchy topping?! I have served it over crusty toasted bread, over rice and alone – no matter what I serve it with, it’s a winner.
Tired of Shrimp Scampi? Looking for a shrimp recipe with some zing?!Here it is!This one pan dish cooks up quickly so have your sides ready to go! We like to serve this spooned over toasted bread slices rubbed with a garlic glove.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
cast iron pan or heavy ovensafe pan, or a sheet pan with sides will work
1lbMedium to large shrimpRaw, cleaned.
1Whole lime & the zestI use this microplane zester. I have had to sub lemon and orange zest and the result was almost as delicious!
1tbspOlive oilPlus a little to oil the pan. I have crushed red pepper infused olive oil.
2½tbspButterMelted. Avoiding butter? Just use more olive oil.
2Jalapeños Like it hot? Add extra jalapeño or dIce some more jalapeño into the crumb topping! I’ve added poblano when I was out of jalapeños.
1bunchCilantroDon't like Cilantro? Just use Parsley. Scallions would also be nice.
1cloveGarlicLove garlic? Use two cloves
Preheat the oven to 475°. I like to wash my shrimp by placing it in a bowl of ice water and about 1/2 tsp of salt for a few minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
Zest the lime and slice in half. Slice one lime half into six wedges. *Reserve four wedges for garnish.
Peel, crush and finely dice the garlic.
Wash and dry the jalapeños and slice into thin rounds.
Wash, pat dry and coarsely chop the cilantro. You should have about 1/3 cup. Remove the long, woody stems, but the thin stems at the top are fine. *Reserve 1 tbsp for garnish.
To a medium bowl add the cleaned and patted dry shrimp.
Add garlic, ½ of the lime zest and ½ the cilantro to the shrimp.
Add 1 tbsp olive oil and ½ tbsp melted butter to the bowl with the shrimp.
Squeeze juice from the lime half and two wedges over the shrimp, mix and allow it to marinate for a just a few minutes while you prepare the pan and topping.
Prepare the Panko Topping for Baking on the Shrimp. (Scroll down for instructions for serving leftover)
Add the panko, 2 tbsp melted butter, cilantro and remaining lime zest to a bowl and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare the Skillet
Lightly oil the bottom of a cast iron skillet and line with jalapeno slices. (You can dice any remaining jalapeno and add to the panko topping!) I used a #8 Lodge Cast Iron skillet.
Place the shrimp in a flat, single layer on top of the jalapenos, and pour the marinade over the top. (Overcrowding the pan will cause them to be a little soggy, but still delicious!)
Spoon panko topping over the shrimp and add a drizzle of olive oil over the top. (If you are serving a portion of the dish as leftovers, set aside some of the panko topping.)
Bake the shrimp skillet in the preheated 475° oven for about seven to ten minutes, or until shrimp are pink. If you're not sure, remove one and cut it in half after seven minutes. If it is cooked, it will be pink and slightly white in the center.
To Prepare Panko Topping to Serve Leftover
Brown panko and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until lightly toasted. Mix in the cilantro and zest and set aside. When cool, place toppings in zip-top or small containers to top the shrimp later!
I tend to overcrowd the skillet. For crispier topping and even cooking, allow for a little space between the shrimp.This dish is best fresh from the oven, however, it’s still delicious leftover! When I need to send it with Husband for dinner during his work shift, I brown some of the panko and send it on the side.The shrimp can be served as is, or I recommend it served on toasted crusty bread rubbed with garlic or over rice or quinoa!
I love cilantro and I love shrimp. A local restaurant chain serves a cilantro shrimp dish and I had been craving it, HARD! I searched the web for recipes and adapted my recipe from this amazing blog, Gimme Some Oven. It’s certainly delicious too. I like the little kick of spice I get with the jalapeno!
Eating on a budget and turning one meal into two can be delicious! Last night we had sriracha-glazed salmon for dinner that I baked in the oven. (#SalmonSunday) We ended up with about 7 ounces leftover, so I put it in a baggie in the fridge for salmon cakes for tonight! I use a similar recipe to my grans tuna cakes and they are simple, crispy and delicious!
Remember my Copycat Panera Four-Cheese Breakfast Soufflérecipe I posted in May? Well, I was searching the web one day for “how to make a harvest apron” when I found a couple of contests on Instructables. I was also researching SEO and finding ways to generate traffic to my blog. So I figured that I’d join some contests and see if more people visited and rated my recipes. I submitted 2 recipes and I made the winners circle! Both recipes were featured on the site!