Monday, October 31, 2011

Creamy Salmon

Pin It Now!

..at least that is what I will call it. :)

source: Moms who think

IMG_7121

 

The listed name is Healthy Baked Salmon Dijon. And it is pretty good. I am not familiar to making salmon with creamy sauce on it so it was “out of my box”. Hubby ate it and didn’t complain about it so I am assuming it was a pass.

Now I am not posting something I didn’t taste. No sir, not me. I did taste it and I thought it was good. So, if you are looking for a different way to do salmon then try it. If you like Sour cream, Dijon and Dill…this is for you. Will I do it again. Yes. Perhaps I would serve it with a rice or couscous. Perhaps I will add less sauce… but I will do this again.

 

Recipe:

1 cup fat free sour cream
2 teaspoons dried dill
3 Tablespoons scallions, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 lb. salmon fillet with skin, cut in center
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
as needed fat free cooking spray

Directions:

Whisk sour cream, dill, onion, mustard, and lemon juice in small bowl to blend.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place salmon, skin side down, on prepared sheet. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper, then spread with the sauce.

Bake salmon until just opaque in center, about 20 minutes

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snickers Caramel Cheesecake Cookies

Pin It Now!

….another recipe brought to me via Pinterest so that I can bring to you. :)

adapted from : Picky Palate

IMG_7225

 

So. I see these on Pinterest and I tell myself that I totally have to make these even though I don’t eat Snickers chocolate bars. That’s what Pinterest.com does to you folks. It sucks you in… hours upon hours of drooling and wishing, okay…inspiring too.. for you to eat, create, buy, slave over, add to wish list, party plan, hang up, plop down.. you get the point. It is deadly over there and I urge you all to try it.

I also urge you to try these cookies. They are so good and Picky Palate make them look so much better then I do but I just about was able to hide these two slivers so I can snap a half decent picture.

I will be honest though. I don’t have that muffin top pan to make these and I wasn’t going to invest in one for this either. I decided that I will use a regular muffin pan. FAIL! Even though I did it as Picky Palate suggest my mixture overflowed and became a mess. It also didn’t release itself from the pan very well.

We live and learn.. well kind of. I was still defiant as I had some more crust mixture and cheesecake batter left. I decided just to do it in a pie dish. SUCCESS! The only thing I did differently was to add some more butter to the graham cracker crust that layered the pan. That is it. I did everything as per the recipe! My results were very satisfactory.

This dessert/snack… whatever way you want to enjoy it, is very sweet and decadent. I do recommend doing the whip cream topping to break away some of the sweetness. But seriously, mine couldn’t stay around long enough for me to whip the cream.

If you are not on Pinterest.com then I suggest you get over there and request an invite to join. Okay.. maybe I won’t suggest it.. because if you spend long hours on that site you may then come back and blame me. You have been warned. Stay away if you must.. .join if you dare. But if you do join.. you should try complete some of the projects, recipes etc. that you pin. It is the whole purpose… I mean.. why just drool on your keyboard?

Friday, October 7, 2011

RE-Visited.. Luscious Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Pin It Now!

…with Caramel Chocolate Whipped Ganache Filling and Chocolate Buttercream with Chocolate Ganache and Caramel drizzle. 

IMG_7188

I was bored yesterday and decided to make a 6 inch cake. A decadent 6 inch cake. If I haven’t said so before…I will say it again.. this is the best chocolate cake ever. Yes.. ever.

So, you have the recipe. Now I urge you to try it. If you like a cake filled with chocolate flavor then this is it. The recipe has sour cream.. duh… and unsweetened chocolate.. its great.

I wanted more chocolate.. so I made a great Chocolate Buttercream from Food.com. This is my go to Chocolate Buttercream recipe.. and I have mentioned that before to. But just incase you all didn’t get it the first time I thought I would mention it again.

Still.. that wasn’t chocolate enough. So hey, a ganache. Why not? I was bored.. .I had semi-sweet chocolate chips laying around doing nothing and being bored like me. So I put them to work and made my go to ganache recipe. This time I decided to whip it. Whip it real good… while cold. Then I added some caramel topping that I had in the fridge. Yes, that looked bored too so I invited it to the party. And boy.. that was the best guest as it complimented the chocolate so very well. I even decided to give it a bonus by drizzling it on top of the cake… which of course I had poured some un-whipped ganache that was leftover. Why waste?

IMG_7184

Anyway, the result was worth the effort.  Can’t you tell?

IMG_7175

Monday, October 3, 2011

Basil Pesto Chicken

Pin It Now!

IMG_7126 

 

My 12 year old son loves chicken and he certainly has his favorites. I am so bored of making the same old chicken recipes. Actually, I don’t have many chicken recipes because I don’t make too much of an effort when I cook it.

I decided to look for different ways to prepare chicken.. but they had to be easy too. I am finding that now all my kids are in school or preschool that my day is still busy or even busier then when I had the little ones home all day. I spend most of my day in my car picking them up or dropping them off and soon they will be back in after school activities so I will have less time in the kitchen.

Easy and delicious now has to become part of my daily lifestyle… during the week at least.

Basil Pesto Chicken Recipe

source: Moms Who Think

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 cup basil pesto

2 tomatoes

shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix and toss chicken with pesto in a bowl till covered.

Cover a cookie sheet with foil and place chicken on sheet. Try to use a rimmed cookie sheet to prevent spillage.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Place slices of tomato on top of chicken and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake for additional 5 minutes.

 

Enjoy!