What’s for Dinner: Skillet-grilled Salmon with Pineapples and Quinoa with Petite Peas

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Summertime… and the livin’ is easy.  As far as Ms. Foodie is concerned, so should the cooking.

With the help of my rice cooker, Ms. Foodie was able to mount this dinner in 30 minutes. The salmon was grilled in a cast iron skillet with a tablespoon of Sesame Oil, then spiced with Sea Salt, Cayenne, Ginger, Minced Onion, and basted with Pineapples and a bit of the juice.

Easy, filling, and Ms. Foodie didn’t even break a sweat. My kind of Summer meal!

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What’s for Dinner: Salmon Stir Fry in Sweet Chili Sauce

In a quest to find different things to do with Salmon fillet, Ms. Foodie decided to try a stir fry. After combing a few recipes, and coming up empty, Ms. Foodie decided to play around with what was in the Store.

After foraging in the refrigerator, I discovered Mushrooms, Baby Carrots, Snow Peas, and Kale. Ms. Foodie chopped those up, along with Onions and Garlic, then sauteed the lot in a base of Sesame Oil and dried Basil. Ms. Foodie then chopped up the Salmon fillet, and added it to the veggie mix. Then I added a tablespoon or so of Soy Sauce, and a cup of Sweet Chili Sauce to complete the transformation.

Served over a bed of Jasmine Rice, this quickie meal was just the ticket!

Sunday Dinner: Prosciutto and Artichoke Heart Pizza

Ms. Foodie decided to experiment with a more dignified version of the Hawaiian pizza.

Trader Joe’s pizza dough makes for a wonderful crust, and Ms. Foodie used their Garlic and Herb flavor.

Instead of tomato sauce as a base, I used Olive Oil, Red Onion, and Parmesan. Then covered it with roughly chopped Artichoke Hearts, and dotted the crust with rolled slices of thin Prosciutto.

Once that was done, Ms. Foodie blanketed the base with Mozzarella, and a sprinkling of Basil and Parmesan.

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The results: Very light, extremely delicious.

Fish Friday: Rock Cod and Sour Cream Cabbage

Rock Cod and Cabbage

Ms. Foodie knows Lent is over, but fish on Friday is still an easy, go-to meal after a long and busy week.

For this Fish Friday, I took the yummy and hearty Rock Cod and marinated it in Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce, Cayenne, Salt, and a bit of dried Cilantro, then let the mix ruminate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

For the Cabbage, I followed a recipe at Group Recipes for Sour Cream Cabbage–simple, with nice flavor and texture. Cabbage is an excellent go-to vegetable that’s packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients, fiber, and is a perfect detoxifier.

While the Cabbage was cooking, Ms. Foodie heated up a couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil in a cast-iron skillet, took out the Rock Cod from the refrigerator, dredged it in flour, and lightly fried both sides of the fish until golden brown and done.

 

Breakfast from the Heart…

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet Van Horne, Vogue, October 1956

Heart-shaped Pancakes (use)

Happy Valentine’s Day! The Foodie family aren’t huge romantics, so this day often whooshes by with just a greeting of acknowledgment, and attended to like any other day.

But this V-Day, Ms. Foodie decided to be different (shocker!) and made Mr. Foodie his favorite meal: Pancakes. But these ones came straight from the heart, in the shape of a heart!

Ms. Foodie has tried lots of pancake recipes, and they never live up to the hype. So I came up with a few of my own. This simple Pancake Mix Recipe uses the following ingredients:

Dry:

2 cups Flour
1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt.

Wet:

1/3 cup oil (Canola, Vegetable Oil)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 and 1/4 cup of milk (you can substitute Buttermilk or Almond Milk).

Ms. Foodie sifts the dry ingredients together, then I mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  I create a little well in the dry ingredients, then lightly pour the wet mixture in stages, mixing well at each pour. You don’t want to over mix the batter though–lumps are good!

Ms. Foodie does not own a heart-shaped mold (that lack of romance thing), so I carefully placed the batter into a non-stick skillet to form little heart shapes. Ms. Foodie found that this got easier and more precise with each heart.

Heart-shaped Pancakes (Naked-use) Aren’t they pretty? And a bit rustic–definitely a reflection of us. We’re simple folks who enjoy Simple Fare!

Ms. Foodie threw some frozen berries (minus strawberries–Mr. Foodie is allergic) into Maple Syrup, and warmed it, then melted some Butter in a separate server. Nothing makes homemade Pancakes happier than warm Butter and Syrup!

So from this non-romantic, to the romantics of the world, have a loved-filled day, and Eat Heart-ty!

Creamy Salmon Soup with Lemon and Lime

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For our Valentine dinner, Ms. Foodie was searching for something different to make with some Salmon fillets than the typical grill or broil. We’ve been having some nippy nights in beautiful Los Angeles, so a soup or a stew seemed like the perfect choice.

But, my troll of the Internet rendered recipes that had too many ingredients, or that would just take too long–you know Ms. Foodie–I’m big on Kitchen Cabinet Cooking–using what’s in store. So in typical Foodie fashion, I came up with my own recipe!

I sauteed the Salmon in Olive Oil with Lemon and Lime Juice, using light, but flavorful spices like Thyme, Celery Salt, Parsley, and Rosemary. Once the Salmon was cooked, I removed the skin, and broke up the Salmon into chunks.

After melting 4 tablespoons of butter in a corner of the pot, I mixed that in with crushed Garlic, chopped Onion, Telecherry Pepper, diced Potatoes, Basil, and a bit more Celery Salt, Lemon and Lime.

Some more saute time to meld the flavors, and then the final piece: 12 ounces of Evaporated Milk and one cup Milk to make the creamy base.

Thirty minutes on low heat to cook the potatoes, and the deed was done!

My friend Brigette contributed to our meal with a crusty loaf of homemade bread–Ms. Foodie is feeling the love, all the way down to her tummy!

Rainy Day Cookies and Stew–necessarily, in that order!

"Raining" courtesy of Peter Griffin/Public Domain Pictures.net

So we are experiencing our first rain of the season here in Los Angeles. Save for venturing out for a Yoga class, Ms. Foodie is fortunate enough to be ensconced at home with her two furry babies, with visions of culinary delights dancing in her head.

The afternoon started with test-driving a recipe for Almond Butter Cookies from a blog called Good Life Eats. Author Katie Goodman does some killer desserts, and she has some great Holiday offerings that Ms. Foodie plans to try as that Season draws near.

Ms. Goodman gives some great information about an Almond Butter called “Barney Butter“, that is Peanut free. Many nut butter manufacturers still use the same processing plant to do Peanut products along with the others, so if you have a Peanut allergy, even trace amounts can be dangerous. Thankfully, me and Mr. Foodie do not–we just enjoy the smooth taste of Almond Butter. Almond Butter is also easier on the digestion.

Ms. Foodie’s personal choice is Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Flaxseed Oil. It made the cookie mixture a bit less firm when forming it into balls, but oh, what melt-in-your-mouth delight! Chased with a glass of cold milk, it was a perfect slice of yummy!

And what’s a rainy day without some nice, hearty stew? After finding uninspiring offerings on the food blogs, Ms. Foodie did her own thing with stuff in the Store. Kitchen-Cabinet Cooking at it’s finest! Two leftover lemon Chicken Breasts, a cup of mixed vegetables, Potato Gnocchi, one can of Cream of Mushroom and Garlic soup, a half cup of Sour Cream, and a tablespoon of Coconut Oil.

I threw it all in a Crock Pot, set it to low, and left the ingredients to meld.  Stews and soups always bring such lovely smells to the home!

Didn’t cancel out the Almond Butter cookies though… good thing the batch made three dozen! Mr. Foodie is doing the Happy Dance.

Yummy Catfish Tacos

So Ms. Foodie wishes she were in Monterey, but couldn’t swing it this year; so I tried a dish reminiscent of the Pier and seafood.

I cut Catfish fillets into little chunks, coated them with an egg mixture spiced with Coriander, Chili Powder, Cayenne, Thyme and Cilantro; then covered the nuggets with Panko breading.

This was my first fry with Coconut Oil, and I must say, I like it! It is light, barely discernible, and doesn’t overheat. Can’t wait to pop some popcorn with it.

I served up my nuggets in a flour tortilla (but you can use corn if you like), and freshly harvested chopped tomatoes, avocados, Trader Joe’s Three-Cheese Blend, and a dollop of sour cream and Pineapple Salsa–Tasty!