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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Herb Crusted Salmon and Asparagus

So, using this recipe as inspiration, I came up with my own ingrediants list since I didn't have half of what was called for. I found this site on substituting for teriyaki sauce and the A1, oj and worchestershire turned out even better than teriyaki. And, even though we have gourmet parmesean cheese given to us by a cheese scientist, I forgot to add it!

♥ Herb Crusted Salmon Steak ♥

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 c water
1/2 cup pulp free orange juice
1/2 cup A-1 steak sauce
1 tablespon worchestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2  salmon steaks

1. In a shallow, medium bowl mix Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoned bread crumbs, spices.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, blend A1, orange juice, butter, red onion and garlic. Cook and stir until onions are tender.
3. Press one side of each salmon steak egg and dredge into the Parmesan cheese mixture. Place steaks crust side up in saucepan with sauce mixture. Cook over medium high heat until most of the liquid is reduced, 10 to 15 minutes, then flip with a spatula. Continue cooking until crust is golden brown and fish is easily flaked with a fork.

♥ Asparagus ♥

I usually blanch* asparagus first, to maintain the nutrients and green color, and to stop it from turning mushy during cooking, but I didn't this time, though I would usually suggest it.

1 lb fresh asparagus spears
1 tb oilve oil
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1tb butter (we use smart balance)
salt/pepper to taste
1 tb seseame seeds

1. Cut off woody ends
2. Cut asparagus into 1 1/2 inch pieces
3. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add asparagus, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook on med heat, stirring frequently about 5 mins. Add butter and seseame seeds, cook until done.

*to blanch first:

1. Have a large bowl of ice water ready to go.
2. Boil a large pot of water. Now, place your asparagus into the boiling water. Cook until the asparagus turns a bright green. The time this will take will depend on how thick your asparagus stalks are. Usually takes about 2-5 minutes.
3. Remove asparagus from the pot with a slotted spoon or tongs and place into ice-water bath to stop the cooking process. This will tenderize the stalks a bit more, but they'll remain deliciously crunchy.

We rounded out the meal with steamed rice with a touch of salt and pepper and butter and naan bread (we love our starches around here) and it was delicious... even for people who don't always like fish, like me, I even ate more than 1 serving!

~Lisa, Little Lovables

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Herb Crusted Pork Chops, Potatoes & Garlic Bread

My new favorite recipe. I combined a few ideas until I came up with my perfect combination. It's great for picky eaters and quick and easy. You can also use chicken instead of pork, and it will be awesome, but the crust is a little more juicy from cooking. Amazingly, it isn't as dry and burnt up looking as my photo suggests! Serve with potatoes*, greens beans, garlic bread*, salad or fresh fruit for a well rounded meal.

♥ Ingredients ♥

4 boneless porkchops
2 cups Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup/Dip mix
1 c Girard's Light Caesar Salad dressing (this dressing works best)
1/3 c French's Spicy Brown Mustard (any Dijon will do)

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix caesar dressing and brown mustard in a bowl.
3. In a seperate bowl, mix bread cups and dry onion soup mix. 
4. Coat pork chops in dressing mix, put in ziplock bag and marinate in fridge for up to 2 hours. Or don't marinate, (I never do) either way, it will be good.
5. Coat the dressing covered pork chops in the bread crumb mix. Place pork chops in baking sish, cover with foil and bake for approx 25 mins or until done.

♥ Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes ♥

Our favorite side potatoes, made famous by my mother in law. They are great unpeeled, or peeled.
Cut into 2 chunks. Put in roasting pan and toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, lots of garlic and basil. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

♥ Garlic Bread ♥

Soften about 2 cups butter (I use Smart Choice). Add basil and garlic to butter mix. Cut a store bought french bread loaf and butter insides with garlic butter. Place on pan and bake for about 6 minutes.

Cut into slices and fight over the last piece. ~ Lisa of Little Lovables

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Snickerdoodles ~ March Cookie of the Month

I know it's late in the game but I finally got around to sending cookies to Todd's teacher. These cookies turned out great and they were really easy to make. Reagan was a huge help and enjoyed rolling the cookies into a ball.


3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs

1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Using a mixer, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in eggs. Slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until well blended.

Mix the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.

Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light and golden. Don't over bake these.

Yields: 3 dozen