PAN SEARED SALMON in a KIWI LIME REDUCTION

We went to our local farmer’s market and scored some seriously gorgeous veggies today and I had just bought this absolutely gorgeous piece of salmon at Costco and went in search of an easy but tasty recipe.  I found this recipe, Saumon Kiwi fromDenie Bernier and modified it only slightly for what I had on hand.  This wasSUPREME! Fresh pan seared Atlantic salmon is seasoned, then topped with a Kiwi lime reduction sauce.

Recipe is for 4 people. – Add one fillet per person for more servings and increase sauce components by 1/4 per extra serving.

3 kiwis, peeled and cut into slices
1/8 cup of water
1/8 cup tangerine juice
Zest and juice of one lime (I used lemon)
1 heaping tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons butter, for sauce
3 tablespoons of butter + 1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 fillets of salmon (mine were skinless which made it so much easier)
Fresh ground Himalayan Pink salt and fresh cracked tri-color pepper, to taste
Savory Spice Shop Supreme Shallot Salt, to taste

  • Make sauce first by adding first 6 ingredients in a small saucier pan on a low to medium fire until it becomes almost the consistency of a thin honey – about 30 minutes.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butte and avocado oil in heavy pan.  I use my porcelain cast iron pan.
  • Sear salmon fillets in a hot pan.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper & Shallot Salt on the flesh side of the fish and place skin side down first for 2 minutes.
  • Turn fillets gently, sprinkle with seasoning again and sear flesh side for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove skin and place that side of fish down in the plate – the other side is a tempting golden color.
  • Top with sauce on individual plates.
SWEET & STICKY PORK CHOPS with DIRTY RICE

SWEET & STICKY PORK CHOPS with DIRTY RICE
DAY 1
BRINE
4 cups water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
4-6 cups ice
4-6 thick bone in pork chops

  • In a large sauce pot whisk together water, salt, brown sugar and molasses.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, add ice blending well to melt.
  • Add pork chops.
  • Cover and refrigerate 12-24 hours.

DIRTY RICE
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
3 teaspoons paprika
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 cups water
3 gloves garlic, minced
Fresh ground salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons Dark Roux (recipe below)

  • In a large skillet brown the beef and pork together with garlic until well browned. Drain.
  • Whisk together water, chicken broth, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Return meat to skillet and add chicken broth mixture, mixing well.
  • Add butter and roux, blending well.
  • Add rice, mix well, cover and simmer 20 minutes until rice is fluffy.

DARK ROUX (makes 1/2-2/3 cup – can be kept refrigerated for several weeks)

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup avocado oil

  • Whisk together the flour and oil.
  • Bake  at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until dark golden brown.

DAY 2
GLAZE
3/4 cup maple syrup or equal parts light molasses and maple syrup
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • In a small saucepan whisk together the vinegar and syrup.
  • Heat to boiling.
  • Reduce heat slightly and simmer 30 minutes or until reduced by half, whisking as necessary.

ASSEMBLY

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Remove pork chops from brine and pat dry.
  • In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat.  Add pork chops and generously salt and pepper.  Sear pork chops evenly on both sides.
  • Spray large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Evenly spread rice into baking dish.
  • Add pork chops to baking dish in single layer.
  • Top with glaze.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Garnish and serve.
SOUTH of the BORDER CHICKEN WINGS & BEER BAKED BEANS

SOUTH of the BORDER CHICKEN WINGS
GLAZE
1 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Original)
1/4  cup light corn syrup
1 small can chopped green chiles, drained
1 bunch green onions, finely minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime

  • In a small saucepan whisk together the BBQ sauce, corn syrup, garlic powder and cumin.
  • Stir in green chiles and onions.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in lime juice and set aside.

WINGS
2 pounds chicken tenders
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Fresh ground salt and black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Line baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray.
  • Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper on chicken pieces.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer.
  • Bake 25-30 until cooked through.
  • Brush with glaze last 10 minutes.
  • Serve with remaining sauce and ranch for dipping.

JALAPENO RANCH (FOR DIPPING)
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon crushed parsley flakes
2 tablespoons Penzey’s California crushed jalapenos
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • Whisk all together and chill overnight before serving

BEER BAKED BEANS
1 pound small white beans, soaked over night, drained and sorted
1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped
1 large shallot, sliced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 bottles Angry Orchard Summer Honey hard cider or Shocktop
1 1/2 cups hot water
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 KNORR chicken gel bouillon
Fresh ground salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large skillet cook bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease.
  • When bacon is done, add onions, shallot and garlic to bacon grease sauteing until opaque.
  • Whisk together the beer, hot water and bouillon. Add to onion mixture and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Add honey, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Add beans and return to a boil.
  • Transfer to baking dish baking until beans are tender and moisture is absorbed.
  • Stir in bacon just before serving.

My family added some of the extra wing sauce from above to the beans and LOVED it.

GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH SOURDOUGH DRESSING & TOMATO GRAVY

Grill or fry pork chops to desired doneness, salt and peppering to taste.

TOMATO GRAVY
1 box POMI’ passata
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons Wondra flour
1 cup water
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes

  • Melt butter in saucepan.
  • Whisk in flour until golden.
  • Add water, whisking until well blended.
  • Add Passatta whisking until combined.
  • Add sun dried tomatoes and simmer 10-15 minutes.

OATNUT SOURDOUGH HERB DRESSING
10 slices Brownberry or Oroweat OATNUT bread, cut intobite size chunks
1/2 loaf sourdough French bread, cut into bite size chunks
1 large sweet onion, chopped fine
1 small bunch celery (leaves and all), chopped fine
1/2 bag baby carrots, chopped fine
1 box mushrooms, chopped fine
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon white pepper
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 cups hot water
2 tablespoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base
2 tablespoons Buttery Herb & Garlic Mix (I believe McCormick makes it)
4 cloves garlic, minced

  • Cut bread into bite sized chunks and spread out in a thin layer over cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours until pieces are actually hard.
  • Chop all the vegetables.
  • In a large cast iron pan melt 1/4 cup of the butter.
  • Add the onions and saute until translucent. The add the celery and carrots and continue sauteing until crisp tender. Add the garlic last as it will burn first.
  • Whisk together the water, better than bouillon chicken base and all of the seasonings.
  • Add the melted butter.
  • In a large pan toss the bread slices together.
  • Add the sauteed vegetables and toss again.
  • Add the liquid mixture and toss again until well absorbed.
  • Fold entire mixture into at least a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered 1 hour.
  • At this point I use a small portion for our dinner that night and freeze the rest.
  • When it’s time to cook it again, I defrost it, put it back in the same baking dish and bake it again, but this time covered with foil until the last 15 minutes so it doesn’t dry out. We like it crisp on top so I remove the foil the last 15 minutes.
BUTTERMILK CHIVE CHICKEN

One of the things I love best about this recipe is the tenderness of the chicken.  Marinating in buttermilk (especially for beef) is one of the best tenderizers available.

BUTTERMILK CHIVE CHICKEN recipe for 4

MARINADE
1 chicken breast per person
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried red jalapenos
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried chives
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried garlic
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • Whisk together marinade and soak chicken for at least 4 hours.  I prefer overnight.

2-3 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
Wondra
salt and pepper to taste

  • Heat butter or oil over medium high heat.
  • Dredge chicken in Wondra.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Brown first side and then turn.
  • Now cover and cook until cooked through.

SAUCE 
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried red jalapenos
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried garlic

  • Blend together in small food processor and serve room temperature over chicken breast and veggies. Can be made ahead and refrigerated, but bring to room temperature while cooking the chicken.

When I’m making a couple of veggies and want less clean up, I cover the cookie sheet with foil and then make foil dividers.  These Brussels Sprouts were roasted in a balsamic glaze while the asparagus was done in a lemon butter.

CHICKEN FRICASSEE

I love to cook.  I love to rehab recipes that I found in magazines or the bottom of my gram’s kitchen drawer. I found this recipe in a Sunset magazine and then changed it to fit our likes, but on the whole it was VERY tasty.  I should have made mashed potatoes though to go with it.

CHICKEN FRICASSEE – SERVES 6
6 chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste (I use fresh ground Himalayan Pink salt and black pepper)
2 tablespoons butter +1/2 cup butter
1 or 2 large leeks (white and light green sections), halved and sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Wondra flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups white moscato wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
Juice of 1 lemon
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
baby Asparagus spears

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet.
  • Add chicken breasts, salt and peppering to taste. Saute’ until golden on each side. Keep warm.
  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in large saute’ pan over medium high heat.
  • Add leeks and garlic, sauteing until soft and tender.
  • Add asparagus spears, sprinkle with sugar and cover for 3-4 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon remove asparagus and leeks to chicken plate.
  • Add flour whisking until golden.
  • Add wine, lemon juice, chicken pan drippings and chicken broth to remaining butter and bring to a boil, reducing to about 2 cups.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and whipping cream.
  • Gradually add a small amount of the wine mixture to the egg mixture to temper it.
  • Gradually add egg mixture to pan and whisk until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Plate chicken and vegetables.
  • Ladle sauce over and enjoy.
SAVORY PARMESAN FRENCH TOAST

SAVORY PARMESAN FRENCH TOAST
6-8 slices thick french bread
4 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon Frank’s hot sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup + garnish amounts to taste grated Parmesan cheese
fresh minced Italian flat leaf parsley
1 batch Bolognese sauce

  • Combine eggs, milk and cream in mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and hot sauce.
  • Pour into shallow dish larger than bread slices.
  • Heat griddle or large skillet coated with butter.
  • Dredge bread slices through egg mixture coating both sides well.
  • Add bread slices in a single layer and cook until golden brown. Flip and brown second side.
  • Top with Bolognese sauce, a pinch of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
RUM RAISIN CARROT CAKE with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
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RUM RAISIN CARROT CAKE with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
CAKE
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Jumbo eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup golden rum*
3 cups grated carrots
8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained well
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • Pour rum over raisins and set aside for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour 2-9 inch cake pans.
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugars.
  • In another bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and 1 egg. Add additional eggs and beat until well creamed.
  • Add dry ingredients gradually until well blended.
  • Add carrots, pineapple and walnuts until well blended.
  • Drain raisins and fold in last.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes.
  • Invert cakes onto rack and cool completely.

*As an option you could soak the raisins in orange juice instead and then substitute 1 teaspoon maple flavoring for the rum.

FROSTING
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

  • In a medium bowl beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until blended.
  • Add powdered sugar gradually until well blended and smooth.
  • Ice first layer and then add 2nd cake top and ice again including sides of cake.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour to set icing before serving.
Peanut Butter Strawberry Pancakes aka Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes
The following recipes were inspired by a recent impulse purchase by hubby of Strawberry Peanut Butter M&M’s which were actually pretty good. I figured with Strawberry season is on the way, it would be a good time to try these out.
 
Peanut Butter Feather Pancakes
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder (this is what makes them feathery)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/3 cup JIF Peanut Butter
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg with Jif until blended. Stir in milk and melted butter.
  • Add all at once to the dry ingredients, beating until blended. Add more milk to thin batter if necessary.
  • Bake on a hot, lightly greased griddle until bubbles break on the surface. Turn and brown the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
scant 1 cup water
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple extract

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a slow boil.
  • Simmer gently 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes.
  • Store in refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Pancakes
1¼ cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1¼ cups milk
1 egg
¼ cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Beat milk with egg.
  • Add peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  • Add to dry ingredients and beat just until well moistened. Add more milk to thin batter if necessary.
  • Lightly butter hot griddle.
  • Spoon by ¼ cupfuls onto griddle.
  • Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Peanut Butter Strawberry Pancakes
aka Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes



1¼ cups Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup JIF Creamy Peanut Butter
2 tablespoon sugar
2 large eggs
1¼ cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Strawberry Jam

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
  • In separate bowl, whisk together peanut butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  • Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  • Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat; brush with oil. Swirl half of jam into pancake batter.
  • Pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake into skillet.
  • Cook for 1½ to 2½ minutes or until underside is golden and bubbles break out on top. Turn and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until underside is golden.
  • Repeat with remaining batter, spooning remaining jam into batter, and brushing skillet with more oil as necessary.
Meatloaf with a BIGGER Kick, & Avocado Stufffed Cheddar Jalapenos
MEATLOAF WITH A BIGGER* KICK
2 pounds hamburger
2 Jaapenos, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
3 cloves minced garlic
1 jumbo egg
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon Beef Base
1 Tablespoon creamy horseradish
1 sleeve Townhouse crackers, crushed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • Mix all ingredients together thoroughly
  • Use a tall loaf pan
  • Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until edges are browned and crisp
  • Immediately pour off excess grease
  • Enjoy

*You can see my original Meatloaf with a KICK recipe here.

AVOCADO STUFFED CHEDDAR JALAPENOS
12 large Jalapenos
2 ripe avocados
1/3 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
12 slices aged cheddar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • With gloved hands clean and seed the Jalapenos
  • Mash avocados.
  • Mix avocados, sour cream, salt and pepper until well blended.
  • Fill each Jalapeno.
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Top with Cheddar and bake 5 minutes more.


TIP: The chemical capsaicin, the component that makes peppers and chiles hot, is a tricky one. Drinking water does not relieve the burn. Capsaicin bonds with fat, so cream, whole milk, yogurt, and other creamy things are your best antidote. If you’re cutting chiles you can prevent irritation by coating your skin with oil before you start working with the chiles, or wearing gloves for chopping.