cheesy chicken tortilla cups, guacamole
crabcakes, corn on the cob
crockpot chicken and noodles
Greek shrimp salad
Asian pulled pork sandwiches. edamame succotash
biscuit chicken pot pie, salad
hoisin glazed pork tenderloin, brown rice, broccoli

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

Jalapeno Creamed Corn
Miss F was super disappointed when I told her we were having "tiny corn" instead of corn on the cob. She was so excited for corn on the cob, but once she tried this, she was just as happy. She referred to the minced jalapenos as "peas," but she ate them nonetheless. This is a really simple side that takes minimal effort, but really boosts the flavor of a boring old bag of frozen corn.  If you want this to be even tastier, but with far more effort, fresh corn would be equally fantastic and cook up exactly the same.  Right now it isn't worth bothering with, but I will add the extra work once sweet summer corn is available.
Jalapeno Creamed Corn

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ jalapeno, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 package frozen corn, 12 ounces
½ cup half and half

In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the jalapeno and garlic, sauté for 30 seconds. Add the corn, reduce the heat to medium and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the half and half, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes more. Serve.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies
Miss F loves lemons. Like really loves lemons. She takes a lemon wedge in her water bottle that she takes to school. She always requests either lemon pancakes or lemon doughnuts for breakfast. So I always have a supply on hand in order to appease her. So when I saw this recipe for Lemon Brownies on Sing For Your Supper, I knew I had to try it. And since no mixer was involved, Miss F could pretty much make them herself. She loves using the lemon juicer! These brownies are delicious and quite the spin on the usual rich chocolate brownie. They also make a perfect lunchbox snack. So the recipe is a total win. And Miss F agrees.
Lemon Brownies

¾ cup flour
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup powdered sugar
Juice 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the softened butter. In another bowl whisk the eggs with the vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Add to the larger bowl and mix well. Pour into a greased 8X8 pan. Bake for 23-25 minutes.

Whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool, then pour the glaze over top.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon
I love salmon, it is my favorite fish to cook. Miss F goes on and off salmon, for this meal she opted for fish sticks instead. Except when the salmon was plated, she decided she wanted some of that as well. And she finished all I gave her. This salmon is simple to prepare and has a ton of flavor. I also added a bit of the garlic butter to the roast asparagus I had with it.  I served it with a hybrid of Soy Roasted Potatoes and Lemony Potato Rounds.  This was adapted from a Taste of Home recipe.
Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

1 whole garlic bulbs
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons butter
4 salmon fillets
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the papery outer skin from garlic and cut the top off the garlic bulb. Brush with 1 teaspoon oil and wrap in heavy-duty foil. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until softened. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze softened garlic into a food processor; add butter and remaining oil. Cover and process until blended; set aside.

Place salmon in a greased baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with the lemon juice. Spoon 1 tablespoon garlic butter over each fillet. Bake at 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
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