Friday, April 25, 2014

Sriracha Lemon Salmon

Light & Tasty!  This recipes serves 4. 

4 - 4oz. salmon fillets, skin removed
Juice from 1 med. lemon about 1/3 cup
1 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. sriracha sauce
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. chopped green onion

In a bowl whisk together lemon juice, water, honey and sriracha.  Place salmon in a baking dish or zip lock bag.  Pour half the mixture over the salmon.  Save the other half for later.  Let it marinate for 30 mins.
Place pre-marinated salmon on a greased broiler pan.  Sprinkle salt over Salmon fillets.  Broil on Low for about 6-7 mins. each side.  Till Salmon is cooked through and flaky.  Pour remaining marinade over cooked Salmon and sprinkle cilantro and green onion over each fillet.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Triple Layer Mint Oreo Brownies

These are delicious!  Be prepared, one is probably not enough!  I found this recipe on On their website they have step by step how to make everything about this from scratch (ex:brownie mix and frosting)  
I took the semi-homemade approach.  This recipe makes 24 brownies.

1- 7oz. jar marshmallow fluff
1/8 tsp. mint extract
8 drops of green food coloring
1 box of brownie mix
1 - 17oz. package of mint oreo cookies, hand crumbled
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted
1 cup vanilla frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  In a medium bowl, stir together marshmallow fluff, mint extract and 4 drops of green food coloring or until you achieve a light green minty color.  In a separate larger bowl, prepare brownie mix as directed on the box, using water, oil, eggs and fold in 10 hand crumbled oreos.

Spread brownie batter in prepared pan.  Drop about 1/2 cup of green minty marshmallow mix onto brownie batter and reserve the remainder.

Gently pull a table knife through the batter in S-shape curves for a swirled design.

Bake for 23-25 mins, bake until brownies are set.  Taking care not to over bake.  Cool completely about 1 hour.  While brownies are cooling in a small bowl, take 1 cup of store bought vanilla frosting and stir it till it's fluffy.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips.  (Microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir and microwave it 30 seconds longer; stir until smooth, taking care not to scorch it as white chocolate scorches easily.)  Add the melted white chocolate to the vanilla frosting and then add it all to the reserved green minty marshmallow mixture.  Stir in 4 more drops of green food coloring to keep it a light green color.  Spread it over the cooled brownies.

Sprinkle with 18 hand crumbled oreos, slightly pressing them into the green minty layer.  Allow top layer to set fully before slicing and serving.  I waited 3 hours before slicing mine.  You can store these in the refrigerator in an airtight container or store them in your freezer for up to 3 months.  PS - Mine didn't last long enough to store!  They were all gone in two days!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Corned Beef

This is the way I make my St. Patty's Day dinner every year.  Serves 6.

1 - 5lb. corned beef brisket
1 - 12oz. bottle of Guinness beer

Place corned beef brisket in pot on your stove top. Sprinkle the brisket with the spice packet that's included.  Pour water over the top of the meat till it covers 3/4 of the brisket.

Pour bottle of beer over the top of the brisket.

Cover and let it low boil for 4 hours.  After 2 hours (halfway) check the water level.  Add 2 more cups of water if the water level is below half the brisket. Cover and return to low boil.

Pull the meat out of the pot.  Let it rest on the cutting board for 5 mins. Slice the meat going against the grain.
 Serve with your classic roasted red potatoes, carrots, onion and cabbage.  Or you can use it to make sandwiches.  Great for left-overs.  Or corned beef and hash with eggs the next morning.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Clean Eating; Cauliflower Soup

With the start of a New Year my family (Kelli's) decided to really focus on eating more healthy..... the best way we discovered to do this was by "Eating Clean". We follow these two rules.... one, the food we eat must come from mother nature and two, it must of had a mother.  Meaning it had to of grown out of the ground or off a tree/plant and something had to give birth to it (i.e....eggs, fish...etc.) It has started with baby steps, each day we try and make the best menu decision for our family. There are a lot of great website that have "clean" recipes to get you started. Here is a very simple soup that has great taste!

Cauliflower Soup with Sweet Potato, Beets and Radish Baked Veggies
1 tsp. Olive Oil
1/2 Yellow Onion, Minced
1-2 Slice of Canadian Bacon (or omit meat)
1 cup of chopped Baby Portabella Mushrooms
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary
1 Head of Fresh Cauliflower, Cut into Florets
2 cups of Reduced Sodium, Gluten Free Vegetable Broth
1 cup of Almond Milk

Heat in a large stockpot, Olive Oil, Onions, Garlic, Canadian Bacon, Mushrooms and Rosemary. Cook for 5-10 min. until onions are soft and the rosemary is fragrant. 
Add the Cauliflower, veg. broth and milk. Bring to a boil and simmer. Cover and turn heat to low, let it cook for 10-15 min. until the cauliflower is tender. Then Pour it all into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Crumble the veg. chips on top and serve hot!! Yum!

Vegetable Baked Chips
1 Sweet Potato
2 Beets
3 Radishes
Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 400. spread out on baking sheet. Put the veggies on the baking sheet and lightly salt. Put in oven for 25 min. Let cool and then eat!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Craw Fish Bisque

This is delicious!  We are treated to it once a year.  It's thick, buttery and has a little bit of a kick to it! This recipe comes from my cousin Nathan Jacobsen.  He has made this bisque for us 2 or 3 years in a row now around Thanksgiving!  Thank you for sharing your recipe Nathan!

2 lbs. chopped craw fish
1 cup chopped yellow onion
4 sticks butter
2 cups flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 bunch finely chopped green onion
8 cups half & half
4 tsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. onion powder
2-4 tsp. cayenne pepper

In a stock pot over medium high heat saute the chopped yellow onion in all the butter till soft.  Stir in flour, keep stirring for 2 mins. so that all the flour and butter are mixed well together. Stir in broth slowly.  Add a little at a time to the flour butter mixture so that it doesn't become lumpy.  Stir and let it come together for 5 mins.  Add in chopped craw fish and green onion.  Stir and let it come together for 5 mins.  Stir in half & half, 5 mins.  Stir in seasonings.  Cook all together for 20 mins., stir occasionally.  Remove from heat.  Let it stand for 5 mins and then serve.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sweet Potato Casserole

The BEST sweet potato casserole I've ever had comes from my brother-in-law's grandma in North Carolina, Grandma Gill.  Thank you Mimi for sharing your recipe with us!  If you usually don't like sweet potato casserole, I highly recommend you try this recipe and give sweet potato casserole One Last Chance!

2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. flour
Dash of cinnamon

1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar

 Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Peel your sweet potatoes. Cut them up into big chunks.  Place sweet potato chunks in a pot with 8 cups of water on the stove and boil till soft.  Drain and mash them.  In a mixing bowl add 1/3 cup melted butter to the mashed sweet potatoes.  Stir in sugar and salt.  Beat in eggs, vanilla and flour.  Mix thoroughly.  Pour mixture into a greased 9x9 casserole dish.

For the topping mix all the ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over the sweet potato mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuna Noodle Bake

Here is another Haynes family favorite!  In fact if you ask my brother what he wants for his birthday dinner he'll still say, "Tuna noodle bake."  I think I've been making this dish since I was 10 years old, with the help of my mom of course.  It is from my childhood cookbook, For Good Measure.  This recipe can easily be doubled and cooked in a 9x13 dish.

6 oz. wide egg noodles
1- 12oz. can of tuna, drained
1- 10oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of milk
2 cups crushed ruffles classic potato chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook noodles according to package but drain noodles when done, rinse with hot water, drain again.  Pour cooked noodles into a buttered 9x9 baking dish.  Spread tuna over the cooked noodles.  Mix soup and milk together, pour over top of the tuna.  Top with crushed potato chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

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