Avocado Lime Salmon

The best Salmon you’ve ever had!

 

Ingredients (for 4 people):
2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper

Avocado salsa

1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
3 mild hot peppers, seeded and deveined, diced or sliced
Juice from 2 limes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Suggested sides – Rice and patacones
Preparation:
  1. Mix the salt, coriander, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat the grill.
  3. Combine the avocado, onion, hot peppers, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
  4. Grill the salmon to desired doneness.
  5. Serve the salmon topped with the avocado salsa, and with rice and patacones or thick green plantain chips on the side.

Original recipe available HERE.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is something about warm oatmeal cookies. I love them. I can’t get enough of them. I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect recipe to satisfy my craving and I think this one is pretty close. These are good. Really good. Enjoy! 🙂

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: (I usually cut this in half)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional! These are excellent without the chocolate)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Original recipe available here.

Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake

The perfect Christmas dessert. Serve with vanilla ice cream for best results. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

**Let eggs and butter sit out for an hour before you start if possible.

Preheat the oven to 325 °F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan generously.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sour cream and sugar for 5min. Then add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add 1/2 the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, beat well, add the remaining 1/2 flour mixture, and continue to beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes if necessary, but do not open the oven to check the cake for at least 1 hour.

Original recipe available HERE.

Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie

So it’s been a long time since I’ve posted… a long time. A “I’ve had a baby since my last post” long time but hey, I’m doing my best. It’s also been a long time since I’ve cooked or baked or done pretty much anything in the kitchen so I was super excited to get busy baking for Christmas. While this may be more appropriate as a summer dessert as opposed to a Christmas pie the taste makes up for the the mismatch in season- its soooo yummy. So enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 9 pinch pie crust, prepped, baked and cooled
2 C chopped vanilla wafers
2 small bananas
1 8oz tub Cool Whip, divided
1½ C milk
1 5.1oz box instant vanilla pudding
juice from one lemon
Caramel sauce for drizzling

Instructions:
Slice the bananas into thin slices and then toss with the lemon juice. The lemon juice will prevent them from turning brown as fast as they normally would.

Prepare the filling. Whisk together the 1½ C milk and pudding mix. Mix in half of the cool whip. Mix in 1 C of the vanilla wafers and then the bananas. Scrape into the cooled crust. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes or until set.

Top with the remaining Cool Whip, using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with the remaining vanilla wafers and then drizzle with the caramel sauce.

Original recipe available HERE.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients (for 16 cookies)

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cup

Preparation

  1. In a bowl, add the butter and brown sugar, and stir to combine.
  2. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Gently fold in the peanut butter cups.
  6. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  8. Once dough is chilled, scoop out a ball about 2 inches (5 cm) wide. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches (5 cm) in between each ball of dough.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until bottom edges of cookies are golden.
  10. Let cookies cool. Can be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days.
  11. Enjoy!

Original recipe available HERE.

Best Lasagna Ever

Thanks Tiffany for this delicious meal! Amazing!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 package (10 Ounce) Lasagna Noodles
  • (add 1/2 Teaspoon Salt And 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil To Pasta Water)
DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain half the fat; less if you’re feeling naughty. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt. After adding the tomatoes, the sauce mixture should simmer for 45 minutes while you are working on the other steps.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley, and 1 more teaspoon salt. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna until “al dente” (not overly cooked).

To assemble:
Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly. Cover cottage cheese with a layer of mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat, ending with meat/sauce mixture. Sprinkle top generously with extra Parmesan.

Either freeze, refrigerate for up to two days, or bake immediately: 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until top is hot and bubbly.

Original recipe available here.

3 Ingredient Breakfast Cookies

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.. too long. A lot to catch up on.. especially in baby world. But for now I’m posting a couple of my fav recipes lately that I don’t want to lose. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup oats
2 bananas

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats and banana; mash banana and mix until well incorporated.

3. Add additional ingredients, should you desire (chocolate chips, peanut butter, walnuts, almonds, raisins, coconut).

4. Bake for 12 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

Stuffed Shells and Cheese

The best shells and cheese you will ever have. Thanks Jess!

These restaurant-quality, cheese-stuffed shells come together effortlessly and make feeding your family or a large holiday crowd easy.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces Mueller’s® Jumbo Shells
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 containers (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F; spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Cook Jumbo Shells for 15 minutes; drain well, cover and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs lightly, then add in ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  • Spoon about one tablespoon of cheese mixture into each shell and arrange filled shells in a single layer in the baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165-185°F.
  • Cook’s Tip: Use any of your family’s favorite sauces, including those with Italian sausage or ground turkey to make this dish heartier.

Ham and Swiss Sliders

My party food has gotten a little redundant lately, so for our baby girls’ 1st birthday party I decided to try these sliders instead of my regular pigs in blankets or alternative meat dish. And I’m so glad I did!  Let’s just say they went fast and I’m lucky I got to try one! So please excuse the picture, I was planning to get a pretty pic of a full plate of these things but they were almost gone by the time I got to them. A definite winner for appetizers, party food, or just lunch in general for a spin on ham and cheese. Big thanks to my friend Emily who made them while we finished decorating! Hit of the party!

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Ingredients
  • 24 white dinner rolls, I LOVE King’s Hawaiian Rolls
  • 24 pieces honey ham
  • 24 small slices Swiss Cheese
  • ⅓ cup mayonaise
  • ⅓ cup miracle whip
Poppy Seed Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1½ Tbsp. mustard
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and miracle whip.
  2. Cut Rolls in halves. Spread mayonaise-miracle whip mixture on each side of the roll. Place a piece of honey ham and Swiss cheese on one half of each roll. Fold back into sandwich form.
  3. Place rolls close together in a greased 9×13 pan until pan in completely full.
  4. Mix together all ingredients of Poppy Seed Sauce. Spread evenly over the tops of all the rolls. *NOTE* I did not use all the sauce. Let the rolls set until the butter has set up a bit. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Rolls can be made a day ahead and stored in fridge until ready to bake.

Original recipe available HERE.

Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars

My team at work got together the other night for a good ole southern summer back porch BBQ. Complete with BBQ on the green egg, homemade mac n cheese and all the fixings. One of the favorite desserts of the night were these crunch bars- the perfect combination of chocolate, peanut butter and a little crunch. Great for kids as well because they don’t fall apart in your hands. Enjoy!

marshmallow-crunch-bars-singleIngredients:

For the Brownie Base:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup unsalted butter
1¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Toppings:
1 bag (10½ ounces) miniature marshmallows
1½ cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup smooth peanut butter (don’t use natural peanut butter)
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1½ cups Rice Krispies cereal

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch pan.

2. For the brownies: In a medium saucepan, melt the unsweetened chocolate, butter and ¾ cup of the semisweet chocolate chips over medium heat. Stir occasionally while melting. Set aside and cool for 5 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl , whisk the eggs thoroughly. Add the sugar and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Stir the melted ingredients into the egg mixture, mixing well. Stir in the dry sifted ingredients and mix well. Fold in the remaining ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the corner of of the pan comes out with moist crumbs.

5. Remove the brownies from the oven and immediately sprinkle the marshmallows over them. Return the pan to the oven for 3 more minutes.

6. Meanwhile, place the milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, and tablespoon of butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over low heat, stirring constantly, until completely melted. Remove from heat, add the Rice Krispies and mix well. Allow to cool for 3 minutes.

7. Spread the mixture evenly over the marshmallow layer. Refrigerate until chilled before cutting.

Original Recipe available here.