Culinary Quirks

Recipes be damned!
An inside peek into the tasty delicious chaos of my kitchen. Or perhaps more aptly, what I'm eating right now :) Any questions? Feel free to ask away!
Apr 16
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Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

1st attempt went well. Thinner, more gauzy silk seemed to work better as it’s easier to wrap smoothly on the egg.

Rusty loved helping me wrap, but he was super into helping unwrap to reveal each egg.

Mar 21
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Shephards Pie with ground beef, kale, corn, onions and garlic in the base & cheesy horseradish potatoes and parsnips as the top.

Shephards Pie with ground beef, kale, corn, onions and garlic in the base & cheesy horseradish potatoes and parsnips as the top.

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Chicken & Waffles
Waffles are a yeasted belgian recipe.  Chicken is baked, but went through buttermilk, flour, egg, breadcrumb/cornmeal dips.
Topped the whole thing with a maple gravy, and a sprinkle of Peri Peri seasoning.

Chicken & Waffles

Waffles are a yeasted belgian recipe.  Chicken is baked, but went through buttermilk, flour, egg, breadcrumb/cornmeal dips.

Topped the whole thing with a maple gravy, and a sprinkle of Peri Peri seasoning.

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Broiled salmon with Northwoods Seasoning and a drizzle of BBQ, smoked paprika parmesan polenta, cucumber and apricot salad tossed with honey mint vinaigrette.

Broiled salmon with Northwoods Seasoning and a drizzle of BBQ, smoked paprika parmesan polenta, cucumber and apricot salad tossed with honey mint vinaigrette.

Mar 19
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Healthy banana muffins.
(aka, something to feed your toddler for breakfast besides pancakes). 
Inspired by:  http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/09/18/skinny-peanut-butter-banana-muffins/

I made these mini.  Used small scoop, heaping.  Filled 24 mini muffin wells.

My choice ingredients were TJs Greek yogurt, TJs creamy Peanutbutter and maple syrup.  Use 1c AP and 3/4c whole wheat flour.

Baked at 425 for 2 1/2 min, dropped temp to 350 for 6 more minutes.

Domed SO nicely!

Healthy banana muffins.

(aka, something to feed your toddler for breakfast besides pancakes). 

Inspired by:  http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/09/18/skinny-peanut-butter-banana-muffins/

I made these mini.  Used small scoop, heaping.  Filled 24 mini muffin wells.
My choice ingredients were TJs Greek yogurt, TJs creamy Peanutbutter and maple syrup.  Use 1c AP and 3/4c whole wheat flour.
Baked at 425 for 2 1/2 min, dropped temp to 350 for 6 more minutes.
Domed SO nicely!
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Salmon dusted with Bold Taco seasoning and pan fried.  Topped with TJs regular salsa post cooking.
Quinoa cakes: red bell pepper, cilantro, scallion, red leister, a bit of cheddar, egg, and cornmeal to bind.  The initial version was so much better.
TJs roasted corn (from frozen).

Salmon dusted with Bold Taco seasoning and pan fried.  Topped with TJs regular salsa post cooking.

Quinoa cakes: red bell pepper, cilantro, scallion, red leister, a bit of cheddar, egg, and cornmeal to bind.  The initial version was so much better.

TJs roasted corn (from frozen).

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Cod fillets dusted with seasoned flour, pan fried, doused in Amy’s black bean and corn salsa and cooked to reduce.
Quinoa cakes.  These were unbelievably good:  Quinoa, minced jalepeno, smoked paprika, chili powder, cilantro, egg, a bit of parm and some breadcrumbs to bind.
Steamed frozen green peas.

Cod fillets dusted with seasoned flour, pan fried, doused in Amy’s black bean and corn salsa and cooked to reduce.

Quinoa cakes.  These were unbelievably good:  Quinoa, minced jalepeno, smoked paprika, chili powder, cilantro, egg, a bit of parm and some breadcrumbs to bind.

Steamed frozen green peas.

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Dijon panko crusted cod nuggets with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed sugar peas with toasted almonds.

Dijon panko crusted cod nuggets with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed sugar peas with toasted almonds.

Mar 14
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Orange braised chicken breast, vanilla orange glazed carrots  and creamy whipped potatoes.
To make chicken, brown chicken pieces in a sautee pan with medium high flame.  Crank up flame, add a couple cloves of chopped garlic, and quickly squeeze juice of 3-5 fresh oranges into the pan.  Bring to a fast boil, then lower heat and reduce sauce until its a thick glaze.

Orange braised chicken breast, vanilla orange glazed carrots  and creamy whipped potatoes.

To make chicken, brown chicken pieces in a sautee pan with medium high flame.  Crank up flame, add a couple cloves of chopped garlic, and quickly squeeze juice of 3-5 fresh oranges into the pan.  Bring to a fast boil, then lower heat and reduce sauce until its a thick glaze.

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Grilled chicken salad over green leaf lettuce and chopped beet greens with roasted beets, gorgonzola, grilled corn, spicy sweet pecans and a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette.