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Cheesy Broccoli and Potato Soup

A couple of years ago I bought a recipe book for kids. You know the one that shows you how to transform food into edible art? Supposedly kids will gobble down sandwiches in the shape of a caterpillar or a bowl of soup with a […]

Easy Pork Grillades Over Panko-Crusted Grits Patties

The Panko Crusted Grits are very time consuming but well worth the work, that is I suppose if you really like grits. For a faster substitution cook up a pot of polenta or grits according to the following directions for Panko Crusted Grits, stopping just […]

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Sauce and Cabbage

Fish Tacos with Spicy Cilantro Sauce

I have this obsession with cilantro sauce ever since I had a Mexican salad with a cilantro pepitas dressing last year. This cilantro sauce is no where near as complicated as the dressing but somehow it still packs fire.

For the marinade I do not have any measurements except think a “dash here and a dash there.” All I did was pour some of the spice in my palm and using my fingers I sprinkled it over the fish. I like the taste of cumin so I sprinkled a lot. If you are unsure try using a 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon each of the spices. Except for the red pepper flakes. If you like fire go ahead otherwise only use 1/8-1/4 teaspoon. Because there is oil in the marinade (a tip I learned from The Good Mood Food Blog) you should not need to add anymore to the pan before cooking.

Cilantro Sauce:
1 handful green onions
1 handful cilantro
3 tbsp light mayonnaise or plain yogurt
3 tbsp light sour cream
Juice from 1 small lime
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large garlic clove minced

Throw all the sauce ingredients into a food processor. Pulse several times until sauce is smooth; set aside.

Cilantro sauce

Fish Marinade:
2 (3-4 oz) Mahi Mahi steaks
Olive oil
1 lime
Ground cumin
Paprika
Red pepper flakes
1 garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt

Place fish in a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil and lime juice over the fish. Season with cumin, paprika, red pepper garlic and salt. Let sit for 15 minutes to an hour in the refrigerator. Grill fish in a skillet or on a grill for 2-4 minutes each side or until the fish easily flakes and is opaque.

To serve:
4 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas
Shredded cabbage or lettuce
3-4 radishes, sliced (optional)
Avocado, sliced (optional)
Cilantro Sauce

Heat tortillas on the grill for crispier or in the microwave. Slice or flake fish and place in tortillas. Pile cabbage on top of fish, then add a dollop of cilantro sauce. Makes 4 tacos

Apple and Ice Cream Pie

In many parts of the world September brings show tail signs that fall is close at hand. Here in the valley we will not feel the effects for another couple of months. I should have been born or at least moved to the northern east […]

Creamy Chicken Apple Chili

The kids refer to creamy chicken and apple chili as the “Poison Apple Soup”. The table talk turns to kings and queens and mermaids as they make up stories about a mermaid locked in the tower. When she takes a ‘slurp’ of the soup she […]

Orchard Green Salad with Apples

To finish off Johnny Appleseed week I have a salad that combines tart green apples with candied nuts. Serve with roasted chicken or grilled pork chops.

1 head leafy green lettuce
1 tart green apple, sliced
1 handful candied pecans or walnuts, coarsely broken
1 handful dried cherries
Blue cheese, crumbled
Champagne vinegar dressing

To make candied pecans: Place pecans in a small, nonstick pan, and toast over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Drizzle maple syrup over the pecans and stir quickly. Add pepper, stir, and then pour the pecans out onto a bit of parchment paper, and place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve

In a large bowl, tear lettuce into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle with apples, pecans, cherries and blue cheese. Toss in dressing.

Makes 4 servings

Apple Pork Chop Casserole

This recipe for apple pork chop casserole was submitted by Emily’s, my sister-n-law, dad. He got the recipe for the casserole from some friends who lived in Boise Idaho and it has been a family favorite ever since. 4 cups sliced apples 1/2 cup sugar […]

Sliced Apple Sandwiches

This week we celebrate Johnny Appleseed. Hard to imagine I can still remember the song from grade school. I loved Johnny Appleseed. I enjoyed the story about planting seeds that will one day grow to be apple trees. When I saw this recipe for Sliced […]

Cheap and Tasty: Spicy Chili Beans and Rice

Spicy Chili Beans and Rice

This recipe comes from my Brother Todd and his wife Emily. Their super fast dish of spicy chili beans and rice only requires three ingredients. It is great for those late evening games or work meetings. Plus the leftovers can be transformed into burritos or taco salad. Making for another inexpensive quick meal.

One note: I had a hard time finding Spicy Chili Beans. I ended up with a can of seasoned chili beans in a sauce found in the baking beans section of the canned goods isle. I had to add a little salt for taste. Probably due more to allergies than a bland can of beans.

1 15 oz can of spicy chili beans
1 lb. ground beef
Rice or Nacho chips

Ground beef, add beans, let simmer for about 15 minutes on low. Serve with rice or tortilla chips. Garnish with sour cream and cheese if desired.

Fiesta Taco Salad

A couple of years ago, all the older kids wanted for dinner was pizza, hot dogs or mac and cheese. Just having baby number three, I complied for a little while until I could get back on my feet. I began asking friends what they […]