Tag: entertaining

Orange Spice Banana Bread

This orange spice banana bread smells absolutely amazing. The aroma fills the house with the pungent fall spices. It is so hard to wait until the bread is completely cooled before pinching off a nibble. The most important tips I can pass on is to 

Pepper Lover’s Peppered Beef Roll

I have grown quite fond of my little ceramic pot since I found an old 1970’s crock pot cookbook at the thrift store. Last week we enjoyed Pork Chops with Oranges and now this week we salivated over Peppered Beef Roll. I have not had 

January Website Review: Chica and Jo

Chica and Jo is a website that offers tips for quick, easy and affordable home solutions and fun crafts. I stumbled upon it a few months ago looking for zoo animal ideas for the little preschoolers I teach. Once I started to look around I was hooked.

The site was started by two friends Chica and Jo with the goal to inspire. They enjoy a challenge and so welcome emails from their readers asking advice or sharing ideas on everything from entertaining to organization to kids and crafts.

Some of the subjects you can expect to find on the Chica and Jo website includes: crafts for adults and kids, sewing projects, green living, organization helps, using what you have to save money, shopping and coupons, general tips and advice, decorating inspiration, cooking, gift ideas, parties and entertaining know how, holidays and travel.

Some of my favorite posts I have noted are “making a tracing box with Christmas lights“, making purses from kids sweaters and the chili cookoff party invites just to name a few.

Pumpkin Pistachio Cannoli

A couple Friday’s ago Stephen brought home a pumpkin muffin with strussel topping. I was gracious for his thoughtfulness. Now, normally a pumpkin muffin would have sounded appetizing but I just was not that interested. You see last year I went pumpkin crazy. I finally 

Crock Pot Roast with Gravy and Yorkshire Puddings

There is nothing like roast with gravy and Yorkshire pudding. The smell of a roast cooking reminds me of my Grandmother Jepson. My grandparents lived a couple hours away in the once small agricultural town of Clewiston Florida. We would usually make the trek around 

Grilled Salmon with Bacon, Feta and Tomatoes

Grilled Salmon bacon feta and tomato

While frozen salmon may be an easier way to keep the vitamin packed morsel on hand I have found the flavor of fresh skin-on salmon out weighs the frozen stuff hands down. Fresh salmon is tender and silky while the frozen kind tends to dry out slightly. Just watch out for bones. Cooking salmon, as with any type of meat, takes practice. Over time you’ll learn to recognize what the word “opaque” means and the fine line between ‘just about there’ and over cooked. Properly cooked salmon will easily flake when prodded with a fork. If there are any spots that still seem rubbery it is not done.

I was not sure about pairing salmon with bacon and feta but I remembered a chicken panini that used ranch and feta that was out of this world. The packets make a nice presentation perfect for entertaining or a leisurely evening in with the family. Pair with roasted vegetables and corn fritters for a complete meal.

Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray
4 (6-ounce) 1-inch thick salmon fillets, skin on and at room temperature
1/2 cup ranch dressing
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut four 8×12 inch sheets of tinfoil. Place each salmon fillet skin side down on a sheet; divide the dressing, bacon, feta cheese and tomatoes between the four fillets, leaving the top exposed. Place on a baking sheet and cook until almost opaque in the thickest part, about 15-20 minutes.