Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

I'm a big fan of crockpot cooking. I just love that I can throw something in there in the morning and when I get home from work, dinner is done. It is a real treat for me to come home to the smell of a delicious dinner since I'm usually the one behind the stove!

I saw this recipe for BBQ Chicken on Kara's blog and knew it would not be long before I tried it. Sunday seemed like a perfect opportunity...the BBQ was almost tasty enough to soften the blow from the Steelers loss!

Seriously, Kara is right when she says emphatically to make this chicken. I went back to the original recipe at Penzey Spices since I had all the ingredients on hand. It was, as advertised, so delicious and so easy!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Christie's Cupcakes

I've started a new blog...all about cupcakes! I was initially hoping to be all entrepreneurial and launch my own cupcake baking company. But then I found out that my county won't let you have a home-based baking business. Lame. And then I couldn't find a commercial kitchen that would let me rent space as needed to bake my little treats. Go figure. So for now, I'll just have to stick with baking for family and friends every chance I get! And blogging about the cute decorations and cupcakes ideas I create!

I made these cupcakes this weekend for the Wake Forest vs Florida State Game (Go Deacs)! The actual cupcakes are yellow cake with a gooey cookie dough center baked right in! So far these have gotten the highest reviews from my official taste-testers. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Buffalo Salmon

I promise we do eat food other than salmon. It just always seems to be on sale at the store, and I have a never ending supply of recipes I've been wanting to try out! This week it was Buffalo Salmon...

This recipe was SO good. I've been craving chicken wings but not allowing myself to give in since vacation is just one week away (yay!) this dish helped! We had it with Blue Cheese Tomatoes since every one knows you can't have wings without blue cheese. And don't worry if you don't like your wings too spicy...the butter and hot sauce combo really cuts down on the heat!
Buffalo Salmon
(Source: Gourmet, May 2008)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup Frank's Redhot Sauce
1/3 cup panko
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (2-lb) piece salmon fillet with skin
1. Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in upper third. Lightly oil a shallow baking pan.
2. Melt butter with hot sauce and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper over medium heat. Set aside 1/4 cup sauce.
3. Toss panko with oil in a bowl.
4. Put salmon, skin side down, in baking pan and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, then brush with remaining sauce.
5. Sprinkle panko evenly over top of fish, then bake until panko is golden and fish is just cooked through, 16 to 22 minutes. Serve reserved sauce on the side.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chicken, Jalapeno & Cheddar Quesadillas

I've mentioned numerous times how much I love Mexican food....and Susan of Food Blogga's blog/recipes. So when I saw this posting on her site it took me all of maybe 2 days to assemble the ingredients and make these amazing quesadillas. What is even better is that most of the ingredients overlap with our favorite BBQ Chicken Pizza so we had a good excuse to make that too (not that we typically need much convincing!).

We loved these quesadillas! Susan is right that they come together easily during halftime! If you generally don't like too much heat, cut down on the jalapeno, chipotles and adobo sauce...I used the max quantity in the recipe for all 3 and these little guys had some heat!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Marmalade Dijon Salmon

After getting back in to town from a fantastic weekend in Key West, I still had seafood on the brain! So I was thrilled to see that Coho Salmon was on sale at the store this week.

This glaze was super tasty and super easy! I think it would be a great marinade for pork tenderloin too with the citrus and dijon flavors! I loved that this meal came together in no time...and that the leftovers were awesome over mixed greens as a salad the next day!

Broiled Salmon with Marmalade-Dijon Glaze
(Source: Cooking Light, April 2006)

1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
Cooking spray

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well.

3. Place fish on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Brush half of marmalade mixture over fish; broil 6 minutes.

4. Brush fish with remaining marmalade mixture; broil for 2 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 377(32% from fat); FAT 13.4g (sat 3.1g,mono 5.8g,poly 3.3g); IRON 0.8mg; CHOLESTEROL 87mg; CALCIUM 42mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.3g; SODIUM 488mg; PROTEIN 36.6g; FIBER 0.4g

** We had this salmon with green beans and GRILLED baked potatoes...what a time saver! Simply microwave the potatoes on high for 8 minutes, then transfer to the oiled rack of a medium high heated grill for 10-15 minutes.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Key West!

We're just getting back from a great holiday weekend in Key West! Hopefully, I'll get to the store and back to cooking tonight, but in the meantime here's some pics from the weekend! Hurricane Gustav claimed one day of our vacation, but the rest of the time was picture perfect. We had a great time exploring Duval Street and especially liked Sloppy Joe's and Irish Kevin's! Loved all the fresh seafood...we especially liked the great things the people of Key West do with a reuben...hoping to recreate the lobster reuben and snapper reuben at home sometime soon!

Deacon doing what retrievers do

Southernmost point of the USA

Barbara and Jordan at Mallory Square

Deacon and Martini soaking up the sun