Showing posts from January, 2012

Delicious and Healthy Baked Tilapia

I love fish when it is cooked just perfect, not dried out.  Fish is so easy to cook, so good for you.  Tilapia is a nice white fish that lends well to many different preparations. A light tasking fish that is not very 'fishy'.  I made this dish last week and we all loved the combination of tomatoes, garlic, scallions and seasonings. Baked Tilapia with Tomato topping 4 Tilapia filets 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped, seeds removed 3 scallions, slice thinly 1 garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon Penzey's Northwest seasoning or any other good fish seasoning 1 Tablespoon of olive or non stick spray Place tilapia in baking dish. Mix tomatoes, scallions, garlic and seasoning, place on top of fish. Drizzle with olive oil or spray with non stick cooking spray.  Bake 20 minutes at 375 F.
So easy, so good, so healthy! Enjoy!

Outstanding Potato Gnocchi!

This is my mother's recipe for Potato Gnocchi.  We love her light Gnocchi, so delicate to the taste.  Instead of baking the potatoes she uses Idaho potato bits.  Her Gnocchi is light and melt in your mouth.

4 cups Idaho potato bits
3 cups boiling water
1 cup flour
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 egg beaten

Place potato bits in large mixing bowl. Add boiling water mixing until all the bits become a dense mashed potato. Add rest of the ingredients except egg. Make a well in center of bowl and add egg.  Mix with wooden spoon then finish kneading  gently with hands to form dough. Make sure the eggs is thoroughly mixed in with no yellow streaks.
Keeping your work surface and the dough lightly floured, cut the dough into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope about 1/2-inch in diameter. Cut into 1/2-inch-long pieces. Lightly flour the gnocchi as you cut them. You can cook these as is or I like to form them …

The best Cornish Game Hens!

Sunday dinner, a family tradition in our home.  One of our favorite Sunday dinners is Cornish Game Hens. I've tried many different ways to make the hens, glazes, rubs, seasoned and more. My family agreed on I finally came up with the best.  So tasty, succulent and juicy, just wonderful!

Cornish Game Hens

4 Cornish Game Hens
1 lemon, sliced thin in eight semi circle pieces, remove any seeds
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper

Soak Hens in cold water with 2 tablespoons or sea or kosher salt in a large bowl for one hour. Drain, rinse and pat dry.  Preheat over to 450 degrees F.  Rub hens with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Gently separate the skin from the breast to create a pocket on each side of the hen.  Toss lemon slices, herbs and garlic.  Place inside each pocket.  Rub 1 tablespoon of oil on hens, season lightly with salt and pepper. Place in heavy roasting pan. Roast for 25 m…

A colorful fantastic Frittata!

I was in the mood for something yummy for lunch so I whipped this tasty Frittata.  So easy, so good, just right on a cold winter's day!  If you like to make omelets or Frittatas I highly recommend Calphalone's Frittata pan. Non stick for easy clean up, just the best.

Frittata with broccoli and red peppers

2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
1/4 cup broccoli, steamed
1 red pepper cut in cubes, steamed

If not using a non stick pan spray with cooking spray.  Heat pan on medium. Combine cheese and herbs with eggs, pour into pan.  Cook until eggs are starting to set about 5 minutes. Top with steamed broccoli and peppers, continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Flip the Frittata, cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.

You can use any combination of vegetables, cheese or spices to vary the taste. Some times I like to use feta cheese, spinach and onions or fresh mozzarella, asparagus and mushrooms. Let your imagination ru…

Wonderful new portable Cake Dish

Love my new portable cake dish a much appreciated Christmas present from Chris! For years I have admired the artistry of MacKenzie Childs.  Now I own this beautiful portable cake dish that let's me take my Delicious cake out in style!


Fantastic Vegan Mushroom and Rice Soup

I've made this soup for many years. A very healthy and delicious soup.  I decided to switch to organic vegetable broth to make it vegan. I added more flavorful spices to enhance the taste. The result another favorite soup to warm the winter nights!

Vegan Mushroom and Rice Soup
2 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic. crushed
2 Tbs olive oil
8 oz of sliced mushrooms, either white or baby portabella, you choose your favorite
1 1/2  cup Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley
2 32 oz boxes Organic Vegetable broth
2 Turkish bay leaves
1 teaspoon french thyme

Saute shallots and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add slice mushrooms, continue sauteing for an additional 10 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil. Add rice, bay leaves, thyme and lower heat, cover simmering for about 45 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

That's it done. I freeze this soup and have wonderful homemade soup always ready for those days when you just need a nice hot bowe…