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Mildly spicy salmon

So with all of the cooking I’ve been doing recently, I think my taste buds has gone from not liking hot-spicy foods at all to wanting to try certain recipes that are mildly spicy. Like, for example, I enjoy using Frank’s buffalo sauce for cooking chicken and or just using it as a dipping sauce mixed with a little bit of ranch dressing, of course, lol. I too have enjoyed discovering recipes that call for cayenne pepper. Furthermore, not surprisingly when I saw that cayenne pepper is one of the main ingredients I immediately became inspired to want to cook this dish.

If you’re like me and love mildly spicy food then may I suggest you try this recipe. Including it being lightly spicy, it is also garlicky, sweet and a sticky salmon with simple ingredients. Takes 20 mins, so good and perfect for tonight’s dinner.

Honey Garlic Salmon

Ingredients:

12 oz salmon, cut into 2-3 strips
Salt
Black Pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, sliced into wedges

Directions

Grab a sheet of wax paper and lay it on the kitchen counter. Rinse and pat dry salmon. Season salmon with salt, black and cayenne pepper. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl add the honey, water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt together. Stir to combine well.

Pour a few drops of olive oil in a large skillet and turn the stove on medium-high heat. Place salmon in skillet and cook it until half done. Add the garlic into the pan until slightly browned. Add the honey mixture and lemon wedges into the skillet, reduce the sauce until it’s sticky. Finish it off by broiling the salmon in the oven for 1 minute or until the surface becomes slightly charred (optional)

 

Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia 

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A Texans Favorite

Hello, fellow food bloggers,

I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything within the past couple of days. On Wednesday, my mom and I traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to go pick up my sister from college and then we drove back home the next day. It was two and a half days full of craziness and very busy, but we are happy to have her home. 🙂

Now moving on to today’s recipe

If you are from Texas, like I am, you will have a great appreciation for Chili, and so a few weeks ago, to show my enjoyment for chili I thought I would prepare Cowboy Chili. It was incredibly tasty despite the fact that it was pretty complicated due to the numerous of ingredients and transferring a hot pot. However, tonight I cooked a different chili recipe, the fantastic thing about this version is that it does not have as many ingredients, and it’s not as difficult. What makes this recipe easier you might ask??? Because you don’t have to use all the ingredients that it calls for, in other words, you can decide what ingredients you prefer using. Also, you will be working with the crockpot. 🙂

One skill to making great chili is to build flavor gradually by simmering awhile so everything can cook…the longer, the better! So this is what I have here…my Texas Crockpot Chili! And don’t worry about it not having a kick to it because I can honestly say that this one has a 100% punch. Haha!!!! 😀

It is a super easy crockpot dinner your family will be sure to savor!

My Texas Crockpot Chili

Ingredients

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 small Roma tomato diced
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 30 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 C chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cube beef bullion
1 C water
1 4 oz green chilies can 

Optional:

1 16 oz pinto beans can – drained
1/8 tsp-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Homemade cornbread
Crackers or Fritos
Sour Cream

Instructions

1. Pour a few drops of olive oil in a large skillet. Next, place ground beef and onion into the pan. Cook on medium/high heat until cooked through. Drain excess grease and set aside.

2. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients including the cooked ground beef. Stir and set on low. Cook on LOW for six-eight hours until you are ready to eat. Enjoy! 🙂

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Recipe adapted from Cooking with Melissa

 

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Buffalo fanatics unite

If you like buffalo chicken tenders or wings, then you will like this fiery lasagna. It too has a little bit of tart, so be prepared lol. The first time I made this lasagna, it was a little tricky for me. But, since I’m such a big fan of Buffalo I wanted to challenge myself and make it again. However, I chose not to follow it completely. Here’s what I did differently; I sliced the chicken breasts into thin slices and cooked it in the lasagna along with the uncooked noodles since the sauce is so liquidy, they cook in the oven. Thank God, You don’t have to boil them. Cause it’s starting to get hot out and I, don’t need any more heat coming into the house right now!

You might, later on, tonight; wake up with some heartburn, I know I did lol, but oh well. It is worth it. Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce is so good. This recipe would have been even better if it had some ranch in it somewhere. I was planning on mixing a packet and or a couple of teaspoons of ranch seasoning with the ricotta cheese, but then I forgot haha! Oh well, next time! 😀

BUFFALO CHICKEN LASAGNA

INGREDIENTS

12 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles, uncooked
1 lb. skinless chicken breast, thin slices or cubes
3 C. spaghetti sauce (cheese blends are best)
1 C. Frank’s Buffalo-style Wing Sauce
1 ½ C water (or less depending how spicy you want it)
15 oz. nonfat ricotta cheese
½ C. egg substitute
½ C. blue cheese crumbles or pepper jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

 

Get a sheet of wax paper and place it on your kitchen counter. Rinse chicken with water and pat dry. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg substitute and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine water, spaghetti sauce, wing sauce and chicken.

Spread approximately one cup of the sauce and chicken mixture across the bottom of the pan, and arrange four of the noodle over the sauce. Spread a layer of sauce over the noodles, and then spread a layer of the ricotta mixture over the sauce. Add another layer of noodles and repeat the process until you end with a layer of just the sauce and chicken mixture.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes. Remove dish from the oven, sprinkle blue cheese crumbles evenly over the top. Place back in the oven uncovered and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Makes nine servings!

 

 

 Recipe adapted from Recipe Diaries

Are you a buffalo chicken freak/fanatic just as much as I am? If you said yes, then great I have plenty of recipes in my cookbook that I cannot wait to share with you shortly.

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Peanut Butter lovers rejoice

I recently just discovered these fantastic single serve desserts. And a few weeks ago, I made my first one death by chocolate which turned out to be awesome. It inspired to make another one and I, of course, will make more in the future lol. Like the one, I’m about to show you.

Consuming cookies are very addicting! Here are a few of my favorites: sugar, chocolate chip, and snickerdoodles. As some of you might notice in my other post for peanut butter & chocolate lovers, I also am a big fan of peanut butter, and that certainly means I like peanut butter cookies. My enthusiasm for them wanted me to teach you how to make a cookie in a mug.

So…here’s some yummy goodness! 🙂

 

5 Minute Peanut Butter Cookie

Ingredients

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp white sugar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

pinch vanilla

pinch salt

One egg yolk

3 tbsp flour

1 Tbsp salted peanuts, chopped
Directions

In a microwave safe bowl or mug, place peanut butter and butter together and microwave for about 30 seconds, until melted – or almost melted – and then stir to combine. Stir in sugars. Then stir in the pinch of vanilla and salt. Mix in egg yolk until well combined. Stir in 3 Tbsp flour. Sprinkle with peanut. Microwave for 35-50 seconds, until done. Start checking at 35 seconds to see if it’s done. (Mine took 50 seconds, but it will depend on the power of your microwave) Let cool for a minute or two and then enjoy!

Can you imagine how good this would be with a scoop of ice cream? Ooooh! Reece’s peanut butter cup ice cream!! I would be in peanut butter heaven.

Recipe adapted from Jo and Sue

Easy Crockpot Taco Soup

I dig eating tacos. I mean come on who doesn’t? They are enjoyable to eat, flavorful and occasionally messy lol. Plus, there are so many different ways you can make with tacos; you can prepare them to include shrimp, fish, chicken, and beef. The list goes on forever lol. And of course, let’s not forget about soup. I pretty much enjoy any soup that is out there from creamy loaded baked potato to chicken noodle.

This amazing soup is no different cause in celebration of Cinco De Mayo; I made taco soup. My family and I loved it!!! I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. It’s 100% delish! If you’re reading this post and feel excited to cook then grab your crockpot and get ready for some, serious YUM! 😀

Easy Crockpot Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 lb. Ground Beef
One can Beef Broth {14.5 oz.}
One can Kidney Beans {16 oz.}
One can Black Beans {15 oz.},
One can Petite Diced Tomatoes + liquid from can {14.5 oz.}
1 can Corn + liquid from can {15 oz.}
One can Original Rotel – Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies {10 oz.}
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix {1 oz.}
One package Taco Seasoning Mix {1 oz.}
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
½ tsp. Salt

Optional: Fritos, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar and chopped Green Onions!

Instructions

1. Pour a few drops of olive oil into a medium skillet, over medium/high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the beef and cook in the hot skillet until brown. Drain and discard grease.

2. Add all ingredients {except garnish ingredients} to Crockpot and stir well. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or LOW for 4 hours.

3. Top with a dollop of Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar, Chopped Green Onions, and some Fritos for a delicious added punch of flavor! ENJOY!!

Adapted from The Frugal Girls 

Coming up next week:

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

My Texas Crockpot Chili

Honey Garlic Salmon

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Sweet chops with a kick

So, I want to show you how to make some bad boy pork chops lol. And let me tell you that these chops had a real kick to them with brown sugar, which turns into a nice sweet glaze. If you’re a wimp like me lol and do not like spicy food, please don’t worry because these chops are NOT extremely spicy-hot. Haha! 😀 But they do contain tons of flavor. In fact, they are stuffed with so much taste that when you bite into one, you’ll send your taste buds into a craze.

 

Glazed Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS

¼ C. brown sugar
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper 
2 Tbsp olive oil
Four thick or thin cut boneless pork chops

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Remove the pork chops from their package. Rinse individual chop with water and pat them dry. Next, massage the sugar-spice mixture over all sides of each chop. The moisture from the meat may dissolve the sugar and create a thick paste with the spices.

 

2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the pork chops. Cook the chops for about 5 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for another 5-10 minutes to finish cooking.

3. Test the chops with a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 165ºF. Cook longer if needed. Dredge the chops through the thick sauce in the bottom of the pan just before serving.

 

Recipe adapted from Budget bytes

Cooking Notes: If you use thin cut chops like I did, reduce your cooking time and you will not need to place them in the oven.

“Eating is a necessity, But cooking is an art.”

~Annoymous

Lemon Butter Chicken

Lol, I wasn’t expecting on cooking or blogging today. However, God had other plans, and I had the joy of cooking a delectable chicken supper not only for my family but also for some friends of ours as well. And I always recognize the importance of obeying Him and knew that I had to make this tasty chicken dish. And I, of course, did just that 🙂 I am so thrilled I prepared this meal. Not just because I did it to glorify Him but also cause after coming home from delivering the meal and eating this savory dish myself, I immediately became motivated to write about it.

You are seriously going to want to try this easy crisp-tender chicken with the creamiest lemon butter sauce ever – you’ll want to forget the chicken and drink the sauce instead!

Lemon Butter Chicken

Ingredients

8 Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or tenders
One tbsp smoked paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Three tbsp unsalted butter, divided
Three cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp dried thyme
2 C. baby spinach, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

While the oven is preheating, prepare the chicken by getting a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Rinse chicken and dry with paper towels. Season chicken thighs with paprika, salt, and pepper, to taste.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; drain excess fat and set aside.
Melt remaining tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic, and cook, frequently stirring, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan, lemon juice and thyme.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat, stir in spinach, and simmer until the spinach has wilted and the sauce has slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Damn Deilcious 

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Less than five ingredients

I enjoy cooking new recipes. Most of the time, I try to find ones that call for 10+ ingredients. Why you might ask??? Because I like to challenge myself to see how well I follow it. Although I admit, some of the recipes that do call for 10+ ingredients can get pretty stressful sometimes. Moreover, I too certainly love the aroma and the flavor of the variety of barbecue. My preferences are: ribs, pork, and chicken. But my most savored is chicken. And thankfully I found a recipe I seriously wanted to try, not only because it requires just two ingredients and, yes. You saw that right. It simply needs TWO INGREDIENTS. But also, because it has barbecue sauce and chicken (plus a little olive oil, salt, and pepper) – to make the crispiest, most entirely glazed, sweet, sticky, and tender barbecue baked chicken you will ever have.

If you are a barbecue chicken fan like me and occasionally find some recipes complicated due to the number of ingredients, then I recommend you giving yourself some slack for one night lol and giving this one a try. It’s finger-licking good. 😀

TWO INGREDIENT CRISPY OVEN BAKED BBQ CHICKEN

Ingredients

8-10 chicken thighs and or drumsticks (bone-in, skin on)
2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce (I use Stubb’s BBQ sauce)
olive oil, salt, and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1. While the oven is preheating, prepare the chicken by getting a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Rinse each breast with water then place them on the wax paper. Pat them dry until they are no longer wet and set aside. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.

2. Cover the chicken on all sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken skin-side down on the already prepared rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and turn the temperature of the oven up to 425 degrees.

3. Coat the top of the chicken with barbecue sauce using a basting brush. Use a spatula to flip the chicken over, being careful not to tear the skin. Baste the other side of the chicken, and place back in the oven for 7 minutes.

4. Remove from oven, baste top with barbecue sauce, and place back in oven for 7 more minutes. Remove from the oven again and baste again, and place back in oven for 7 more minutes or until chicken is crispy, parts are blackened, and it’s fully cooked.

Recommendation for step number four: Pull out the oven rack just a tad bit that you placed the baking sheet on instead of entirely removing it from the oven.

What is your favorite food to barbecue?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Recipe adapted from Bowl of Delicious 

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Pizza with a twist

Bacon cheeseburgers and pizza are mouthwatering. But my preference is pizza. It’s one of my all-time favorite pleasurable foods to eat while drinking a glass of root beer. I especially enjoy it when I’m watching one of my favorite movies the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Moreover, I also like to try new, different things on it as well. Although, some of the toppings I prefer to have on my pizza are bacon and lots of cheese.

Today I’m sharing with you a pizza that has all three wrapped into one.
But first, I want to let you know that this was my first ever most challenging recipe to cook and yes, of course, I did get a little frustrated and impatient because there were some challenges along the way.
However, I was very determined not to give up and because of my determination the outcome of the pizza was very fattening. Haha! 😀
I was so happy with myself for having the will to continue working at it.

If you do not get the results that you wanted, please don’t get discouraged cause presentation doesn’t matter. But, what is important is that you are trying, and I’m proud of you. 🙂 🙂

HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels

Ingredients

One can Pillsbury Seamless Dough Sheet
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
½ lb lean ground beef
Eight slices bacon
3 Tbsp pizza sauce

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

1. Pour a few drops of olive oil into a medium saucepan and place beef into the pan. Cook the meat on medium/high heat. Once fully cooked drain the fat. Set meat aside. Next, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium/high heat and crumble bacon. Set aside.

2. Remove crescent rolls from can and lay out in a long rectangle.
Sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top of crescent rolls.
Sprinkle ground beef and bacon. Drizzle with pizza sauce.

3. Roll up like a cinnamon roll and cut into 8 rolls.
Place in a lightly greased pie pan or 9-in square baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe adapted from Mom on time out

Coming up next week:

Easy Crockpot Taco Soup

Two Ingredient Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken

Glazed Pork Chops

 

Quote of the day: Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.  

                                         ~ Juila Child

 

 

 

 

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Seasoned salmon baked in foil

I have an incredibly long list of reasons why I love cooking. But, I can’t share all of them with you today because it would take forever.
However, I will tell you the two most important things; 1. For me, I think of cooking as occupational therapy for my right arm. Why you might ask??? because it has little muscle tone and since cooking requires using both hands, it challenges and forces, me to use my right hand a lot! 2. It’s not only an enjoyable hobby, but I also have found it an excellent learning experience. As I am still gradually improving my cooking skills. Haha! 😀

Today to better improve my skill of cooking fish I prepared my third salmon recipe and I wanted to share it with you. This foil packed dinner is fantastic!

And the marinade that this salmon bakes in tells all…

garlic

parmesan

butter

herb…. need I say more?

If you have not tried salmon cooked in foil you need to stop what you are doing and make it for dinner tonight!

Baked Parmesan Garlic Herb Salmon in foil

Ingredients

1½ lb salmon (I use fillets)
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Three cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
½ tsp Italian Seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

1. While the oven is heating up, get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Next, rinse the salmon with cold water then pat dry fish with paper towels. Slice salmon into portions and set aside. Next, cut a few sheets of aluminum foil, about 12-inches long or large enough to fold up the individual salmon inside. Then spray each sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Remove from heat. In a small bowl add lemon juice, garlic, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.

3. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil. Brush with the garlic butter marinade. Sprinkle the fresh parsley on top. Fold up the edges of the foil and wrap and seal the salmon inside.

4. Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until the salmon is firm. Unwrap the top of the salmon and broil the top for 2-3 minutes watching closely so that it doesn’t burn. Remove from the oven and garnish with additional chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional parmesan if desired.

The Recipe Critic 

 

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