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Salmon Cake Sandwiches

Sandwiches are an incredible, tasty, and practically any time of the day meal. And not to mention they are perfect for road trips (well sort of) You can put pretty much anything on them (I like salami and ham on mine), and you can eat it either hot or cold. I have a few classic favorites, they are; grilled cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, paninis, barbecue, and chicken salad. However, I encountered these delicious Salmon Cake Sandwiches. And all I have to say is that it’s my new favorite type of sandwich. 🙂

Full of flavor and somewhat healthy lol I can’t wait to make these again and again. These are so VERY GOOD!!!! I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

What is your favorite kind of sandwich?

Salmon Cake Sandwiches

Ingredients

2 6-oz cans skinless, boneless pink salmon, drained

One small onion, chopped

2 large eggs

1/2 C. dry breadcrumbs

1/4 C. Mayo

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

Olive oil (For sauteing the onion and cooking the patties)

2 tbsp. Butter (For cooking the patties)

Optional:

tarter sauce
lettuce
tomatoes

Directions

1. Chop onion using either a knife and or a food processor. Pour a few drops of olive oil into a skillet along with the onion and cook over medium-high heat. Saute for about three minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt. Stir well. Next, add the salmon, breadcrumbs, and onion and stir until well combined.

3. Form the mixture into four-five patties, flattening them until they’re about the size of the bun you’re using. Place the patties on separate pieces of wax paper and refrigerate for at least an hour and a half for better results.

4. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Take the patties out of the fridge. Place the patties in the skillet, wax paper side up and pull away the paper. (This helps the patties stay in one piece as you flip them over.) Cook for three minutes then carefully flip the patties over and cook for another three minutes on the other side.

5. Remove from the pan and pat with paper towels to remove any excess oil or butter. Enjoy! 😀

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Adapted from and brought to you by Haley Douglas

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

Three of my biggest weaknesses are coffee (as some of you already know), chocolate, and last but not least fries. If I could, I totally would go on a midnight french fry run to my favorite fast food joints Chick Fil A, Whataburger, and Raising Cane’s. However, I have been trying really hard to get a grasp on my obsession in the recent years by ordering fries on the side only here and there when eating out.

I do confess though that I sometimes like today, for example, have cravings of some variety of fries, while at home in my comfy clothes on the computer looking desperately for a homemade french fry recipe. Haha! 😀 So too, satisfy my wanting I got my sweet sister (Caylee) to help me make these latest semi french fries, and they sort of blew my brain. So crispy and loaded with yummy garlic and full of Italian flavors. I would never ever turn down garlic and cheese. On french fries nonetheless!

So, with that being said, I’m certain Raising Cane’s normal cut fries have nothing on these baked garlic parmesan potato wedges. And same I said, I’m a sucker for those. So when I say these are worth making, I really mean – GO MAKE THESE!

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges

INGREDIENTS

3-4 large russet potatoes
4 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ C. shredded parmesan cheese

Optional:
fresh parsley (or cilantro),
ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375.

1. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. On a cutting board slice potatoes into wedges and place them in a large mixing bowl.

2. Pour with olive oil and toss to cover. In a small mixing bowl combine salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle potato wedges with the shredded cheese, stirring to coat, then pour the seasoning mixture on top.

3. Place potato wedges on the previously prepared baking sheet in a single layer with skin-sides-down. Bake for twenty-five to thirty-five minutes until potatoes are fork-tender and golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley and dressing for dipping.

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Recipe adapted from Creme De La Crumb

Asparagus, a new favorite veggie

What are your least favorite vegetables? Lol, I will certainly tell you what my least favorites are; celery, tomatoes, and asparagus. Yes, I know you think I’m incredibly crazy for not liking asparagus. Lol, I actually can’t agree with you more on that one because I think I’m insane too. Haha! 😀

However, thankfully with the help of this cheesy baked asparagus recipe, it came to my rescue lol. It’s incredibly tasty and after my first time of trying it, I am happy to say that I am already hooked. 🙂

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus

3 Tbsp. Butter

1 Tbsp. Grated parmesan cheese

3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. house seasoning

For those of you who cannot find house seasoning at your local grocery store, I include a method for house seasoning:

(1/4 cup each garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and Salt. (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F.

1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Rinse asparagus and pat dry. Next, cut the woody part off the asparagus.

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2. Place the veggie on the baking sheet. In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter. Next, combine the house seasoning and parmesan cheese and mix well. Drizzle mixture on top of the vegetable.

3. Sprinkle a little bit of parmesan and place the veggie in your oven for 15 minutes. Remove and top with the mozzarella cheese and a little bit of Italian seasoning over the top. Return to the oven for additional 5-7 minutes. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Recipe adapted from Just a Pinch

 

 

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes

As some of you know, I love, love and love lol parmesan, and if garlic is mixed in a recipe then boy, I surely know it’s gonna be so very GOOD! And the combination of both made these potatoes fantastic! 😀 I was quickly able to put them right in the oven, and they were ready in about 20 minutes. They were a perfect compliment to last night’s dinner. I’m confident you’ll agree with me about how delish they are if you give them a try. 🙂

Man, I just love to bake my veggies in the oven because I like how it gives them a bit of a sweet taste, a nice crispy edge and have a soft center. The garlic parmesan flavor was excellent on top of these potatoes, and they became my favorite new side! I definitely will be making this dish again and again!

PARMESAN GARLIC ROASTED POTATOES

Ingredients

2 lbs red potatoes, Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
½ C. grated Parmesan cheese
Three garlic cloves minced
½ tsp. Oregano
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp pepper
chopped parsley for topping

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Line a baking a baking with parchment paper and or foil and lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine olive oil, potatoes, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Stir well. Next, toss mixture onto previously prepared baking sheet and lay in a single layer. 

 3. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Serve with parsley sprinkled on top.

 

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Recipe adapted from The Recipe Critic

Coming up next week:

Crockpot BBQ Coca-Cola Pulled Pork sandwiches

Garlic Herb Roasted Salmon Cheesy Baked Asparagus

White Chicken Enchiladas

Next weekend’s fun and relaxing concoction is gonna be Crockpot Vanilla Latte

“Learn how to cook-
try new recipes,
Learn from your mistakes,
Be fearless, And above all
Have fun!”

-Julia Child

Thanks for reading and have an excellent weekend!

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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 

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

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 

 

The charm of roasting a veggie

I cannot believe I am saying this about veggies but ever since discovering the magic of roasting them, I often imagine them saying to me “Courtney, could you, pretty please bake me? I promise I will be your forever best friend.” And not surprisingly while I was looking through my massive homemade cookbook for a side dish to go along with the main meal I found another roasted veggie recipe calling my name. I, of course, reacted to its cry lol.

Although, I do admit I can be particular about what veggie to roast because I’m not a huge fan of most vegetables. However, one of the few veggies I do like are carrots. I also love butter and garlic being baked together, and this roasted carrot recipe has a fantastic combination of all four. I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as I did! 🙂

What is your favorite go-to veggie to roast?

GARLIC BUTTER ROASTED CARROTS

Ingredients

2 lbs carrots, diagonally cut into about 2 to 3-inch pieces
Five tbsp butter
Four garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (Optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray; set aside. Cut up the carrots and set aside.

3. Melt butter over medium heat in a medium, or large nonstick skillet or pan. Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently. DO NOT burn the garlic.

4. Toss the carrots in a large mixing bowl. Next, add garlic butter mixture, pepper, and salt. Stir until well combined. Transfer carrots to previously prepared baking sheet. Arrange in one layer and bake for 22 to 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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Recipe adapted from Diethood

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Parmesan cheese enthusiast

I know I’ve already told you this before, but I love parmesan cheese. I enjoy it so much that I use it a lot in my cooking and put it on pretty much anything. And today is no different because I am going to be sharing with you how to cook pork chops with parmesan. This pork chop recipe is delicious and it’s definitely a keeper. 🙂

Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Ingredients

Two large eggs

1 C. dried Italian seasoned bread crumbs

3⁄4 C. parmesan cheese, freshly grated

10 oz (up to 12) center cut pork loin chop, (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick)

salt and pepper to taste

6 tbsp olive oil

One lemon, cut into wedges, for serving (Optional)

Directions

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each chop with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet and set chops aside.

2. Whisk the eggs in a pie plate to blend. Place the bread crumbs in another pie plate. Place the cheese in a third pie plate.

3. Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Coat the chops completely with the cheese, patting to adhere. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere. Heat tablespoons of oil in an enormous skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side.

 

 

Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

 

Recipe adapted from Kitchme

Notes: Since, my chops were thin I cooked them for about 2-3 minutes. But, if you’re cooking thicker chops you need to cook them for 15 to 20 minutes until a meat thermometer reaches to the internal temperature of 145° F. (medium rare) and 160° F. (medium)

I pray for you often that God would help your confidence with cooking continue to grow.

Thank you again for reading!

A fun weekend and crispy chicken

Hey cooks, Before I start telling you about today’s recipe I want to share with you a little bit of what I did last weekend and why. On Saturday morning, I participated in a 5k named Walk with me benefiting an organization called Easter Seals. The event was at the Houston Zoo. I had a fabulous time looking at all of the animals and cherishing God’s beautiful creation. I’ve included a collection of some photos from the walk at the very bottom of my post.

Why did I walk in the fun run you might ask??? because of two reasons; 1. When I was first diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, my parents were nervous and didn’t what C.P. was so they turned to Easter Seals for help. 2. I have been walking in this 5k since 2013, after I had discovered they assisted my family and me, thought it was cool and decided I would give back to a fantastic organization that helped my family and me so long ago.

And for those of who don’t know what Easter Seals is; they provide numerous of services, resources, and other programs to kids and adults who have various special needs just like with my family and me.

Finally moving on to today’s original topic lol

One of my all-time favorite social media sites I often go to besides Facebook for cooking inspirations is Pinterest. I admit it’s pretty addicting lol. I enjoy scrolling through it looking for recipes to cook and blog about like the one I’m going to be showing you in a few seconds. I chose to cook this one today because of two reasons; 1. They are delicious 2. Since I’m encouraging you to overcome your fear of using the oven or stove, I thought I’d let you decide how you want to cook your chicken. Like me, for example, I prefer to bake mine. Have fun and if you start to worry remember to ask God for help. 🙂

Fried or baked crispy coconut chicken

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for frying
Non-stick cooking spray for baking
1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper {optional}
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 – 4 C. of sweetened coconut flakes (Baker’s Coconut)
3 – 4 medium boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into strips or nuggets.

Preparation instructions for chicken

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Rinse each breast with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. I cut my chicken into strips.

2. In a bowl mix flour, salt, pepper & cayenne pepper. Set aside.
In a second bowl, add 3 eggs and lightly beat. 

3. In a third bowl add coconut flakes. Take chicken and immerse in flour mixture. Then dip into eggs and cover well. Then dip in coconut and set aside on a plate and or a baking dish. Do this to all chicken.

Directions for frying

In a medium pot, add 2 – 3 Inches of oil. Turn burner to medium and allow oil to get nice and hot. The perfect temperature should be 365*F
Once the chicken is ready, check the oil. Place the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the spoon, the oil is ready. If bubbles do not form around the spoon, then the oil is not hot enough.
Once the oil is hot enough, GENTLY add chicken one piece at a time to oil, ensuring chicken does not touch and stick together upon initial contact into the oil. Cook chicken for approximately 4 minutes then flip and allow the other side to cook. Cook second side for an additional approximate 4 minutes. Gently remove golden chicken and set on a paper towel-lined plate. Cook chicken in batches if all does not fit into the pan.

Baking Method

If you’d rather BAKE instead of fry, follow these directions: Preheat the oven to 400*F. Lay coconut breaded chicken on a baking dish lined with parchment paper, non-stick foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake 10 more minutes (total 25) or until chicken is cooked through. 

Once all chicken is cooked, serve with your favorite sauce.
I dig this with a batch of homemade Chick-Fil -A sauce or choose your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Nums The Word

Thank you so much for reading and have a great night!

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