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Friday, September 23, 2016

Buttery Baked Lemon-Herbed Orange Roughy

This is the best fish I have eaten in many a day!

And, I know the reason why…

BUTTER ~ the fish is coated with butter!

Ready to bake

I generally add no oil, just a shot of cooking spray on the pan, but this orange roughy changed that!

This is a simple fish recipe, adapted slightly, from Pillsbury that turned out splendidly…

First off, I melted butter in the baking pan, then turned the fish to coat the other side with butter. 

Then added a bit of dried basil, and other seasonings, along with a pint of cherry tomatoes; finishing with a splash of wine and lemon juice.  

It was delicious ~ we were just short of licking the platter clean ~ wishing I had made more.

In Paula Deene’s words:   “First I’m gonna add a little butter.  Not to worry cause I’m gonna come back later and add some more butter, ya’ll.”

Buttery Baked Lemon-Herbed Orange Roughy


2 tablespoons butter
¾ orange roughy fillets
½ teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 pint cherry tomatoes
½ teaspoon each seasoned salt and pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup white wine
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Heat oven to 350°.
Place butter in baking pan.
Heat in oven until butter sizzles.
Place orange roughy fillets in baking dish, turn to coat with butter.
Sprinkle each fillet with basil.
Top with tomatoes and seasonings.
Pour wine and lemon juice over each fillet.
Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Transfer fish and tomatoes from pan with fish spatula to serving platter.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Quick Banana Bread

Do you remember  
The Joy of Cooking 

My 1972 edition is still going strong, still used today.

The strange thing is I like the flavor of bananas, but the mushy texture grosses me out.  That’s when banana bread enters the scene.

This is a great simple recipe for the bread.  I adapted the original a touch by adding vanilla extract and scattering nuts over the top before baking, instead of combing them with the batter. 

If you prefer, add ½ cup of chopped nuts and ¼ cup finely chopped apricots to the batter, and then a sprinkling of turbinado sugar over the top of the loaf before baking.

That just could be the way to go!

Here's the recipe...

Quick Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350°.

Sift before measuring:
1¾ cups all-purpose flour

Resift with:
2¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Blend until creamy:
⅓ cup shortening
⅔ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon grated lemon rind

Beat in:
1 beaten egg
1¼ cups ripe banana pulp (about 3 bananas)

Add the sifted ingredients in about 3 parts to the sugar mixture.
Beat the batter after each addition until smooth.
Place batter in a greased 9 x 5 x 3 inches loaf pan.
Scatter ½ cup chopped walnuts over top.
Bake the bread until brown on top and done in the center (poke with a toothpick; it should come out clean) for 50 to 55 minutes.
Let stand in pan for 10 minutes, turn out on wire rack.
Cool completely before slicing.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs in White Wine and Honey Marinade

Vegetable kabobs 
are the perfect side to accompany 
grilled meat!

These healthy vegetables get a burst of tang to enhance their flavor.  
A marinade of white wine, balsamic vinegar, honey and seasonings provides a sweet/savory coating for the peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. 


This time, I skewered chunks of zucchini, whole mushrooms, red onion slices, a variety of peppers and plum tomatoes. Use whatever mix you like.  

Cut vegetables thick, or leave small ones whole, so they will stay on the skewer as they grill. 

Be sure to make plenty ~ they vanish quickly!

Vegetable Kabobs in White Wine and Honey Marinade

 6 (12”) wooden skewers


¼ cup dry white wine
¼ cup honey
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


1 zucchini, cut into 1” chunks
6 plum tomatoes, whole
8 ounces whole button mushrooms
12 assorted whole small peppers
1 large red onion, cut in half horizontally, along its equator, to expose its layers.


Soak skewers in water for 1 hour.
In a large bowl, stir marinade ingredients until honey is dissolved.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 
Remove vegetables from marinade, discarding marinade.
Thread vegetables onto soaked skewers, alternating colors, and place on hot grill.
Cook until vegetables are tender and lightly charred, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. 
6 servings

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Peach Crisp with Sweet Topping

Woo hoo!
Bring on the sugar ~ butter and peaches!

After eating this peach crisp, you'll be dreaming about it in your sleep!

This is undoubtedly the shortest post I’ve ever written ~ and this is undoubtedly the best peach crisp I have ever eaten!

It’s Laurie's simple easy recipe from here that's pretty close to perfect!

                          Put it together                            and                                  baked!                                

It's peachy keen!

Peach Crisp with Sweet Topping


6-7 peaches, peeled and sliced
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ to ¾ cinnamon (I used 1 teaspoon)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter 


Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease an 8” baking dish.
Mix the sliced peaches with the almond extract and pour into the baking dish.
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly.
Sprinkle on top of the peaches.
Bake for 45 minutes until peaches are tender and the topping is evenly browned  (I baked it for 1 hour).
Serve warm with ice cream

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Crispy Cucumber, Celery & Sweet Onion Salad w/Sour Cream Dressing

You’re familiar with the old rule of thumb, you should drink eight glasses of water per day, some experts say more… 

That seems like quite a grind to me most days, but here’s the catch:  You don’t have to drink all that water...

Roughly 20% of our daily water intake comes from solid foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

Cucumbers have the highest water content of any solid food at 97%, and they truly do have a cooling effect on the body, so there is some truth to the phrase, “cool as a cucumber”.

While it’s still important to drink plenty of water, especially on hot days, eating cucumber is a great way to get some of that fluid into your body and quench your thirst at the same time.

But, the great refreshing cucumber taste is the best part, and this slightly adapted Country Living recipe provides the proof ~

It’s a fresh, crunchy, tasty salad of cucumber, celery, and onion; enhanced with a touch of dill and seasonings,  swimming in a creamy tangy dressing coating.    

It’ll perk up your taste buds, for sure!

Cucumber, Celery & Sweet Onion Salad w/Sour Cream Dressing


3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
4 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste


Whisk together sour cream, oil, lemon juice, dill, and sugar in a bowl.
Season with salt and seasoned pepper.
Add vegetables and toss to combine.
8 servings

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Garlic-Herb Shrimp on the Grill

Nothing beats grilling in the summer
and this is 
another great recipe 
for your grill!

Super simple, is this recipe that comes together quickly and easily, all the better for you to enjoy another summer evening!

Lemon juice and herbs are exactly what puts this shrimp over the top.  Serve it with fresh steamed broccoli, corn on the cob or rice, or grilled veggies, the choices are endless.

Ready to move on to the grill!

You may prefer to peel the shrimp before grilling; however, cooking the shrimp with the shells on makes them remarkably flavorful ~ just peel and dig in at the table!

Garlic-Herb Shrimp on the Grill


1½ pounds large unpeeled shrimp
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary


Using kitchen shears of a paring knife, cut through shells along the back of each shrimp.
In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and place in a resealable plastic  bag.
Seal bag, making sure all shrimp is covered with marinade.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat grill.
Remove shrimp from marinade, wiping off excess.
Grill until opaque, 2-3 minutes per side.
Serve as is or with your favorite sauce.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Buttery Balsamic Corn with Mushrooms and Grilled Onions

Fresh and sweet summer corn 
has a short season here,
I like making the most of it!

About as sweet and fresh as you can get...

Those were the days ~ growing up on the farm, running outside to our own sweet corn field, picking a few ears for Mom to boil quickly for lunch or dinner, maybe even breakfast, if she had her way!

I definitely took the abundance of fresh vegetables, fruit and meat for granted and didn’t realize how lucky I was until years later.

By the way, as you're driving down the road here in the Midwest, and you're seeing acre after acre of corn, don't assume you can leap out of the car and grab a dozen ears of sweet corn for your next meal.  Chances are, it's field corn...

Gravel road by a corn field

Sweet corn and field corn are cousins with very different tastes, different purposes

Sweet corn is harvested when the silks at the top of the ear are brown, when the kernels inside are fully developed.  The leaves wrapping around the ears are nice and green, with a little brown at the edges maybe.  Perfect for any meal!

Field of sweet corn

Sweet corn ear on the stalk

Field corn, aka cow corn, not so sweet, nor does it taste as good right off the cob.  Corn has a very high moisture content and field corn needs to dry out while the ears are still on the stalk. 

Silks commence to turn dark brown, shucks around the ears turn brown, the remainder of the corn plant dies, turning brown.  Finally, instead of being supported by the main stalk, ears fall with the silks pointing toward the ground.  That's the farmers' indicator to harvest.

Harvest time - Illinois field corn

Field corn kernels are a darker yellow and larger than sweet corn kernels.  Some of them have "dimples," another sign that the kernels have dried out; hence the name, "dent corn."

Dent corn

Cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, deer and other wild animals love the taste of field corn ~ you want to attract Cardinals to your bird feeder?  Attach an ear to it!
Field corn is also the corn that is processed into corn meal or corn flour, and used in foods that have corn as an ingredient, such as corn flakes, and tortilla chips.  

And then, there's popcorn, another story...

Back to this recipe that’s slightly adapted from Fine Cooking magazine:

This is an easy, savory side dish that you can whip up quickly.

Uncooked corn?  Yes!  Just cut it off the cob raw.  It cooks quickly and is delicious prepared this way with the mushrooms and onion.   

The balsamic vinegar punches up the flavor in the vegetables, and the olive oil on the onion and butter to stir-fry the corn adds a dose of richness to the dish.  

While you’re grilling the onion for this tasty side dish, throw some chicken, steak or fresh tuna on the grate also:  Voila, Dinner!

Buttery Balsamic Corn with Mushrooms and Grilled Onion


1 small Vidalia onion or red onion, cut into 3 or 4 slices
1 teaspoon olive oil, more as needed
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces button mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
3-4 ears fresh corn, cut off the cob
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, more to taste
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


Prepare a medium-high grill fire.
Rub onion slices with a little olive oil, and grill, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6 minutes.
Remove from the grill and coarsely chop.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat.
Add mushrooms, season well with salt and cook until light browned and almost tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add corn, onion, remaining butter and cook, tossing occasionally, until the corn is tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper and more vinegar.
Serves 4

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