Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pecan Crusted Salmon

One of my favorite things to eat for Sunday dinner is Pecan Crusted Salmon Fillets. My mom used to make salmon loaf when I was a kid and I loved it. This is an even yummier way to make salmon. I loved using old bread and mixing it up with honey and mustard and pecans. It adds a sweet crunch to the Salmon. It is sooooo delicious. It is even great the next day for lunch.

Here is one of my very favorite dinners, baked Pecan Crusted Salmon! 
My daughter turned me on to this recipe from ALLRECIPES.com called Baked Dijon Salmon. It has bread crumbs, honey and mustard, and chopped pecans. It is wonderful with garlic red potatoes and fresh fruit salad. And it is pretty healthy (except for the butter on the potatoes) but hey, I'm a butter girl. I can't help myself.

Isn't this Pecan Crusted Salmon just tempting looking? 

I start by mixing up the bread crumbs with chopped pecans, a little mustard and honey mixed in...
 Here is my adapted recipe for Pecan Crusted Salmon:

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2  tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
  • Lemon Pepper a few shakes
  • Lawry's Season Salt a shake


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  1. In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs, pecans
  1. Shake season salt and lemon pepper on each fillet lightly, then  brush with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
  1. Bake salmon 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork.


Then I spread them on salmon fillets and bake....DON'T BROIL! 

I added some salad with fresh tomatoes 

And a side of fresh fruits...
And here it is!  Pecan Crusted Salmon is a great Sunday Dinner!  It is one of my very favorites.
And garlic parsley red potatoes....yummy dinner!
 I like to buy the salmon fillets from Costco, individually wrapped. They are so easy and economical. And they always taste fresh. I am never disappointed. And the salmon is light and flaky and never fishy tasting. This is a favorite dinner of mine.


 And I had to make a yummy dessert to go with it. I love this chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. If you want my recipe and how I make this devilish dessert link HERE.  IT IS VERY EVIL GOOD!


Don't you want a bite? You know you want to!  Oh my GOSH so sinfully yummy. I need to invite somebody over so we don't eat all of this ourselves! I know I won't have much self control when it comes to peanut butter anything.

Enjoy this wonderful spring weather!





Easy Pulled Pork in the Oven

My favorite quick way to do pulled pork is of course order take-out from Texas Roadhouse! They have a $9.00 pound of pork and they will include extra sauce and a dozen rolls! It is a steal!

But if I want to stay home and do it the easiest way is to run to the grocery store, buy rolls, and one of these.....

Easy Pulled Pork in the Oven is an easy weeknight meal. It is less expensive than buying takeout and really pretty quick if you do it in the oven. The secret is the tender meat.


I buy one of these, it is a Pork Loin for roasting. It always is covered in these mesh string things. That is why they are easy to find. The meat man said you could even cook this for 1 1/2 hours and it would be good for pulled pork, if you buy a small one. So I tested him on his meat knowledge. 


Easy Pulled Pork in the Oven. It looks like this when you take it out of the package. Be sure and look for the web of string. This pork always turns out VERY tender for me. I season mine with Monterey Steak Seasoning and add some brown sugar. I wait till it is mostly cooked to add the BBQ sauce. 


My hubs calls them "toaster leavin's" from an episode where Al Bundy talks about his BBQ seasonings on Married with  Children, back in the day. Remember the one where they had a BBQ inside of the grocery store with beach chairs and a blow up pool? Well, it was a pretty funny one. 

Easy Pulled Pork in the Oven. It is quick, only a few hours in the oven covered with foil and seasonings and you can have a delicious pulled pork sandwich. 

Then I add some brown sugar to the top. Then I add about 1/2 cup water and put foil over the top and let it cook for 1 1/2  hours at 350. Then I check it and cut it apart into 1 inch slices  pulling later. Then I add the BBQ sauce and let those juices do their thing melding with the BBQ sauce together for another 30 minutes or 60 minutes depending on how big it is. Then check to see if it is tender and done. 
Hey I found this cool way to use COKE on Pinterest. Do you think it works? I've never heard of coke for a cleaner before. 
Some yummy fruits on skewers to go with my pulled pork sandwiches. Blackberries were on sale at my Sprouts Farmer's Market. I love blackberries! I have a few vines in the backyard but they are not doing very well. Bah! I really do think I have a black thumb. But at least my pulled pork turns out every single time! Yummo. 


Easy Pulled Pork in the Oven. These sandwiches are great the next day as leftovers too. Or you can freeze the meat in a freezer ziplock bag and eat them in a week! 

I toast the bun a little on and sometimes we add some provolone cheese and extra BBQ sauce. It is a delicious meal. 



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Easy Cranberry Relish


I was at the Pinner's Conference last Saturday and I got the best and yummiest Cranberry Relish recipe from the Our Best Bites ladies.


It is made from a bag of fresh cranberries chopped up in a food processor. Then add a diced apple and a cut up orange, peels and all. Then add 2 cups of sugar. That sounded like a lot to me. But then after she pulsed it all in a food processor they passed around the relish. Oh my gosh it was sooooo gooooood!
Recipe for Cranberry Relish
1 bag of fresh cranberries chopped fine
1 granny smith apple diced
1 orange cut up into 1 inch chunks (including peel)
2 cups sugar

Mix all in a food processor and pulse till fine. That's IT!

I have to try making it myself. It was refreshing to eat with a spoon, and she said it was even better as a spread on turkey sandwiches. I think it would also be good on crackers like Wheat Thins.

I have another recipe I use with fresh cranberries called Cranberry Cilantro Salsa. It is great over a brick of cream cheese and surrounded by crackers for a party. Now I have two of these fun recipes that would make great party dips over cream cheese.

And they look so festive too!

I can't decide which I like better. One is sweet, one has a little heat because of the jalapenos. But one thing is for sure. I am buying fresh cranberries this week. :D



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Brownie Skeletons

If you want to make somebody happy this Halloween make some Halloween Brownie Skeletons! My grandkids love baking with me. And they will love making these. They can do everything but the faces and hands and arms. It is fun to put them all together too.

Halloween Brownie Skeletons are so cute and they make up as skinny treats so they will go far. This cookie sheet (Costco's large cookie sheets) made 21 treats. 

Here is a close up of my Halloween Brownie Skeleton treats. I made the middle row into just some square brownies with some black and orange sprinkles and a candy corn. 

The bodies are just made from yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels. I then bought some white chocolate disks from Michaels Craft Store. Those make the heads. The rest is just chocolate and vanilla icing in a piping bag using a very small round tip to make the little faces and arms and legs.
I'm all ready for the Halloween Party now!  I made this cute little Toy Story Jessie costume out of some yellow felt glue gunned onto a white  shirt and I topped it with some red braid. The cow material is just pinned to my favorite jeans. It turned out cute with the little red hat.
Have fun at the Halloween Par-tay! 


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween Scone Tacos

I'm making some Halloween Scone Tacos today. They are easy and really yummy.


My Halloween Scone Tacos are made from Mountain Mills Scone Mix. You can get it at Costco and I think at Walmart too. It is an easy mix to make Yummy Scones for Halloween night before your little critters run all over the street eating lots of too tempting junk! 

I tried rolling out the dough and making a "pumpkin shape using a cookie cutter. But alas, when I fried them up and covered them with the chili fixins, they kinda disappeared. But the kids won't know that! 

Here are my sad little "pumpkins". Hey, what happened to my stem? Looks more like a blob to me. But again, the kids will never know if you call them Halloween Pumpkin Scones. Hey, maybe these would be good with Einsteins Pumpkin Shmear? I shoulda thought of that! 

This stuff is to die for good. It's my new favorite thing. I eat the pumpkin Shmear on toast, bagels, fingers, anything! It would be GREAT on scones! 
But chili and all the taco toppings are also great on scones! I think I used leftover chili for these scones, but you could also used canned. I like corn in my chili, but the hubs does not. I try to hide veggies in things like casseroles and soups and chilis. Otherwise we don't eat them enough. 

I put cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers on mine since I ran out of lettuce. (gotta have a green vegetable, right?) lol 

Next I want to figure out how to make this pretzel bark. Yummo. 
I'm going to try to figure out what else would be good on a scone beside chili, pumpkin cream cheese, and honey butter. In the meantime I'm trying not to chow down on all of the Halloween candy I've bought. It is really hard!




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Halloween Finger Foods


I love Halloween. I love decorating for it, partying on the day in a costume, and making fun and scary finger foods for all my guests to enjoy. Especially my little grandkiddos. 

Cute table decor can be as simple as a jar of candy corn. Isn't this so cute? My daughter put a jar inside the jar and just has the in between area filled with candy corn! Genius! 

Or decorate your chairs with simple pumpkin chairbacks made from orange felt. 

Everybody loves scarecrow cupcakes. This would be a great finger food for any fall party. 

Or individual pecan pies made in cupcake tins. Super easy and yummy. A good recipe for these is at All Recipes.com.

Add a little pizzaz to your chips and salsa by getting these orange and black tortilla chips that are in the stores now. But hurry because they go fast! 

I went a little crazy on the Halloween cupcakes a few years ago. Check out the blog for tutorials on all of them. The tutorial and more pictures are HERE.

Some of the spiderweb ones we later added spider rings we got from Walmart. 

My very favorite party finger food is potato skins. They are always a hit. 

These brownies I decorated with yogurt covered pretzels, white chocolate disks for heads and then used white icing in a small round tip for the rest. They were fun. 

Pigs in a blanket are always a hit. Find some hot dogs you like and cut them into thirds. Then wrap them with Crescent roll dough and bake. Mustard and catsup bowls for dipping the pigs. 

Pumpkin breads cut up into half slices are always easy as well as cream cheese ham and onion roll ups. Recipe I use is from Lee Drummond HERE  only I add pieces of ham or bits of bacon to mine. 

Buy some store bought pies with the whip cream or meringue on top and just draw black spiderweb over it. Add a plastic spider. 

Veggies and dip are always popular as are fresh salads. You can always do a salad bar and ask a few friends to bring one too. Then make homemade rolls and fresh butter. That's a fun party. 

Muffins of all kinds are great party foods. Add your favorite soups. Or better yet buy some bread bowls from your local market and ask them to make them half size. That also makes fun party foods. 

Everybody likes apple wedges and caramel dipping sauce. This on was really rich and caramelly. Here is a recipe for the one I use HERE.


Candy bars for take home fun are great for kids and adults alike. 

And you can't beat a pretty yummy sugar cookie any time. 

These glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme. Just add the vampire plastic teeth and 2 chocolate chips to each one for a cute vampire donut. Kids loved these at my classroom Halloween Party. But they loved the sugar cookies even better. And they were probably cheaper.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN all you ghouls and goblins! 


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