Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lemon & Dill Grilled Salmon

Every week I walk by the Seafood department and see beautiful pink pieces of Salmon. I love almost all seafood but Salmon has never been my favorite so I've never prepared it at home even though John loves it. I decided to take on the challenge and give it a try this week.  I love the combination of lemon and dill on seafood so I made a simple sauce and put it on the grill with some asparagus. It was easy and quick to make plus it tasted amazing, John told me he thought I could serve it in a restaurant and even Owen ate a few bites of it!! The salmon was moist and the sauce was buttery this recipe definitely swayed my thought on Salmon and we will be having it again sometime soon. 


Ingredients:
About 1lb Fresh Wild King Alaskan Salmon
2 Tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Margarine
1 Tsp Dried Dill
1 Tsp Dried Basil
1 Tbsp Honey Dijon Mustard
1 Tsp Salt
4 Cloves Garlic - Minced
2 Dashes Cayenne Pepper

Adapted from: http://www.inspired2cook.com/

In a small pot combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Mix everything together stirring occasionally over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Using heavy duty tin foil place the salmon skin side down in the middle of  a large piece. Fold all four sides up creating a little boat for the fish. 

When the sauce is done slowly pour it over the top trying to keep most of it on the fish. Some of the oil will slide off into the boat but that's fine. If you need to spread it out evenly over the entire piece of fish with your spatula.


Preheat your outdoor grill to about 400-450 degrees. Place the foil on the grill and close the lid for 10-12 minutes. Conveniently the asparagus take just as long so I chose to grill them at the same time with just some olive oil, salt and pepper, turning them once while they grilled. If you aren't a fan of using a grill or you don't have one you can close the foil packet and bake this recipe in the oven at 350 F for 15-20 minutes.

You'll know the fish is done with it looks opaque, flaky and lighter pink instead of dark pink and shiny. The edges may be slightly crisp from the skin which is fine. Allow it to cool for a few minutes when you get it inside then slice into pieces and serve. Part of the reason I don't usually prefer salmon is the skin and in this preparation it stuck onto the foil so I was pleasantly surprised I didn't have to pick it off my piece.

Enjoy!!


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #124

Hey, we had 570 posts shared last week!  That is an all-time record. Views were a little low, considering the record breaking attendance, but that happens from time to time. This week we will do much better, right team?  Right! 

There was a three-way tie for the most viewed posts last week. 
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Editor's Pick
This week I selected a great craft from Upstate Ramblings as my pick! 


Thumbprint Birthday Cards from Upstate Ramblings

Flavors by Four Chose:
I adore S'mores they remind me of my years as a Girl Scout going to Camp Hoover and making them over a traditional campfire with lots of other girls before going and sleeping in our tents. These S'more bars from Courtney at A Life from Scratch look  delicious and easy to make, I think I may try them this weekend for Memorial Day Weekend!!


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We are on 12 blogs!!!



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Monday, May 11, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #123

It's the 123rd edition of the 
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 
and we are so glad you're here!

Let's jump right in and find out what posts YOU liked the best last week...


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This Gift Takes The Cake from the Partiologist

Flavors by Four picked:

Look at the ooey gooeey caramel flowing down from this cake, someone get me a spoon immediately!! This week I picked this decadent looking Caramel pound cake from Kimberly at Lou Lou Girls. It looks so sticky and delicious I wish I had a slice right now for dessert!!

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Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Shortbread


It's that time again - Secret Recipe Club.  We were assigned Pale Yellow this month.  I had a hard time deciding this month as she has so much delicious food to pick from. I always pick sweet over savory because I usually like baking better than cooking.  I was between the Peanut butter cup cheesecakes, the 
Chocolate covered cherry mini cupcakes, and the Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Shortbread.  I finally decided on the shortbread as my family loves anything pistachio and this recipe was perfect.  We love cookies and anything dipped in chocolate.  I know I will be going back to her blog for other recipes soon.  

Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 box 3.4 oz instant pistachio pudding mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond extract (recipe called for vanilla extract)
8 ounces all purpose flour
7 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate (2 Lindt bars)
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8 x 11 pan with cooking spray.  Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit bottom of pan and grease that as well.
Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy.  Add in the pudding, salt and almond extract.  Mix until well combined, scraping the bowl as needed.
Add flour and mix on low until just combined.


Press the mixture as evenly as possible in the prepared pan using a spatula or your hands.


Bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges begin to brown.  Remove from oven and immediately use a knife to cut the shortbread into pieces.


Let cool completely in the pan.
Melt the chocolate and vegetable oil in the microwave on a low setting stirring until smooth.  Chop the pistachios or pulse in a food processor until finely chopped.
Dip of third of each cookie in the chocolate and then press in the chopped pistachios.  Let dry on a piece of parchment paper.  Allow the chocolate to harden.



Enjoy!!



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #122

Happy May!

Spring has sprung! 
The grass is turning green, trees are budding, birds are chirping...a very happy time. 


And our party is growing. 

Last week we had a record turnout with so many views! 



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Flavors by Four Chose:
In honor of today being Cinco de Mayo I'm featuring these Shrimp Avocado Tostadas from Christine at A Sprinkle of This and That! They look fresh, crunchy and delicious for a warm spring night. I bet they pair perfectly with a margarita!! 



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