August 3, 2015

Honey Lemon Salmon In Foil

I have to say that this is the way I will always make salmon from now on. We just love the tenderness and flakiness with a little sweetness and lemon flavor, salt and pepper and a little dried italian herbs. You just wrap it in tin foil and bake it for 20 minutes or so and it's fabulous.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Serving size pieces of salmon (boneless & skinless) Costco has fabulous frozen salmon in serving size.
Dried italian herbs
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Set serving size salmon in tin foil. Drizzle with honey and some lemon juice, salt and pepper and sprinkle with a little dried italian herbs. Make sure your tin foil is big enough to wrap the entire piece of salmon in so it won't leak.  You can also foil and bake an entire side or any size of salmon, just adjust the time accordingly.

Place packets of salmon on baking sheet and put in 400 degree over for about 15-20 minutes depending on size.

Check one filet to see if it's done the way you like it, being careful not to over bake.

July 23, 2015

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

If you are a chocolate lover than this cake is for you. If double chocolate isn't your thing you could sift a little powdered sugar on it instead of the frosting and it would look magnificent. I'm thinking this cake would also be good with a big scoop of ice cream on the side weather you have the frosting on it or not.

Ingredients for Cake:
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Hershey's unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups grated zucchini (packed)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Directions for Cake:
1. Spray bundt pan
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar, oil, and eggs together until creamy.
3. Add in vanilla, and mix until well combined.
4. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt together. Whisk just to blend everything together.
5. Add flour mixture into the wet mixture. Mix well.
6. Slowly mix in the milk until well combined.
7. Stir in grated zucchini and mix well.
8. Pour into bundt pan.
9. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
10. Cool cake for 10 minutes or so and then turn out on to plate to cool the rest of the way.

Chocolate Frosting:
1 stick butter, melted
2/3 cup cocoa
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

With mixer blend together melted butter and cocoa. Alternate adding in some powdered sugar then a little milk then repeat until all powdered sugar and milk are mixed in and well blended.  Add vanilla.

Frost cake once cake has cooled. Makes 2 cups frosting.

July 8, 2015

Crockpot Carnitas

Mexican is my favorite kind of food even though I'm not fond of hot spicy food. I guess you could say I am more of a fresh mex fan and don't like all of the spicy sauces.  I like making carnitas and use the meat for many dishes. The crockpot makes it so tender and juicy. You can use it in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and even on a taco salad. I have also used it for barbecued pork sandwiches, just add your favorite barbecue sauce on a gourmet bun, it's fabulous. The possibilities are endless. If you like it a little more spicy you can add more chilies or even cinnamon or cumin. If you haven't tried carnitas you really need too.

3 to 5 pounds of pork shoulder or pork roast (boneless, excess fat removed)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
juice of one large fresh orange or two smaller oranges
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon fresh (chopped) or dried oregano
2 tablespoons mild green chilies (I used Ortega from a can)

Place the pork in your crockpot. I cut mine in three or four pieces.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together and then pour over meat and rub it into the meat a little.

Put crockpot on high and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.  I have to add that you know your crockpot and if you like to use low for more hours or high for a shorter time. Think of when you have used it for other meat recipes and how long it took for tender meat, either one works.

Shred it.

To serve it if you like it a little crispy around the edges you can set your oven to broil on high and pour a little juice over the pork (thin layer) in a tin foil covered pan and broil on high until it is hot and starting to get crispy (4-5 minutes). You will need to be vigilant and watch it closely. This is good if you need to warm it over and it also adds more flavor.  We love it a little crispy on the edges, it's authentic.