Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bourbon Pecan Salmon

I make this at least once a week at my house.  My kids devour it and it is one of my most requested recipes.  It is super easy and quick!


1/2 c. Brown Sugar - firmly packed
1 c. Soy Sauce
2 t. Worcestershire Sauce
1 t. Garlic - minced
1/2 t. Black Pepper
2 T. Bourbon (opt.)

1/2 c. Chopped Pecans - toasted
Salmon filets

For the marinade...

Combine all ingredients except the Pecans and Salmon in a bowl.
Place Half the marinade and the Salmon in a Ziploc bag - squeeze out the air and zip the bag tightly.
Set aside the other half of the marinade to use as a glaze.
Marinate the Salmon for 1-3 hours. Flip the bag every 1/2 hour or so to marinate evenly.

For the Glaze...
Place the remaining half of the marinade in a small saucepan on the stove.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the temperature to low and simmer until the mixture thickens and reduces a little.
While the glaze is simmering, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

For the Pecan Topping...
Place the chopped pecans on a flat baking pan which has been covered with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Toast the pecan for 3-5 minutes until they darken a little and they start to smell sooo good.
Watch closely - the nuts can burn quickly!

For the Salmon...
Cover a baking dish or pan with aluminum foil.
Spray the foil-covered pan with cooking spray.
Take the Salmon out of the marinade and discard the marinade.
Place the Salmon (skin-side down) on the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the salmon with the toasted pecans pressing the pecans firmly into the salmon.
Brush or spoon 1/3 of the glaze onto the salmon.
Place the salmon in the oven.
Re-glaze the salmon with the glaze every 8-10 minutes (about 3 times).
Bake at 400 degrees for a total of 20-25 minutes until the salmon flakes easily.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Chicken Lasagna

White Chicken Lasagna

3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped and drained
1-1/2 pkg. low fat cream cheese
1 cup ½ and ½
1 tsp. minced garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
12 lasagna noodles, cooked
12 slices whole milk mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350F
In a large bowl, combine chicken, artichokes, 1 cup mozzarella, grated Parmesan, ½ the basil and tomatoes. Set aside.
In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, ½ and ½ and garlic until well combined. Using a spoon, stir in half the basil. Set half of the cream cheese mixture aside and stir the remaining half in with the chicken mixture.
Take half of the cream cheese mixture (without the chicken) and spread it into a 9x13 baking dish, covering the bottom. Lay 3 noodles on top and then top with ⅓ of the chicken mixture. Repeat the noodles and chicken mixture two more times, ending with a noodle layer.
Top with the last half of the cream cheese mixture.
Place the whole milk mozzarella slices on top in rows of three, like shown.
Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over everything, and then top with more basil if desired.
Bake 25 min. or until heated through.

Slice and serve! Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Pork Loin (I used a 5lb one I got on sale at Kroger)
1 teaspoon ground sage
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
Mix seasonings together and rub all over pork loin. 

Put ½ cup water in bottom of crock pot and place the loin in. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce

 An hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan: brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water, and soy sauce. Heat over medium and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. (For a more caramelized crust, remove from crock pot and place on aluminum lined sheet pan, glaze, and set under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, until bubbly and caramelized. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until desired crust is achieved (I did not do this step because it was already exactly like I wanted it) Serve with remaining glaze on the side.

Friday, September 5, 2014

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein

I made this the other night.  It was so simple, easy and delicious!!  My kids lapped it up!!  Enjoy!

  • ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small chunks
  • 1 - 13.25 to 16 oz. box of linguini or fettuccini pasta, broken in half 
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut in thin 3 inch long strips
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut in thin 3 inch long strips
  • 1 bunch green onions, white part sliced and green part cut in 3 inch long strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  1. Add the chicken, then the pasta, then the remaining ingredients to a large stockpot and cover. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  2. Cook covered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until most of the liquid is gone and the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove the lid and let the dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Paula Deen's Chicken Noodle Casserole

This is a really easy weeknight dish.  It is a comfort food dish and my kids gobbled it up.  I mean what's not to like about chicken, noodles and cheese??  It is basically a take on macaroni and cheese but with chicken thrown in the mix.  It is a great dish for those picky eaters!!!!


2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
4 cups egg noodles, cooked and drained (approximately 2 cups uncooked)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x13 inch baking dish.
In a large, tall-sided saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onion, sauté until near translucent. Stirring frequently, add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook for two minutes more. Stir in the flour and cook until the flour is absorbed. Slowly add the milk and 2 cups of cheese. Reserve 1 cup of cheese for casserole topping. Once the cheese is melted add salt and pepper to taste. Combine chicken, sour cream and noodles into cheese mixture. Stir until the noodles are coated with mixture.
Pour mixture into a prepared baking dish.  Top with remaining cheese. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Grilled Chicken Wings

Wings....they are the ultimate appetizer or in our case, the perfect meal!  Fried, grilled, it doesn't matter.  I'm just a wing lover!  We were craving some grilled wings this weekend and I did mine 3 different ways because we have little picky eaters living in our house.  The first way is really easy and it is just to sprinkle the wings with kosher salt and pepper on both sides and grill for 30 minutes or until no longer pink.  Here is the other way I did it and it is delicious!!

Grilled Wings:

Make the marinade-
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup italian dressing

Pour in a bag with the wings and let it marinate overnight or at least 4 hours.

You can grill them with just the marinade which is so good or the third way I did our wings is to take some of them after they are grilled and toss them into a wing sauce. Grill for about 30-40 minutes or until no longer pink. Here is the wing sauce if you like to spice things up!  I even tossed a few of the salt/pepper wings in with the sauce as well.

Wing Sauce:

1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup franks redhot sauce

Melt butter in a skillet and whisk in the soy and hot sauce.  Pour into a bowl and toss the wings in it.  Delish!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Ok, here's post #2 using all those fresh tomatoes you having growing.  It is such an easy recipe and I can easily eat the entire making.  You can serve this on toasted french bread or my personal favorite, garlic pita chips.  Yummo!!!  I can sit and dip the entire bag of chips all at one sitting!  Hence my expanding waistline!

4-5 large tomatoes diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 TSP olive oil
1/4 TSP kosher salt
1/4 TSP black pepper

Combine all together.  You can serve immediately but I like to let mine sit in the fridge for a few hours and lets all those flavors sink in!