Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fried chicken

My favorite beach food is leftover fried chicken. Obsessed. But, I'd never made it- something about boiling hot oil in large volumes concerned me. But that all changed today.

Chicken (I had 6 thighs with skin on and bone in)
2 cups whole milk
1 t lemon juice
1 t vinegar
1/2 t of sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, garlic powder

Then, shake off the marinade and place in seasoned flour:
1.5 c flour
1/4 t of cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and onion powder

Then add oil (peanut is recommended, I used vegetable) to pot for 1/3-1/2". Heat.

Fry chicken for 10-15 min each side. Drain and cool.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Zucchini muffins

1 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ground ginger, cloves (or any combo)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 1/3 cups shredded zucchini and carrot
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup applesauce 
2 tablespoons honey 
1  large egg

Optional: chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine everything In a bowl.

3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups.

4. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

seared tuna and roasted asparagus and artichokes

Seared tuna:
Season with paprika
Sear on both sides until still rare on the inside.

Roasted artichokes and asparagus:
Jar of artichoke hearts

Preheat oven to 450.

In baking dish, add asparagus (trim 1-2" off bottoms) and sprinkle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss. 

Bake for 10 minutes.

Toss, and add drained jar of marinated artichoke hearts. Bake 5 more minutes.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


4 flounder filets
Cajun seasoning
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper
Lemon juice


Wash fillets in cold water and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Dredge fillets in a flour, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning mixture. 

Place oil and 2 tablespoons butter in flat, heavy-bottomed skillet and heat on medium-high until butter melts. 

Keeping heat at medium-high, cook fish on 1 side about 3 minutes (more or less, depending on size of fillets), until deep brown and crispy. Turn fish and cook on second side, about 3 minutes. Turn fish only once.

Add lemon juice

Options for additional flavor:

Pour in capers, liquid and all.

Tomato based topping, like a jar of "bruschetta" topping.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Deep dish pizza


1 ball Pizza Dough
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, coarsely crushed
1 tablespoon dry red wine
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
8 ounces pepperoni, thinly sliced
8 ounces mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, cored and cut into thin rings
1 yellow onion, cut into thin rings
1 cup thinly sliced black olives
1 pound crumbled hot Italian sausage
1 cup grated Parmesan

1) Make the tomato sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the herbs, seeds, salt, and black and red peppers, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, wine and sugar, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.

2) Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

3) Oil a seasoned 12-inch round deep-dishpizza pans (or cast iron skillet) with the extra-virgin olive oil. Press 1 piece of dough into each pan, pressing to the edge and stretching about 1 1/2 inches up the sides. Let rest for 5 minutes.

4) Layer the mozzarella cheese all over the bottom of the pies. 

5)Top each with half of the mushrooms, bell pepper rings, onions, or other toppings. 

6) Ladle the sauce evenly over each pizza and top with Parmesan.

7) Bake until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, slice and serve hot.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Applesauce gingerbread

It was great with homemade caramel sauce:
Well, we shall see how mine turns out, as I didn't realize I had no flour until the end so I used half pancake mix and half oatmeal (I only thought about pancake mix as pioneer woman was making pancakes on tv at the same time!) and I used triple the amount of spices- with nutmeg and cloves! [the oatmeal was too chewy...]

Pregeat to 350, mix together all the ingredients into a 8" square pan covered in spray (then bake for 30 min):

Caramel popcorn v2

I finally had corn syrup:

Pop 4 cups popcorn, keep warm.

Then make caramel:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chocolate chip Banana bread

I'm really excited about baking with applesauce. As much as I love butter, I really can't tell it's not in my baking- and today it was proved again with a banana bread. I actually think that, besides the reduction in calories, other positives include 1) not having to wait for butter to soften and 2) moister desserts.

1/2 c applesauce
3/4 c sugar
Mixed together until fluffy. 

Add 2-3 ripe bananas (mine were frozen, so I let sit out to defrost).

Add 2 eggs, 1 t of vanilla and 1/3 cup of milk.

Mix in 2 cups flour, 1 t baking soda and 1/2 t salt. 

Optional, add 1/2 c of chocolate chips.