Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baked Salmon Fillets in a Creamy Garlic Sauce

An easy to follow recipe using a garlic mayonnaise sauce that will delight your taste buds.

I'm always looking for new ways to prepare fish in a way that my family will enjoy it. Because we are all huge fans of garlic I wanted to make a sauce that would compliment the salmon and satisfy everyone's pallet.

To serve along side the salmon I made two salads; potato and a spring mix.

Baked Salmon Fillets In A Creamy Garlic Sauce
Photo by Susan Zutautas

Ingredients for four servings but will serve six
  • 3 12 ounce salmon fillets
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbs. of lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. of Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. of dried tarragon leaves
Preparing the Garlic Sauce
  1. Either peel and press or grate the garlic into a small bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice, mustard, mayo, tarragon whisking all together.  

Preparing the Salmon Fillets
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F setting the rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Cover the bottom of a shallow pan with aluminum foil and place the salmon skin down onto the pan.
  3. Spoon the garlic sauce over the salmon covering the fish as best as you can.
  4. Place into the oven and cook for 18 min. or until the salmon is light pink and you can flake it with a fork.
  5. Serve and ENJOY!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Chicken Chipotle Hot Sauce Fajitas

My family couldn't get enough of these delicious fajitas I made for dinner. The thing I did differently than ever before was to marinate the boneless chicken breast meat in a lemon, olive oil, and chipotle hot sauce before cooking it. It gave the chicken just the right spicy kick I was looking for.

Chicken Chipotle Fajitas served with a side of rice.

Ingredients for Marinade
  • 5 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • ground cumin
  • cilantro flakes  
  • 1/8 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of chipotle hot sauce
  • Slice the chicken breasts into strips and set in a dish for marinating. 
  • Season the chicken with cumin and cilantro flakes coating well.
  • Add the lemon juice and olive oil and gently toss.
  • Coat the chicken with the chipotle hot sauce (you can use less or more depending on your taste) Cover and set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
While the chicken is marinating I like to get all of my other ingredients ready to go.

Guacamole & Fajita Fixings

  • 1 large green pepper sliced
  • 1/2 of a very large sweet white onion sliced thick
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 head of iceberg or romaine lettuce chopped 
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese grated
  • 10 large flour tortillas  

For the guacamole I mashed 1 large avocado with 1/4 cup of sweet red onion together with lemon juice, cilantro, and ground cumin.
Instruction for cooking the chicken
Chicken, onions and green peppers

  • When you're ready to cook heat a wok or large frying pan and add the chicken with all the marinade and stir fry until cooked. 
  • Push the chicken up the side of the wok and add the onion slices. Cook for 3 minutes and then add the green pepper slices. Cook for 3 min or more if you like your green peppers cooked longer. 

Construct your fajitas or have everyone make their own. Serve with a side of sour cream, more hot sauce and or salsa. ENJOY!

Bufalo chilpotle

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pork Chops Baked With Apples and Sweet Potatoes

I found a recipe today while looking for a new way to cook pork chops. I adapted it slightly but wanted to share it here as my family devoured the entire thing. The original recipe can be found at "All Recipes"

Serve on a Platter or Dish up Separately 

The following recipe will feed six but fed 2 hungry men and myself.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes


  • 6 boneless pork loin chops
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Dried Rosemary (optional)
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced thick
  • 1 large sweet potato sliced thick
  • 3 medium apples (I used MackIntosh) peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 good heaping tablespoons of light brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F 
  2. Lay out your pork chops in the bottom of a large casserole dish or baking pan.
  3. Season with garlic, fresh ground pepper, and dried rosemary to suit your taste.
  4. Top with onion slices, sweet potato, apple slices, and sprinkle all over with the brown sugar.
  5. Cover and place into the oven for 50 minutes or until done depending on your oven.
  6. Remove from the oven, serve and ENJOY!

For side dishes I made steamed fresh brussels and a side garden salad.

Garden Salad with Avocado 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Make a Taco Salad Bowl

Making your own edible taco salad bowls are very easy to make out of large tortilla shells. All you need to do this is an oven safe bowl. I use stainless steel bowls and find that they work perfectly. 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F placing an oven rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Place your bowl upside down and center the tortilla on the bowl.
  3. Going around the bowl fold and apply pressure to each fold.
  4. Place the bowl upside down directly on the oven rack and cook until the shell is a light colored brown. This should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let the shell cool before removing from the bowl.
  6. Fill with your taco salad, serve and ENJOY!