Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pesto Salmon and Italian Veggies in Foil

Yield: 4 servings
  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 1/4 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed or 1 lb (medium/thin) asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp pesto, homemade or store bought (half a recipe of the homemade is enough)
  • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut four pieces of aluminum foil into 14-inch lengths. Boil green beans 3 minutes, then carefully drain (asparagus doesn't need to be boiled before baking).
  • Toss green beans (or asparagus) with 2 tsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste, divide into 4 servings and layer in center of each piece of foil. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper. Layer salmon over green beans and then spread 1 Tbsp pesto over top. Drizzle 1 tsp lemon juice over each fillet. Toss tomatoes with remaining 1 tsp olive oil and season lightly with salt. Spread over each salmon fillet. Wrap sides of foil in and roll and crimp edge to seal, then wrap ends upward to seal (don't wrap too tightly you want the heat to be able to circulate well).
  • Place side by side on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until salmon has cooked through, about 20 - 28 minutes (cook time will vary depending on thickness of salmon and desired degree of doneness).
  • Recipe source: inspired by Jamie Oliver
Link to original recipe:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 lb butter
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs  vanilla
3 eggs
6 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
24 oz chocolate chips
2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugars.  Add vanilla and eggs.  Beat with mixer for 3 minutes.  Add dry ingredients and mix.  Fold in chips and nuts.  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.  Yum!

Grilled Chicken

(good in pitas, or on it's own)

1 1/2 lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts - quartered
4 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 Tbs. lemon juice

Marinate for 30 minutes.  Cook on outdoor grill

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wheat Bread

I wanted a good wheat sandwich bread recipe and found this one online.  I thought it turned out great.  I didn't use the gluten.

Soft 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

  • 6 to 6-1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/2 c. warm water (between 105-110 degrees)
  • 1-1/2 TB instant yeast
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 2-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 TB. vitals wheat gluten- OPTIONAL (I don’t use this anymore)
  1. Combine water, yeast and 2 cups of the flour in a mixing bowl. Set aside to sponge for 15 minutes.
  2. Add honey, oil, salt, (gluten if using), and 4 cups of flour. Mix until dough starts to clean sides of bowl. Change to dough hook (or turn out to knead by hand), and knead 6 to 7 minutes (10 by hand). Add only tablespoons of flour if dough sticks to sides, being careful not to add too much.
  3. Form into two loaves and place in greased 9×5″ pans. Allow to rise in a warm place for about 60 minutes (1-2 inches above pans). Preheat oven to 350 ten minutes before rising time is done.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through if needed.
  5. Immediately remove from pans to cool on a rack.
Makes 2 loaves

Original page:

This is a yeast conversion website:

Basically, I have active dry yeast and this recipe calls for instant. The website says 1 part instant is equal to 1.5 active dry. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Brown Rice Pilaf

1 Tablespoon olive oil (more)
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup long grain brown rice (not instant)
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste

1.  In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic and rice, sauté until rice begins to brown and onions are clear, about 5 minutes
2.  Add broth and season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low.
3.  Simmer until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 45-50 minutes.  Check rice occasionally and add water if necessary.
4.  Uncover and let rice stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Light Whole Wheat Bread

(This is from Crystal Godfrey (Farnbach) website, everyday food storage, you should check it out)

 1 1/4 cup warm water
1 Tblsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup honey or 1/3 cup sugar
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (or whatever combination white/wheat you like..I use 100% hard white wheat. To learn more about the different types of wheat, download my wheat handout)
1/4 cup wheat gluten
1 tsp salt
2 Tblsp nonfat non instant dry milk
1 Tblsp butter/margarine/oil
1 Tblsp vinegar
1/4 cup potato flakes (NOT potato pearls)

Mix ingredients in order listed in mixing bowl of mixer with dough hook attachment (like kitchen-aid) for 12-15 minutes. Let rise until double, 1- 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, and shape into loaf or rolls. Let rise again until double and bake 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and sounds hollow when lightly tapped.

If you are making this recipe in a bread machine, follow your bread machine’s directions for wheat or whole grain selection and add the ingredients in the order listed for their recommendations. (only one loaf will fit in a bread maker)

Clawson Famous Spaghetti

1 lb. hamburger
1 clove garlic
1 small onion
¼ t. cayenne pepper (or more)
½ t. pepper
1 t. allspice
2 tsp salt
2 (2 lb.) cans tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
½ c. fresh mushrooms
1 jar artichoke hearts
¼ c. olive oil
Brown meat with onions and garlic, remove fat.  Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 3 hours.