Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Most Incredibly Easy, Indescribably Delicious Salmon Recipe




This is your lucky day.
Today, I am sharing my best recipe with you. 
I'm going to call it 
The Most Incredibly Easy, Indescribably Delicious Salmon Recipe.
It's so easy and so delicious, it's ridiculous.

And it will make your friends think you are extremely "gourmet".  
You'll never guess where I got this recipe.
Guess!
Guess again!
Wrong.




It's from Costco.  
Gonna let that sink in for a minute.


I first tried it at our local Costco store about five years ago.
They were offering free samples of this salmon, 
cooked on a card table, in a toaster oven, at the end of the frozen fish aisle.
Seriously.

Before that day, I was never a salmon fan.  
I thought it was always the slimy smoked stuff that people put on crackers.  
Like sushi.  Not for me. Nope.

Then the nice lady convinced me to try this recipe.  It smelled good.  It didn't look slimy.  
It looked flaky and crispy and good.  And it was!
I asked her how she made it.  The answer blew my mind.
You cook it from frozen!  No advanced planning or prep required. 
My favorite thing!  
I can go to the beach, or read a book or wander around the world on my iPad all day long 
and then, a half hour before Mr. Grand gets home from work and catches me, 
I can throw this in the oven and he thinks I am amazing!  
What could be better?

Here's the recipe!

Four FROZEN Costco Atlantic Salmon Filets 
(I know, they are "Farmed" Filets, not wild-
 I said it was the most delicious, not the most nutricious- 
there is some debate about wild vs farmed)
Lemon pepper
Garlic pepper 
Dried Dill weed
4 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat the oven to 425*.  
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper-
Or don't.  
You can just spray it with Pam.  
Gourmet cooks like me use parchment.  For easier clean up...



Prepare each filet separately.
Brush with melted butter, 
then sprinkle with lemon pepper, then garlic pepper 
and then the dill weed.
One at a time, because you are spreading the melted butter on frozen filets, 
and the butter hardens quickly.  You want the toppings to stick.
Here's the first one...




And then all four, ready for the oven.



Pop them in the oven for 20 - 24 minutes.


Love, love, love my KitchenAid Convection oven!
I usually cook mine using convection for 20 minutes 
and then broil them for two or three minutes
because we all love the crispy edges.




Serve em up!

In the summer, we enjoy salmon with sliced tomatoes and fresh corn from the farm stand.




Incredibly easy, Indescribably delicious!



Enjoy!



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chicken Tortellini Salad Supreme




Chicken Tortellini Salad Supreme



That's a snazzy name.
I had to come up with something worthy of this salad.

We had a picnic dinner on the beach Saturday night with friends
and I made this salad.
It's a perfect picnic salad.
You can make it ahead and it's very portable.

Here's the recipe:

1 package Buitoni (or your favorite) tortellini, cooked al dente
1 cup (or to taste) of Cardini's Aged Parmesan Ranch Dressing 
(or your favorite Ranch Dressing)
1 can large olives, drained and cut in half
1 small bag or 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted (5 minutes at 325*)
1 bag frozen broccoli florets, cooked (microwave covered on a plate for 5 minutes)
1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 whole chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
(I grill marinated breasts and chill before chopping up)

Toss all ingredients in a large serving bowl and chill for several hours.

I like to cook the tortellini and the chicken and broccoli ahead 
and I chill all of the ingredients before tossing it together. 


I served it with slices of fresh watermelon. 
And some wine...


Savor Summer 
and 
Enjoy!






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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cottage Garden Glory





Our cottage garden is truly in it's glory this summer.

There's an old saying about perennial garden plants - 
The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.  
Well, this must be Leap year, because our garden is absolutely glorious.  



It's so much fun to have a garden that gets such abundant sunshine!

I love our house on Grand, but as you can see, we have deep, deep shade
and we can't seem to grow anything but green!




We have lost several large shade trees near our cottage and the result is a very sunny garden.
You may remember from past posts what this little old cottage used to look like...
Here's a reminder.



Really, really bad.  
Fast forward a few years. 
We have remodeled everything.  
Yopu can read this post about the replacement of the sidewalk 
that has allowed us to plant a garden in front of the cottage.

Here's the before view of the row of cottages.



Here's what it looks like now!



Another view, before




And after!



I can't really take credit for the garden design.
I just looked around at the wonderful gardens in our neighborhood 
and selected plants that I knew were doing well in our climate. 




We should continue to have flowers through the fall 
as the Hydrangeas open and the Rose of Sharon plants bloom.
And we have a Hibiscus that has blooms the size of dinner plates! 
 I'll share that in August.  They are fantastic flowers.

We just added this hydrangea - A gift from a friend.
Just wow.




I couldnt resist a little playing around on Waterlogue...


Hope your summer is beautiful too!



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