Sunday, March 24, 2019

Panko Baked Cod Sandwiches

It's Souper Sunday time!  

Flipping through my notebook of saved recipes I came across this Panko baked fish. It's easy and we like it for a filling no fuss meal. This of course inspired me to make it again.  There were a few pieces leftover....but not enough for a dinner.  Simple solution and zero waste; have fish sandwiches for a hot healthy lunch.


Pop that fillet on a bun with sliced tomato and lettuce and you have yourself a filling lunch.  We baked a sweet potato too.  


Sharing this fish sandwich with Souper Sunday at Kahakai Kitchen
Check out Deb's Ribollita this week.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The future for Blogspot

Google Plus is shutting down.  I actually forgot I'd set up an account there so it wasn't worrisome when I received notification that the account and photos would be deleted.  Then I started wondering if they would eventually ditch Blogspot.  Now that wouldn't make me happy.

This blog has been rolling along for ten plus years and I depend on it for recipes.  There have been many times I've been grocery shopping and tried to remember an ingredient for a particular recipe.  Just look it up on the blog :-)  Or we were discussing when we went on a trip or an event  - I look at the blog.

A few of my blogger/twitter friends had similar concerns and jumped over to Wordpress.  Not sure if 10 years of posts would export.  Too big?  Dunno.  I did read how to do that and make a redirect so my old link (this link) just sends you to the new URL.  Just getting my thoughts out here.

I know I don't want to pay for a Dot Com because I did that before and when I decided not to renew (pay the host), the content of my book blog disappeared. 

That's it.  I was just rambling.  My book blog is on Wordpress so I'm familiar with the setups, widgets, etc.  Maybe Blogspot won't go away.

Friday, March 15, 2019

White Bean, Corn and Smoked Sausage Soup

What's new lately?  The temperatures are up and down here.  This is a weird part of Florida where I need a heavy jacket and hat one week then I'm in short sleeves a few days later. No matter the weather - soup is always an option.

This one could also be named clean-out-the-fridge-soup, but white beans and sausage would be more appealing on a menu.  I'm glad I am keeping track of recipes on this blog because often enough I need to search it when I am grocery shopping.  Hoping Blogspot doesn't just go away because I'd be unhappy to lose all the recipes I have posted over the last 10 years.


Anyway, here is the cobbled together recipe.

White Bean, Corn and Sausage Soup

1 can of Cannelloni beans, drained
onions, chunked
garlic, chopped finely
corn, sliced off the cob
chicken or vegetable broth
sausage or any leftover meat in the fridge
smoked paprika
salt and pepper
bay leaf

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil.  Once soft add corn and a cup of broth, cooking until corn is tender.  About 10 minutes.  Using immersion blender or a food processor, puree roughly half of the veggie mixture. Now add a drained can of cannelloni beans and more broth.

I had leftover smoked sausage so that was chunked up and tipped into the pot.  To your taste add salt, pepper, smoked paprika, basil and a bay leaf.  I put a touch of red pepper in but not enough to make it too spicy.  I like a bit of a kick but not too much.

Linking up with Deb for Souper Sunday this week.  Her post and yummy Congee, soupy rice, may be found Here.  Hoping you are feeling better, Deb!!   

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Zucchini Fries make a lovely side dish

I wanted to share a great way to prepare zucchini. Probably everyone else knows to bread and bake this squash but I am just discovering it. That's me, slow and behind the times. I've shared burgers before for Souper Sunday, and really, I am focusing more on the healthy side dish here.


Not to dismiss the charcoal grilled cheeseburger because really, it was delicious. Pairing it up with some healthy side items such as fresh corn and the zucchini fries balance things, don't you think?

This zucchini is super easy to prepare.  You don't peel it, just wash it and cut slices.  Dip in egg white then roll in a bread crumb and Parmesan mixture.


I found if I cook them 25 minutes at 425 F they are crispy enough to pick up and eat as you would a French fry.  This is a modified version from the SkinnyTaste website.  Check it out HERE.


Sharing with  Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


Friday, March 08, 2019

Baked Potato Soup

Baked potato soup with a healthy twist.  Well, except the bacon topping 😏


On a cool day a homemade bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich is just the ticket. Healthy, economical and absolute comfort food.


This is another recipe I tried from SkinnyTaste. You use potatoes and cauliflower for the base. now the toppings are to your preference and we used bacon, cheese and scallions.

·        Here is the recipe from the SkinnyTaste site.

Baked Potato Soup

2 medium russet potatoes, washed and dried
1 small head of cauliflower  (3 1/2 cups or 16 ounces), stem removed cut into florets
1 1/2 cups  chicken broth
 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
       salt and freshly cracked black pepper
       1/2 cup light sour cream
 shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    6 tbsp chopped chives, divided (I used scallions)
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)
.     Pierce potatoes with a fork; microwave on high for 5 minutes turn over and microwave another 3 – 5 minutes, until tender. Or if you prefer to use your oven, bake at 400 F for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes.
     Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender. Drain and return to pot.
 On medium heat, add chicken broth, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil.
     Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add sour cream, half the chives, salt and pepper and cook on low another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 Top each serving with cheese, remaining chives/scallions and bacon.

Sharing this soup and grilled cheese with Souper Sunday at Kahakai Kitchen this week.
Check out Deb's Sour Lentil Soup  this week.

Monday, March 04, 2019

In My Kitchen - the March edition

Finally I am participating with Sherry's In My Kitchen event! The plan was to do a post for February but I was stricken with influenza so, zero energy to get my post completed on time. This month I can share the kitchen news and see what others have going on in their kitchens around the world.

Costco had a good deal on this Henckels cookware so we snagged some for home.  This means the Revere Ware pots and pans are moving out to our camper.  Winner both ways.


This photo is in the kitchen, Aja keeping careful watch over Doug as he prepares dinner.  Doug is expert with that Instant Pot and the meals have all been excellent.  I think the Lamb and White Beans has now surpassed the Braised Pork and Apple stew.


A KitchenAid pot I usually forget I have as it's pushed to the back of the cabinet. Lamb stew is in the pot. This is a great little pot, originally purchased for no knead bread.


My favorite mug.  Birds lined up according to size.


A mustard from Trader Joe's which went into one of the Instant Pot recipes


The kitchen.  Aja is checking for dropped crumbs. We'd like to get new counter tops soon.  Depends if we decide to move within the next two years how much money we sinking into the remodel.


Joining in with Sherry for March's In My Kitchen Event!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Update
{watching, reading, listening, planning}

The last day of February!  It was eventful. I took a short break earlier in the month as I had the flu.  In spite of that, I have been keeping up with my Wordless Wednesday fairly well. Also I was able to get back to reading once my energy level and ability to focus returned.

Camping: We went to Suwanee River State Park and while it was a pretty little campground, I'm not sure we will go back. A train blows by at 1:30, 2:30 and 4:30 A.M.  The whistle wakes you and the camper shook a bit.  I don't like interrupted sleep but maybe it would be nice when we have an air conditioner on to muffle sound.  We'll see.


Something New

I was a reading Beth Fish Reads post where she mentioned her introduction to Bluetooth earphones.  Doug went ahead and ordered us each a pair of Koss earphones via Amazon.  How my life has changed since I now listen to podcasts while walking.  It took me a while to get used to the placement of the earphones over my ears but I love them now.  No cords!

I have been listening to The Archers, an ongoing "soap opera", a contemporary drama in the English fictional town of Ambridge.  If interested check out Stephen Frye's introduction HERE.  It's a rural setting and it's just like the old radio shows with sound effects such as shop bells chiming, dogs barking, etc.  The episodes are only 14 minutes long which is perfect for getting up and away from my desk for a quick break.  At lunch I will listen to several episodes back-to-back until I get caught up.


Something old/ My Fitbit band broke and fortunately for me, it landed on the floor in front of the coat closet. Doug found it before we walked, I didn't know it had fallen off.  Then at work, same day, the band disconnected and skidded across the floor.  It's over 2 years old and I hoped I wouldn't need to replace it. Fortunately the actual Fitbit still works and I have spare bands.  Sporting a deep purple one now.


Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler (we liked it)
Robin Hood (Jamie Foxx was the only known name and he was good, otherwise, don't bother.  The ending had us turn to one another and say Really? )
It's a Wonderful Life - an old classic that's perfect when you are under the weather.  George Bailey rocks.
Justice League - because a pizza night needs a crazy superhero party.



Careless Love by Peter Robinson, #25 in the DCI Banks series
The Chef's Secret by Crystal King - Renaissance Italy and a foodie book
White Nights by Ann Cleeves, #2 in the Shetland series
Turbulence by David Szalay

Celebration: Our granddaughter celebrated her 5th birthday.  Five already!


March Plans:  Camping at Blackwater State Park in the Florida panhandle. Let's hope this campground doesn't have a train running nearby.  That was just crazy at Suwanee River State Park!

Tucking into a few new books I have on hold at the library and trying some new recipes. Doug uses the Instantly French book for his Instant Pot and those are all good recipes.  I am back at the SkinnyTaste cookbook and made chicken Parmesan.  See the easy setup below.


We like this version as it's baked and not fried.  A bit healthier and less hands on time.  Since this is a long update post I will just put the link for this recipe HERE.


Sharing with Beth Fish Reads for the Weekend Cooking Series.

That's it for now. End of February, over and out!

Panko Baked Cod Sandwiches

It's Souper Sunday time!   Flipping through my notebook of saved recipes I came across this Panko baked fish . It's easy and we...