Friday, June 19, 2009

Macadamia Nut Crusted Halibut

We had this for dinner this week. It was super super easy but looks like it took a lot of time & effort. It's from Alton Brown. On a side note, this calls for just a little bit of coconut milk & just so you don't have to open a whole can of milk look for powdered coconut milk in the grocery store. HEB has it here. I always keep it on hand for when I need small amounts. It tastes the same as canned coconut milk.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2003

Prep Time:
10 min
Inactive Prep Time:
10 min
Cook Time:
15 min


4 servings


* 5 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) coarsely ground, roasted macadamia nuts
* 1/2 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup butter, melted
* Vegetable oil, for brushing foil
* 4 (6 to 8-ounce) mahi mahi fillets
* Kosher salt and pepper
* 2 tablespoons coconut milk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the nuts, panko, flour, and butter. Set aside.

Place a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it liberally with vegetable oil. Place the mahi mahi on the foil and sprinkle each fillet with salt and pepper on both sides. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush each fillet with the coconut milk. Divide the nut mixture among the tops of the 4 fillets, patting the mixture to spread and adhere to the fillets. Return to the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.


Karokke is the Japanese version of a potato croquette. When I was younger and we lived in Japan my friends and I use to go to a restaurant near our house and get Karokke and Chicken Katsu which is chicken breaded with panko crumbs and fried. I guess they have "chicken nuggets & fries" in many countries! ;) This recipe I found tastes just like the ones I ate in Japan. & if you're going to eat Karokke you HAVE to eat it will Bulldog sauce, as pictured.

Potato Korokke Recipe


* 4 medium potatoes
* 1/4 lb ground beef (I left the beef out)
* 1/2 onion, finely chopped
* 1 egg
* 1/2 tsp salt
* salt pepper to season
* vegetable oil for frying
* flour and panko (breadcrumb) for coating

Peel and cut potatoes into medium chunks. Boil potatoes until soften. Drain and mash potatoes while they are hot. Saute onion and beef in a medium skillet. Mix mashed potatoes and onion and beef in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and let it cool. Make flat and oval-shaped patties. Coat each piece with flour. Dip in beaten egg, and coat with panko at last. Fry in 350 F oil until brown.
*Makes 4 servings

Chicken Salad

I love Chicken Salad. Especially in the Summer & a nice cool sandwich hits the spot. I love how versatile it is. I made this chicken salad this week for lunch with some friends. I roasted 2 chicken breasts in the oven, shredded them & let them cool. Then I added about 1/2 c cranberries, 1/3 c walnuts, 1/4 c chopped green onions, salt & pepper, 2 t coarse ground mustard, 1/2 t curry powder and mayo until creamy.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Some people call this Heavenly Hash, but my cousin Camille introduced our family to this recipe and she calls it addiction (the name speaks for it self). It's so so good!


OR HEAVENLY HASH – Camille Batchelor

1 Box Golden Grahams

1 Box Rice Chex

1 Bag M & M's--I set the M & M's aside and add after everything is mixed, because they melt

1 Can Peanuts

Put the above ingredients in an extra large bowl that has been sprayed lightly with spray oil. ( You may need to separate into two large bowls.)

Place the following ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes.

1 ½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup Karo

Drizzle over cereal mixture and toss to coat evenly. I now add the M & M's.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Pizookie is one of my favorite desserts. It's named after a pizza/cookie. You basically under cook a cookie and put ice cream on it while it's still warm. So yummy!

I made this last Sunday with my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe & a new ice cream recipe from I really liked the ice cream recipe. It uses sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar. It gave it a nice creamy texture & sweet milk flavor.

The Thin
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
See this recipe on air Thursday Oct. 05 at 7:00 PM ET/PT.

Recipe Summary
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
User Rating: 5 Stars

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 ounces milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Ice cream scooper (#20 disher, to be exact)
Parchment paper
Baking sheets

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Combine the egg, milk, and vanilla and bring to room temperature in another bowl.
Cream the butter in the mixer's work bowl, starting on low speed to soften the butter. Add the sugars. Increase the speed, and cream the mixture until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed and add the egg mixture slowly. Increase the speed and mix until well combined.
Slowly add the flour mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for more even browning.
Remove the cookies from the pans immediately. Once cooled, store in an airtight container.

**I halved the recipe and didn't add any fruit**
Fruited Ice Cream

Submitted By: NELL 2

"First Prize ice cream -- use your favorite fruit in place of the strawberries."
2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed
5 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups chopped strawberries
1. Combine condensed milk, milk, cream, vanilla, salt and fruit in freezer canister of ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Spinach Alfredo Pizza with fresh garden tomatoes

I made pizza last Friday night. One of the pizza's I made was spinach alfredo with slices of our first tomato from our garden! It was really really good. I made my normal pizza crust. Then for the alfredo topping I thawed a box of frozen spinach and drained it. Then I put the spinach in a saucepan and added 1 c cream, 1/2 c milk and 1 package of dry alfredo mix. I mixed until thick and creamy. I cooked the pizza dough on the pan for about 5 minutes to set the dough and then topped it with the spinach mixture. Then I topped that with grated mozzarella and a couple of tablespoons of parmesan, and slices of tomato & baked it. Yum!!

Pizza Dough
Tyler Florence

1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups 0f flour, plus more for dusting

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water; stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Turn the mixer on low and add the salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the flour, a little at a time, mixing at the lowest speed until all the flour has been incorporated. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium; stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Get a feel for the dough by squeezing a small amount together: if it's crumbly, add more water; if it's sticky, add more flour - 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix until the dough gathers into a ball, this should take about 5 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times; kneading until it's smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a round and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn it over to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot (i.e. over a gas pilot light) until doubled in size, about 1 hour. This is a good time to stick a pizza stone in the oven and preheat them to 500 degrees F.

Once the dough is domed and spongy, turn it out onto a lightly floured counter. Roll and stretch the dough into a cylinder and divide into 3 equal pieces. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes so it will be easier to roll out.

Roll or pat out a piece of dough into a 12 inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Dust a pizza paddle with flour and slide it under the pizza dough. Brush the crust with a thin layer of olive oil, and top with your favorite flavors. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the crust is golden and crisp. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Baked Beans

We had a cowboy party for Ty's birthday this year. I made cream corn that's already on here, pulled pork (cooked large pork roast with Rudy's Rub & cooked it at 300 for about 7 hours), potato salad & baked beans. I found the baked beans recipe on It turned out really really good. Matt isn't usually a fan of bean dishes, but he loved it. Instead of the beans in the recipe I used red kidney beans, white kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans.

Pat's Baked Beans

Submitted By: Kelly

6 slices bacon
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans
1 (16 ounce) can great Northern beans,
1 (16 ounce) can baked beans
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings, crumble and set aside in a large bowl. Cook the onion and garlic in the reserved drippings until onion is tender; drain excess grease and transfer to the bowl with the bacon.
3. To the bacon and onions add pinto beans, northern beans, baked beans, kidney beans and garbanzo beans. Stir in ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and black pepper. Mix well and transfer to a 9x12 inch casserole dish.
4. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.