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Honey & Garlic Glazed Salmon

Quick statistic:

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Reason #345672 that I’m the absolute worst to go out to dinner with:

“Is your salmon farm raised or wild caught?” (Long pause.)

And without going into a diatribe about why this is an important question to me, just know that it’s a make or break kind of deal. Yes, I realize that probably half the places I ask this question are going to just lie to me, and once I’ve actually had someone respond, “which one do you want it to be…?” Also, yes, I realize I’m kind of an asshole. I’ve accepted it and so have most of the people who dine out with me regularly. Don’t even get me staaarted on the wine list situation.

But back to the salmon.

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I adore salmon. I know a lot of people find it really “fishy”, but I find it buttery and delightful.

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With it being Lent and all, every Friday when I have to decide what kind of fish dish I’m going to prepare (or pretentiously order), my mind almost always goes to salmon. And much to my pleasant surprise, Brandon actually requested it last week, which led me to racking my brain trying to come up with a new way to prepare it. (This is worth mentioning because for the last 10 years he has professed his hatred for it.) Challenge accepted.

Honey & Garlic Glazed Salmon
Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
You’ll Need:
2  salmon fillets (preferably wild caught, just sayin’)
2 gloves garlic, minced
3 T honey
1 tsp dried dill
Salt & pepper
Cedar planks, soaked for at least 5 hours (optional – you can just use a foil-lined baking sheet)

Directions: Preheat oven to 500. In a med sauce pan, combine dill, honey and garlic, and sautee over med heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Place salmon fillets on the cedar plank (or pan), sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and evenly spread the garlic and honey mixture over the top. Place on the middle oven rack and cook for about 12 minutes (less if you like your salmon more rare/med-rare). Pairs great with a chardonnay.

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This turned out so delicious. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the sweet and savory combination of honey mixed with garlic and dill, but it was really tasty. Brandon actually swears he liked it, which is kind of a miracle. And if you don’t have the fancy little cedar planks to bake yours on, don’t fret, it will still be just as delicious on a regular baking sheet, it just won’t have that smokey wood-fired essence that the plank gives it. (Also I did not soak my plank long enough, and it looked like the sequel to Backdraft in my kitchen for about 30 minutes after these puppies were done.)

But hey, at least they were wild caught and the lovely woman at the grocery store didn’t even sass me for asking.


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Crockpot Buffalo Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Crockpot stuffed peppers

I’m actually surprised it’s taken me this long to get here. As in this recipe here. Generally I’m pretty good at putting things I love together and then do like Tim Gunn says and Make It Work. Hence my love for blogging about food, eating and watching tv, cleaning and dancing, drinking wine and doing anything…shall I go on?

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Therefor using that mathematical knowledge, it seems a bit odd that it’s taken me all the time I’ve been crafting this ol blog of mine to put together a recipe that involves peppers, hot sauce and my crockpot. A Jessica trifecta if you will.

A Jessfectica? Hmm.

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Bing, bang, boom.

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And while not every combination of wonderful things that seem like a good idea at first work out… (I’m looking at you, pleather leggings and 5″ heels that I once wore to a bachelorette party, and thankfully only got propositioned for hooking one time that night) … this one was pure no-fuss-dinner-ready-when-you-get-home magic, my friends.

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Crockpot Buffalo Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Serves: 3-4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Totaly cook time: 6-7 hours
You’ll Need:
3 med or 4 small green bell peppers, tops and seeds removed
1 lb ground turkey
1 med. yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup hot sauce of your choice (I use Frank’s RedHot.. always) + extra for serving
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 cup water

Directions: Spray a large pan with olive oil and sautee chopped onion over med-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add ground turkey and parsley, and sautee until browned (about 5-7 minutes). Mix in hot sauce and stir until evenly distributed. Spoon turkey mixture into the peppers and place them in your crockpot. Pour water into the bottom of the crockpot and place the lid ontop, cooking for at least 6 hours on low. (I cooked mine for almost 7 and they were nice and soft.) Once removed from the crockpot, sprinkle with extra hot sauce and enjoy!

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And in case you’re wondering, those leggings later made an appearance when my husband and I went as Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth for Halloween one year, and after that directly into the trash where they belonged. Although don’t think I haven’t almost repurchased a pair from Target in the last year.

When will I learn.


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Beet Pasta with Shaved Fennel, Apples & Goat Cheese

I’m a recent beet convert.

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In fact I used to vehemently hate them. But like, I think I hated them before I even tried them? I think they are one of those veggies that get a bad rap with kids. Like lima beans and brussel sprouts. Except I still don’t like lima beans… they’re just so… lima beany? But you know what I mean.

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But since I’ve grown wiser in my old age, I’ve come to realize the beautiful earthiness that beets bring to a meal, especially when thrown atop salads. This recipe came about when I noticed I had some beets that needed cooking and my new favorite kitchen tool (which I’ll tell you more about in my next post). Let’s just say it’s been a bit of a noodlepalooza in our house the last few weeks. Kind of like “put a bird on it” but “make a noodle out of it.”

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The thing about beets, though, is that they always need a good partner. Something to balance them with a little sweetness, and if they’re roasted, a little crunch. So a few random items in my refrigerator later, this delightful low-carb, ready-in-under-20-minute meal was created.

beet pasta with goat cheese

(Insert the urge to fight making a “beet/beat” or random Dwight Schrute beet reference)

Red Beet Pasta with Shaved Fennel and Apple
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 (more if used as side or salad topping)
You’ll need:
1 T coconut oil
3 medium red beets, made into noodles using veggie spiralizer (or julienned)
3 carrots, shredded
1 large fennel bulb, julienned
1 medium apple, julienned
1-2 handfuls toasted pumpkin seeds
1 oz goat cheese, for garnish

Directions: Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add beets, carrots and fennel, and cook for about 5-7 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. Add apples and pumpkin seeds, and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until veggies are softened to your liking. Garnish with goat cheese and serve as main dish or as a side.

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See? Also delicious on a salad. And yes, I like my packed lunches to be fancy.

PS totally random question - anyone remember the band from “Doug”, that show on Nickelodeon called “The Beets”? Killer Tofu? Anything?

God I am old.

 

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