Salmon Burgers and Homemade Tartar Sauce

I swear I am not totally burger obsessed! First the black bean burgers and now these salmon burgers and homemade tartar sauce. I wasn’t even paying attention and bought an eight pack of burger buns! Actually, I’m glad the lifeless buns were sitting on my kitchen counter. They inspired me to use the salmon I had in my freezer and make these burgers. I paired them with my award winning tartar sauce – it really did win an award in my culinary school class! While exploring the foods of Great Britain, I made fish and chips and this tartar sauce.


Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetables

This easy sweet and sour chicken and vegetables skillet dish is a snap to make on a busy weeknight. And that is exactly what I did…

I had just finished planting a few vegetables in my garden and I hadn’t planned anything for dinner. With dirt on my clothes and I’m almost certain I had flecks of potting soil in my hair, I was in no shape to go to the grocery store to pick up anything.

Luckily I had just been the farmers market on Tuesday and had some fresh vegetables on hand. No sprouts yet in my own garden. With a few canned products, chicken in the fridge, and some staple pantry items, I was able to create this super quick and healthy dinner.


Chili Lime Black Bean Burgers

I have made this chili lime black bean burgers recipe several times before. Using canned beans makes it super quick and easy, but this time I found some fresh black beans from the farmers market that I wanted to try. I have given measurements and instructions for both canned and dried beans. I made extra black beans and then measured out the amount for the burgers after they were cooked. I love having extra beans in the refrigerator for a quick lunch or snack.


Asian Lettuce Wraps

These easy Asian lettuce wraps are filled with spicy ground turkey and fresh vegetables. They are the perfect quick dinner if you are looking to cut out carbs. Recently, I have been avoiding carbs for dinner and instead eating mostly protein and vegetables. Eating most of my daily carbohydrate intake for breakfast and lunch, I feel like I have more energy throughout the day. After dinner, I also have more energy because I don’t have a carb heavy meal weighing me down and making me sluggish. These easy Asian lettuce wraps are filled with spicy ground turkey and fresh vegetables.


By |March 12th, 2012|Healthy, Main Courses, Quick and Easy|11 Comments

Salt-Roasted Salmon

This was the first time that I had ever salt-roasted salmon before, or anything for that matter. My initial reaction was that the salmon would be extremely salty, but surprisingly it wasn’t. It does take some time and patience at the end of cooking to delicately brush the extra salt off – that can end up being salty if it’s not removed.

So, how does salt-roasting work? The salt draws moisture out of the food it surrounds without penetrating into the food. It also acts as an insulator to trap the heat, which results in food that tastes simply like itself in the best possible way. Salt roasting creates delicately flavored and simple food.

The best part, besides the food of course, there isn’t any expensive cooking equipment or hours slaving away by the stove! Cast iron pan, salt, food, oven – and done!


By |March 2nd, 2012|Main Courses|15 Comments

Zesty Orange and Soy Glazed Ribs

The fresh smell of oranges fills the air that can only mean one thing – it’s citrus season! As I walk though the farmer’s market, the stands are overflowing with ripe and juicy oranges. With Super Bowl fast approaching, what could be better during the big game than zesty orange and soy glazed ribs?

Bright and refreshing oranges are paired with asian flavors and spicy heat to elevate these ribs to a new level of deliciousness. Best part – no grill required! These are cooked to fall-off-the-bone perfection with a sticky, caramelized crust completely in the oven. Can’t get much more finger-lickin’ good!


By |February 2nd, 2012|Main Courses, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Winter Recipes|6 Comments

The Perfect Roast Chicken

The perfect roast chicken is a recipe that all cooks should master. The key is crispy, golden brown skin on the outside and juicy, tender meat inside. In this recipe, I add lemons, garlic, and thyme to the cavity of the chicken. Melted butter is brushed on before roasting to ensure golden brown and crispy skin. I roast the chicken on a bed of aromatics like carrots, celery, and onion.

The epitome of comfort food, roast chicken is warm and homey on a cold night. It can also be transformed into an elegant dish that will impress guests at any dinner party.
Tip For Perfect Roast Chicken:
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting. This will ensure even cooking throughout the chicken during roasting. Also, make sure the chicken is patted dry with a clean paper towel before the butter is added. Too much extra moisture and the skin will not get crispy.


By |January 21st, 2012|Fall Recipes, Healthy, Main Courses, Winter Recipes|6 Comments