Dijon-Maple Salmon

¼ c. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Minced garlic
¼ tsp. Ground ginger
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 salmon fillets (1 lb.)
1 Tbsp. Oil

Mix first 5 ingredients. Refrigerate syrup mixture for 30 minutes.

Brush fish with oil. Heat skillet to medium-high heat. Place fish in skillet; cook 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning and brushing occasionally with syrup mixture.

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Good Morning!  Another long weekend working, so today is sort of like most people’s Saturday. Just kickin’ back. I was trying to find something to write about this morning and found that it is Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  Personally I don’t usually take stuffed animals on a picnic. But I guess if you do than a teddy bear is a good one to share a picnic. What do you like to take on your picnic? I think of potato salad.  Guess what that means?  Here is a Confetti Roasted Potato Salad recipe that adds roasted vegetables to a potato salad.  It is very tasty.

2 lbs.potatoes, peeled & cut into 1/2” pieces
1 c. green beans, snipped into pieces
1 sweet bell pepper, cut into slices (red, orange or yellow)
¼ c. olive oil
Salt & pepper
2 to 3 tbsp. Grated Romano cheese

Vinaigrette:
½ c. olive oil
¼ c. white wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ tbsp. Granulated sugar
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. Dry basil or 2 tbsp. Fresh basil

Boil potatoes in a saucepan until almost done. Salt and pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the green beans, peppers and par boiled potatoes on the sheet; cover with olive oil. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Remove from oven and place in a bowl.  Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Toss the vegetables with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with cheese. Serve chilled.

 

Cajun Spiced Turkey & Dirty Rice

I said earlier in the week that I would be sharing the turkey and rice dish I have made for Easter.  Today is the day. Run to the store and pick up these items for a delicious meal. When I made the turkey, I followed the cooking time provided by Good Housekeeping but found that 2 to 3 hours is way too long to roast this turkey.  You will note that I have put to check turkey after an hour and a half for an internal temperature of 145 before covering with foil for the final 30 minutes.  This will keep your turkey from getting overly browned (almost burnt) and

Cajun Spiced Turkey

2 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. celery salt
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 c. ( 1 stick) butter, melted
12 – 14 lb. turkey
1 med. green pepper, seeded & chopped
1 med. onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
Remoulade listed below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange oven rack on lowest position. In medium bowl, combine paprika, celery salt, garlic power, black pepper, onion powder and thyme. Set aside 2 teaspoons spice mixture for remoulade. To mixture in medium bowl, add butter and 1 tablespoon salt; stir to combine.

Remove giblets and neck from cavity of turkey. Pat dry; arrange breast side up in roasting pan. Tuck wings behind turkey. Gently separate skin from breast and around side of turkey. Brush spiced-butter mixture inside turkey, underneath skin and all over outside. Stuff cavity with green pepper, onion, garlic and celery; tie legs together with twine or wire. Sprinkle all over with 1 teaspoon salt. Pour 2 cups water into bottom of pan.  Roast 1 1/2 hours or until inner temperature is 145. The loosely tent turkey with foil . Roast 30 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted into thigh reads 165 degrees F. Remove foil; let stand 20 minutes before carving. Serve turkey with remoulade.

No-Cook Remoulade

 

1/2 c. buttermilk
1/4 c.mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. finely copped parsley
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. reserved spice mixture

 

In medium bowl, whisk all ingredients until combined.  Makes 1 1/4 cups. Can be made up to 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated until 30 minutes before serving.

Dirty Rice 

1 lb. chicken livers, rinsed
6 oz. bacon, cut in 1/4″ dice
1/2 c. onion, diced
1/2 c. green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic,minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 head cauliflower, riced in food processor
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 green onions, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Coarsely chop livers; set aside. In a pot, cook bacon over medium heat until just browned and crispy and the fat is rendered. Add livers; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, Tabasco, salt and pepper; cook for 10 minutes.  Stir in cauliflower and oil; cook 2 minutes, stirring. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 29 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Stir in scallions and parsley. Serve warm.

NOTES: If you prefer you can use long grain rice instead of cauliflower.  When using rice, you will need to increase the chicken broth to 2 1/2 cups which needs to be absorbed by the rice before serving.  If you like gizzards, use 1/2 pound gizzards and 1/2 pound livers.  To prepare the gizzards, chop them by pulsing your food processor on and off.