Thursday, July 2, 2015

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

I love, love, loved this dish!! It was so good!! 
Delicious salmon rubbed down with some spices, topped with an awesome avocado salsa, you just can't go wrong!
This picture doesn't do it justice to how yummy this dish was. If I am not convincing enough scroll down past the recipe and click on the link to where I got the recipe from. Her pictures will for sure convince you, you should make this for dinner asap!
If if don't have a grill, no problem! We used our panini press to grill this up, and it only took 5 minutes to cook! You do need to let the rub marinade for about 30 minutes on the fish, but while that is marinading you can quickly whip up the salsa and have dinner on the table in 40 minutes flat.
Again, do yourself a favor, make this!

2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp black pepper

For the Avocado salsa:
1 avocado, sliced
½ small red onion, sliced
Juice from 2 limes
1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
Salt to taste

Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the grill.
Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
Grill the salmon to desired doneness. (I grilled for about 5 minutes)
Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!

Recipe from: The Cooke Rookie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Garden Update

I have my first pickling cucumber!! I didn't even notice it was there until my Dad pointed it out to me. So exciting!!

My neighbor was so kind and picked me up two more pickling cucumber plants since my other two cucumber plants that I started from seed bit the dust. Here is to hoping I will get to pickle more than just one cucumber this year!

My chocolate cherry tomatoes are doing awesome!! I can't wait to try this tomato!

This is two of my basil plants, they are starting to get bushy. The third plant I put in a pot and it was so, so tall until the wind blew it over. That wasn't the only thing the wind ruined, sigh.

It also ruined that middle broccoli plant with the now saggy leaves. It was HUGE and doing so well! I was so sad to see it just go limp and lifeless, I honestly don't know if it will overcome the beating it took. 
The Dude isn't too worried about not having fresh broccoli.

But look at that cabbage!! And those green beans that finally decided to pop up after I had to replant them. They had gotten washed out from all the rain we had.


I have never grown spinach or lettuce before, it is interesting to me see how they grow.

Sugar snap peas got a little wind blow, but they are getting blossoms on them so that is a good sign!
The carrots in the row next to them are still small and sparse, and my parsnips are starting to pop up!!

The squash is holding pretty well. I did have to replant the zucchini, I put three seeds in the ground and a wall of water around and voila! It is the plant in the front, looks pretty good I think!

The pepper plants seem to be doing great, they are still pretty short though. I am waiting for their growth spurt to hit.

All in all I am pretty satisfied with the garden. I like to sit at look at from my kitchen table, it makes me happy.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Greek Salad

For Father's Day I made a Greek salad. It was a recipe I added to my big black cookbook years ago but I had yet to try. 
For the record, I have lots of recipes just waiting in the shadows yet to be tried. I might have a little bit of problem, is there a group meeting anywhere for those of us that are addicted to collecting recipes and cookbooks? I might need to attend...
Back to the salad, it was amazing!! I was a little hesitant because I wasn't too fond of the dressing on just the lettuce leaves, but after adding the other ingredients to the salad, it was perfect! By far one the best salads I have ever made at home. So good in fact that I made it again a couple days later for just the Dude and I.

We even used the beautiful, yummy lettuce from our garden! 

Here is the recipe:

Greek Salad
For the dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. minced fresh dill
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 

For the salad:
Romaine lettuce
Sliced red onions
Sliced kalamata olives 
Grape tomatoes, halved
Cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
Crumbled feta cheese

To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients. Whisk together until well combined.

To make the salad, add romaine lettuce (I just used the leafy green lettuce from our garden) to a salad bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss well to coat. Top as desired with red onions, kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese. Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and shake well before using again.

Recipe from: Annie Eats

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rocking Robin

Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister in-law! 
My brother really was blessed the day he married you and you became apart of the family. You are amazing!
Have a fantastic day!!