Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crab and Mushroom Topped Baked Salmon Recipe

As much as I love fish and seafood, I don't cook it often at home and I'm not really sure why. With a recipe like this one, I should never have an excuse to not make salmon. It's delicious!

Last Wednesday, we had a big snowstorm and my step-mom decided to stay the night at my place instead of driving. I love that she was there to try this new recipe with me. She really liked that the salmon didn't taste fishy and loved the flavors in the topping! I love mushrooms and crab just as much as salmon, so the meal was a complete winner for me! It's fast enough to make during the week, and would also be great for Sunday dinner. Enjoy!


Crab and Mushroom Topped Baked Salmon (click here to print recipe)
2 servings

What you need:
2 salmon fillets (skinless)
2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional for baking dish
4 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons mayo
1- 6 ounce can of crab, drained
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease a glass baking dish with some olive oil.

In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic. Saute until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, stir and cook for one minute. Then stir in the mayo, crab, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Remove from heat. 

Season the salmon fillets with some salt and pepper. Place salmon in the baking dish and top each salmon fillet with the crab and mushroom mixture. Bake for 25 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Review: Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable

Book Summary:
After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives. 

My thoughts:
I'm always a little hesitant to start a book I received as a kindle freebie. More times than not, they've been mediocre. That wasn't the case with this book. I was pleasantly surprised!

This story could be in the headlines of a local newspaper or crime tv show. Mentally unstable woman kidnaps pregnant woman to steal her baby. What the crazy lady doesn't know is that the pregnancy is high risk, and both mother and baby could die if they don't make it to the hospital in time. Talk about intense. The story goes between Jenny's family and how their coping, the crazy kidnapper's thoughts as well as what the mother, Jenny is going through.

This gripping novel has you turning the pages in anticipation to see what happens next. It's well written with good editing. It's labeled within the Christian Fiction genre, which isn't something I usually read, but it's easy to look past that aspect because the story has a great flow. I also liked the detail the author put into the kidnapping and what happened after. It made the story so much more real. So worth the read. I was not disappointed.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cherry Chip Muffins Recipe plus the 47th Pillsbury Bake Off! #BakeOff

Another muffin recipe? Oh, yes! I'm still on my muffin kick. They are one of my favorite weekday morning breakfasts! I recently found some cherry chips in the Easter section at my local grocery store, and with cherry being one of my favorite flavors, I just knew I had to buy them! These muffins turned out wonderful! Nice and soft, and sweet too. The cherry chips are a perfect addition! 


Have you heard about the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest yet? Home cooks, just like you can enter your recipe for a chance to win $1 million or some other great prizes! How exciting huh? Original recipes may be submitted online here, as well as more info about the contest! You never know if you'll win, if you don't enter! We all could use some extra cash or prizes! Contest ends May 8th.

Thanks to Pillsbury, I received some great products for my recipe inspiration! These muffin cup papers are amazing!!! You have to try them, if you haven't already. 

I was also browsing through some old cookbooks at my Mom's store and came across this one. What perfect timing! This one was from the 17th Bake-Off!

Cherry Chip Muffins (click here to print recipe)
12 muffins

What you need:
2 cups Pillsbury All Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup cherry chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir until combined and smooth, about 20-30 strokes. Then stir in the cherry chips. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Disclosure: The information and freebies have been provided by Pillsbury through Platefull Co-Op. This does not influence my opinion in any way.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kindle Fire Giveaway! Enter to win April 21st through May 4th!

I am super excited to share this awesome giveaway with you today! If you don't use Bloglovin' already, you should really check it out! It's a great website where you can follow your favorite blogs. It shows up in a news feed, just like Facebook, but 10 times better because they actually show you all the posts from the blogs you follow, instead of just a few. 

This giveaway for a Kindle Fire is perfect to start off your Bloglovin' account. 25 fantastic new foodie bloggers to follow and each one gives you an entry in the giveaway for a chance to win! Good luck!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Rice Skillet Recipe

After Easter is done and over with, there's usually some leftover ham that needs to be used up! Today's recipe is perfect for that. I love skillet meals, and this one is pretty delicious!! It's super easy to make, and only uses one skillet, which is perfect for weeknights when you don't feel like spending much time in the kitchen, either cooking or doing dishes. 

I love ham and broccoli together and add some sharp cheddar cheese to it?? Perfection. This is one dish we could eat over and over. I know it will be back on the menu again soon! Enjoy!


Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Rice Skillet (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup white long grain rice
2 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 cups ham, cubed
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons milk
black pepper, as needed

In a large saute pan, saute the rice in 1 tablespoon butter until slightly browned over medium high heat. Add the chicken broth and garlic powder, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the broccoli florets and cook for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, ham, sharp cheddar, milk and pepper if needed. Heat through until cheese is melted, stirring to combine.

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