Coffee and Donuts

12 Apr

unnamedIMG_4398

Why didn’t I think of this?

Again I am going through magazines.This can be very dangerous for me but I am going to make these for Easter.

One box of mini Chocolate glazed donuts.

One 1/2 of a 1/2 gallon of coffee ice-cream

Lots of plastic wrap

Cut the donut in half like you would cut a bagel.

Add a scoop of slightly soft ice cream on the donut.

Top with the other half of the donut

Smooth out the sides od the ice-cream with a knife so it looks neat.

Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

You now have coffee and donuts for a special treat.

The large donuts are way too much but the mini donuts are five bites.

Just enough.

Advertisements

Pan Seared Salmon over a Strawberry Salad

11 Apr

unnamed

I love salmon when it is paired with something sweet.

Since I have to watch my sugar intake this strawberry dressing is perfect.

One Sockeye salmon fillet

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Dried dill weed

One large handful of spring mix

6 to 8 strawberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Sugar snap peas

Scallions

Lemon

Heat a skillet

Season the salmon with a sprinkling of salt, dill weed and  lots of pepper.

Add the oil to the hot skillet

Place the salmon skin side down in the pan for about 4  minutes.

It is time to turn the fish when the skin is brown and crispy

Turn over for another couple of minutes

Take off the heat and set aside

Drizzle with fresh lemon juice

Put the spring mix and pea pods on your plate

Whip the strawberries, oil and honey in the processor till smooth

Drizzle over the greens

Add the salmon  and top with diced scallions

Use the rest of the dressing as a dipping sauce.

Give yourself $25.00 for not going to a restaurant for this fabulous meal.

 

 

Lunch Croatian Style

9 Apr

unnamed

My Daughter and future son-in-law are in Croatia.

Good for them, it is a well deserved vacation.

They just sent me a photo of their lunch on their balcony.

The round pastry is filled with spinach and feta cheese.

The half sandwich is a hot ham and cheese on flakey sesame bread.

They said it was all delicious but they do not have Franks Red Hot Sauce so my daughter is going through withdrawal.

Did you notice the ashtray on the table?

The rest of the scenery is gorgeous.

I am going to put this country on my bucket list.

I thought the photo was blog worthy.

The Dino’s Special

8 Apr

unnamedunnamed

unnamed

My children all live in or around Boston.

I visit when I can and they treat me to all their favorite places.

Dinos and Monicas in the North End are my two favorites for sandwiches.

This is The Dinos Special.

I had to come home and make it or at least try to copy it.

This is as close to the real thing as you are going to get.

Only use fresh ingredients.

One loaf of Italian bread, I like a crusty ciabatta or long skinny Italian loaf.

Really good olive oil to drizzle

Good balsamic vinegar to drizzle. I love a lot because the bread soaks it up.

One juicy sliced tomato

4 to 6 nice slices of FRESH mozzarella. Spend the extra money and get the good stuff.

4 to 6 leaves of fresh basil. Let it cover the tomato.

Slice the bread into two long pieces.

Heat a skillet

Drizzle the olive oil on the inner side of the bread and lightly toast both side flipping them over when they are slightly toasted.

Place the bread on a plate and start assembling.

It goes like this ;

Bread

Drizzle of balsamic on the bread

Sliced tomatoes

Sprinkle with salt

Slices of cheese

Basil

Drizzle with olive oil

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar

Top with the bread

Squeeze together and cut in half.

Bring a towel to the table with some extra balsamic and have twenty minutes of heaven.

This is so good.

Thank you, Thank you Dino.

Savory Oatmeal

6 Apr

unnamed

Don’t say,”yuck”, this is delicious.

I got this recipe from a Stop and Shop free magazine.

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup oatmeal milk

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for sprinkling on the top.

1/2 teaspoon corse black pepper

1 to 2 tablespoons cheese curds

1 tablespoon capers

Combine the water, oats, thyme and salt.

Bring to a boil

Reduce to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes

Stir occasionally.

Remove from the heat and add the milk, cheese and pepper.

This is enough for two portions.

Top with the cheese curds, parmesan cheese and capers.

The second time I made it I topped it with a fried egg.

This is so good.

Onion Pancakes

29 Mar

unnamed

I have made this recipe three times and every time I eat too many.

You can make them small (1-2 teaspoons) for appetizers or 1/4 cup dollops for larger ones.

I make the big ones because they are faster and I am a big eater.

1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons more

2 teaspoons white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 1/2 cups chopped onions. I used the bag of frozen onions

1 cup milk

1/2 cup canola oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Add the onions

Add the milk and mix well

Heat the oil

Drop the batter in the oil and make the size you want.

Add more oil if you need it

Drain the cooked pancakes on a paper towel

Sere with hot sauce, ketchup, sour cream or applesauce.

I LOVE these light pancakes and they take only 20 minutes.

Keep warm in a low oven.

Thank you Pinterest for another delicious recipe.

 

 

Cookies,Yogurt, and Fruit

28 Mar

unnamed

Forget about mixing your yogurt with granola.

Try dark chocolate caramel cookie crumbs.

I tried this new cookie recipe and it was delicious but I couldn’t cut them the right way.

When I lifted them from the pan they fell apart and all I could think about was how expensive they were to make.

I ended up with a dish full of broken cookie pieces.

Never throw out anything.

I put all the crumbs in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.

Now I have  crumbs for ice-cream topping or a healthier yogurt dessert.

3 tablespoons cookie crumbs for each portion

One cup good Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey

1/2 cup blueberries for each portion

Place three tablespoons of the cookie crumbs in each dish

Mix the yogurt and honey together.

Divide into four dishes

Top with berries

This is too good and I don’t love yogurt.

The cookies were definitely worth saving.