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Tarragon Chicken Salad

I got a package of tarragon for some inspired recipes so this will be one a of a few upcoming tarragon features.

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Garlicky Green Beans Almondine

I got some green beans at the farmer’s market and planned to saute them with some olive oil, butter and garlic when I remembered I also had some slivered almonds in the pantry.

Green beans almondine is a classic dish and I decided to give it a try but didn’t want to leave out the garlic. We’re big garlic lovers so I figured it would go over well… and it did! This side dish was created on the fly and was so good that I’ll definitely be making it again!

We served it along with some broiled scrod (which is good and great). I didn’t take any pictures of the process but it was very simple.

I sauteed/steamed the green beans in some olive oil and a little butter. I toasted the almond slices and then added them to the green beans along with some garlic, butter and salt and pepper. That’s about all it took to create this tasty side dish!

– Eileen

Recipe for Garlicky Green Beans Almondine (Green Beans with Almonds)

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

We were heading to a family Labor Day cookout and decided on this cold sesame noodle salad.  I guess it’s not the most American dish for Labor Day, but it worked out just fine.

Cook the noodles and run them under cool water.  Then toss with sesame oil and set aside until the sauce is ready.  The sauce was a blended combination of many ingredients that was then tossed with the cool noodles.

The base seasonings headed for the blender

Can be a little fluffy at first but will settle

These did not go into the blender, but were tossed with the noodles and sauce.

Noodles with chopped vegetables waiting for the sauce

Sauce is here!

Once the sauce is prepared, veggies are chopped, and noodles are cooked and cooled, combine all ingredients and chill before serving.

The colder the better

Directions for Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Greg

Cold Crab Dip

This is the first of many leftover crab recipes.  A very simple cold dip that is mixed and let to sit refrigerated until ready to serve.

Just mix all of the ingredients and sprinkle a bit more old bay on top for extra taste and decoration.  Serve with sliced bread, toast, or crackers.

Recipe for Cold Crab Dip

Spicy cilantro and green onion crab cakes & Asian-style slaw

Though we live in Maryland, we rarely eat crab cakes. I don’t particularly care to order them from restaurants because the crab to filler ratio is poor and they can be quite expensive. Well, luckily, crab cakes are relatively easy to make and when you can get crab meat on sale it can actually be quite inexpensive.

Such was the case when Greg found crab meat on sale at the Teeter.

On the back of the can was a crab cake recipe from Phillips. We decided to use that as our base, but also spice things up and use some ingredients we had in the house. We added jalapeno and green onion for some extra kick and used cilantro instead of parsley.

Greg originally wanted to call these ‘green crab cakes’ because of all the green ingredients we added. I was unsure about calling a seafood dish green though, but the name works once in the right context.

All of these ingredients were mixed together and formed into patties. We pan friend them in canola oil. Once they were finished we placed them on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

I just read a great article in Cooking Light that discusses how frying can be a relatively healthy way to cook foods and may not be as bad for you as once thought if done properly. Though these crab cakes were fried, they were still very light and not greasy at all.

To accompany the crab cakes I made an Asian inspired slaw. I used purple and green (white?) cabbage, carrots, green onions, and cilantro. I dressed the slaw with rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and sesame seeds. It was light and crisp and perfectly paired with the tender cakes.

When we were grocery shopping I was searching for the pre-cut cabbage but Greg encouraged me to buy the whole cabbages and use our food processor to make the slaw instead. I am so glad he did, because the outcome was so much fresher and tastier than the pre-packed cabbage.

All in all, this was one of the best meals we’ve made at home in a while. I really recommend making crab cakes at home if you are a fan of them!

Recipe for spicy cilantro and green onion crab cakes

Recipe for Asian-style slaw

Breakfast for Dinner: No-crust quiche

What to do with a surplus of ham? Make quiche!  Shake things up a bit and serve breakfast for dinner some time! It worked out really well for us one night and I actually had this savory meal for leftovers the next night too. We opted for a crust-less version of quiche to cut the carbs, but if this is not something you care to do, it can easily be made the same way by preparing it in a ready or home-made pie crust. This dish is easy to prepare and you can throw in just about anything you have laying around.

This particular quiche was made with broccoli, ham, red onion and cheddar cheese. Greg began by putting the broccoli, ham, and red onion into a pie dish, which he first sprayed with some non-stick spray. He topped this with a few pats of butter.

Next he whipped up some eggs, cream and cheese.

Which he then poured over the veggies and ham.

This baked in the oven for a total of 40 minutes or so, until it was a little brown on the top and cooked through.

It was great! I really enjoyed this dish and it was relatively simple and easy to make. It tasted great with hot sauce too. For leftovers, I ate it over a salad and that worked nicely too. Nothing fancy schmancy here- just some good ‘ole basic ingredients. Simple, but good.

Recipe for no-crust quiche

lettuce leaf tacos!

mmm tacos. Who doesn’t love a good taco every now and then? The beauty of the taco is that you can make it exactly how you like it and it’s still a taco (ie: hard shell, soft shell, choco taco 🙂 ). Although I do love me some of those pre-made corn taco shells or a soft flour tortilla to support my beef and cheese, we decided to go the healthier route for our taco night this time and use these large, beautiful romaine lettuce leaves.  We made some fresh guacamole to complement the earthy lettuce shells and topped the tacos with cilantro and lime for a tasty version of the classic beef and cheese taco.

First, the guac. I like to make guacamole with just a few ingredients ’cause I love avocados so much.

All I use are avocados, red onion, fresh cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper.

Chop, chop, chop…

…then mash, mash, mash…

…and you have one of the most easy, yet most delicious condiments on the planet.

From here all we did was brown some ground beef, mix in a little taco seasonings, and served it atop a large lettuce leaf with some cheese, chopped tomato, guacamole, fresh cilantro and lime. Nothing fancy, but downright delicious.

Nothing processed or refined in this spin on a Mexican? American? traditional dinner food. Whole foods and tons of flavor. YUM!

Corned Beef and Cabbage 2 Ways

Without an Irish bone in our bodies but a profound love for corned beef we made our own version of corned beef and cabbage for dinner the other night. We made (bread-less) reubens with coleslaw 😉 . Greg used the rotisserie oven to make the corned beef and I made a delicious, sugar free, cole slaw. I started making this coleslaw last summer and I have it down to a science now. It’s really easy to make and you can add whatever veggies or toppings you like. Plus, it makes me think of summer since it is a great condiment to anything grilled. (Grilling season is quickly approaching! 🙂 )

Once the corned beef was ready, Greg sliced it up. We topped it with some sauerkraut and sliced swiss cheese and let the cheese melt until it was nice and gooey.

We had the coleslaw on the side and served it with some Russian dressing on the side to dip.

It was a great meal and we did not spend much time making it at all!

Recipe for Coleslaw

Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

I have become slightly obsessed with peanut butter lately! So when we were wondering what to do with some leftover chicken the other night it only made sense to have it with said new obsession. We stir fried some broccoli and chicken in an Asian inspired peanut sauce. We topped it over some jasmine rice and garnished it with some (more!) chopped peanuts and green onion, mmm. We made it rather spicy by adding a diced jalapeno, but the spice level you desire is completely up to you.

Unfortunately, we did not take many pictures of the cooking process. Here is a shot of the peanut sauce, which is comprised of 2 types of oil, vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, and some chicken broth.

We added broccoli- actually cooking it in the sauce and some already cooked chicken.

This was an easy recipe that took very little time. It was a great way to utilize the leftover chicken to make an awesome new dish. I highly recommend this one!

Recipe for Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Quick Shrimp Pasta

This was a quick lunch Greg threw together the other day… I can’t even remember what day it is since the blizzard(s) hit. Anyway- it was a good, simple recipe with several ethnic influences.

Green pepper, red onion, roasted garlic, olive oil.

Scrimps.

PASTA.

Lunch.

Recipe for Quick Shrimp Pasta