Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hail Caesar!

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I'm a mom and sometimes I just need something quick and healthy to throw together because I don't have time to devote to the kitchen even if I want to or not. This slaw is so easy to throw together and tastes quite good. Picnic perfect!

Caesar Coleslaw

1 bag of coleslaw mix( I used the broccoli kind)
1 cup of grape tomatoes, cut in halves
1 cup of lite Caesar dressing
a dash or two of cracked black pepper
Mix all well and chill until serving.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Salt & Pepper Diva: Now on Facebook....

The Salt & Pepper Diva: Now on Facebook....

Now on Facebook....

Okay, since I'm ALWAYS on facebook....yes its a sick addiction. lol I thought I might as well start a page there and maybe, just maybe, that will keep me more current on my posts.

Bloody Mary with Oyster Shooters

I probably gross most people out eating oysters, but I can't help it. I love them, they are good for you, low fat and a natural aphrodisiac to boot. :)

Anyway, my favorite way to eat them lately is to wrap in bacon, squirt with some fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Serve up with the spiciest of bloody marys and blue cheese stuffed olives.

Grab your chopsticks!!

My first attempt at making my own sushi went relatively well. My rolls were far from perfectly shaped, but they weren't too bad. I went with two simple rolls. Yum Yum roll which is a spicy crab mixture and nori(pictured). And I made a version of a California roll, but instead of imitation crab I used cooked shrimp...sooo much better! I somehow missed getting a picture of that one though.

Salad with Ginger Dressing

Yum Yum Roll

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

I'm finally getting ready to start scrapbooking this past years Christmas pictures, which my son's 4th birthday closely follows. This year he had a custom mommy made SpongeBob cake complete with Pineapple Punch.

Pineapple Punch
1 46oz can of pineapple juice
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 2liter of lemon lime soda

Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread

Forget the sweet alternative...the savory is so much better.

Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread
* 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
* 3 tablespoons parsley
* 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 5 tablespoons butter, melted
* 2 eggs
* 2 (1 pound) loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
* 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1. Grease a 10 inch Bundt pan or tube pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the green onion, parsley, garlic powder, salt, butter and eggs until well blended. Break the bread dough off in walnut-sized pieces, and dip each piece into the egg mixture.
3. Place coated dough balls into the prepared pan. Once there is a layer of balls covering the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Repeat, sprinkling each layer with cheese until everything is in the pan. Cover loosely, and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Chicken from "that steakhouse"

I rarely eat at chains...way too many good locally owned places to eat at and support where I live, but I still occasionally find something I like from a chain so instead of supporting them I generally just try and recreate it at home and save my "going out" money for something more original. Anyway, here's one that I do like from "that steakhouse". You know the one. You have to go out back to get there and the dish is named after a girl named Alice.

Move Over Alice, It's Amy's Chicken

-boneless skinless chicken breast
-fresh sliced mushrooms
-cooked bacon slices
-sharp cheddar cheese
-dijon mustard

Season chicken with salt and pepper and bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Remove and cover with mushrooms, bacon. Mix together dijon and honey and pour on top. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley and bake another 20 minutes.

Soooo behind....

Time for some catching up!