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Goal

Hitting 200 followers before my goal of December 31, 2018. Guys! Thank you so very much!! I am overwhelmed and amazed that y’all want to read what I write. ūüíó

Thank you, I am truly humbled.

Continued blessings.

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Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Dinner · fall · rice · Uncategorized · WLS

Parmesan Risotto

Going back over dishes that I haven’t made in forever, and making sure I still love them.¬† This is one of those dishes.

Everyone seems to think that risotto is hard, and it can be, as you have to constantly stir and tend to it.¬† But if you are willing to do that, this dish is wonderful.¬† Start by adding Arborio Rice to a dry skillet to toast for about two to three minutes or until the rice is warm.Add in sauteed onion or shallot (about a 1/4 cup) that is just cooked just to translucent, not browned.¬† Add about one teaspoon of olive oil as well and continue to toast for about 5 more minutes or until the rice whitens.Then add one cup of good white wine (whatever wine you would actually drink).¬† Simmer until absorbed, stirring constantly.¬† ¬†Add about one teaspoon of fresh thyme, salt and pepper.¬† Bring to a simmer two cups of chicken stock in a separate pot, and add to the rice mixture one ladle at a time, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed each time.¬† This will take about 20-25 minutes over a slow simmer.¬† Again this takes time so don’t rush the rice.¬† Be gentle in stirring, and let the rice absorb the liquid.¬†Once the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, add about one cup of parmesan cheese.¬† Gently fold into the rice.Serve warm, and add a bit of cheese on top if you wish.Succulent, creamy, rich and full of flavor.¬† The rice had a nice bite or chew and the cheese added a super creamy flavor.¬† It is time consuming, and make sure that you have everything in place before you start cooking as it can get complicated.¬†img_7138I served this with the baked salmon as it was good compliment to the fish but will hold up on it’s own.

Blessings.

 

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Fish-Seafood · Salmon · Uncategorized · WLS

Baked Salmon

I love salmon cooked or not cooked (sushi), so I just love salmon. I used the caper oil from the fried capers, and poured that in my casserole pan.  Then I brushed the salmon with it as well.  Added salt and pepper, and a couple of sliced lemons.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.  I almost overcooked these.The brinieness from the caper oil, and the sweetness of the salmon are an incredible combination. My portion with a spoonful of parmesan risotto, and the salmon with the fried capers.  I am seriously in love with this dish.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · fall · football · snacks · Uncategorized · Whisps - Parmesan Cheese Crisps · WLS

Parmesan Crisps

David and love crunchy snacks, but since my surgery, I need to have snacks that have substance.¬† Protein is key, and we have loved Cheese Whisps but those are costly and don’t last very long.

I decided to try my hand at making these fresh at home (again).  I microplaned the parmesan cheese (grocery store brand Рnothing expensive) instead of grating it as it made it a fluffy shred.Placed the cheese into two strips on my cookie sheet (with either parchment or silpat).  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 or until golden and bubbly.Let cool, and break or cut into chunks.A little bit of work for a lot of yummy pay off.  Super crispy and great flavor.  And the bonus is that I know it is all cheese Рnothing added.

Blessings.

Appetizers · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · fall · football · Saturday · Uncategorized · WLS

Dips

Last week was our first football Saturday, and I made some dips for the day.

I have made these dips before, but wanted to talk about them separately again here.  All three are simple and use mayo.   The middle dip is pimento cheese with 2 cups of shredded cheddar, 1 small jar of chopped pimentos with juice, a pinch of crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon of ground mustard, and about a cup of mayo.  I do the mayo last as the juice and cheese dictate how moist it will be.  

Artichoke and crab dip:  1 can artichokes in water Рchopped, 2 cans of crab meat-drained (whatever kind of crab that is your preference), ground pepper, 1 cup of parmesan (and more to cover the top), lemon juice and about a cup of mayo.  Again, I add the mayo at the end and may or may not use the entire cup.  Mix together, sprinkle extra cheese on top, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is golden brown on top.

And my favorite at the moment is Million Dollar Dip as you mix it together and serve at room temperature.¬† Nothing to heat, and still creamy.¬† It has a cup of the following: slivered almonds, chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped-crispy bacon and mayo.¬† Super simple and so yummy.You can serve all of these with pita chips, tortilla chips, celery, , sliced bell peppers, cucumbers or toasted baguettes.¬† Really anything or nothing at all.¬†Fall, Saturday’s, football, and dips–can’t get any better.¬† Well, maybe with a cookie or two?

Do you have a go to recipe for football or Fall?  Share!!

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bucket List · goal · Goals · Travel · Uncategorized · WLS

Bucket List

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, y’all know that I love going to famous chef’s restaurants.¬† So David and I were in Las Vegas for our anniversary and birthdays.¬† We were able to go to several Bucket List places.

We went to Giada’s, and to Robert Irvine’s Public House.¬† Both were wonderful.But the one place we were absolutely in love with was Hell’s Kitchen-at Caesar’s Palace.¬† We had seared scallops, lobster risotto¬†as appetizers.¬† (And I did’t eat all of my meal.)Then I had the Beef Wellington and David had the beef short ribs.¬† Everything was incredible.¬† We have watched Hell’s Kitchen, and thoroughly enjoyed it.¬† Being able to eat at the Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen was amazing.¬† I know that it wasn’t the actually studio for the filming, but…it was incredible experience and meal.We had a ball, had some really great food.¬† Truly a wonderful day.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Dinner · Fish-Seafood · Fruit · Nuts · Uncategorized · WLS

Salmon with Pine Nuts

I have been craving a lot of fish lately.  So when David and I where in Washington DC, I had this wonderful salmon dish with pine nuts.  I thought I would try to mimic the recipe.  I came close.

Pan roast the pine nuts until golden.¬†The use a rolling pin or chop as you like to crumble the pine nuts.I added in some fresh parsley, and did a coarse chop.I had purchased this beautiful salmon filet.¬† I cut it into 4 equal pieces for cooking (and I left the skin on—love the skin especially when crispy).Take the pine nut mixture and coat the top of the fish with it.¬†¬†Cook it with the pine nut side down first, cooking it 4-5 minutes.Flip them, and cook until the skin is crispy.¬†¬†It was good, nutty, and succulent.¬† I should have served the skin side up, but didn’t so it didn’t stay crispy.¬† It was still very good.¬† I did serve this with the cherry sauce.