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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. 💗

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.

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Fried Capers

When we were in Las Vegas at Giada’s, we had a bread appetizer that was served with lots of choices such as basil oil, garlic aioli, and fried capers.

I LOVED the fried capers, and thought I could make those.  Why haven’t I heard of these before? How long have these been around?  A while apparently, and I am ashamed to say I had never had them before.

So get a jar of capers, and drain them.Some recipes recommended drying in a strainer or on a paper towel.  I know that the dryer the food for frying the better the fry.Use a good olive oil, and warm up to medium to high heat in a skillet.  Add the capers, and fry.

Let bubble and cook until the capers pop open and crisp.  It took about ten minutes for mine to cook completely.Scoop and drain on paper towels.  Reserve the oil for cooking fish (I did and will post).

These are salty, briney and super crispy.  LOVE them.  I will be making them again.  I love just nibbling on them.  But I used these on our baked salmon.

 

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 – nothing 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 – nothing added.

Blessings.

Bible verse · Jesus is Calling · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Sunday · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

Yesterday, a friend felt failure.  She cleans condos on Saturdays and she wasn’t able to complete the job.  Her body and spirit failed.

“Accept each day exactly as it comes to you. By that, I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body.  Your assignment is to trust Me absolutely, restin in My sovereignty and faithfulness.

On some days, your circumstances and your physical condition feel out of balance: The demands on you seem far greater than your strength.  Days like that present a choice between two alternatives—giving up or relying on Me.  Even if you wrongly choose the first alternative, I will not reject you.  You can turn to Me at any point, and I will help you crawl out of the mire of discouragement.  I will infuse My strength into you moment by moment, giving you all that you need for this day.  Trust Me, by relying on My empowering Presence.” Psalm 42:5; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Jeremiah 31:25 – Jesus is Calling by Sarah Young

This was yesterday’s devotional.  We will always feel failure at some point in our day or weeks.  These scriptures remind us to rely on God in each failure.  To accept each step regardless of the fall. Accepting that we can’t complete something hurts.  We don’t want to admit that we fail.  We need to remember that we are not perfect, and we can’t do it all.

Encourage those when you can.

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 – chopped, 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.