Sunday, July 25, 2010

Oven Baked Sockeye Salmon

1 Large Sockeye Salmon Fillet
Old Bay Seasoning
2Tbsps Garlic Salt
4tsp Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Lightly oil pan with 2tsp olive oil and sprinkle with 1Tbsp garlic salt and 1Tbsp Old Bay

3. Place fish, scale side down, on pan

(scale side)
Baked Salmon

(scales down)
Baked Salmon

4. Using a baking brush, oil over entire fillet

5. Sprinkle with generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning and 1Tsp Garlic Salt
Baked Salmon

6. Slide into oven and bake for 15 minutes

7. After 15 minutes, check to see if fish flakes easily. The white stuff is the fat cooking out
Baked Salmon

8. Slice the fillet and serve with your favorite sides
Baked Salmon

Friday, July 9, 2010


If you haven't been able to tell by now, I am a lover of Italian foods. Working at Amalfis, I still never got sick of the smell or taste of the delicious sauces. I am not even going to try and recreate their lasagna. I worked at the one in Statesville, NC (they now have two, that's how good it is). Here is the website to the one in Kernersville.

Sauce Ingredients:
1lb Hamburger
1lb Sausage (I used Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage)
1 Medium Onion, diced
2Tbsps Minced Garlic (I used the pre-minced in Olive Oil)
2 8oz Tomato Sauce
2 6oz Tomato Paste
1 28oz Crushed Tomato
2Tbsps Italian Seasoning
2tsp Basil
1tsp Salt
2Tbsp Sugar
1/2tsp pepper

Cheese Ingredients:
23oz Ricotta Cheese
1 Large Egg
2tsp Italian Seasoning

Other Ingredients:
12 Lasagna Noodles
1lb Mozzarella Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In dutch oven/stock pot mix together Sausage, Hamburger, Onion, and Garlic. Cook through.

3. While that is cooking, get all tomato sauces/pastes ready and pour out the correct amount of sugar, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil to add to pot.


4. When meat is done and well blended, add in sauces and spices.


5. Let simmer for 1.5 hours (if you only have an hour, go ahead)

6. Mix together Ricotta cheese, 2tsps Italian seasoning, and large egg. Mix well.

7. In a large pan, place lasagna noodles to soak, for 25 minutes, in hot tap water.

8. In the pan you will cook the lasagna in, place a layer of meat sauce on bottom, to keep it from sticking.

9. Place down first layer of Lasagna noodles, covering pan (usually 6 noodles in the average 9x13 pang)

10. Add a nice layer of the Ricotta cheese mixture (about half)

11. Cover with Mozzerella Cheese. About 1.5 cups

12. Add another noodle layer (darn me forgetting to take a picture!)

13. Cover with meat sauce

14. Drop remaining Ricotta mixture, in "globs", and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese

15. Place on Final noodle layer

16. Cover with meat sauce and remaining Mozzarella cheese (forgot picture, sorry!)

17. Cover with tinfoil, bake for 25 minutes

18. Uncover after 25 minutes, and back for additional 25 minutes

19. Let set for 15 minutes before serving!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Baked Garlic Tilapia

Thumbelina does not like the Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, so I made this up for her, and she loved it. (So did I)

4-6oz Tilapia Fillets (5-8)
2Tbsp Butter
1tsp Garlic Salt
1/4tsp Paprika
1/8tsp Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Line cookie sheet with tinfoil and spray or grease

3. Rinse and dry fillets, placing on cookie sheet
Baked Tilapia

4. Melt Butter in small bowl
Baked Tilapia

5. Mix in Garlic Salt, Paprika, and Pepper
Baked Tilapia
Baked Tilapia

6. Brush on Tilapia fillets, making sure to cover the entire top side
Baked Tilapia

7. Bake in preheated oven for 11 minutes, or until Tilapia flakes
Baked Tilapia

8. Remove from oven, serve, and ENJOY!
Baked Tilapia

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

*Panko Bread Crumbs are Japanese style bread crumbs. Panko actually means bread crumbs (according to google!), so it's a bit redundant. If you do not have Panko, you can use regular, or make your own!

4-6oz Tilapia fillets (7-8)
1/2 Alfredo Sauce
1tsp Oregano
1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese (separated in 2 halves)
1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs*

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees

2. Spray or oil a 9x12 clear dish

3. Rinse and dry fillets, place in greased dish
Parm Crusted Tilapia

5. Mix together Alfredo sauce, Oregano, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. You can make your own Alfredo sauce, or do what I did to save time, and use a pre-made.
Parm Crusted Tilapia
Parm Crusted Tilapia

6. Brush Alfredo mixture on Tilapia fillets, making a thick, even coat
Parm Crusted Tilapia

7. Mix together 1/2 cup Panko and 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
Parm Crusted Tilapia

8. Sprinkle on top of Alfredo sauce, covering the fillets
(please don't hate me, I forgot to photograph this step, but it's pretty self explanatory, right?)

9. Place in preheated oven for 16 minutes, or until Tilapia flakes easily
Parm Crusted Tilapia

10. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Parm Crusted Tilapia
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