Yesterday I made a baked fish for dinner for the first time ever! I had been wanting to learn how bake a fish for a long time. Mostly just because I thought it would be a good (healthy) meal to learn how to make. Since my dad is fish crazy he is also very good at making fish. Instead of looking for a recipe, I just asked him to show me how to make fish his style. There are no measurements in his style of cooking just random amounts of ingredients.
The fish I baked was a steelhead. I didn’t choose this type of fish for any particular reason other then that it was a large filet style cut which was what I wanted to make.
Here is how I made the fish his style.
First I cut the fish into 6 pieces Then I seasoned it with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Then I squirted on some soy sauce, added a scant amount of brown sugar and let the fish sit for a few hours (defrosting more, and also letting the seasonings absorb).
When it was time to bake to fish I preheated the oven to 350 degrees F, and baked the fish for a full hour at this temperature. I took the fish out at exactly one hour, and it was perfectly done! It was absolutely lovely. It was nice and moist, tender, and cooked thoroughly. It was the best fish I have ever eaten (even better then some restaurants I have had fish at).
I also made baked French fries style potatoes with seasoning and herbs, with the fish, and honey garlic carrots.
It was a delicious dinner enjoyed by all. There were almost no leftovers.
This afternoon it was rainy and cold out. I had planned to plant some blueberry bushes outside but the weather just was a bit too chilly for that. Instead I decided to bake some cookies. I made my favorite recipe for gingersnaps. I found the recipe in: Magnificent Cookies Cookbook by Kathryn L. Ramsay (page 30).
This is one of the only recipes I don’t morph (well almost). I made one change to the recipe I used 1 cup of non packed brown sugar instead of one cup of firmly packed brown sugar. I also changed the baking temperature and time from 325 degrees F to 350 degrees F. I baked my cookies at 350 F for 7 to 8 minutes instead of the 12-14 minutes that the recipe calls for. I think the hotter baking temperature for a shorter period of time resulted in softer cookies (just the way I like them).
Here is the recipe.
½ cup Butter (I used olive oil margarine)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
¼ cup molasses
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground allspice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream the margarine with an electric mixer. Add the brown sugar, molasses, and egg, and beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice beat until a soft dough forums. Knead the dough until it is a smooth ball. Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet by the teaspoonful. Bake in your preheated oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cookies sit once out of the oven for a few minutes on the cookie sheet (cover them with a towel to maintain their softness.
Enjoy with a tall glass of milk or beverage of your choice.
The weather these days has really cooled off. This afternoon I was really cold, so I decided whatever I had for lunch it had to be warm or hot. I was in the mood for cooking but couldn’t decide what to make, so I went with something quick and easy. I made macaroni and cheese (from the box) with a few special additions.
To give my lunch some added protein I added two sticks of turkey and chicken pepperoni. I also added about 1 tablespoon of low fat grated cheddar cheese to my macaroni. This gave it an added zest that was very pleasing.
To balance out my meal I had my macaroni and cheese with a large amount of raw carrot sticks, and some left over green onion/garlic dip from a couple days ago.
How do you like your Mac and Cheese? Do you have a special recipe for it?