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Move Over Rachel Ray!

I like recipes that are:

  1. easy
  2. so tasty everyone in the family loves it!
  3. can be made on a budget (or at least MUCH cheaper than a restaurant)
  4. amazingly quick (30 minutes… 45 on the outside)


But we have a problem in our house.  When it’s time for dinner there is no time to take a picture.  We’re hungry, it’s time to eat, if I whip out the camera at that moment it simply wouldn’t be pretty.  So, you’ll have to use your imagination.

First, if you haven’t checked out the freezer in Wal-mart’s Fish & Seafood section your in for a treat.  Maybe I’m a tad slow (wait I’ve said I had to be smart to get a picture of the dog… oh well), but it was just a few months ago that I discovered the frozen individual portions of fish in this freezer.  You can defrost as much as you need and it’s just a little cheaper than buying it “fresh”.  I bought Salmon and Talapia, but I wanted a new recipe for the Salmon. 

I found this recipe for Maple Glazed Salmon over on  The sauce is simple to make and requires very few ingredients.  I give K. a break and don’t put any scallions or almonds anywhere near the finished dish (she hates onions & nuts) and it turns out pretty even without them.  The glaze is sweet, but the ginger gives it some tang.  This would be a great entree when you have guests as well.   Easy to get everything ready then, when the time was right, put it in the oven.  I’m dying to try it on the grill with a cedar plank.

I had NO idea what I was going to do with the Talapia.  A short google search later and I had this recipe for Broiled Talapia Parmassan.  This dish takes about 30 minutes so make sure you know what side dishes you’re going to make.   I didn’t have celery salt on hand so I added a bit of table salt and it still tasted fantastic.   The toasty parmessan topping compliments the fish really well.

Another night I wanted to make breakfast for dinner – Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  Yum!  (Look in the cabinet) Ack!  I’m out of pancake mix.  But wait…. yep.  You guessed it.  Even though I’m crazy enough (or is it lazy enough) that I haven’t made pancakes from scratch in decades I googled for a recipe and found a FABULOUS recipe for Good Old Fashioned Pancakes.  They were so LIGHT and FLUFFY I thought they were going to float away. The flavor was just slightly buttery (even before I buttered them), and the texture held up well to the addition of the chocolate chips.  I didn’t change anything about the recipe – except to make more.  And I discovered not only were they cheaper than the mix but just as simple and quick to make.  (doh!)  In fact.  I think we’re going to have some for dinner tonight.

Is your mouth watering yet?  Don’t know what your having for dinner?  Google it.  Then let me know what you find (so I can come over (of course!).

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