Friday, October 24, 2014

143.8…Feta-Crusted Salmon

Dare I say I found a salmon recipe I like just as well as my Amazing Salmon!?! I think I may have! I had feta in the fridge and wanted salmon for dinner Wednesday night so Feta-Crusted Salmon was born.

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Feta-Crusted Salmon (Serves 8)

Recipe slightly adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients:

1 (2 pound) salmon fillet, bones removed

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. cream cheese

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. ground paprika

1 Tbsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/3 cup panko or regular dry bread crumbs

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly oil. Place salmon on foil and set aside.

2. Mix together feta cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder in a bowl until smooth. Spread mixture over salmon, then sprinkle panko or bread crumbs over top, covering completely. 

3. Bake in preheated oven until easily flaked with a fork, about 30-40 minutes.

*Note: I had a single salmon fillet so I made just enough topping for it and baked it for 25 minutes.

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I reheated some of the Brussels Sprouts I made the other night and it was a delicious, filling, healthy dinner. 

Wednesday night my daughter and I did some baking. We made blueberry muffins (Betty Crocker) and my favorite pumpkin bread, Bernice's Pumpkin Bread

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Breakfast Thursday morning was strawberry Chobani yogurt, Almond Coconut Granola, strawberries and blueberries. 

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I dropped the kids off at school then went to Starbucks for a latte and to get some work done before heading off to an event for the wives of a group my husband belongs to. 

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We were treated with a cooking demonstration from The Harvard Cooking Girl herself, Bibi Kasrai.

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Bibi is famous for her use of spices in her dishes. They aren't necessarily spicy but full of spice…there's a difference. I loved watching Bibi work her magic:

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I am waiting on receiving the recipes for the food she prepared so unfortunately I'm unfamiliar with the names of the dishes she prepared. But let me tell you, I will be making all of them once I have them in hand!

Bibi prepared a delicious roasted red pepper dip to start with homemade pita chips.

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For lunch she made a fabulous dish of onions, garlic, spices, eggplant, chicken, tomatoes and red peppers. Everything was layered in the pot and cooked for awhile.

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All done:

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Bibi made traditional basmati rice to go along with the chicken dish.

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Absolutely fabulous!!!

Dessert was insanely simple yet amazing. Bibi muddled mint with brown sugar until it became liquid, then added lime juice. This delectable concoction went on top of sliced strawberries.

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Could it be any simpler and prettier?? 

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I loved every minute of the demonstration and can't wait to get my hands on those recipes!

My mom came into town so we took her out to dinner at Firenze. My husband and I split the Chopped Caesar:

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I ordered a dish I had never tried there before: Risotto Portofino (jumbo shrimp grilled, served with artichoke hearts, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, sautéed with garlic, white wine and basil over risotto).

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Delicious! Firenze never disappoints. 

Breakfast this morning was egg beaters with salsa and cheddar cheese. 

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It was Grandparent's Day at the school so my mom came to the school with us for the day. I volunteered for the event so when it was over, I took my mom to lunch at Luna Grill. I had the Greek salad with a chicken kabob.

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After lunch my my headed home and I picked my daughter up from school (my son is at a sleep over). I'm looking forward to a relaxing night at home…we have a busy weekend coming up!

Are you a creature of habit at restaurants? Do you always order the same thing? 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

144.0….The Wasabi Roll

Last nights was one of those nights. If one thing went wrong, everything went wrong. Homework issues, light fixtures breaking, and the list goes on. I was all set to make a new recipe but by the time I got around to it, I barely felt like eating, let alone cooking. Good thing there was leftover pasta and a jar of spaghetti sauce in the fridge. 

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When I woke up, I declared this to be a better day. Sometimes just announcing things like that, makes it happen! 

Breakfast was scrambled egg beaters with salsa and cheddar cheese. Nothing fancy. Just eggs and cheese. Oh and hot sauce. I drowned it in Cholula. 

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I took the kids to school, went to a meeting, followed by the gym and lunch with a friend at Love Boat Sushi. This is my favorite sushi restaurant! My meal started with some miso soup, tuna and yellowtail sushi.

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My favorite sushi roll in the whole entire world arrived next: The Wasabi Roll:

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The roll has tuna, salmon, yellowtail, smelt egg, mayo, green onion, sesame oil and lots of fresh wasabi. Basically the greatest creation ever. 

If you could create the ideal sushi roll, what would be in it?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

145.0…Aromas

What stinks!?!

This is what my kids asked me when I was cooking my dinner last night. I had Amazing Salmon in the oven and I was roasting Brussels Sprouts as well. 

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I have to admit that the Brussels Sprouts did not make the house smell very good. But they sure tasted great! I roasted them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes with some olive oil, salt & pepper. Sorry, kids!!! 

Breakfast this morning was blueberry Chobani yogurt, Almond Coconut Granola, strawberries and blueberries:

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I took the kids to school, then went to spin class. I ran some errands and came home for lunch.

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Beloved tuna salad, veggies and ranch. Tuna is another one that doesn't make the house smell that great. I guess I'm a stinky eater!!

What food smells bother you?  For me, it's bananas. Hands down.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

146.2…Ups and Downs

As promised, here are two videos from the Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias Concert this past Wednesday night. These were two of my favorite moments. Enjoy!

 Friday night, I went with my friend Alexis to Katsuya in Brentwood. Our husbands were playing in a golf tournament so we decided to grab dinner together. 

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We shared a whole bunch of fabulous dishes. 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Soy Reduction and Toasted Almonds:

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Creamy Rock Shrimp (crispy bite-size rock shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce):

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SSC Roll (sautéed shrimp with asparagus and mushrooms over a California roll):

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Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño (fresh yellowtail, ponzu and jalapeño):

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Crispy RIce with Spicy Tuna (my personal favorite):

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I went to bed a happy camper that night. 

Saturday morning, my husband left early for the second day of the golf tournament. I had the ideal morning. I slept in then ordered room service for breakfast while watching TV and playing candy crush. 

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My kind of a morning!

I got dressed and Alexis and I met the guys at the golf club when the tournament ended. Later on, we went to Q's to celebrate my brother's birthday and watch the Notre Dame (where he went to college) football game. Before his game, was my game: USC. We had a great victory over Colorado. I wish I could say the same for Notre Dame. It was a heartbreaking loss that came down to the last few seconds. :(

I ate breakfast so late that the food at my brother's party was lunch/dinner. Taco Bar:

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I started out with those two carne asada tacos and had two more over the course of the evening. 

Here's me, my brother's wife Stephanie (she's due in January!!!), my mom and my brother: 

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Happy Birthday!!!!

Yesterday morning we were up early to pick up the kids at my sister in law's and head back to San Diego for the Chargers game. Along the way I had a latte and turkey bacon sandwich from Starbucks. 

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At the game I had a couple of sliders and chips and dip. The Chargers didn't fare well as they lost to the Chiefs. :( I guess you can't win them all right!?! 

I ate so much this weekend that by the time we got home last night, I didn't want to even look at food. So I didn't. :)

Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters with salsa, green onions and cheddar cheese. 

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I dropped the kids off at school, then went to a PTO meeting. I missed my beloved Cardio Muscle class so I had to go to the gym and work out by myself which, as you know, I dislike immensely. But, I got it done.

I ran to the grocery store because we were all out of any fresh food. For lunch, I made tuna salad on a bed of greens. 

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I needed some vegetables in my life!!

Did you experience any "ups and downs" this weekend?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

I LIke It!

Wednesday night, I went to the best concert of my life.

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Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias. It was epic. I'm not normally a big concert goer because I don't always love live music. I like to hear the songs the way I know them. This concert did not disappoint. 

Dina, Silvana, Lisa and I hit the road for the concert at Valley View Casino Center. 

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Thanks to a friend, we were able to get a tour of the tour bus area and well as the stage area.

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Finally it was time to take our seats! 

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Enrique performed first. He rocked the house. 

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Thank you to LIsa for running up to the stage to grab some fabulous photos!

Pitbull was next and he stole the show. 

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For the final song of the night, Pitbull and Enrique both performed "I Like It" and they brought the house down. I have some video that is taking too long to upload that I will share later. 

Insanely fabulous night. 

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Friday morning the kids didn't have school. I needed the extra sleep!! I grabbed a Cascadian Farm Protein Bar for breakfast before heading out to an appointment. 

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Lunch was a turkey sandwich and some Cool Ranch Doritos. 

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I took the kids to various activities before coming home for dinner. The last of the Creamy Taco Mac leftovers: 

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Then we all hit the road for Los Angeles. We are here this weekend for a golf tournament that my husband is in, plus my brother's birthday party. It was pretty late by the time we arrived so we checked into our hotel and went to bed. 

I had room service this morning for breakfast. I ordered a bagel with cream cheese and lox.

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Unfortunately, my bagel tasted stale, like it had been toasted an hour prior. Boo.

I took the kids over to my sister in law's house where they are staying this weekend so they can hang out with their cousins. My sister in law made turkey wraps and salad for lunch.

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Now I'm back at the hotel. We are heading out to dinner with some friends tonight. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Are you a fan of live music?

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