Fried Seasoned Haddock w/ Parmesan Risotto and Cut Green Beans

August 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM | Posted in fish, greenbeans, risotto, Sea Salt, seafood | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Seasoned Haddock w/ Parmesan Risotto and Cut Green BeansHaddock rissoto 006



Spent the afternoon watching College Football along with some of my Ohio State and Univ. of Cincinnati Friends. I’m glad Football is back, and the NFL starts Thursday Night! For dinner i prepared what’s becoming my favorite Fish, Haddock. I prepared a Fried Seasoned Haddock w/ Parmesan Risotto and Cut Green Beans.



The Haddock just frys up so good with a great taste. To prepare it I had a big fillet that I rinsed in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. I then seasoned it with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until all the pieces were well coated. I pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Delicious! Anymore I use some type of Zatarain’s product on about 1/2 my meals I prepare throughout the week.


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One side dish I prepared was a box of Lundberg Creamy Parmesan Risotto. Quick, easy, and delicious Risotto dish. Ready in about 25 – 30 mionutes. I sprinkled some fresh grated Parmesan Cheese on it when it was finished. I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunks Cup.





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Creamy Parmesan Risotto

Enjoy the delectable flavor of rich, aged Parmesan cheese in this elegant Italian-style risotto. We created this delicious gourmet side dish by blending quality ingredients like Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, and spices with our creamy Arborio rice. You’ll love how the individual kernels plump, creating a rich, creamy sauce while the rice grains remain separate and al dente. Preparing this tasty risotto takes about 20 minutes and requires minimal stirring. It’s an easy, convenient way to add gourmet flair to any meal.

Cooking Instructions

In a heavy 2 qt. saucepan, sauté rice in ½ Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add 2½ cups water and contents of seasoning pouch. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cook uncovered for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until rice is tender. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese is desired. Serve piping hot.

Eco-Farmed Arborio Rice, Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Blend (Parmesan Cheese, Cheddar Cheese {Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes}), Salt, Whey, Buttermilk Powder, Dried Cane Syrup, Natural Flavors (Cheese, Dairy), Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Sodium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Dried Parsley, Yeast Extract, Butter (Cream, Salt), Rice Flour, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Expeller-Pressed Safflower or Sunflower Oil, Pepper, Lactic Acid, Nonfat Milk, Enzyme-Modified Cheddar Cheese, Turmeric. Contains Milk.


7 Simple Ways to Save 100 Calories

August 31, 2013 at 8:16 AM | Posted in diabetes, Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Calories, Calories, Calories, here’s 7 Simple Ways to Save 100 Calories! It’s all from I left the link at the bottom of the page to see all 7 and the tips to go with them.



7 Simple Ways to Save 100 CaloriesEating Well

Simple solutions for cutting calories.
These seven simple swaps help you to easily save 100 calories in places you won’t miss them. You can still indulge in the foods you really want and not eat too much by the day’s end. Do one each day for a week and you’ll have saved 700 extra calories over the course of the week to “spend” (think: about two glasses of wine and a generous slice of pie) at your next dinner party. Do a couple each day and you’ll have even more wiggle room for treats.


No-sweat Calorie Saver #1: Order your coffee with nonfat milk
Order your coffee with nonfat milk instead of cream and sugar. For a 12-ounce size, this will free up about 100 calories. If you need a little sweetness (and are OK with consuming artificial sweeteners), you can add a little Splenda….


No-sweat Calorie Saver #2: Have an English muffin instead of a bagel.
You’ll save 100 calories if that bagel was 4 inches in diameter—and even more if it was a bigger one from the bakery. Spread it with some peanut butter: its protein, fiber and heart-healthy fats will give this breakfast some staying power…….



Click the link below to read the full article.

Kitchen Hints of the Day!

August 31, 2013 at 7:48 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Hint # 1 – It is best to purchase potatoes in bulk bins – not in bags, which make it hard to determine which are bruised. If you store fresh ginger with potatoes it will help keep them fresh longer. Half an apple stored with potatoes will stop the sprouting by absorbing moisture before the potatoes does.



Hint #2 – If your family loves mashed potatoes, here’s a great way to use the nutritious skins in their own dish the next night. In a bowl, sprinkle the potato peelings with salt and pepper, mix with a bit of Italian Dressing, and then stick them in the oven at 400 degrees until crispy (about 20 minutes).


National Trail Mix Day

August 31, 2013 at 7:44 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays


National Trail Mix Day

Five Food Finds about Trail Mix

  • Trail mix is a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, developed as a snack food to be taken along on outdoor hikes.
  • Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food for hikes, because it is tasty, lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, and sustained energy from the mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.
  • Both Hadley Fruit Orchards and Harmony Foods (two California growers) claim that trail mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.
  • However, trail mix is also mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel The Dharma Bums as the two main characters describe their planned meals in their preparation for a hiking trip.
  • The recipe for trail mix is most likely…

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Buffalo Cheese Burger w/ Baked Fries

August 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Ore - Ida, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Buffalo Cheese Burger w/ Baked FriesBuffalo Cheese Burger 007



Late afternoon a friend of mine meet me over at a place here in West Chester, Union Square. They had the The Union Centre Food Truck Rally going on all day there. It was a fund-raiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs here in Butler County. Seemed to be a good turnout as the vendors we talked to said it had been steady all day. There was about 11 Food Trucks and a few vendors that were cooking from a tent. Didn’t stay long though, just too humid out. A passing shower made it worse. For dinner tonight a simple but one of my all-time dinner classics, Buffalo Cheese Burger w/ Baked Fries!



I used my favorite Buffalo Burger, Wild Idea Buffalo 1/4 Buffalo Burger. I seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn. I then pan fried it in Canola Oil about 3 1/2 minutes per side. Buffalo gets done rather quickly due to it’s so lean. I topped it with a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese and served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Bun.



For a side with my Cheese Burger I baked some Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style Fries. Tried these for the first time earlier and really like them. Served these with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.





Wild Idea Buffalo Burgerswild Idea Burgers
4 – 1/4-Lb Buffalo Burgers
Prepare for a whole new level of burger. Conveniently pre-made into one-quarter pound patties that are ever so grillable. Dinner ready. Each pack is 1 pound with 4 – 1/4 Lb patties.







Ore Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style FriesOre Ida Simply

You can take the potatoes out of the country.
But you can’t take the country out of our delicious Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries. Simple ingredients like potatoes, olive oil and sea salt – simply prepared. That’s Ore-Ida style.
Ore-Ida Simply Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Country Style French Fries:
* French fried potatoes seasoned with cracked black pepper, olive oil and sea salt
* All natural
* Made with Grade A potatoes
* 0 grams trans fat per serving
* Gluten free
* Kosher
CALS 130
FAT 4 1/2g
SODIUM 290mg

NatureBox Healthy Snack Delivery

August 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Time To Kale

I’m usually pretty skeptical of monthly Internet deals and delivery services. “Pay $____ and we’ll send a monthly delivery of snacks/makeup/shoes/jewelry/whatever to you” websites usually turn out to be a disappointment, in my experience. (Have you used JewelMint? I used to be obsessed with it but all my necklaces keep falling apart. Bummer.) But! I might have finally found a monthly food delivery service I like! (And I’m not talking about a dieting program like Nutrisystem or something.)

The good folks at NatureBox sent me a box of goodies to try out and review for Endless Simmer, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the quality. The whole point of NatureBox is to provide tempting snacks that are actually healthy for you—every snack item is nutritionist approved, made with natural ingredients, and minimally, if at all, processed. You can pay NatureBox $19.95 (a flat rate including…

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5 Tips to Slim Down Your Labor Day Burger

August 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Snack Week: Smoked Salmon!

August 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


I love smoked salmon!  I mean I can eat an entire package of that salty, smoky, luxurious flavored fish all by itself as a snack…or a meal.  I’m always thinking of new ways to incorporate my favorite fish into meals – salmon should fear me!  I love wrapping shrimp in smoked salmon at baking it with a little truffle oil, lemon, dill, and capers.  I can’t turn down a simple rolled slice of smoked salmon filled with capers and lemon-garlic hummus.


Here is one of my fav to-go snacks with, of course, that heavenly smoked fish:

Grill asparagus until lightly charred.  Remove from heat.  Wrap each spear with one slice of smoked salmon.  Here are some filling ideas:

Flavor Explosion #1: Sprinkle with dill and drizzle of lemon juice.

#2: Sprinkle chopped cilantro and a dollop of salsa on the inside of the salmon before wrapping.  Drizzle of lime juice.

#3: Line inside of salmon slice…

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Parmesan Quinoa Cakes

August 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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I had reblogged this from Laura from; cooking from the heart I had some time today and I thought I would give it a try! it didn’t take long to prepare and came out delicious! Good job Laura!

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1 1/2 cups cooked Quinoa

1/2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 tbsp Flour

1 tsp Black Pepper

1 tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Chili Powder

1 egg or 1/4 cup Egg Beater’s

3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil




* In a large bowl, mix together parmesan, flour, salt, pepper, garlic and chili powder, egg and 1 tbsp olive oil

* Add cooked quinoa and throughly mix together until all ingredients are incorporated. let mixture sit for 5 minutes

* In a sauce pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil to medium heat. divide quinoa into patties (creates about 8 patties) and fry on both sides for about 5 minutes each.

* Remove from heat and let the patties drain on a paper towel. serve warm. i sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top and hot sauce on the side for some extra flavor!

Laura from; cooking from the heart

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints, potatoes | 2 Comments
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Never refrigerate potatoes, because that tends to turn potato starch to sugar. Potatoes will last longer and remain solid longer if they are stored away from light in a cool, dry spot, preferably at 45 – 50 degrees. If white potatoes are stored below 40 degrees, they tend to release more sugar and turn sweet. Air must circulate around potatoes; otherwise, moisture will cause them to decay.

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