Saturday, September 20, 2014

AKA Little Black Dress!

Hey Down Home Friends,
Here is one of those recipes that will become a staple recipe just like the staple wardrobe item...the little black dress. You know "that" dress that you keep on hand for so many different reasons. The one that is so classic and classy at the same time that you keep it around forever. The "it" dress that you have hanging that was worn for so many special occasions and holds on to so many memories...that one. The one that can serve so many functions depending on the accessories you put with it!
Butter & Brown Sugar Salmon...
is nothing short of little black dress worthy.
Let me start by telling you the reasons why.
You will make it for someone special and they will love it and want to return the favor and take you out, which will give you a reason to wear your little black dress. Or you will try the recipe and fall in love with the simplicity of it that you will make it to impress someone or for some special occasion and you will be wearing that little black dress. I am sure it will become one of those recipes that is talked about and requested over and over. And depending on what you pair it with, it can carry you through the seasons and years without going out of style. But the best part of it all is that you can pull this off with style...I promise because it is just that easy.
Butter & Brown Sugar Salmon
AKA Little Black Dress Salmon
Here is all you will need:
4 frozen salmon fillets
1/2 Cup brown sugar
4 Tablespoons of butter melted
1 Tablespoon chili powder
Preheat the oven to 400. Place the thawed fillets on a baking sheet. Melt the butter. Mix the brown sugar and chili powder and set aside. Baste one side of the salmon with butter and add the salt and pepper to your liking. Flip the salmon over and repeat. Turn the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet and add the brown sugar mixture. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.
It is really that simple and yes it is as noteworthy as your little black dress...try it and you will see why! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Grilling On The Go!

Welcome Down Home Friends,
You sure know it is summer when you smell the food cooking outdoors. When the weather is beautiful and sunny outside who really wants to be indoors? Cooking outside no matter where you are can be fun and change things up a bit. In my house I am not the BBQ master and I like it that way! But I am in charge of planning and all the sides. So basically my job is to figure out the what and where and worry about the sides. It is kind of a good deal if you think about it!
My quest this time around was to find a grill that was portable and lightweight that could be carried to the beach for a cookout. I was determined to find something that could fit compact under a boat seat and out of the box I wanted it to be...road trip ready and beach bound! I started out at World Market and got a lot of inspiration and was petty determined to find exactly what I was looking for so that I could check off a beach BBQ off of my summer bucket list.
Ultimately I was able to find what I was looking for at Wal-Mart. I love it because it was so affordable and the legs fold up and over the grill when the lid is on and it has a handle. It fits compact under a boat seat and it is light weight to carry to the beach. Now all I have to worry about is what to cook. One of my all time favorite things to cook would have to be kabobs. I think it is the perfect beach picnic food for grilling because you can prepare it the night before and have it good and ready. I also like that meat and vegetable are all in one place and you can eat it off of a stick! What is not to love? So, what are your favorite kabob recipes? I am on the hunt for them right now!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Texas Caviar!

Hey Down Home Friends,
You know they say that black eyed peas bring you luck. So it is no surprise that we find black eyed peas in Texas Caviar. So what is not to love about this zesty little dish? After all it is so easy to make and easy to adjust and play with and the best part is that it is a make ahead little dish that can go with anything. I also love that this recipe is better when you make it the night before. Make ahead recipes have got to be my favorites. So before you get out those old recipes for the next picnic, tailgate, potluck of BBQ why not give Texas caviar a try?
Texas Caviar
Prepare the day before for best results
1 can of black eyed peas rinsed and drained
1 can of corn drained
1 red, green, yellow or orange bell pepper seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
1/2 red, yellow or white onion chopped
1 pint red or yellow cherry tomatoes
Bacon bits (in the jar)
8oz Italian dressing
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and store overnight. More dressing can be used if needed. Stir and taste several hours before serving and add more dressing and seasonings if needed. Serve as a salad or with chips as a dip.
It really is that simple and fun to play around with the basic recipe. I made this the other day and took it to a picnic on the lake and it was a hit! So easy to make and transport and light and refreshing. I am still hoping those peas will bring me luck!

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