Smoky Tomato Salmon Chowder

February 6, 2009

You guys are not going to believe this…

Wait for it…

Seriously, you should sit down…

It’s Favorite Things Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, if you are having trouble breathing, dial 911, and then keep reading because this is a good one.

It was a soup night, and fish was on the menu, so I made this Better Homes and Gardens recipe! Delish!

The only thing I changed was that once the soup was heated, I added 1/2 cup of heavy cream to make it more bisque- like.

Smoky Tomato Salmon Chowder
Start to Finish: 45 minutes

3 6-oz. fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets
1 to 2 tsp. chili powder
2 medium red sweet peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 medium sweet onion, cut in 1/2-inch slices
1 jalapeño pepper,* halved lengthwise and seeded
2 14-oz. cans chicken broth
1 14.5-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 large tomato, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Chili powder
1. Thaw salmon, if frozen. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and refrigerate while roasting vegetables.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place sweet peppers, onion, and jalapeño pepper, cut sides down, on foil-lined baking sheet. Roast 15 to 20 minutes. Loosely wrap vegetables in foil; let stand 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, place salmon in a shallow greased baking pan; fold under thin edges. Bake 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork; keep warm.
4. With sharp knife loosen and peel off skins from peppers; discard skins. Coarsely chop peppers and onion; transfer to large saucepan. Add broth and undrained tomatoes. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in chopped tomato and parsley.
5. To serve, ladle chowder into shallow bowls. Break salmon in pieces and divide among bowls. Top with avocado slices and sprinkle with chili powder. Makes 6 main-dish servings.
6. *Hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, contain oils that may burn the skin and eyes. Wear plastic gloves when working with hot peppers or thoroughly wash bare hands with soap and water after handling them.

There are still plenty of soup days left this year, so definitely add this to your menu!!!!!

In joy, troye!
Post your favorite soup recipe to your blog, and add the link here. I would love to see what you have to share!

Surprise! My favorite thing this week is a food. I find that unbelievable myself.
This is a new cereal that I found a Trader Joes, and it should not even be called a cereal. The milk and the bowl are not worthy of this cereal. It should be eaten straight out of the box in large handfuls!!!!

Add one of your favorite things and put the link here…

My favorite thing this week is so new that I don’t even have a photo. It is also so good that I haven’t stopped long enough to take a pic.

Drum Roll Please…

“This delicious sweet and salty combination brings together our rich, indulgent Signature Hot Chocolate and the flavors of buttery caramel and smoked sea salt. It is topped with whipped cream, a swirl of caramel and a sprinkle of our sea salt topping – a combination of artisan sea salt and Turbinado sugar from Hawaii.”

It is so phenomenal that I had to make it at home…
Here’s how:
Make stovetop hot chocolate by following the directions on the cocoa box. Either make homemade whipped cream or pick up a can and top your cocoa with the whipped cream. Then you drizzle the whipped cream with caramel. Here is how you can make homemade caramel or you can pick up a bottle at the store (starbucks even sells their caramel in a easy squeeze bottle). Starbucks adds a shot of toffee nut syrup to the hot chocolate, but I did not find this necessary at home. Maybe that is because of the exorbitant amount of caramel I added to the top. Then you sprinkle course sea salt on top.
Note: if you decide to pick one of these up at your local SB, be sure to request that they not press the lid down. You do not want to waste any of that delicious salt. Then take the lid off to enjoy.
I also had them add a shot of expresso for good measure.

Now stop into every Starbucks that you pass today, and then pick up the ingredients to make your own at home!!! Then tell me about your favorite thing and add you link here…

Laptop Lunches

October 3, 2008

It’s Friday! Woo Hoo! Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!!!!

Wait a second… what am I looking forward to. My days are all the same. In fact now that the boys are in school, the weekend just means that I have to work more. Hmmmm…

Oh well. It does mean that it is time for Favorite Things Friday. If you have a blog, feel free to post one of your favorite things and link below.

This week’s favorite thing is a new thing in our household.. It is a laptop lunchbox. It is an americanized version of the Bento style lunches known in asian cultures. Check out the link above for more info. I love that it reduces waste and gives a really cool way to send a healthy lunch to school. Because…well, don’t get me started on the school lunches!
I have wanted one of these for a long time, and I finally got one the other day. Here was Jonah’s first lunch in it:

Bread and pears that he could spread his own apple butter and almond butter onto, natural white cheddar cheetos (okay so everything isn’t healthy, but I don’t want the other kids to make fun of him too badly), raisins, and apple butter and almond butter in his dipping cups. It has a little place to keep his fork and spoon, and an area for his water bottle. All of the plastic is PBA and lead free. And, the best thing is… it’s so stinking cute!!!
So, now it is your turn. Share your favorite thing and add your link below!

September 26, 2008

Tomato Pie
When I took an Apples of Gold class in Savannah, I learned how to make tomato pie. It sounded a little “iffy” at the time, but I instantly fell madly in love. It is designed as a southern side dish, but in our house, it is a main course!!! Here is the recipe…

Key players:
tomatoes, onion (the original recipe calls for green onions, but I prefer a red onion), fresh basil, salt and pepper, and mayo (since I am not a huge mayo fan I split the mayo with sour cream and sometimes plain yogart- even though I loved the original).

Peel your tomatoes. This is easiest if you drop each tomato into boiling water for about 20 sec, and the skin almost falls off. Slice and layer the tomatoes in a deep dish pie crust. Sprinkle with salt, fresh ground pepper, chopped basil, and diced onion. Continue to layer until your pie crust is full.

This can take anywhere from four to six tomatoes. Isn’t that pretty?
Just a warning: It will look nasty again before we cook it. sorry- it is still tasty!

Then mix 1 cup of mayo (or half cup mayo, half cup sour cream OR one third cup mayo, one third cup sour cream, and one third cup plain yogart- the options are endless) with 1 – 2 cups of grated cheddar (sharp is best).

Stir together and then “ice” your pie with the creamy mixture. The cheese and mayo mixture seeps down into the layers as it cooks. I told you it would look gross. Keep pressing on. It is so worth it!!!!!!

Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove and enjoy!!!

This is what your husband’s plate will look like after he eats it. Can you see the swirls from where he rubbed his biscuit all over the plate to get the last little bit?
Now I would love to hear about one of your favorite things…

Let me begin by saying that I cannot believe that I am posting a cleaner as one of my favorite things. Anyone who has ever been to my house or spent even a few moments with me knows that cleaning is definitely not one of my favorite things at all. But, with that being said, if I do have to clean, this cleaner is the greatest. It is all natural, safe for anything, green, and most importantly, I can use it in any room and on any surface in my house.

I actually stumbled upon this because Charlie’s also makes my favorite laundry detergent, but it’s packaging is not as fun as this. The disclosure on the back of the bottle is what moved Charlie’s into the spot of my favorite things this week.

Charlie’s prides itself on being all natural and save for kiddos and pets, so the caution reads:

“Do not spray directly on cockroaches, fire ants, fleas, ticks, termites, spiders, scorpions, wasps or hornets. In case of accidental exposure, rinse unlucky creatures with potable water for fifteen minutes and contact your local Humane Society or qualified insect veterinarian for further instructions.”

How great is that? Sarcasm is one of my favorite things as well, so sarcasm on a label wins for me this week.

Now I really do have to recommend Charlie’s Soap products, so check them out here.

Ahhhh…… I had this post ready to go, and forgot to set it up to auto post. Now it is Saturday, but I’m hoping that you all can forgive me and still post your favorite thing this week. Love ya!

This is random, and not very exciting, but it is the little things in life, right?

My favorite thing this week is

wide mouth Ball jars.

They are perfect for storage, they are cheap, and I don’t have to worry about nasty plastics seeping into my food. Plus they look pretty cool too.

I even use them for display storage on my kitchen counter. I never could find a straw container, and I like this just as well.

I couldn’t find one of my jars empty, so I had to take a picture of the one with homemade salsa in it, which is also one of my favorite things. Maybe I’ll give you the recipe next week.

Favorite Things Friday!

August 29, 2008

It’s time for another installment of My favorite things- on a completely different scale from Oprah. I LOVE these diced tomatoes.
I add them to everything… salsa, guacamole, spaghetti sauce, omlettes, toss with pasta. Everything!!! It adds such a great fire roasted flavor to all of my other favorite things. And, added bonus is that they are organic. I would eat them anyway, but that always helps. And, when Kroger has them on sale, and you use this coupon, you can stock up for $0.50 a can.
Tell me about one of your favorite things…

Favorite Things Friday

August 22, 2008

***We interrupt this blog post to let you know that it is officially Saturday***
Crazy has landed in my life and I now bring you the blog post that I started Thursday evening to post yesterday, and I just now returning to the computer. Work with me here, people.
***Now back to the regularly scheduled post**
I have to admit something here to all three of you who read my blog (I know you can tell this will be a life-changing confession)…
I TiVo Oprah every day.
Crazy, I know. I don’t even like Oprah, and I don’t watch her show. At this point, you may be asking yourself, much like The Man asks me every time he notices the list of episodes, “Why, then, does she record the show daily?”

That is a great question. I absolutely LOVE Oprah’s Favorite Things episodes. I record daily to make sure that I catch her favorite things. How fun is it to see gadgets that I have never heard of and never knew that I needed, and now realize that I can’t live without them? That is a good time.

I am going to host my own version here for ALL of us. And I would love to hear about your favorite things as well.
One of my newest and greatest favorite things is this wonderful Satsuma body set from The Body Shop.

The body polish has bits of loofa crushed into it to exfoliate the skin, and body wash and body butter smell scrumptious and makes my skin shiny and beautiful. I’m not normally one for “foodie” type smells, but this smell makes me very happy. I’m sorry to any of you who are unfortunate enough to live close to me and who have had to endure me sticking my arm into your faces to experience how wonderful I smell.

So there it is. My first favorite thing. What is one of your favorite things?