Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nut Crusted Grouper with Wine Sauce

My Husband loves this recipe, and fish was on sale for buy one get one free ! But I had to learn the hard way, that ANYTIME you coat a fish or poultry with nuts, make sure they are pureed well or smash them with a rolling pin in a sealed bag so they are completely crumb like in texture, no chunky nuts, even if you are feeling a little lazy. The nuts just won't stick right and the chunky nuts that fall off may burn in the pan. The lemon zest and wine will give both the fish and the garlic cream sauce a great flavor. Another good tip: Only sear a couple of coated pieces at a time and put aside to keep warm, then wipe the pan clean and start fresh for the next batch if needed... . You also can use seasoned bread crumbs instead of nuts or mix the two. Anyway here is the recipe.... of course you can use this for chicken as well.

Nut Crusted Grouper with Wine Sauce:

* 2-4 filets Grouper or Cod
* 1 egg white
* 1 small lemon- for zest and juice.
* Dash salt & Pepper
* 2 tbls. Olive oil
* 1 tbls. butter or spread
* 2-3 cloves fresh minced garlic or granulated garlic
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or Pistacios nuts-who can spell here?
* 1/2 cup dry white wine
* 1/2 cup half and half or cream

Directions: Puree nuts in blender. Add a bit of lemon peel or zest to nuts and mix with hands. Dip fish in egg or eggwhite to dampen. Season with salt & pepper lightly if desired. Dredge in nut mixture. In heated pan, Sautee fish in oil and butter about 3-4 minutes on each side until fish is flaky. Remove, keep warm. Add garlic and sautee until soft not brown, add wine, simmer and let reduce several minutes. Add cream, simmer, then add a sqeeze of lemon juice.Serve crusted fish on plate and pour cream sauce on top. Great vegetable sides: Aparugus, wild rice with raisins.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Penne Pasta with Chicken & Fire Roasted Tomatoes

This picture was found somewhere on the web
 I wasn't exactly sure how this pasta would come out. My pasta /casserole dishes usually come out goopy, gloppy or just plain dry...but this was, unexpectedly moist, full of flavor. This recipe was made using leftover grilled chicken the night before. Even my son approved. It does need some tweeking still, as I am not sure if the cream cheese has to be added, ( it does give it a rather strange creamy look) -perhaps the flavors will come thru using just the wine and spices, so if any of you try it, please send me your results won't you? I suppose you could skip the chicken and simply use more olives instead...

* 1/2 lb. box of Penne Pasta
* 1 large cooked chicken breast sliced and chopped
* 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
* 1 16 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
* 1 small can black olives sliced
* 2-3 cloves of diced garlic
* 1 Tblspoon of garlic & herb flavored cream cheese (optional )
* 1/2 to 1 cup of dry red wine
* Dash of Italian spice blend
* Dash of granulated Garlic
*Dash of Cayene pepper -( optional )
* 1 - 8 0z. package of grated blend of Parmesan and Romano
Directions: Simply cook pasta for about 11-12 minutes until aldente, slightly chewy. While Pasta is cooking , in a large heated pan, I used my cast Iron skillet, add oil, sautee olives, garlic, chicken, tomatoes, wine, cream cheese -( Saute for a few minutes between each addition.) let simmer. Add your spices to taste. When pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauce. Cover with the grated cheeses and let melt . UMMMM. Serves 4

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Perfect Woman's Tea: Red Raspberry Leaf

Who knew that a natural way to combating the effects of hormonal imbalances, was as simple as taking a natural herbal tea?

What is Red Raspberryleaf?
I first discovered red raspberry leaf while on a mountain vacation in Georgia. We had stumbled upon a qaint little shop just outside Helen. I remember browsing among the many selections of little labeled jars of jams, spices and teas, each one having a tea strainer or a small spoon attached. I bought a lovely, soft, green herbal tea labled Orange Spice. It was a flavored version of raspberry leaf, and it was delicious. From then on, I was hooked. 

I finished the tea within a month and wanted more. In my search of course, I ended up learning quite abit about the many healthy benefits of this remarkable little plant.

Raspberry leaf- as you may have guessed of course- comes from the actual fruit of which it is named. This soft and rather fluffy leaf, has been used for centuries for a variety of Illnesses, But I have recently uncovered another wonderful benefit of this herb, which is rarely even mentioned. 

Red raspberry leaf helps strengthen and tone the bladder muscles. So effective is this tea, that it has been used for children suffering from chronic bed wetting. For those of you who, like me, have a husband who loves to go on long vacation drives without stopping, this was a boon to discover. 

Raspberry leaf tea also acts as a nice astringent & toner for irritated skin, effectively relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. Filled with Vitamins, nutrients and compounds that cleanse and even detoxify the liver, it truly is a special find and worth always having in your kitchen cupboard. Here are just some of red raspberry leaf benefits:

*Eases & Reduces labor pains
*Helps strengthen uterus & bladder muscles
*Filled with vitamins & potasium
*Acts as a healing astringent useful for wounds and sores
*Aids in diareah & stomach cramps.
*Helps with leg cramps
*Purifies Blood & Detoxifies Liver

**A Special Note: It really imakes a perfect gift, as like all herbs and teas, it looks very pretty in an apothecary jar. Add some dried orange peels and a cinnamon stick and viola! A warm, conforting, lightly spicy blend. Red raspberry leaf tea also tastes very much like a fresh, mild black tea, but with no caffeine!

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