Salmon Fillet, seared with Red Chard

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Crispy seared Salmon Fillet with fresh chard – oh so delicious.

I found this beautiful red chard at the farmer’s market but I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it. Then I remembered those salmon fillets in the freezer – Perfect match! And SO easy and simple! A crispy seared salmon fillet over fresh, lightly sautéd chard. Delicious!

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #201

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The weather gave us a little tease! It was so warm we actually needed our air-conditioner. I got so excited with this warm weather, I was ready to start planning barbecues! But then Spring reminded us that it isn’t summer yet. The rain is still a force in the air. And when the weather turns, do you know…

what's for dinner?

  Well come on over – this is the place to answer that question! This is the home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

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Share as many as three RECIPES! But make them ones you haven’t shared in a month or so…

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Mississippi Hot Tamales

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Where does the time go? I’ve missed a whole week of posts. After I started my new job my schedule changed and I’m trying to sync myself to it. So far I haven’t been too successful! But I did manage to get the next state prepared! Mississippi Hot Tamales.

Mississippi Hot Tamales

This little package of deliciousness is made with seasoned meat and wrapped in a corn flour (masa) dough. It can be rolled in corn husks or paper and they are simmered rather than steamed. Some call them “wet” tamales.

No one quite seems to know how the tamale made its way to the Mississippi delta. Some say it was in the early 1900s when the Mexican migrants came to pick cotton. Others suggest they were created by the African Americans working along side the Mexicans. Or did they arrive via the Mexican-American war? The native Americans also used corn flour in a similar manner. Could they have been the first to create this master piece? Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #200

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First of all, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! And second of all,

It’s our 200th party! 200!! Wouldn’t it be great to get 200 posts added to the party this week? With your help I think we can! Spread the word – tweet and facebook – share up to five of your best recipes! And while your here, maybe you can decide…

what's for dinner?

  Well come on over – this is the place to answer that question! This is the home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share as many as three RECIPES! But make them ones you haven’t shared in a month or so…

               Remember, be sure there is an edible recipe in your post.

 Here are the some delicious ideas that were shared last week (and not just for dinner!):

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

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Indiana Fried Bologna Sandwich

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I remember when I was about 8 years old, my friend showed me how to make a fried bologna sandwich. I loved it! And then I grew up and stopped eating processed foods and forgot all about it. Until now.

As I was researching the foods of Indiana, the big one that kept popping up was the tenderloin sandwich – a GIANT piece of pork tenderloin, chicken fried and put on a bun that barely held half of the piece of meat. Nope – way to big. And then I saw it.

The fried bologna sandwich. David Letterman brought attention to it when he called his mom from the show to ask how to make it. And there are a lot of restaurants that serve a variety of versions. Although it seems to be a mid-western phenomena, it is very popular meal in Indiana.

Here is my take on this total comfort food. As I ate it, I remembered those days as an 8 year old in the kitchen, making fried bologna and loving every bite! Continue reading

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Potted Pork – A great use of leftovers!

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This delicious spread is great on crackers or sliced baguette. It works as a sandwich spread too! A super easy and wonderfully tasteful way to use any left over pork too!

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This recipe uses ghee. Ghee is a highly clarified butter that is typically used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine and that originated in ancient India. Well, what exactly is clarified butter? It’s butter that has been simmered and all the water removed. Ghee, on the other hand, simmers low and slow allowing the solids to brown slightly giving it a sweet nutty flavor. It also has a higher smoke point than regular butter, allowing to cook at higher temperatures. And it tastes good! Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #199

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It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner! Next week is Mother’s day, then comes Memorial Day, and there you are. It’s summer!! Busy days, vacations and still the daily question…

  Well come on over – this is the place to answer that question! This is the home of a collection of fabulous recipes! A collaboration of ideas ~

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share as many as three RECIPES! But make them ones you haven’t shared in a month or so…

               Remember, be sure there is an edible recipe in your post.

 Here are the some delicious ideas that were shared last week (and not just for dinner!):

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers – next week might be you!

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Easy Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

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In case you haven’t been following, I’ve been posting foods from one of the U.S. states at the end of each week. We’ve been up and down the East Coast and now we’re moving into the central states. This week we’re tasting Louisiana.

What foods are unique to this state? Quite a few actually. There is a fusion of cultures here. You have the Creole Étouffée (usually with the local crawfish). Jambalaya and Gumbo have their roots here. And then there’s the spicy Cajun food, like red beans and rice.

Throughout Louisiana, red beans are referred to as the “Monday night meal”. During the 19th century, Monday was laundry day. And back then, there were no electric appliances to make the job quick and easy. It was all done by hand. And it took all day. So while the women were working, the beans were simmering in the pot. By the end of the day, they were ready to serve up with some hot rice. And the tradition still exists, even though Monday is no longer set aside for laundry.

This recipe is great for a modern Monday. The beans are canned so there’s no all day simmering. The whole meal takes about an hour from start to finish to prepare. And it’s a delicious bowl of food! And you don’t need to be in Louisiana to enjoy it! Continue reading

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Ham, Potato and Cabbage Soup

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We had a huge ham for Easter. After sending some home with all the guests, we still had a lot. I left a good amount on the bone and boiled it down to a broth. And I mean a lot of broth! I split it up into two containers and froze it to make soup with at a later date – and later was this last week!

Here’s a delicious soup full of veggies and flavor. A perfect light meal.

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Slow Cooker Ham and Pea Soup

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We had a huge ham for Easter. After sending some home with all the guests, we still had a lot. I left a good amount on the bone and boiled it down to a broth. And I mean a lot of broth! I split it up into two containers and froze it to make soup with at a later date – and later was this last week!

We love pea soup at our house, but working full-time managing a child care center, managing a business training child care professionals AND doing four blogs – I’m busy! So I tried this soup in the crock pot and it was a success!

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