Monday, February 23, 2009

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Sooo good and sooo easy!! I used garlic salt instead of celery salt (because I didn't have any)and it was great.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Baked Scallops

20 Ritz crackers, crushed
black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound sea scallops
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/8 cup sprite or white grape juice or sugar water mixture
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  2. Combine crushed crackers, black pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl. Press scallops into mixture so that they are evenly coated, and place them in the greased baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together melted butter, wine and lemon juice; drizzle mixture over scallops.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until scallops are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Heart Cupcakes

An easy way to spice up your normal cupcakes! Get your cupcakes ready, then place a small marble between the paper wrapper and the tin. Bake as usual. It will indent the side in to make little hearts. Frost and decorate. You can use any kind of cake mix, but Red Velvet is fun for Valentine's day! Of course, if you are using Red Velvet cake then you have to have cream cheese frosting:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Mix in vanilla, then add in powdered sugar. If frosting is too soft to decorate with, refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Tip: since part of the cupcake volume is displaced by the marble, you don't need to put as much batter into each cupcake as you normally would (otherwise, when it rises while baking it will go over the edge and look like a normal cupcake, albeit one with a marble stuck to the side). This means you will have extra batter if you make 24 cupcakes. I put the extra into a mini-loaf pan and made a "mommy-sized" cupcake :>)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Heart-Shaped Eggs and Toast

Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the center of a thick slice of bread, and toast it. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place bread slice in skillet, and cook until underside is lightly browned. Add another 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, and flip bread. Fit cookie cutter, coated with cooking spray, in bread's cutout heart, and crack an egg into cutter. Cover skillet, and cook until egg is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove cutter. Serve with toasted heart for dipping into yolk. Recipe from Martha Stewart.

Heart-Shaped Pancakes

So simple... Make pancakes, cut into heart shapes, drizzle with syrup and add berries.

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