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Monday, March 13, 2017

Ginger, Garlic and Lemongrass Poached Tilapia

Ginger, Lime Garlic and Lemongrass Poached Tilapia


This style of Tilapia is amazing in tacos with veggies and salsa.  It is juicy, flavorful, and will send your taste buds on a ride!


Ingredients:

6 Tilapia fillets
1/2 tsp of freshly grated ginger
1 clove of garlic, grated
1 Tbsp. of lemongrass
1 lime, cut into wedges


Instructions:

1.  In a large frying pan, add 1/2 quart of water.  
2.  Add the grated ginger,  the garlic, and the the lemongrass.
3.  Squeeze the lime wedges in the pan and add the lime rinds into 
     the water.
4.  Poach the Tilapia over medium heat for 10 - 12 minutes. 

Herb-Roasted Pork Chops

Herb-Roasted Pork Chops

Here is a tasty pork chop recipe served with an au jus.  This recipe is one of my son Phillip's favorites!   He says "Its to die for!" It will definitely put a smile on your face!

Ingredients:

1 tsp of garlic salt
1 tsp of freshly minced rosemary
1/2 tsp of Italian Seasoning
6 pork chops

Instructions:

1.  Lay out the pork chops on a large baking pan
2.  Sprinkle the garlic salt, rosemary and garlic salt evenly over the pork chops.
3.  Broil the pork chops for 20 minutes.  Turn them over once about half way through the cooking process. 
4.  You can make an au jus for your pork chops by adding 1/2 quart of water and 1/2 teaspoon of chicken or beef bouillion to the baking pan.  Heat over the stove on medium heat until it starts to boil.  Stir the liquid well. 

Learn Something New Everyday

Learn Something New Everyday


I am 45 and not working for the time being.  Taking care of my Mother's affairs has not been easy with a full time job.  I decided to quit my teaching job for now, take a breather, and take care of myself and my family.  The silver lining here is that I now have time to learn something new, time that I never used to have while I have been playing super-Mommy for the last 10 years.  

My plan is to learn something new everyday and learn it well.  There are a few life skills such as cheese making, learning how to cook more complex French and Italian recipes, making homemade soap, crocheting and writing a cookbook.  Traveling is also on my to do list.  I can't wait to see what the future holds!

The Wisdom Behind Growing Your Own Fruits and Veggies

The Wisdom Behind Growing 
Your Own Fruits and Veggies

There is something to be said for growing your own fruits and vegetables.  At 39 years of age, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  This was a huge wake up call for me.  I am a biologist by training and wondered if my lifestyle contributed to this.  I naturally started to look at what I was eating and what I was not eating for clues.  I also wondered if the way in which our food is grown and processed may have affected my health.  

What I did realize was that a lot of the produce sold in our markets are treated with pesticides and herbicides while they are grown in the fields.  Many vegetables are also sprayed with ethylene while they are in the supermarkets to help ripen them.  This made me think that I could grow naturally grown and ripened fruits and vegetables in my home garden without using chemicals.  Not only will the produce be fresh, but it will be more flavorful then anything we buy at the store.  

My big life lesson here was learning what to put into my mouth and what to keep out of it!The next time you think of food,  think organically grown.