Lemon Butter Salmon

Evening guys! I made this yummy salmon dish on Monday night. The hubby has never been a big salmon fan, but I am slowly convincing him that he actually does like salmon! The girls like most all fish and they ate most of their serving, but they are just not big lemon lovers yet. I am thinking some sort of sesame ginger glaze next time!

Lemon Butter Salmon

Ingredients- Serves about 4 adults plus a little leftover for a dog treat=)

2 pounds salmon
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice and minced garlic, allow the lemon juice to reduce a bit. Add in 2 tablespoons of butter, remove pan from heat and stir until the butter starts to melt. Place the pan back on the heat for a few seconds. Repeat with second tablespoon of butter.

When butter is completely melted, remove sauce from stove.
Place the salmon filet in a piece of foil large enough to fold over and seal. Using a brush or spoon, brush the salmon with the garlic butter sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cover with foil so that all sides are properly closed so the sauce does not leak.
Bake the salmon for about 12 minutes or until firm. Open the foil and allow the fish to broil under the broiler for 2 minutes, keeping an eye on it so the fish does not burn. Remove from oven.

I served it with some whole wheat couscous and green beans. I added mine on top of a fresh salad.  Delish!


Pan Seared Butter Cod

A new fish recipe!!!

Pan Seared Butter Cod

1 pound cod
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, sliced
Seasoning Rub-
1/4 tsp of each garlic salt, salt, pepper, and paprika
4 tablespoons olive oil


Stir together ingredients for seasoning plus olive oil in a small bowl.

Depending on how your cod was cut by the butcher or if you brought already portioned pieces, this recipe calls for 4 pieces of cod. I cut 2 larger pieces in half to make 4 smaller pieces. Pat dry and thinly coat each side of the fish with the seasoning mixture.

Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a large skillet on medium hight heat. Once butter melts and starts to turn brown, add cod to skillet.

Cook 2 minutes on the first side.

Turn heat down to medium. Turn cod over, top with remaining butter and cook another 2-3 minutes. Butter will completely melt and fish will cook through.




Crispy Cod with Corn and Mashed Purple Potatoes

Evening food lovers! So tonight I used the ingredients from my Blue Apron meal. I did not actually follow the real recipe for a few reasons. The actual recipe is supposed to have corn on the cob with garlic butter and pickled cucumbers. There was supposed to be 2 ears of corn, but there was only one, so I improvised with a Steam fresh bag. Only Katie and I like cucumbers, and if I tried to pickle them she probably would have cried. So I cut them up for us so we could snack on them.

The fish was treated with the standard breading procedure- FEB- Flour, Egg, and Breadcrumbs with seasoning (salt, pepper,Old Bay- my addition) and cooked on each side for about 3 minutes in a bit of olive oil.

The potatoes were chopped in medium sized pieces and boiled until soft, about 14 minutes. I added 3 tablespoons of butter and seasoned it with a healthy portion of salt and pepper. Then I took my handy dandy potato masher and mashed those beauties right up!


Gluten Free Beer Battered Cod

For all my gluten free friends…

Gluten Free Beer Battered Cod


4 pieces of cod- but you can use any white fish you like.
Beer Batter-
Whisk the following in a medium mixing bowl:
1 cup RICE flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
Whisk together slowly with 1 cup of brown beer (gluten free beer exists!) Refrigerate for 15 minutes.


Heat some vegetable oil in a pan. While it is heating up, dredge your fish in some cornstarch and tap off any excess cornstarch. Dip in to the batter and put in oil. Don’t crowd the pan. When the batter is set on one side, turn the fish over and cook until golden brown and delicious.


Pan-Seared Catfish with Spinach and Pesto Pasta

Hey guys! I hope you are having a great weekend! So far, it has been pretty nice and relaxing. Yesterday the girls went to a fun birthday party and played outside. I relaxed, caught up on my DVR, and cooked this yummy dinner. I hope you give it a try!


4 Catfish Fillets (any white fish would work)
3/4 pound of Linguine Pasta
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 pound fresh spinach
6 tablespoons of butter- or olive oil (I like to do a combo of both)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 small container of prepared pesto
about 1/2 cup of dry white wine


Cook the pasta in heavily salted boiling water. As always, reserve about a cup of that starchy cooking water.

While the pasta cooks, begin cooking the fish. Put the flour on a plate. Make sure you pat the fish dry. Salt and pepper each side of the fish. Coat the fish in the flour, tapping off any excess. Melt about 3 tablespoons of butter in a pan and cook the fish on the first side for about 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip and add the white wine and a small glug of olive oil. Cook the fish on the other side for about 3 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish.

Stain your pasta. Add your spinach in the same pan you cooked your pasta in (less dishes!)Cook down just about 3 minutes or so. Add in your pesto and cheese. Stir back in your pasta. If it looks thick, loosen it up a bit with that starchy cooking water, a bit at a time. I top with just a bit more olive oil.


034Leftovers consist of lots of pasta and 1 fish filet. Thinking of some ways to change up my leftovers…1. Fish Tacos  2.Add shrimp or chicken to the pasta 3. Add in more sauteed veggies to the pasta for a vegetarian meal  4. Sauteed fish cakes 5. Soup- Pesto Noodle Soup or Fish Curry Soup… So many ideas!

If I come up with something good, I will let you know!

Happy Sunday!


Pan Roasted Cod cooked in Thyme Butter


This is one of the girls’ favorite meals; fish cooked in butter. It is super light, despite all the butter. I served with a side of the girls pasta and peas that they love (Steam fresh bag)

1/2 stick of butter
2 6-ounce cod fillets
1 full hand full of fresh thyme, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add in thyme and cook for a minute or so.
Add salted and peppered cod fillets to skillet in a single layer; cook 4 on the first side and 2 minutes on the second side. It should be opaque in the middle.

A Couple of Favorites…

So I’m cooking away over here! Last night I made some chicken stir fry with Chinese noodles…

When I make this, I use different combinations of sauce. Here was the line up for this dinner…



Last night I asked the girls what they wanted for dinner. It was between something made with beef or tilapia. They chose this lovely recipe…  We ate it with a side of macaroni. There was so much fish between the 3 of us, that I didn’t even bother with a veggie. Just like last time, we scarfed it down after a night of activities, so there is no picture evidence. So I found this picture that actually looks pretty close; the first time I made it with rosemary, but alas, it is winter and I don’t have any  fresh.


Tomorrow is a lots of homework and a late cheer practice, so we might have to go out. Thursday is a night out with a SUPER close friend who the girls know as their Uncle and lots more homework and studying. Why does third grade have SO much homework? I have no idea about Friday. Maybe I will make a meatloaf or something new; I still have that beef in the freezer. Saturday is out with some old work friends, so hubby will have a date night with his little ladies. After that I have no idea! Have a great rest of the week!

Oven Baked Sole

Hey guys! I know it has been a while! I hope everyone had a great holiday! I had an awesome week off! I got to spend lots of time with my family, especially my girls, which I love ❤ We had lots of amazing days just the 3 of us and it was super special. We also hung out with lots of other family this past week and we all had a blast together!

I got in a run, yoga, barre, and Pilates! I earned my Thanksgiving dinner!003

Doggie Cousins

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Went to go see The Good Dinosaur with the girls. SOOO good! Bring some tissue…024


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Oven Baked Sole


4 Sole fillets
season liberally on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic salt, paprika
juice from one lemon
1/4 cup olive oil


Preheat oven to 375
Season sole and marinate with lemon juice and olive oil
Put in aluminum foil or parchment paper packets
Cook for 18 minutes.

Serve with your favorite sides. I did broccoli, creamy noodles, and crescent rolls (DUH!)