The PERFECT steak! 

Do you want the perfect steak?! Try some Steak Aromatherapy….Follow these steps to produce a delicious, juicy steak!

No need to buy steak rubs, liberally season steak with kosher salt and course ground black pepper (I like to use a little garlic powder too).

RULE NUMBER ONE: Chill Out

    Take your steaks out 20-30 minutes BEFORE you plan to cook them! A cold steak will cook unevenly.

    RULE NUMBER TWO: HOT PAN!

      Turn your cast iron pan on HIGH!

        Once the pan begins to smoke, add olive oil!

          Place the steaks in there  pan, searing it for 30seconds on each side.

          Now for the aromatics…….

            Add crushed garlic (no need to peel)

              Add thyme sprigs

                Begin to add dabs of butter…..

                RULE NUMBER THREE: GIVE IT SOME BASTE!

                  Use a spoon to baste the steaks frequently!

                    Flip the steaks every MINUTE in order to create even browning and cooking.

                    *Be sure to render any fat on your steak.
                    Not sure if your steak is done to your likeness?! Check this out 

                    Spinach Stuffed Chicken

                    This delicious recipe will leave you wanting more! Juicy chicken breast stuffed with spinach, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Mediterranean inspired, Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast can be paired with your favorite pasta or rice and veggie!

                     

                     

                    What you will need:

                    1 cup of frozen spinach (thawed and drained)

                    1 medium ripe tomato (diced)

                    1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

                    1 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic

                    1 tablespoon of oregano

                    2 Boneless Chicken Breast

                    salt and pepper, to taste

                    1 tablespoon of chicken seasoning mix (recipe follows)

                     

                    Oozing with greatness!

                    Oozing with greatness!

                    1. Combine the first 5  ingredients in a mixing bowl. Season with a touch of salt and pepper.

                    2.Cut into the side of the  breast to create a “pocket” for your stuffing. Season the chicken with the seasoning salt and black pepper.

                    3. Stuff your spinach mix into the pocket and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

                    4. Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Brown chicken on both sides (Presentation, the smoother side, first). Then transfer the pan to a preheated (375 degrees) oven for about 12-15 minutes.

                    5. Let chicken rest on a plate for about 5 minutes then slice and serve!!!!!

                     

                     

                     

                    Chicken Seasoning Mix

                     

                    1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder

                    1 teaspoon granulated onion powder

                    1 teaspoon dry parsley

                    1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning

                    1 teaspoon paprika

                     

                    Lime-Cilantro Rice

                    Lime-Cilantro Rice

                    What you’ll need :
                    1 cup of long grain white rice
                    1 tablespoon of butter
                    1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
                    2 tablespoons of lime juice
                    1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
                    1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
                    2 cups of water

                    1. Bring water to a boil. Add rice and butter, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

                    2. Stir the remaining ingredients together in a bowl. Add to freshly cooked rice prior to serving.

                    Creole Cajun Blackened Tilapia

                    This is the perfect creole inspired dish! You can add as much heat as you want! Enjoy this Blackened Tilapia with Lime-Cilantro rice and fresh steamed broccoli!

                    Blackened Tilapia

                    Prep Time: 30 minutes

                    Cook Time: 10-13 minutes

                    1 lb of fresh tilapia

                    1 teaspoon of garlic powder

                    1 teaspoon of onion

                    1 teaspoon of white pepper

                    1 teaspoon of black pepper

                    1 teaspoon of sea salt

                    1 teaspoon of dry thyme

                    1 teaspoon of dry oregano

                    2 tablespoons of smoked paprika

                    2 teaspoons of dried parsley

                    2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper

                    olive oil for brushing

                    1. Line a baking sheet with foil and add about 2 tablespoon of olive oil.

                    2. In a small bowl mix the spices together.

                    3. Dry tilapia with a paper towel. Lightly brush the fish with olive oil.

                    4. Pat the seasoning mix onto every inch of your tilapia. Let fish sit for 10 minutes at room temperature.

                    5. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350º F) for about 11-12 minutes.

                    6. ENJOY!!!!

                    Lump Crab Cakes w/ Homemade Remoulade Sauce

                    The5786se crab cakes are a perfect, minimal filling and maximum crustacean, can be served with a side salad or french fries. The prep time is only about 10-12 minutes and cook time is only about 7-9!!! The remoulade sauce is the perfect complement!

                     

                     

                    What you will need:

                    1 can of premium LUMP crab meat (most cans are 16 ounces)
                    onion
                    1/3 cup of red bell peppers
                    1/3 cup of green peppers
                    2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
                    1 teaspoon of salt
                    1 teaspoon of pepper
                    1 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
                    1 teaspoon of paprika
                    1 egg, beaten
                    1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
                    3 tablespoons of spicy mustard
                    1 tablespoon of lime juice
                    1 tablespoon of Worcestershire
                    2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

                    1. Mix all ingredients lightly. Try not to break the crabmeat up too much. Lightly fold the ingredients together. Form “cakes”, size according to preference.

                    2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, cook crab cakes for 4 minutes on each side.

                    Remoulade Sauce

                    1/2 cup of mayonnaise
                    4 tablespoons of whole grain or horseradish mustard
                    2 teaspoons of tabasco sauce
                    Salt and Pepper
                    1 teaspoon of lemon juice
                    1 scallion minced

                    Mix well. Chill for about an hour.

                    It’s a STICKY situation!

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                    Wings!
                    How many of us love them?! *raises hands* These Sesame Sticky wings are perfect! Asian inspired and easy to make! They can served with just about any starch-veggie or double veggie combination! Or you can indulge in them solely! Enjoy! I will be experimenting with dipping sauces so stay tuned!!!!

                    1 large garlic clove
                    1 tablespoon ginger (finely minced fresh or ground ginger)
                    3/4 teaspoon salt
                    2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
                    2 tablespoons hoisin sauce*
                    3 1/2 tablespoons mild honey
                    1 teaspoon  sesame oil
                    Pinch of cayenne
                    3 lb chicken wingettes or chicken wings**
                    1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds,
                    2 scallions (green part only), finely chopped

                    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking pan with foil and
                    lightly oil foil.

                    2. Mince garlic and mash to a paste with salt using a spoon. Transfer
                    garlic paste to a large bowl and stir in soy sauce, ginger, hoisin,
                    honey, oil, and cayenne (to your discretion). Toss the wingettes in
                    the sauce, stirring to coat.

                    3. Arrange wingettes in baking pan and roast, turning over once, until
                    cooked through, about 40minutes. For crispy wings leave in fir an
                    additional 15-20 minutes, turning again, to ensure all around
                    crispiness. Transfer wingettes to a large serving bowl and toss with
                    sesame seeds and scallions.

                    *Hoisin sauce is a great add to your pantry! It is used in dozens of
                    Asian recipes!

                    **If using chicken wings instead of wingettes, cut off and discard
                    tips from chicken wings with kitchen shears or a large knife, then
                    halve wings at joint.