Thursday, April 24, 2008

Parmesan Catfish

This recipe is from Light N Tasty. They say to bake it, but I like to fry it. :-) hehe I know that means more fat and calories, but it's just so much better. No matter which way you decide to cook it...I know you'll enjoy it.

Parmesan Catfish

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 TBLS cornmeal

1 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 egg white

1/4 cup fat-free milk

4 catfish fillets (approx 6 oz each)

In a shallow dish, combine the flour, Parm. cheese, cornmeal, paprika, salt and pepper; set aside. In another shallow dish, beat egg white and milk. Dip fillets in milk mixture, then in flour mixture. Place in a 13x9 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. OR if you want to fry it...heat oil to 350 degrees and fry till golden brown and fish flakes easily with fork.
I served this with roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, and of course cocktail sauce. YUMMO PEOPLE!

My Mamma's Banana Bread

I LOVE banana bread! My Mom made it all the time growing up and I seriously think I could eat a whole loaf if I let myself. :-) I learned SO MUCH of my cooking and baking skills from my wonderful mother! Thank you Mom! Today my sweet daughter helped me make this bread.

This recipe is just a standard banana bread recipe that my Grandmother used to make, but it's OH SO GOOD! Go bake some, add some butter, and enjoy.

Banana Bread

4 TBLS margarine, softened

1 Cup sugar

2 eggs

3 large, ripe bananas

2 Cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 Tbls water

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream Marg. and sugar. Add eggs and bananas. Add remaining ingrediants and mix thoroughly. Pour into sprayed loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. (time may vary due to oven differences)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Smoked Sausage with Pasta

Let me preface that I know SO MANY incredible cooks! I have friends who are able to just make up a recipe. I do not have this talent. I can follow directions well and can add a few things here and there, but inventing something is totally new to me. So to all my friends that can cook...make a blog too so you can inspire me! :-)

Okay here is SMOKED SAUSAGE WITH PASTA (from Light N Tasty)

4 oz uncooked angel hair pasta (I use wheat pasta)

1/2 lb reduced fat smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite sized pieces

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp dried basil

1 TBLS olive or canola oil

2 cups julienned seeded plum tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 pinches of red pepper flakes (depends on how hot you want it)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the sausage, mushrooms, garlic and basil in oil until mushrooms are tender. Drain pasta, add to the sausage mixture. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper; toss gently. Heat through. YIELD: 4 servings

I served this with garlic bread and salad. Hope you all enjoy! MAKES GREAT LEFTOVERS.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Learning how to work this blog world

Well I'm just now learning how to work all this blog stuff so have patience with me. But I had this great idea from a friend about starting a recipe blog and I had some spare time so I thought I'd go for it! I hope that you find this a useful tool to find some yummy recipes for your friends and family!