Thursday, March 30, 2017

Company Salmon with Asparagus


It's that glorious time of the week where I can start to think about family time, cooking and Sunday Supper (quite possibly one of my all time favorite traditions).

I have not been able to blog as much as I would like lately so it really touches me when I get messages inquiring about one of my Instagram posts.  I always laugh and say my blog is akin to Cinderella before the ball.  I follow some amazingly inspirational folks but this is a do-it-yourself, real-time, no money invested whatsoever dealio.....so THANK YOU for stopping by.

I thought it would be fun to share my Sunday Supper recipes with you at the end of the week so you can incorporate the ingredients into your weekend shopping.  It is my hope some of my recipes may inspire you to recreate the meal with your family or loved ones.  Entertaining really is easy when it comes from the heart.  And for me, nothing beats a table filled with the people I love.

So here it is - last week's Sunday Supper:

Company Salmon with Asparagus

Purchase enough Salmon to serve your crowd
Season to taste with salt, pepper and herbs of choice
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil in a baking dish
Place salmon in baking dish with sliced lemon on top
Roast the salmon for 8 minutes, remove, drizzle with 1/3 cup of dry white wine and roast for another 4 minutes.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Spray inside of a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray
Top and toss asparagus with Parmesan cheese, sea salt and garlic powder
Roast in a preheated 400 degree oven about 10 minutes, until fork easily inserts into thickest part of stem.




*If you have a local seafood shop, I highly recommend you spending the few extra bucks to support your local fishing community.  We have a shop that flies fish in from the coast a couple of times a week and it is so refreshing knowing that my family is eating fresh food, supporting our local economy and regional fishermen.  The stuff at the store y'all - yuck and mostly not even from the United States.  

XOXO,
Lee



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Shepherd's Pie



I love Shepherd's Pie but have not found a recipe I absolutely love......until this past week when I decided to marry two recipes I had tried in the past.  At last, a love made in beefy stew heaven.  This is our annual St. Patrick's Day meal so I needed to perfect it.  It would be perfect for a pot luck as well.  Enjoy!

The Southern Sideboard's Shepherd's Pie

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 pounds beef stew meat
1 diced onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 bottle of beer
4 cups of beef broth
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 cup frozen peas
2 diced celery stalks
4 diced carrots
5 quartered new potatoes

Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Brown the meat on all sides (approximately 5 minutes).  Take meat out of pot and set aside.  Add onion to the pot, reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for another minute.  Add the beer, beef broth, Worcestershire, sugar, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.  Return the meat, stir, cover pot and simmer for 2 hours.  Add potatoes, carrots, celery and peas and cook for an additional 30 minutes.  To thicken stew, remove 1 cup of liquid and whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour, then add back to stew.  Stir and cook for another 10 minutes to bake off the flour.  Transfer stew to a cast iron skillet.  Top with your favorite mashed potato recipe (not gonna lie, I used two containers of store bought Bob Evans mashed potatoes).  Cook in a preheated oven at 375 degrees until golden brown.  *I cooked for 5 minutes, got lazy and turned on the broiler to finish the job.  Y'all the dog was howling it smelled so good!!!
XOXO,
Lee

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Braised Short Ribs over Cheese Grits


The hubby and I celebrated a belated Valentine's dinner last night.  Such is life with little ones, basketball games, travel schedule and evening meetings.

A few years ago, I was cleaning the house and Food Network was on to The Pioneer Woman.  Ree Drummond was cooking her braised short ribs over cheese grits as Brian walked through the room.  He literally stopped and was mesmerized.........he may have even drooled.  I immediately went online and downloaded the recipe and we finally tried it last night.  Y'all - if he was drooling watching the show you should have seen him eating.  It was SO yummy.  Best of all - there were only a few prep steps and then it simmered in the oven for a couple of hours......my kinda meal.  The meat fell off the bone and was so incredibly flavorful.  We highly recommend.

Red wine, beef broth, thyme and rosemary along with carrots and unions 

My husband thinks its hysterical that he gave me a dutch oven and I love it.
Please tell me I am not the only one who married a manboy.
Enjoy!

xoxo,
Lee

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge



We gifted the boys with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina for Christmas. Having never been before, they were so excited to go ride the rides and play in the indoor water park.  Great Wolf Lodge also features an arcade room with a bowling alley though we never made it that far.

We opted for a

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Make Your Own Pizza Family Night

                                   

I am a huge fan of food stations where you assemble your own meal.  It is interactive, fun and super easy to throw together.  

This past weekend, the boys

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Featuring: Raddish Kids Cooking Kit

My Little Chef, Spencer

A neighbor posted a picture of her child cooking with a Raddish cooking kit and I was instantly enthralled.  As a mommy of two boys, any dreams I had of baking with a little girl and grand tea parties were abandoned a long time ago.........until one fateful day, when my baby came into the kitchen and said, "Momma, whatchu doin'?"

I didn't bat a eye lash as my elder son frequently asked the same question

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunday Supper: Coffee-Crusted Standing Rib Roast


My husband and brother-in-law both celebrated birthday's a few weeks ago and so last night we finally had a family dinner in their honor.  I had a standing rib roast

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Wit & Wisdom


 I love this.  We all bare scars from our childhood.  "Lesson's learned the hard way", they say.  Some scars are deeper than others however;and, as someone who is estranged from her family, this quote really spoke to me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Zucchini & Tomato Tart




I love pizza and this is a twist that feeds my cravings in a heart healthy way.  The best part is it couldn't be easier, y'all!  Here are the steps:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday's Wit & Wisdom

I just love this quote that popped up on my Instagram feed from Goop.  Having just come off a pretty emotional roller coaster, I find myself

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Traditions


Like most folks, I suppose, I am rooted in traditions.  Some are childhood memories and others are the ones we've created throughout the years for our children to enjoy. Some are sacred and some are flat silly - yet I hold fast to them.  They offer a sense of belonging and purpose.  My hope is one day my children will reflect on their childhood with love and carry some of these traditions on with their family (while inviting us over, of course!).

No other time offers traditions for families