The thing that I love about food bloggers is how nice they all are. I know there are complainers and critics out there, but for the most part, the food blogging world is a very supportive one. And it’s so flattering when a fellow food blogger recognizes you. I have received 2 awards from fellow food bloggers that I would love to share with a few of my favorite food blogs as of late.
The first is the Excellent blog award that Elizabeth at Mommy Cooks sent my way. I cook many meals from Elizabeth’s blog – she makes real food for real families, and I love that. I also received this award from Kelly at Sass & Veracity. This woman can really cook, and has an amazing blog!! And although there are many blogs out there that I consider excellent, I’m passing this on to a few of my current favorites.
First is Emiline from Sugar Plum Sweets. I’m sure you have all been to her blog, but if you haven’t, you should run there right now!! Not only does she make some fantastic sounding recipes, but she has a wonderful wit that will make you laugh and leave you smiling.
Second is Kevin at Closet Cooking. I visit Kevin’s blog every day, because he often makes food that I would love to make!! And he take a lot of inspiration from other food blogs, which I am a big fan of.
Third is Mary at Shazam in the Kitchen. Mary is the queen of vegetables, so if you are a vegetable hater or if you have one in your family, you should check out her blog, because I’m sure you will find many recipes to satisfy a vegetable hater!
The second award was from Bev at Yummy in my Tummy. It is the Make My Day award, and Bev sent it my way after reading about my Burnt Sugar Candy Bar Cake. It’s always flattering when you can make someone’s day by posting about food!! I don’t have anyone specific to send this one out to, but to everyone that is reading my blog!! You all seriously make my day, especially when you leave a comment. This blog has turned something that I enjoyed doing (cooking and baking) into something that I am absolutely passionate about. So I thank you all for making my day every single day!!
Now onto the food!! I will often bring a cookbook with me to work for if I have some extra time. One of my co-workers noticed, and a few months back she told me that I should check the local thrift store because they have a lot of cookbooks. I was all over that, so one afternoon, I headed down. I’ll have to admit – although there were quite a few cookbooks, they were all pretty dated, and many of them were fad diet cookbooks. After searching through the books, I did end up with a couple that I was very excited about. There was a copy of The Joy of Cooking, and I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t own it before I found it here. It was a steal for $3.00. The only other cookbook I walked away with was the 1993 Cooking Light Cookbook. If you are a reader of my blog, you will know that I am a Cooking Light fan. From reading through the recipes in this book, it’s evident that the recipes are 16 years old. Cooking Light has evolved as much has been learned about nutrition, so these recipes are not necessarily “nutritious” or “healthy” as we think of today. There is a lot of margarine used in this book!! But with a few changes, these recipes can be made a little healthier.
When we feel like eating a light, healthy dinner, we often turn to fish. I had chosen out this recipe for Mahimahi with Papaya and Roasted Red Pepper. Since I have never seen a papaya here, I decided to replace it with mango. And I had both salmon and mahimahi in the freezer, so I did both kinds. The salmon was definitely our favorite. I have decided that although I don’t not like mahimahi, it’s not my favorite either. Maybe because I’ve only ever had it frozen and not fresh, but it doesn’t have a ton of flavor to me. But the salmon version of this was DELICIOUS! And this recipe is so simple, it can easily be thrown together at the last minute, which I’m always a fan of!!
Mahimahi (or Salmon) with Mango and Roasted Red Pepper
adapted from Cooking Light 1993
Makes 4 servings
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
3 teaspoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1 (7-oz) jar rasted red peppers, drained and cut into julienne strips
1 cup peeled, chopped ripe mango
1 teaspoon minced jalepeno pepper
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
4 (4-oz) mahimahi or salmon fillets
Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, stirring well. Set aside.
Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and saute for 2 minutes. Add red pepper, mango, and jalepeno pepper; saute an additional 2 minutes. Add cornstarch mixture and 2 tablespoons lime juice; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and keep warm.
Melt the remaining 1 teaspoon butter, and then combine it with the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice; stir well.
Place fillets on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray, and brush with butter/lime mixture. Broil for 4 to 7 minutes on each side, until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Transfer to a serving platter. Serve with roasted red pepper sauce.