Salmon Tartare

Enjoying the last of this great weather. So I still want to eat light. The seasoning is still summery. Try it by it self or as dip. Sashimi lovers will enjoy this. I did marinate my fish in salt and sugar.


8 oz Finally diced red salmon
1 finally diced fresh pickle
1/4 of a avocado pitted and finally diced
3 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced red jalapeno
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon cilantro
1/2 garlic glove pressed
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon lime juice
To Marinate Fish
8 oz salmon
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Let sit over night, rinse and use.
To prepare;
Dice salmon, pickle, and avocado.
To make sauce; mix soy sauce, sugar, jalapeno, sesame oil, sesame seeds, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and ginger. Mix until sugar is dissolved


Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cakes is the easiest cookie to make. I make mine with walnuts and butter that gives just enough crunch while still crumbly.


1 Cup softened butter
2 1/4 Cup flour
1/2 Cup powder sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup walnut pieces
1//4 teaspoon salt

2 Cups powder sugar to roll cookies in

Preheat oven to 380
Mix butter, flour, powder sugar, vanilla, and salt mix until soft dough forms. Mix in walnuts. Form into one inch ball set on cookie sheet and bake for 12-13 minutes or just until starting to brown.
Roll Warm cookies in powdered sugar after they are cool roll them again.
makes 40 cookies.


Oliver Salad

Oliver salad is just full of goodness that is combined together and creates a great dish. It somewhat looks like a potato salad, but better.

1 boiled potato
1 boiled carrot
3 hard boiled eggs
1 Cup fresh peas
1 cup cubed ham
1/2 Cup diced dill pickles
3 Green onions
1 small pickle diced
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

To Prepare;
Boil whole large potato and carrot for 45 minutes, boil eggs in separate pan until hard boiled. Dice potato, carrot,eggs, ham, dill pickles, and green onions into small pieces. Mix with Mayonnaise salt and black pepper

Rice Pork Pilaf- Plov

Plov is usually made outside in a large pot, using lamb. I made mine with pork. But is also good with beef, chicken or any meat you have. This is a whole meal in its self.


1 1/4 Cup Jasmine rice
10 oz Meat (pork)
1 1/4 cup chopped onion
\/1 1/4 cup chopped carrot
3 Cloves Garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 Cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 oz raisins
Will need a large skillet
Lodge Logic Skillet – 12″ – Lodge Logic (Google Affiliate Ad)

To Prepare;
Chop onions into bite size pieces, julienne carrots,slice garlic into fourths and cut meat into bite size pieces. Fill Large skillet with oil and butter, add meat and saute 10-15 minutes. Add onions,garlic and saute another 5 minutes. Add carrots raisins, fennel seed and sautes additional 5 minutes. add rice and stir fry another 5-6 minutes. Add three cups of water and bring to a simmer, Close lid, turn on low and let all rice absorbs water about 25-30 minutes. stirring twice during the cooking process. Makes about seven cups. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Chicken Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers are little dumplings filled the meat, cabbage, herbs and spices. This is my daughters favorite food. The dumpling fits right into her little hand and big enough to eat in three bites.


1 lb Ground Chicken
2 Cups grated cabbage
2 cloves garlic pressed
4 tablespoons green onion
1 inch grated ginger
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon grated red jalapeno
3 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons melted butter
30 Pot sticker wraps

Dipping Sauce
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar.
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chopped green onion
Mix and serve.

Will Need;
“Pots&Pans Steamer Pot by Jasper Morrison” (Google Affiliate Ad) Steamer

Mix all ingredients excluding pot sticker wraps. After everything is mixed, fill one pot sticker with about 1 tablespoons of filling or so they are full, it depends how big your wrapper is. Wet edges with water fold over and close.
Start up your steamer, put a little oil on the steamer and fill with dumpling. Steam 7 minutes or until done. In frying pan gently fry each side, just until dumping starts to take color.
serve with dipping sauce.
Dumplings can be frozen with not steamed.
Make 30 Dumplings. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Cheesy Grits with Shrimp and Egg

This is the best comfort food that you will ever eat, Looking to make something that was both good and fancy enough to serve for guests in the morning instead of the usual eggs, sausage and hash browns. And I guess I hit the right notes. Since I got raves about it.


2 Cups instant grits
2 1/2 cups Milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 Cup white or yellow Cheddar
2 Slices bacon
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup beef stock
1 cup peeled raw shrimp
1 tablespoon green onions
2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
2 eggs
salt and pepper

To Prepare;
Mix grits, milk and butter in a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and simmer for 5-6 minutes mixing constantly so grits will not stick to pan. Add Cheese and keep on mixing until cheese is melted and grits are the consistency of cooked oatmeal.

Slice bacon into bite size pieces add to skillet, add garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes or until bacon is turning crispy add shrimp and beef stock. saute another 2 minutes.
Fry both eggs sunny side up
fill two bowls with grits, add shrimp topping on top and top with egg. Garnish with tomatoes and green onions.
will make two bowls. If serving in smaller portions will make 4 bowls but add 2 more eggs. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Kampot – Fruit Juice

Because it is nearing 100 degrees here in MN and my lawn looks like Sahara dessert. Kampot is the drink to have. Kampot is a homemade fruit juice., using any fruit you have at home. Do you have a few handfuls of frozen berries in your fridge? if yes, you can make Kampot

16 Cups water
2 Cups blueberries
1 Cup raspberries
1 Cup strawberries
1 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

To prepare;
Mix water, berries, lemon juice and sugar to a boil, Turn down to a simmer and simmer 10-15 minutes, turn off cover and let sit 1 hour.
Strain Kampot, throw away solids. Store in Fridge.
Makes 16 Cups. Enjoy it cold. Photobucket