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Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

entrees, lunchSheri SpalloneComment
 Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

Cooking Time:  25 Minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

Happy Summer everyone!  For those who grow vegetables in the Summer, your tomatoes may be about ready for harvest!  If so, why not make the best of Summer's bounty with this easy, flavorful cod recipe, bursting with juicy, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and smothered in a delicate, lemony basil sauce.  Delicious!

Summer calls for lazier days and easier menus with fresh, flavorful ingredients.  This recipe (adapted from bakerbynature.com) featuring Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, is a recipe we're sure your entire family will love.  It is also perfect for summer entertaining!

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Ingredients  
Adapted from Baker by Nature

For the White Wine Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint multi-colored (red, yellow, orange) cherry tomatoes (red cherry tomatoes perfectly fine if can't find), sliced in half
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies Basil Pizzazz
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons (tbsp) butter

For the fish

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 and a 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets
  • Cherchies Garlic Seasoning and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (for garnish)

Preparation

For the Sauce:

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 9 to 12 minutes.  Tomatoes should be soft, but still should retain their shape.  Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Stir in Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter, and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce and tomatoes into a bowl and set aside temporarily.

For the Fish:

Using the same pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Season both sides of cod with Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and pepper. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully turn the cod over and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until it's cooked through.  Add in the tomatoes and the sauce to the pan and heat for a minute with the cod.

Serve the cod immediately and pour the sauce over the fish.  Garnish with chopped basil and lemon wedges for a beautiful presentation.  Serve this recipe with our Strawberry Spinach Salad and sop up the sauce with The Best Darn Garlic Bread Recipe.

Enjoy!

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Shrimp Ceviche Shooter Recipe

appetizers, lunchSheri SpalloneComment

Shrimp Ceviche Shooter Recipe

I am obsessed with small plates or aka Tapas!  My hubby and I love to have friends over for an appetizer evening to nosh and talk.  I had these cute shot glasses I had purchased a while ago and I took these shooters to a party last weekend.  Guess what? They were a huge hit!  Our Cherchies®Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning added that nice zing to the ceviche.  

For this recipe, I used frozen shrimp because I was short of time and had it on hand.  The idea of ceviche, with all the citrus, is to "cook" the raw shrimp, so feel free to substitute raw shrimp.  (I used shot glasses. If you'd prefer to put in martini glasses as an elegant appetizer, then roughly chop all the ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. frozen shrimp, defrosted and chopped (reserve whole shrimp to garnish as many glasses as have)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of two limes
  • Juice of two lemons
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning (more to taste)
  • 1 bunch of Cilantro, chopped (amount according to taste)
  • A splash of Chardonnay wine (optional)
  • Several drops of Sriracha hot sauce according to taste

Preparation

In a medium bowl, combine the sriracha, Cherchies®Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning, the juice of the orange, the limes, the lemons, and the Chardonnay (optional).  Add remaining chopped ingredients (I add the whole shrimp pieces I'm going to use as a garnish) to the marinade.  Mix everything together. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Assemble shot glasses.  To prevent them from sliding for transport, I used what I had on hand...Crayola's model magic, and I rolled a tiny amount into a ball and placed under each shot glass.  When I arrived at the party, I removed the clay.

Fill each glass with a generous amount of the ceviche and garnish with a whole piece of shrimp!  Ole!

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Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe

breakfast, entrees, lunchSheri SpalloneComment
 Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe

Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe

I did not think breakfast could get better than classic Eggs Benedict, but I was mistaken. What is not to love about perfectly poached eggs, rich, tangy Hollandaise sauce, savory Canadian bacon, and lightly toasted English muffins? To me, it is heaven on a plate; or at least that was my thought until I recently changed up my favorite breakfast meal.  I swapped out the Canadian Bacon for Andouille sausage, added Cherchies Cajun Seasoning to the Hollandaise sauce, and created this bold, Louisiana-inspired dish to share with you.  I present to you, Cajun Eggs Benedict Recipe. 

Oh my!  Talk about a flavor party in your mouth! This classic breakfast dish went from awesome to sinfully delicious!  So, if you're looking to spice things up at breakfast or brunch and wow your guests, consider making this robust version of Eggs Benedict and savoring the bold flavors of Louisiana.  I guarantee, this simple recipe will soon become a family favorite!

Let us know when you try this decadent recipe and thank you for visiting our blog!  

Ingredients

Eggs Benedict Ingredients (this recipes serves 4)

  • 2 English muffins, fork split in half, lightly toasted
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 links of Andouille sausage, cooked and sliced in half
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) chopped fresh chives for garnish
  • Hollandaise sauce (below)

Homemade Hollandaise sauce:

Preparation

Add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, , Cherchies® Champagne Mustard to a blender.  Blend until ingredients are incorporated.  Turn the blender on again and slowly add the melted butter.   *The emulsion process (thickening) works better when the eggs are at room temperature.  If the hollandaise sauce gets too thick, blend in a few teaspoons of water to loosen it before serving.  Set aside.

In a large deep skillet or 2 quart pan, add two inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil.  Turn the temperature down so the the water is at a gentle boil.  Gently break the eggs, one at a time into a coffee cup, small bowl or measuring cup.  Or, so the eggs can cook at the same time, use four different cups.  Carefully pour the eggs into the slow boiling water as close to the water as possible.  This will begin the poaching process.   See link from Betty Crocker.

While the eggs are cooking, toast the English muffins until lightly toasted.  Now it's time to assemble the Eggs Benedict.  Place the English muffin halves on plates.  Slice the Andouille sausage in half and in half again and equally divide among the English muffin halves.  Carefully remove the poached eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and place on top of sausage.  (The eggs should be slightly jiggly).  Dollop the eggs with the hollandaise sauce and garnish with the chopped chives.  Sprinkle the eggs with a little more Cajun Seasoning for effect.

Look at that, heaven on a plate!  Enjoy!

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Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

entrees, lunch, salad dressings, saladsSheri SpalloneComment
 Cobb Salad With Derby Dressing Recipe

Cobb Salad With Derby Dressing Recipe

One of my favorite salads in the whole world is The Cobb Salad.  Who can resist crisp greens, creamy avocado, tomatoes, eggs, scallions, bacon, and leftover chicken?  I surely cannot. Did you know this famous salad originated in Hollywood, back in the 1920's?  

Here's some trivia for you:

The Cobb Salad got its name from Robert Cobb, an owner of the once famous Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles. To quote marriedatthemovies.com: “As the story goes, late one night, [Cobb] prepared himself a salad of chopped leftover chicken with some other ingredients.  Four of his pals dropped by the restaurant after a movie preview, just as Bob was enjoying his homemade supper.  One asked what he was eating, and that salad became known as Bob’s ‘Cobb Salad.’ When the Hollywood Brown Derby opened in 1929, The Cobb Salad, with its homemade Derby French Dressing appeared as an official fixture on the menu.  To this day, the salad appears on menus throughout the country" (marriedatthemovies.com).  For the full history and original recipe, check out marriedatthemovies.com.  

Cool, huh?

Now I feel privileged to eat such a prestigious salad!  Our version is close to the original recipe, and surely one you will love. Another great line from marriedatthemovies.com: "At the Brown Derby, the Cobb Salad was presented to the guests with all the toppings lined up vertically over the salad greens, and tossed well with the Old Fashioned French Dressing, tableside." (www.marriedatthemovies.com).  The original Derby French Dressing recipe, according to Sally Cobb, called for English mustard, but we substituted Cherchies® Champagne Mustard and added Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning to the mix.  This recipe serves 6, but feel free to scale it down to your liking.  

We would love to hear your comments on this recipe and as always thank you for visiting our blog!   Enjoy!

Salad Ingredients

  • 6 cups shredded mixed greens
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  •  1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked, crispy, and crumbled
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, seeded, peeled, and diced
  • 2 green onions (green part only), chopped
  • Brown Derby French Dressing

Brown Derby French Dressing

Preparation

Prepare the salad dressing.  Add the salad dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid.  Tightly close the lid and shake the ingredients until combined.  Set aside.

Arrange the lettuce on a large platter.  As true to the original recipe, except for the green onions, place all the ingredients vertically over the salad.   We opted to arrange the ingredients in a star shape.

Garnish with the green onions and serve with The Brown Derby French Dressing.  Toss.

Enjoy!

 Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

Cobb Salad With Brown Derby Dressing Recipe

 

 

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