28. May 2014 · Comments Off on Busy Night Dinner: Pesto Tilapia · Categories: fast food, fish, main dish · Tags: , , , , ,

I think it was just yesterday that I was thinking, “I can’t believe it’s already May! This year is going by so fast — too fast!” And now, here it is, the last week of May. How did that happen? I don’t like being this BUSY. When life gets really hectic, dinnertime is one of the first things that suffers. I start reaching for food that is fast, not necessarily “fast food,” but food that gets on the table quickly. It’s not always a success. Sometimes it’s breakfast for dinner — eggs scramble really quickly– and sometimes it’s sandwiches. And sometimes, it’s amazing. I came across the idea for this recipe after forgetting to thaw the fish for dinner.  I’m really good at keeping my freezer stocked, but I’m not so good at remembering to defrost. Usually when I make tilapia for dinner, I just do a quick saute in a skillet, add some lemon juice and serve with rice and green beans or salad. But that’s when I remember to defrost the fish. Tonight, I forgot to defrost. When I make rice, I always make too much. I love to have rice with my lunch, (with a little kimchi and seasoned nori — that’s another post). It’s just as easy to make a lot of rice as it is to make a little, so why not make a lot? I had leftover rice, but nothing else was ready, and the natives where getting restless. aDSC02081 I turned my oven to 400 degrees. While the oven preheated, I trimmed a bundle of asparagus, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. This went on a small tray and into the oven while it preheated. My kids LOVE asparagus. Well, the big kids do.  The little one doesn’t eat green food. His brainwashing is still in progress. The mister doesn’t like asparagus either, but he eats it anyway. What a good man!   aDSC02082 Then I lined another baking tray with foil, sprayed with Pam spray and placed my frozen tilapia fillets on the tray. On each fillet, I smeared a spoonful of prepared pesto (I buy mine at Costco.), followed by a sprinkle of lemon zest, and once my oven was at the right temp, I put the tray in and let it bake until the fish was flaky, about 15-18 minutes. While that baked, I softened some chopped onion and bell pepper in a skillet with some olive oil and added my leftover rice and some Italian seasoning to make a quick fried rice. The asparagus was ready at the same time as the fish, and dinner was served! aDSC02086 That’s my kind of fast food!

12. March 2014 · Comments Off on Honey Molasses Drumsticks: The Binder Recipes · Categories: chicken, main dish, recipes · Tags: , , ,


I keep a giant 3″ 3 ring notebook in my kitchen.  It is packed with the recipes I love, and this one is definitely in The Binder. I plan to share several of my favorite recipes over the next few weeks and months!

I first found this recipe several years ago in one of my favorite cooking magazines, Cooking Light. After the first time I made it, it earned a page in The Binder, and I’ve made it more times than I can count since then. It’s a family favorite for sure!Honey Molasses Chicken Drumsticks (adapted from Cooking Light)

Take 6 or 7 chicken drumsticks and remove the skin (or don’t. Your choice.), then salt and pepper all over.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix:

1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 rounded tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon molasses
3 minced garlic cloves

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil) over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken on all sides, then add the honey mixture to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium low, turn the chicken so the glaze is all over the chicken. Put the lid on the pan, and cook for about 15 minutes, turning the chicken every 5 minutes or so, so the glaze will be even and so the chicken will cook evenly. When the chicken is fully cooked, take the lid off and let the glaze reduce to a rich color, and then it’s done!

honeymolassesdrumsticksIt’s messy, but so tasty, and it’s good hot or cold. Give it a try, and let me know if your family enjoys it too!