Birthdays

Usually for our birthdays I make something special. This year not so much. For my husband’s birthday we didn’t do anything since he was at a concert with his brother. My sister’s birthday we had a party but it was at a friend’s house and they cooked. Other than icing the cake (and as a cake decorator I’m expected to) I didn’t do anything. Ok, I made a side dish (I will post it, I promise) but it wasn’t much. For my birthday last year I made my Super Salmon and I made it again for our anniversary. This year I have to work so I think I won’t be doing much more than making a crock pot of Slow Cooker BBQ Chili and calling it good.

However next week is my son’s second birthday and while I will be making a cake, at work, my kitchen is almost too small to do it at home, especially with a toddler wanting to “help”, I’m not sure I will make something special for dinner. Maybe, maybe not.

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Crock Pot Stock Up

My work has kept me extra busy lately and with Easter this sunday (we are having lamb, cooked on the rotesseri if you are wondering) and me working in a Bakery we are even more busy than normal. And where do I turn to for dinner on a busy work day?

And like so many working mothers juggling work, daycare, house work and all the rest of life’s little to do jobs I love my Crock Pot.

So I thought I should stock up on some recipes to try and at the right time I got an e-mail with a bunch of slow cooker recipes in there. So here is my to try list….please, if you have some good recipes post them, I’m always looking for something to cook in there.

All of these recipes will be posted on my recipe page for you to look at.

Chicken/Turkey
Spicy Turkey Lasagna
Turkey & Curried Vegetables
Sausage and Peppers
Turkey Lasagna
Teriyaki-Orange Chicken
Slow-Cooked Chicken Stroganoff
Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder
Thai Coconut Chicken
Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews
Italian Turkey Meatloaf

Lamb
Lemony Lamb Ragu

Beef
Beef with Mushrooms and Red Wine
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Spiced Shredded Beef Brisket
Asian Beef Stew

Pork
Slow-Cooker Cajun Pork Sandwiches
Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Pork Roast
Honey Barbecue Ham with Roasted Potatoes
Pork Ragu with Pasta
Plum-glazed Pork Loin
Pork Roast with Peach Sauce
Sausage & Potatoes

Seafood
Light Jambalaya
Easy Salmon and Bok Choy
Shrimp Stir-fry
Dark Jambalaya

Veggies
Red Beans and Rice
Chilled Red Pepper Soup
Corn Chowder
Indian-Spiced Yellow Split Pea Soup
Fennel Braised with Artichokes

Dessert
Ricotta Vanilla Bread Pudding
Apple Crisp
Sour Cherry Rice Pudding

Crab Stuffed Tilapia

Tonight’s dinner will be crab stuffed tilapia with asparagus, or at least I’m going to attempt it….here is the recipe I will be using.

***Update: Between being sick and having a major earthquake (and power outage) this dinner got put off for quite a while. I finally made it and took a pic….enjoy!***

Crab Stuffed Tilapia

1 pound tilapia fillets
1/2 cup shelled crab meat
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup diced onion
2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Heat oven to 325. Place fish fillets flat on a cutting board and make a shallow cut partway through the fish keeping your knife parallel to the cutting board and making a pouch in the fish for the stuffing. Mix together crab, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, lemon juice, butter and cayenne pepper. Gently stuff the mixture into the pouch in the fish and close with a tooth pick. Place stuffed fish into a baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle paprika over fish. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish is firm and flakes but not over cooked.

Super Salmon

For my birthday I decided to have salmon. Since mom was buying so it would be cheaper to buy and let me make it than to go out for dinner I went with something special. I picked out a side of salmon and made this topping for it. HERE is the original recipe but mine is a little different but either way it would be good. The way I made it has made hubby brag about my cooking for days now.

Super Salmon
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup mayo
2 Tablespoons cream cheese
1 Tablespoon brown mustard
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 green onion finely minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced thinly
panko bread crumbs to cover topping

Mix everything together but the panko. Slather mixture on salmon evenly and sprinkle panko onto salmon pressing down to the panko is adhered to the topping. Bake salmon in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until done.

I have to say this is the best salmon I’ve ever eaten. Mom and hubby agree with that, this recipe is on my permanent favorites list. Yum!