Budget Cooking...Comfort & Gourmet!


Friday, December 31, 2010

Quick and Easy - Simple Baked Whiting

I love my fish FRIED! Sadly this is not always the healthiest option. *smiles*

In the interest of good health, a little baked fish every now and then is good for you.

Fresh ingredients are best.
However if you are in a pinch, you may use bottled lemon juice and jarred minced garlic.

Frozen Whiting Fillets are an inexpensive option.

Any fish may be substituted in this recipe.
I have also used this combination of ingredients for pan seared Tilapia. YUM!



Measurements are not precise. I generally eyeball them.
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Minced Garlic
Lemon Juice
Olive Oil

1. Arrange Fish Fillets on a broiler rack. I used Foil for quick clean up.
2. Season Fish on Both Sides. Start with dry ingredients.
3. Finish with Olive Oil and Lemon Pepper Seasoning and Oil.
4. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 12 minutes (until fish is opaque)
4. Serve HOT

Friday, December 10, 2010

New England Clam Chowder

This recipe is a family favorite. It's perfect for cold wintery days.
I love it because it is something I can whip up quickly using basic items from my pantry.

3 tbsp Best Life Margarine Spread
1 tbsp Olive Oil
5 cloves fresh pressed Garlic
2 small Yellow Onions Chopped
5 Carrots sliced
4 Celery stalks (hearts) sliced
3 Russet Potatoes quartered and sliced
1 16 oz poly bag of thawed frozen corn
1 box of Chicken Stock
1 jar of Clam Juice
2 cans of Chopped Clams with juice
2 tsp Garlic Powder
Sea Salt to taste
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper to taste
1/2 pint Light Cream or 1 can of Evaporated Milk
1 tsp dried Thyme

If you desire to thicken your chowder you may add cornstarch dissolved in cold water.

If you do not eat seafood, you may replace the clam juice with additional Chicken Stock.
You may add chopped Chicken Breasts to make this Chicken Corn Chowder

If you do not eat meat, you may substitute vegetable stock and mushrooms for the dairy/meat.

1. Wash Veggies (minus potatoes). Peel Carrots, Onions and Garlic. Dice, slice and press as desired.
Set Aside.
2. In a large heavy bottomed stock pan, melt/heat the fat.
3. Sautee veggies until soft.
4. Add chopped Clams with juice.
5. Add Clam Juice.
6. Add Chicken Stock
7. Add Potaotes.
8. Bring to a boil.
9. Add Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Crushed Black Pepper.
10. Add thawed Corn.
11. Reduce heat to a simmer.
12. Add Cream.
13. Reduce until desired thickness is achieved.
14. Add Thyme.
15. Serve with warm Italian Bread or Oyster Crackers.