Hello blog world, my name is Boris and I will be your guest writer for today. As this is a blog about food, I’ll be sharing a savory salmon recipe I’ve played around with. But first, a little background on my cooking credentials. I have none. I simply enjoy experimenting with basic ingredients such as: salt, pepper, lemon/lime, butter, oil, basically things you’re likely to have in your cabinet. I’m not a big fan of all the fancy spices and herbs, but if you are, more power to you. So let’s get started.

Ingredients:
salmon
butter
lemon
salt
pepper
cayenne pepper
soy sauce
honey

You’ll notice that I didn’t include measurements to any of the ingredients. Everyone has different taste buds and preferences, so feel free to use however much, or little, of each ingredient as you want. And if you don’t want to use a certain ingredient or add your own, it’s all up to you. But for this entry, I’ll be giving directions on the recipe that I used.

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place your piece of salmon on top of some aluminum foil (make sure the foil is big enough to cover the fish).
3. Rub a light layer of butter on top of the salmon.
4. Cut and squeeze some lemon onto the salmon (you can leave it in with the fish while it bakes if you wan’t a more lemon-infused taste).
5. Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.
6. Put some soy sauce on a spoon and disperse it over the salmon (you don’t want to soak the salmon, but you’ll want a little extra sauce for it to cook in).
7. Lightly spread some honey in a “toaster strudel-esque” manner.
8. Bring the ends of the foil up to cover the salmon, but leave a little opening so it’s not completely sealed, and put it in the oven for 20 minutes.

And there you have it. It’s been girlfriend approved, so hopefully you enjoy it.

Posted By: Boris Han

Edited By: Amy, Editor

Need a Helping Hand?

February 18, 2012

Helloooo budget foodies! Today I’d like to introduce you to my little friend, Hamburger Helper. Now I know you’ve all seen the cheesy commercials on TV, but this product really is delicious and incredibly easy to make!

All you need is a box of your choice of Hamburger Helper, some water, milk, and of course ground beef. As you can see in the picture, my favorite flavor is called Stroganoff. A box of these will only cost you about $1-4 dollars, depending on where you buy it and whether or not it’s on sale. If you decide you’re a fan, stock up on these like I do when I see that red price tag hanging from the display!

The steps are all on the back of the box, but here is my rendition (in non-culinary terms) for the Stroganoff flavor:

  1. Brown the beef, meaning you cook it until it looks medium brown…
  2. Drain out the excess fat and juices from the meat, leaving the meat in your pan.
  3. Then, add in the water, milk, and powder mix that comes with the box. Stir it all up together and “make it happy”, as Emeril Lagasse would say. At first, your concoction of STUFF may look  gross and a bit watery, but no worries!
  4. Add in the uncooked pasta from the box into your pan, and mix well. Stir occasionally on high heat and you’ll see everything thicken, and come together nicely.
  5. Last but not least, simply place a cover over the pan and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Again, stir here and there to make sure it doesn’t  clump up and that’s basically it. Your precious meal is complete!

This meal is super fast and easy, and can feed up to 3 people! 

For a healthier option:

  • Substitute ground beef for ground turkey
  • Use 2% or skim milk instead of whole milk

All that’s left to do is enjoy 🙂

Posted by: Virginia To, Blog Admin/Designer

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