Seared Cod with Tangerines and Kale

The kids have been a little difficult lately.

Firecracker just turned 2.5 and I don’t know if there’s some cognitive leaping happening, physical growing, or it’s those 2 year old molars working their way in but his ability to listen and obey has taken a turn in the wrong direction. It’s been highly frustrating and our patience levels keep getting lower by the hour. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t nap and when he’s tired he becomes destructive and a bit of a Tasmanian devil. His ability to sleep through the night, a skill he’s never conquered, has reverted back to coming to our bed 2-4 times meaning none of us are getting the sleep we need!

Treat meanwhile is definitely working on teeth, he’s constantly hungry, and the cough he had at the end of the year has crept its way back into our lives. He’s following his brother around like a hawk and has developed quite the skills for climbing and “jumping.” There’s no room for a lapse in childcare with that one!

With two tired and hungry boys on my hands, my husband deserves a lot of credit on the execution of this recipe. I quickly made them a blue box of macaroni and cheese in the middle of trying to make our dinner. I pull out the freshly purchased cod from Whole Foods while my husband feeds the boys and I discover that one of the fillets was not deboned. And we don’t have proper fish cleaning tools. The adults switched places.

In a mode of determination, my husband grabbed a clean pair of pliers, washed them, and got to pulling. We’d definitely be “chopped” for execution skills as that fillet looked a bit mangled. He then proceeded to season the fish with S+P and sear it in olive oil while I get the kids cleaned up, put in pajamas, and started the bed time routine. I even stuck him on photography duty while I sat with Firecracker until he fell asleep.

He was able to eat his fish and accompanying salad warm while watching Treat and then getting him to fall asleep.

By the time I made my way back upstairs I had a cold plate waiting for me. And you know what, the fish was delicious cold! It was such a light, refreshing, and healthy meal.

The dish was inspired from a recipe in Giada de Laurentiis’ cookbook Happy Cooking. We followed her method for cooking the fish, but the salad co-star was changed. I omitted the olives, used dried oregano instead of fresh, and the main difference, used kale from the farmer’s market instead of arugula.

I prepared the salad first, allowing the kale to marinate in the dressing while the rest of the meal was prepared. It’d been a long while since I’d last had kale and it was a nice surprise to realize how much I like the dark green!

Seared Cod with Tangerines and Kale

Ingredients:

  • 2 tangerines
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp + 4 tsp olive oil, divided use
  • 4 C chopped kale, stems removed
  • 4 6-oz filets cod

Steps:R

  1. Using a paring knife, cut of the top and bottom of each tangerine. Follow the curve of the fruit to cut off the entire peel. Place a strainer over a small bowl. Segment the tangerines over the bowl then squeeze the juice out of the remaining flesh.
  2. To the tangerine juice, whisk the mustard, oregano, and 4 tsp olive oil. Reserve 1/4 C of the dressing. Toss the kale and tangerine segments in the dressing. Set aside.
  3. Season cod with S+P. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear cod, flesh side down, for three minutes. Flip, an cook another three minutes. Serve alongside kale salad and drizzle with reserved dressing.

Seared Cod with Tangerines and Kale | Sew You Think You Can Cook | http://sewyouthinkyoucancook.com

#FreshTastyValentines: Tangerine Hatch Chile Sherbet

LogoIt’s the fifth day of #FreshTastyValentines, a blogging event headed up by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

This event is the third opportunity I’ve had to work with Not Ketchup. I have enjoyed each product of theirs I’ve tried to date. I have used Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup in a chicken salad and the Cherry Chipotle flavor in slow cooker baked beans (which is my husband’s all time favorite recipe I’ve created). When they announced their newest flavor I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Just as I expected, it was sweet, tart, and smoky. And bonus – there isn’t any added sugar!

64b31-not2bketchupHonestly, I was going to turn it into a barbecue sauce for some baby back ribs, but when I posted my “thank you” on Instagram Erika (mastermind behind Not Ketchup) said, “your recipes are always delicious can’t wait to see what you come up with!” I felt the pressure to think outside of the box. And so I did.

You can’t have Valentine’s day without dessert. But instead of chocolate, I have something out of the box for you. A sherbet made with Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup! By happy coincidence, I’m currently watching Unique Sweets on Cooking Channel and the episode is about savory desserts. Aiko Pops in Denver is featured for creating popcicles by combine fruits and veggies. I have a feeling my recipe just might be trendy, people! My frozen treat gets brightness from tangerine juice, smoothness from milk, and some smokiness from the Not Ketchup. It’s a dessert that borders on the edge of savory. That’s why I paired it with a different kind of smokey sweet flavor – cookies made with honey and oats.

Tangerine Hatch Chile Sherbet

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C tangerine juice
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C cold milk

Steps:

  1. Place tangerine juice, sugar, Not Ketchup, lemon juice, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and whisk in the cold milk.
  2. Place sherbet base in the refrigerator until it reaches 40 degrees F, at least an hour.
  3. Pour sherbet base into an ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions.

*This recipe is modified from Alton Brown at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/orange-sherbet-recipe.html*

Low-fat Tangerine Oaties

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C honey
  • 1/2 C tangerine juice
  • 1 C old fashioned oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 C loosely packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Steps:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine honey and juice over medium heat. Cook until mixture is thicken and syrupy, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, and sugar.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the baking soda into 1 tbsp boiling water. Add to the dry ingredients. Add the honey mixture to the dough and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2″ between each cookie as they will spread.
  6. Bake cookies for 11 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheets. Note: Cookies will be sticky. Store them in an air tight container with wax paper between the layers.

*This recipe is modified from Cookies*

Tangerine Hatch Chile Sherbet for #FreshTastyValentines from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more Valentine’s recipes today:

Thank you to #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing bloggers with samples and products to use for #FreshTastyValentines recipe development without additional compensation. All opinions stated are those of the bloggers.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Honey Orange Vinaigrette

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this yet – but I have really loved spring and summer here in Ohio. (Despite Monday’s post complaining about the rain.) The weather barely gets above 90 degrees and the sun doesn’t set until 9! This extra sunlight has really taken a lot of pressure off me when it comes to preparing meals for the blog. And no snow on the ground means I can take my photos outside again!

IMG_3575This particular salad I made at the end of May when my little man was almost 11 months old. At this point he was an expert crawler and good at pulling himself up. His mobility skills allow me to bring him outside with me while I photograph food, which means I’m not putting it on the floor by the window and playing defense. It also means I don’t have to wait until nap time or for my husband to come home first!

I followed Renee’s suggestion and served this vinaigrette over a spinach salad with apples, shallots, and feta cheese.

Honey Orange Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced shallot
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2/3 C extra virgin olive oil

Steps:

  1. Place orange juice, honey, vinegar, shallot, mustard, and garlic in a small blender. Pulse until combined.
  2. While the blender is running slowly add the olive oil. Season to taste with S+P.
  3. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Separation is normal, shake before using.

*This recipe is adapted from Renee at http://magnoliadays.com/2015/spinach-salad-honey-tangerine-dressing*

Honey Orange Vinaigrette | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Citrus Roast Chicken

I hope it feels like spring where you are. Here? Not so much.

Last week my in-laws were here to spend my sister-in-law’s spring break. Ohio isn’t quite the spring break destination that Florida used to be. On Sunday we drove down to Louisville to meet up with the entire family (my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, who live in Nashville, drove up). The weather was a little chilly, but the sun was shining. My mother-in-law and I enjoyed a long walk in a park with my son while the rest of the gang did the Mega Zips zip line tour in the Mega Cavern. They all had a blast.

But then it was back to Ohio, where the snow decided to come back down, the sun stayed behind clouds, and the weather never reached 40. Add coughs and colds all around and it was a fairly gloomy week. But, we were all together and there was a lot of good bonding time with my little man. Stuart and I don’t get to watch very many movies so we enjoyed our lazy couch time catching up on the latest favorites. (FYSA: The Imitation Game was worth all the hype.)

IMG_1957

If there’s one food that can make me forget about the dreary grey outside, it’s citrus. Slicing citrus into rings looks like sunshine in a bowl! And because my parents have lime trees in the backyard, any citrus really makes me think of Florida.

Break away from that candied ham and brighten up your Easter table this Sunday with this citrus roast chicken! Or if you can’t tear yourself from that ham might I suggest it for Mother’s Day?

Citrus Roast Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 cara cara orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tangerine
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  •  1 tsp ground allspice
  • thyme, for garnish

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Thinly slice all of the citrus 1/8″ thick using a mandolin. Remove seeds. (I only used a couple slices of grapefruit, and half of the remaining fruits.)
  3. Place some citrus slices on the prepared baking sheet. Top with chicken, do not crowd the pan – use two baking sheets if necessary.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, pomegranate molasses, allspice, and S+P. Brush sauce onto the chicken.
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Baste with additional sauce halfway through cook time.

*This recipe is adapted from Sue at http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/2015/01/roasted-chicken-with-allspice-and-citrus.html*

citrus roast chicken | sew you think you can cook