Monday, April 23, 2012

Too Many Ingredients .COM

I’ve gone legit and had a makeover to celebrate.
See the new look and continue to read Too Many Ingredients at the new .com and find fresh bites on a dedicated facebook page too.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Blackened Catfish

I’ve been looking for flavorful ways to eat simply yet create memorable dishes. In my search I flipped back through some of my binders of magazine pages and recipe cards I've squirreled away over the years. I have fond memories of using this spice rub on chicken, tossing it on the grill and enjoying a fruit filled vodka concoction while prepping a refreshing salad of greens and vine ripened tomatoes from Papa-in-laws garden.
This recipe is a bold, spicy and easy to throw together addition to any building collection of go-to meals. Consider doubling or tripling the rub ingredients to have extra rub already mixed for a quick, flavorful addition to shrimp, chicken or steak.
This time I chose to bake the catfish in the oven but you could broil, or grill the fish as well. 

Blackened Catfish
Serves 4

Spice Rub-
• 1 Tablespoons Paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
• 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• 1 teaspoon Black Pepper

• 4 6-ounce Catfish Fillets
• 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1.    Preheat oven to 450°F.
2.    Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
3.    Drizzle catfish fillets with olive oil.
4.    Generously sprinkle spice rub over catfish. Using your hands, rub the spices over both sides of the fillet and place in a baking dish.
5.    Cook in preheated oven 8-10 minutes, until fish is cook through and flaky.
6.    Serve immediately.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

With Whimsy & Spice

If you are not already familiar with Etsy, the online marketplace for all things handmade and vintage, these little treats just may entice you to explore the array of offerings. Through my own experience as a seller on Etsy I was introduced to the delectably displayed sweets of Whimsy & Spice, a Brooklyn based bakery run by the husband and wife team of Chef Mark Sopchak and Artist Jenna Park.
With a curiosity and sense of adventure, Mark plays with combining flavors and creating crave-able treats that will have you coming back for more. And Jenna designs gift-able packaging that would impress any recipient worthy of your generosity.
Let me recommend their Brooklyn Market Cookie, packed full of rich chocolate and white chocolate chips, dried cherries, macadamia nuts, oats and crunchy cocoa nibs–it’s the best combination of a chocolate chip and spiced oatmeal cookie I’ve had in a long time.
Want to taste and try but can’t decide, that’s okay, order the Whimsy and Spice Herbs and Spices Cookie Gift Box. It includes half packs of their Honey Lavender and Chocolate Orange Cardamom shortbread cookies, 1/2 dozen Rose & Black Pepper Thumbprints, a half pack of their new Cardamom marshmallows, and 1/2 dozen of their Coconut White Chocolate 5 Spice cookies.

Find Whimsy and Spice on Etsy, Facebook, and Twitter
Find Accessories for the Home from Whimsy and Spice at Sweet Fine Day