The Secrets to a Great Quiche

Plus get a FREE Pie Crust Shield, a $7.99 value (Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Pie Crust Shield! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIE” at checkout. Here’s your one-dish make-ahead meal that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if you’ve never made a quiche before, following these easy steps and secrets will make you feel like a pro, and you’ll make the perfect quiche every time. Why a Pie Crust Shield is Essential to the Perfect Quiche 5 Keys to the Perfect Quiche The Four Secrets to a Perfect Quiche Nine Perfect Quiche …

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Thai Mango Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Mango salad with fresh mango, peanuts, and sweet mango chili dressing

Thai Mango Salad with Thai Sweet Chili Dressing Recipe I love Thai food. I love the kick that Thai sweet chili brings. I love peanut sauce, even the chopped peanuts. And I love mangos. So, this is a perfect combination with its bright sweet chili and lime dressing and ripe mangos. When we made this in our test kitchen, we served this to customers and employees. (That’s what we do in the test kitchen.) Most loved it! The dressing has a little kick. You can control how much by how much of the pepper that you add. We’re in Idaho–meat and …

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How to Cut a Mango

A fillet of salmon with mango salsa

Here you will find instructions for how to cut a mango with a knife or a mango slicer and illustrated with a video. You’ll find a collection of recipes for those who would like to cook and bake with mangos: Mango cobbler, salsa, chicken and fish with mangos, mango ice cream, mango muffins, and a Thai mango salad. Mangoes are wondrously versatile fruits! They make great sweet salsas for fish or chicken. You can make a great fruit salad. And we love them in a cobbler. Maybe best of all, ripe plump mangoes are available in the winter when other …

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How to Save Money at the Supermarket

We all like to save money.  I came across a story in the Reader’s Digest, “40 Supermarket Secrets You Need to Know.”  I thought it had some great suggestions.  But when I went to share it, I couldn’t find a link.  Apparently, Reader’s Digest doesn’t share current articles; they want you to buy the magazine. So, let me share the ideas that I thought were most important and then link you to other resources that will help you save money. Eat what’s in season. Yes, seasonal fruits and vegetables tend to be the best buy.  But I like them because …

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How to Make Orange Chicken

This is the orange chicken that you are familiar with in most Chinese restaurants.  It’s crispy and coated with a sweet orange sauce. This is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in the US.  Though there are variations, we’ll make it just like it is served in popular restaurants.  Chicken breasts are cubed, battered, and deep fried.  They are then tossed in an orange sauce to make the chicken moist and orange flavored. What you’ll need You’ll have most items, tools and ingredients, in your kitchen or find them readily in your grocery store.  There are a few unusual …

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Thai Mango and Papaya Salad

This is great fresh fruit salad with a Thai twist.  Instead of the soy sauce, try fish sauce or some Thai Chili Sauce. For the dressing 3/4 cup lime juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 green onion, very finely sliced 1/2 small Serrano pepper, seeded and very finely diced Mix the lime juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce together, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the onion and pepper pieces. For the salad 2 mangos, cut and diced 1 papaya, cut and diced lettuce, shredded or other greens peanuts, finely chopped Mix the mango …

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Tuna Salad Sandwich

Ingredients 4 slices bread 2 tablespoon butter, melted 1 can water-packed chunk light tune, drained 2 green onions, finely diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, finely snipped 2 tablespoons mayonnaise Salt and pepper, to taste Directions Combine the drained tuna, green onions, celery, and dill. Blend in the mayonnaise until evenly distributed. Spread filling onto two pieces of the bread. Cover with the tops. Brush melted butter on both sides of the sandwiches and place in a frying or grilling pan over medium heat. Grill both sides until the sandwich is golden brown. Serve hot.

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Tuna Melt Sandwiches

It’s quick and easy to make tuna melt sandwiches.  Use firm bread, not the inexpensive soft loaves in the store, to hold together with the most tuna filling and then cook them until golden brown and crisp. For this recipe we used Black Russian Pumpernickel Bread. Ingredients 4 large slices bread of your choice 1 6-ounce can chunk-style tuna, drained 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 4 slices provolone cheese, thinly sliced (or cheese of your choice) 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, depending on taste Butter Directions Combine the tuna, relish, and mayonnaise, mixing well. Spread the tuna mixture on two …

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Salmon Salad Sandwiches

This recipe calls for salmon but works for any fish, even canned tuna. Ingredients 1 salmon fillet, about 5 ounces, cooked and crumbled 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 green onions, chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped fresh ground black pepper to taste salt to taste good quality bread lettuce leaves 1 tomato, thinly sliced Directions Mix the crumbled salmon, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped onion, and celery together with a fork.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Spread on bread slices.  Top with lettuce, tomato, and additional slices of bread.

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Grilled Salmon Sandwiches

My mother made a cheese and tuna melt sandwich—nothing fancy but better than either tuna or cheese alone.  Those sandwiches inspired this recipe. This recipe calls for salmon but works with any fish, even canned tuna.  You can choose your favorite cheese.   Ingredients 1 salmon fillet, about 5 ounces, cooked and crumbled 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoon sweet relish 2 green onions, chopped (optional) 1 stalk celery, finely chopped (optional) fresh ground black pepper to taste salt to taste 1 slice cheese, mozzarella or other, for each sandwich bread butter Directions Mix the crumbled salmon, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped …

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Buying Fresh Fish

We love fish.  But we live a long ways from the ocean and buying fresh fish can be tricky.  We would like to pass along the following suggestions: 1. Know your retailer.  Ask him or her where the fish is from, when they received it, and how long it has been unfrozen.  If you don’t get answers that you are confident in, go elsewhere. 2. Don’t be afraid to buy frozen fish.  If it is flash-frozen properly (usually onboard the vessel) and thawed properly, the product should be of a good quality.  It’s the only practical way to enjoy a choice of …

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Corn Salsa Recipe

We eat a lot of grilled salmon in the summer. Maybe it’s all those years in Alaska. We top that salmon with sauces or salsas. So here is another—corn salsa made with corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado. Not only does it work well for salmon, it’s great for chicken or pork. Ingredients 1 can corn kernels, drained 1 small or medium tomato, diced 1 small or medium avocado, diced 2 thin slices sweet onion (Vandalia or Walla Walla), finely chopped 1/2 garlic clove, crushed 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro salt and pepper to …

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Grilled Salmon Sandwiches

My mother made a cheese and tuna melt sandwich—nothing fancy but better than either tuna or cheese alone.  Those sandwiches inspired this recipe. This recipe calls for salmon but works for any fish, even canned tuna.  You can choose your favorite cheese. Dennis Weaver Ingredients 1 salmon fillet, about 5 ounces, cooked and crumbled 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoon sweet relish 2 green onions, chopped (optional) 1 stalk celery, finely chopped (optional) fresh ground black pepper to taste salt to taste 1 slice cheese, mozzarella or other, for each sandwich bread butter Directions Mix the crumbled salmon, mayonnaise, lemon juice, …

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Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon

This is one of our favorite ways to make salmon and is very easy to prepare.  It is very good.  We broiled the salmon on a rack in the oven but you can cook it on the grill or pan fry it. You will need skinned salmon fillets and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.  We recommend Elki Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. Lay the skinned salmon fillets, skinned side down, in a shallow baking dish.  Pour Thai Sweet Chili Sauce over the fillets and let them sit for about 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Place an oven-proof rack …

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Salmon Salad Sandwiches

This recipe calls for salmon but works for any fish, even canned tuna. Ingredients 1 salmon fillet, about 5 ounces, cooked and crumbled 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 green onions, chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped fresh ground black pepper to taste salt to taste good quality bread lettuce leaves 1 tomato, thinly sliced Directions Mix the crumbled salmon, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped onion, and celery together with a fork.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Spread on bread slices.  Top with lettuce, tomato, and additional slices of bread.

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Open Face Crab, Cheddar, and Avocado Sandwich

One of our favorite restaurants in Idaho Falls serves a great open face crab and avocado sandwich.  We decided to make our own. This is an eat-with-a-fork recipe.  Crab and avocado are stacked on toast and then drizzled with a cheese sauce. This is a great busy night dinner.  It can be made in less than ten minutes.  You can make this with either imitation crab or shelled crab meat.  The following recipe serves three. The microwave cheese sauce recipe works for other dishes as well. Ingredients 6 slices of quality light wheat or white bread, toasted 1 pound crab …

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How to Bake Fish

This is our favorite recipe for fish.  Adding the breading after the fish is baked leaves the bread crumbs light and crisp.  If the breading is added earlier, it tends to be soggy and less appealing. There are three steps to this method for baking fish.  You can use any lean fish like snapper, cod, or halibut for this recipe.  (Though we must admit, we’ve never tried it for fatty fish like salmon or trout.)   You may also vary your seasonings.  Onions and garlic are perfect but you may also try celery and dill. Make the seasoning. Broil the fish …

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Oven Baked Fish

This is the easy way to bake fish.  Because the hot air circulates around the fish, it is crispy on each side without frying.  This is great fish cooked in a healthier way. Ingredients 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 2 tablespoons water 2/3 cup crushed corn flakes 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 pound white fish such as halibut or haddock or snapper Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place an oven-proof cooling rack on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.  This method will work best if …

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Katie Anderson’s Seafood Paella

This is an authentic paella recipe that Katie learned to make in Spain.  She recorded the recipe in her journal, handwritten with lots of notes in the margin.  After ten years, she still cooks from her journal. The paella can be made in a rounded paella pan or in a large skillet. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large tomato, peeled and diced 4 cloves garlic, each pierced several times with a fork 1/2 large, sweet onion, diced 2 medium green peppers like aneheim, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 large carrot, peeled and diced 3/4 cup green peas 1/8 …

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