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Healthy Cod Fish Bites

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From the days of the Vikings, the Early Middle Ages, cod was essential in enabling them to sail across the ocean.  




They dried freshly-fished cod in the cold North Sea winds, until it became hard as a stick, and could be easily preserved and carried on their Atlantic voyages.  

On the boats, they broke “stockfish” into pieces and chewed on it.  It was definitely not a culinary delicacy, but it did serve as a great source of protein.  Remarkably, cod contains 18% protein, which rises to almost 80% when dried.  

Cod has always been a good quality and fairly inexpensive fishthat is available throughout the year, but like other species, it may be overfished.  It’s a mild buttery tasting fish that is adaptable to virtually all methods of cooking ~ but I draw the line at drying it!



Drying cod at Å, Moskenesoy, the southernmost tip of the main Lofoten Archipelagoin Norway,  known for its dramatic scenery, with peaks like the Svolværgeita pinnacle jutting up into the sky,  with the Himmeltindan Mou…

St Patrick’s Day & Irish Coffee with Memories

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St. Patrick’s Day reminds me of our first trip to San Francisco, which reminds me of  The Buena Vista Café, which always reminds me ofIrish coffee!



I’m of English and Dutch descent, Bill is of Swedish and German, no Irish here that we know of but that doesn’t stop us from loving that Irish coffee and the occasional green beer.
As the story goes, Irish coffee started way back in 1942, at Foynes Airbase, Country Limerick, Ireland…
On a miserable winter evening, A Pan Am flying boat landed, and a plane full of chilly passengers disembarked.  Joe Sheridan, the head chef at Foynes, concocted a drink that would warm their bodies as well as their spirits, a brew of hot coffee with a healthy splash of Irish whiskey.  A passenger asked Sheridan if they were served Brazilian coffee.  The chef told them, “No,that’s ‘Irish’ coffee!”
By 1945, the Flying Boat was ended, making way for land planes and a new airport, Shannon International Airport.  Joe took his innovativedrink along, and worked there unt…

Pan-Roasted Pork Chops w/Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

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 I decided many years ago, there was a special place  in hell reserved for Brussels sprouts!



They’ve have been around forever, they’re almost older than dirt…
Along with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kohlrabi, they were all cultivated from the same prehistoric plant between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago.

After all this time, since first eating them years ago, I chose to try the sprouts again.  Maybe they just needed a different method of cooking ~  like being roasted instead of boiled ~ a proper cooking!






What developed was a good sweet roasted flavor, they tasted pretty good this go around, especially along side the chops and potatoes!

The secret for these pork chops is in the Italian salad dressing marinade.   Using the shortcut marinade in this recipe, the meat turned out tender and delicious on the inside.

On the outside, the crumb coating delivered a good crunch, almost like the breaded chops Grandma used to make.

And who doesn’t like roasted potatoes?




This is a perfect comfy dinner for…

Roasted Chicken w/Herbs ala Power Air Fryer

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I considered this home cooker for a long time before buying  yet another small appliance that would  just take up space and collect dust.   Now I wish I hadn’t waited so long  as it turned out to be a great purchase!



It’s a 5 quart Power Air Fryer XL.  Using no oil or only a tablespoon or two of oil when cooking foods, this great home cooker lets you bake, steam, grill, sauté or fry your favorite foods, without the guilt.  

It probably resembles a convection oven, more than a deep fryer.  It cooks quickly, it’s easy to use and clean-up is a breeze.





The best part was the delicious taste of the chicken it roasted, with its even, crispy crust on the outside, and its moist and tender meat on the inside. The heap of seasonings ~ rosemary and thyme, garlic and onion powders, was simple and perfect for flavoring up the chicken.  

Most of us like chicken and it goes well with about anything on the side, the price is right and it smells mouth-watering as it cooks.

We were very impressed with the end re…

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