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Easy and Good “Fried” Fish


1 pound fish fillets

¾ cups Flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

¼ teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cups water

1.Combine all dry ingredients and sift into a medium sized bowl
2.Add water and mix thoroughly.
3.Dip fish in batter until completely covered-let excess batter drip off.
4.Deep fry at 375 degrees until golden brown.

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homemade fish sticks and chips

1 pound (450g) firm white fish, such as halibut
salt and pepper
1/3 cup (50g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1-2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (100g) panko breadcrumbs
pinch cayenne pepper
2-4 tablespoons oil
1-2 tablespoons butter
tartar sauce (recipe follows)
french fry dipping sauce (now that I’ve lived in Utah, ketchup just won’t do)

1. Cut fish into 4 inch, by 3/4 inch, by 3/4 inch strips. Pat dry. Season with salt on all sides.
2. Set out shallow trays. Fill the first with flour and mix in a teaspoon of salt. Fill the second with the beaten eggs. Fill the final with panko, and mix in a teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
3. Working with two or three pieces at a time, dredge the fish in the flour, and tap off excess. Coat in egg, and finally in the panko mixture. Place in another tray until ready to cook.
4. Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Cook 4 to 5 fish sticks at a time, rotating in the oil until golden brown on all sides and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.

tartar sauce:

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) mayonnaise
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3-5 small pickles, finely chopped

It’s pretty obvious: Stir all ingredients together.

chips (oven fries)

4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
pinch kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground rosemary
pinch cayenne pepper
oven fries sauce (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (230 degrees celsius) In a large glass bowl, toss potatoes with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 3-5 minutes on high. Stir halfway through heating time.
2. In a small bowl, mix together starch, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, pepper, rosemary, and cayenne pepper. Pour over heated potatoes, and toss to coat.
3. Coat a baking sheet with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Place potatoes on the oiled baking sheet, and roast for 15 minutes. Turn each potato over, return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

french fry dipping sauce

3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch of paprika

Mix together and serve with oven fries.

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Carrabba’s Bread Dip – I can’t wait to try this

1 Tbsp crushed red pepper
1 Tbsp crushed black pepper
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried rosemary
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp garlic powder (I use 2 tsp garlic salt in place of the two last ingredients)
1 tsp salt

In a to-go container (like one from Whole Foods, Central Market or other specialty grocery store), combine all the ingredients together. Store mixture in the refrigerator until needed.

Put 1 Tbsp of mixture per person in a small saucer with raised edges. Pour extra-virgin olive oil over the mixture, and dip warm sourdough or French bread into the mixture. Be as greedy or dainty as you like!

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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

Makes 6 servings

6 medium red potatoes, cubed

1 cup diced onion

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1 bay leaf

1/4 tsp salt

5 cups water

4 tsp chicken bouillon granules or 2 tsp Shirley J chicken bouillon

4 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup flour

1 cup milk

Salt and Pepper

Toppings: green onion, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits

1. Either microwave the onions until softened or saute them in a pan on the stove. Add to the slow cooker.

2. Add potatoes, garlic, bay leaf, salt, water and bouillon to slow cooker.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4, or until potatoes are cooked through.

4. Prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet. Slowly add in the flour and whisk. After butter and flour are combined, slowly add in milk and tablespoon at a time. Continue whisking. When roux is thickened up slowly add in 1 cup hot soup (add in just the liquid part of the soup). Whisk until thickened. Stir in another cup of soup (again just the liquid) and keep whisking until thickened. Do this another 2 times. When you have a nice thick creamy sauce, add it all back into the slow cooker. Stir. Salt and pepper to taste.

5. Ladle into bowls and then add toppings, as desired.

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Better than Arby’s Roast Beef

1 (3 to 4 pound) roast
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Place roast in crock pot. Stir remaining ingredients together and pour over roast. Cook on LOW all night.

The next morning stir together. Remove any membrane or fat if desired. Stir well again. Let simmer on LOW until noon or evening.

Serve on buns.

Leftovers freeze beautifully.


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Overnight Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf

3/4 C. milk
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 C. (4 T.) butter, melted
2 T. granulated sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 t. salt
2 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. whole wheat flour (or more all-purpose flour)

1/4 C. (4 T.) butter, melted
3/4 C. granulated sugar
2 t. ground cinnamon

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1 – 2 T. milk (however much is needed to achieve pourable consistency)

Make dough: In a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat the milk until just warm (105 to 115 degrees F). Pour into large bowl of a stand mixer, then add the yeast. Stir until yeast is dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes or until foamy

In small bowl, combine flours & set aside. With a mixer, beat 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, egg, and salt into the yeast mixture until combined. Add half the flour (1 1/2 cups), then beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl as needed. Increase speed to medium and beat 3 minutes more. Stir in remaining flour.

Shape into a ball (dough will not be smooth). Transfer dough to an oiled bowl, and cover top of dough with a little more oil. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 2 days. (Or, to make right away, cover and set in a warm place to rise for 45 to 60 minutes or until nearly double).

Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. Remove dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 20×12-inch rectangle (or as close to it as possible). Brush surface of dough with 1/4 cup melted butter, then sprinkle with the mixture of sugar and cinnamon (I actually ended up not using all the cinnamon sugar, but it’s up to you).

Cut the dough rectangle crosswise in five equal strips:

Stack strips on top of each other, then cut the stack into six pieces

You will now have 6 stacks of five rectangles. Leave the stacks intact, and turn stacks on their side (cut sides up). Place the pan lengthwise (so the short side is facing you) and loosely stagger pieces, diagonally, in pan.

Coat top with any leftover butter and cinnamon sugar.

Let rise in a warm place for about 30 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake loaf about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on wire rack to cool. (Here you can either let the loaf cool 10 minutes, and then take out of pan & place on serving plate to glaze. OR you can glaze it immediately, while it’s still in the pan, for a more informal serving. I did the latter, and just pulled the pieces right out of the pan. Depends on your preference!) Make glaze: In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a glaze of drizzling consistency. Pour glaze over top of loaf. I would recommend eating while it’s still warm, but you can also let cool before serving. Makes 8-10 servings

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Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake Recipe

What You Need
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 tablespoon cocoa
• 2 1/2 cups brownie mix (half of a 21.5-oz. brownie mix package)
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 1 tablespoon soft margarine
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

What To Do
1. Combine 3/4 cup water, brown sugar and cocoa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.

2. While those items are coming to a boil, combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.

3. Spread batter evenly in the bottom of a lightly buttered crockpot.

4. Pour boiling mixture over the batter.

5. Cover and cook on high about 2 hours; turn heat off and let stand for about 30 minutes.

6. Spoon into dessert dishes while warm; serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Crockpot Cream of Wheat Recipe

recipe makes 4 servings.

What You Need
• 2/3 cup cream of wheat
• 3 3/4 cups water
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• Maple syrup or brown sugar to taste

What To Do
1. Mix all ingredients inside crockpot.

2. Cook on low approximately 8 hours.

Serving suggestions

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

■1 lb. white chocolate, bark or chips
■1/2 cup crunchy Peanut Butter
■4-5 cups Rice Krispies
■1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in peanut butter until thoroughly mixed. Measure Rice Krispies into large bowl. Pour melted white chocolate/peanut butter mixture over top and stir together. Add mini marshmallows and mix. Spoon out onto wax paper covered cookie sheets and let cool.

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Free Redbox Codes

WOW! Check out this list of 13 Free Redbox Rental Codes. You can use each one of these codes once per account, some codes like the ones good at Walgreens or Kroger are only valid at kiosks in those stores.

Through 3/6 Use the Coupon Code DVDNIGHT for a 1 Night Rental (Good on all accounts)

The following codes are for first time use on each account:

Free 1-Night Rental at Walgreens Locations – use code WALGREENS at a Redbox location in Walgreens
Free Video Game Rental when you text PLAY to 727272.
Free Movie rental, use code DVDONME at checkout
Free Movie rental, use code RENTONME at checkout
Free Movie rental, use code MOVIETIME at checkout
Free Movie rental, use code BREAKROOM at checkout
Free Movie rental, use code REDBOX at checkout – new customers only
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Free Movie rental, use code REDBOXHEB to use at HEB
Free Movie rental, use code DVDKROG to use at Kroger
Free Movie rental, use code DVDATKROGER to use at Kroger
Free Movie rental, use code DRIVEIN to use at Sonic

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