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I'm thinking of moving my recipes to here instead. Sorry!

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Oh wow it has definitely been quite awhile since my last post. Things have been pretty crazy around here and just as i'm typing this, the packers/movers are here loading our goods onto the truck. It has definitely been a hectic two days and gosh knows what chaos was going on in my brain weeks prior to yesterday.

Anyhow, you know how they say you should be eating seafood/fish at least 2 times a week or something because they have omega3 or something? Well, since we've decided to eat healthier (which is going to go to shits our last week in our townhouse), i decided maybe we should eat more fish since i was getting pretty tired of eating shrimp. This fish was cooked to my perfection and it was really good! The only problem we came across from buying our fish frozen was i got a lot of bones in my filet. Definitely give this a try though. I can't remember where i originally got the recipe from and my legs are starting to fall asleep from sitting in a weird position in my little corner.

Baked Garlic Lemon Tilapia
6 6oz. tilapia filets
4 cloves garlic crushed
2 TBsp butter
2 TBsp fresh lemon juice
4 tsp fresh parsley
salt & pepper
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400F.

Melt butter on low. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add lemon juice and remove from heat. Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Place fish on top, season with salt & pepper. Pour lemon butter sauce over fish. Top with parsley.

Bake about 15 minutes.

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Everyone has their own version of their "best chocolate cookie everrr" recipe and this happens to be my now all time favorite recipe everrr. I've baked cookies in the past and they've tasted either okay, good enough or i've burnt never. Never have i baked cookies that came out soft, chewy and moist- my favorite kind and having it sit out a bit, it did harden a bit but still moist and chewy on the inside. The flavor was perfect and i felt so accomplished and the world feels right again... well, it would if i didn't have to worry about our upcoming deployment ;( Anyways, this recipe is definitely worth the try! I originally found the recipe from Lovin' The Oven and i have to say Thank you for posting that recipe!!

White & Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 stick butter, room temperature
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 TBsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
chocolate & white chocolate chips (i didn't measure)

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Mix in vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and stir just until combined. Stir in most of the chocolate, reserving a handful of small chunks. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour, or freeze for 30 minutes.

Drop 2 TBsp of dough onto baking sheets. Top with additional chocolate chips. Bake 12-15 minutes, until puffed and light golden. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Note: I ended up having to bake my cookies for 20-25 minutes.

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We have this market down in Destin, FL called The Fresh Market which reminds me a lot of Wild Oats in Newport Beach, CA. The husb and I went down there last weekend to basically check out the spices that they carry and I came across premade packages of Indian Curry spices. I ended up just getting the Tandoori Chicken one and it was so delicious! The husb has never actually tried Indian food before, so while i was preparing the marinade for the chicken he was a little grossed out with the yogurt and vinegar. He definitely didn't complain when i brought the finished dish to him. Anyways i figured it would be a lot easier to buy the individual pack instead of buying the spices seperately since i don't think i've ever tried Tandoori Chicken myself. We don't have a grill so i just used one of those Iron cast skillets with the grill marks on the bottom. Either way this recipe will definitely go on my "make again" list. I actually don't have the exact measurements for the marinade, but I do know it included Plain Yogurt, Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Best marinated overnight.

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My darling husband likes to only eat bananas on weekdays so usually by the weekend i have some pretty ripe bananas. I've tried making Banana Bread, Banana Muffn, Banana and Blackberry Bread, Caramel Banana Cupcakes and even Banana Cookies which for some reason he doesn't like Banana in anything other than maybe smoothies. I've been reading Lovin' the Oven's blog the last day or so and i came across a Banana Cake with Cream Cheese frosting which looks really delicious and thought that maybe i should give it a try. So around 830 last night (i tend to crave baking at the weirdest hours), i set everything up and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Anyways the cake tasted just like Banana Bread and it came out pretty moist and the frosting was delicious!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp veg oil

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and flour two 8inch round cake pans.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.

Cream together the butter and the sugar.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition. Add bananas, vanilla extract, yogurt and oil; mix well. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cool and frost cake.

Original Recipe & Cream Cheese Frosting

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