My Kind of Food Saturday

Whenever Matt and Gray are away, I cook what I like — which is usually something spicy, something salmon, and something chocolate.  This past Saturday night, the boys were on a cub scout camping trip.  They neither one like things too spicy, so I started with this spicy chipolte chicken Panini.

chipolte chicken panini

It was fantastic and rather spicy — I chugged two glasses of iced tea at lunch.  I read somewhere that spicy foods can boost metabolism.  It’s a good thing because while I ate my lunch I worked on this killer monster cookie cheesecake pie, which I am certain is high in calories and fat.

monster cheesecake cookie 1

A cookie base.

monster cheesecake cookie 2

A peanut butter cream cheese filling.

monster cheesecake cookie 3

More cookie crumbled on top.

monster cheesecake cookie 4

A peanut butter buttercream frosting.

monster cheesecake cookie 5

And if all of that isn’t enough, a drizzle of homemade chocolate peanut butter sauce.  This thing is a combination of all my favorite flavors. I enjoyed every single bite.  But I will admit that I did feel guilty afterward.  I think there are two reasons why I migrate to salmon for dinner while the boys are gone — first because I like it and second to ease my guilt.  I tried a new recipe for dinner — maple and mustard glazed salmon.

maple salmon

I realize that what we like comes down to personal taste.  I didn’t love it.  I much prefer this salmon recipe:

sprinkle a piece of salmon with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, spread some Dijon mustard on top, sprinkle on a minced garlic clove and some fresh parsley, then top with a lemon slice, and bake in the oven at 450 degrees for around 12-15 minutes.  It is super easy, very flavorful, and makes no mess.

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