Wednesday, September 10, 2014

salmon (or other fish) tacos with peach corn salsa

We've been trying to clean out our freezer before our move to Seattle and I put this together for dinner last night and it was DELICIOUS! You may not have all these things in your fridge/freezer like I did but the ingredients are pretty simple. I had some frozen marinated/seasoned wild caught salmon from Costco in my freezer so I used some of it for the tacos (pictured) but I also made another batch of cod with a yummy marinade that was easy to make (recipe below), which I preferred in the tacos. We also had a huge box of the most delicious Utah peaches that are slowly making their way to Moldville, so I whipped up some peach salsa (and added some white corn I had leftover from lunch and a lone avocado from the fridge). We also had a bag of shredded cabbage so I mixed it with a creamy concoction and BAM! Amazing fish tacos that can rival my beloved Tia Rosa's!
LIME MARINATED COD
1 pound of cod, cut into 4" pieces
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk together the lime zest and juice, garlic, oil and salt and pepper (to taste) in a medium bowl. Add fish and stir to coat. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 and lay fish on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until fish flakes and is opaque throughout. Take a warmed corn tortilla (I use the "cook your own" kind at Costco) and put a few flaked pieces of fish, creamy cabbage and peach salsa on top.

PEACH SALSA
3 medium peaches, peeled and finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped finely
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, minced
1 avocado, diced small
1 small jalapeno, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup sweet white corn
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
+ a drizzle of Agave nectar (or honey), to taste

Combine all in a medium to large bowl and serve on top of tacos.

CREAMY CABBAGE
1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream (or sub Greek yogurt)
2 limes, juiced
kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lime juice and salt and pepper (to taste). Layer on top of fish and top with peach salsa.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

nielson genes

I was recently looking through my baby book and was surprised at how all three of my kids look like me at one age or another. William didn't look like me as a baby, but I think that this picture of me at age 6 looks a lot like him at age 4. Fritz looks a lot like my 2 year old picture and I've recently thought that Louisa looks like my baby pictures. The Nielson genes are strong but I'm also so glad that my kids have David's twinkly smile! Louisa and Fritz seem to have this olive skin too. It's so fun to see the genes in our families carry on and look at which ones are dominant. I just think this kind of thing is fascinating!

Friday, September 05, 2014

the best oatmeal chip cookies

It's no secret that I love oatmeal cookies. My big brother, Stephen, particularly loves oatmeal butterscotch chip (sidenote: since we're moving to Seattle and close to him, I anticipate lots of requests for these) and when he and his high school friends would come over to our house, I always made them. See, I was three years younger and really boy crazy... and his friends were nice to me and pretended to flirt with me. I'm pretty sure one time, one of them made some comment about how great my cookies were and so I always just "happened" to "casually" be making cookies on a Friday night when I "overheard" my brother tell my mom that he had friends coming over. Haha. Anyway, here's the recipe. My favorite combination is a little butterscotch chip, a little chocolate chip and a little bit of toffee pieces mixed in there. Heaven. I made these the other day in honor of him and our move up to Seattle!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (heaping) teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups quick oats
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup toffee bits

Cream together the butter and sugars in a large bowl (in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer is fine too). Add eggs and beat until light and smooth. Add vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir into creamed mixture. Gently stir in oats and chips and mix until well combined (you want the oats to really be incorporated into the dough). Cover and chill at least one hour (this is optional, but it produces a superior cookie).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll into balls and flatten just a little bit and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. I like to flatten them a little more when they come out of the oven.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

we're coming for you, seattle!

Big news for the Bryant family! We are moving to Seattle! You guys, I can't begin to explain how excited I am. David took a job with a Seattle based company (which is the main reason why we were up there last week for his job interview) which means we can settle down and buy a house in the near future! Ever since we moved to Arizona, we've been living a "temporary" life. Everything except our clothes and a couple of toys have been in storage for the last year and a half and I miss my stuff! We are so grateful to my parents for letting us live in their house while they've been on their mission in England. It has been a huge blessing and we are sad to be leaving behind all of my family members who live close by. We've never lived so close to family, since we've had kids, and I have been spoiled by my sisters, brothers-in-law and cousins with all their help! It's been really fun for our children to get to know their cousins and we will miss them!
cute print from here
On the flip side, this move to Seattle brings us close to my brother and sister-in-law and their family. As you know, we've visited them a few times in the last couple of years and I've been dying to move there! This is our fifth move in the eight years we've been married. It's been a crazy ride but I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have as my partner. David is patient, smart and hardworking and I'm so grateful to have him as my husband!

So, if you're a Seattle-ite, let me know! Let's be friends! :) I'd love to hear your recommendations for things to do, preschools for William (in the Bellevue/Redmond area), must-haves to surviving winter, favorite restaurants and anything else that I might need to know as we move to the Pacific Northwest. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

turning 30 in seattle

We took a last minute trip last week to Seattle for my 30th birthday (this is the third summer in a row that we've taken a trip there and it's worth it every time! 2013, 2012). It was a fun fest of delicious food, gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery. I also got to spend a ton of time with my brother and sister-in-law which was great and my little brother, Marcus, and his wife, Ashley, were there visiting too! We went to Pike Place, which is one of my favorite places ever. All those dahlias and peaches and raspberry croissants from Le Panier! It was heavenly.
On my actual birthday, we went to Din Tai Fung to have dim sum. I've been craving it since my second trimester of Louisa's pregnancy and it was so great to have some spicy shrimp wontons and those sauteed garlic green beans! It hit the spot! Then my brothers and sister-in-law went into Seattle and picked up the famous coconut cream pie from Dahlia Bakery. We ate it at home so I could put Louisa to bed and we laughed and talked while we ate the pie at the dining table before going to bed. I like hanging out with my brothers and their wives. They married good ones!
David and I hit up Cafe Presse downtown to try out the Croque Madame. It was good and reminded me of my senior trip to Paris in 2001. If I hadn't been so stuffed with cheese and carbs, I would've loved to try the chocolat chaud!
Speaking of carbs and fatness... check out the rolls and cheeks on this baby! I love her!!!!!
We love you, Seattle!