Tilapia with Winey Butter and Roasted Potatoes

Another one of those nights with random things lying around and having to improvise! I looked at the garlic and lemon on my counter and then remembered one of my favorite french sauces! This isn't the same sauce, but it's close and delish!

Tilapia with Winey Butter Sauce and Roasted Potatoes
serves 4
What you'll need:
for fish:
4 fillets of Tilapia (salt and pepper both sides, then coat in some flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 stick of butter
2 lemons (juice from both, zest from 1)
1/2 cup white wine
1 tbsp capers
1 tsp of the juice from the capers
2 pinches of dried tarragon

for potatoes:
1 pound red bliss potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

What you'll do:

Start the process for the potatoes first. Halve all potatoes. Put them in an oven safe dish (not pan). Coat the potatoes with all ingredients listed. Roast in oven at 400 for about 20 minutes. You want the potatoes to get crispy and slide right off a fork when pierced.

Once potatoes are in oven...
Salt/pepper and flour both sides of each fillet of fish. Set aside on plate. Heat oil on MEDIUM in large skillet (large enough for all four fillets to cook at same time.) Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes and some salt. Cook until soft (about 3-4 minutes). Add butter, wine, lemon, capers, and caper juice. Cook until sauce bubbles. Add the fish and cook each side until golden brown. About 5-7 seven minutes depending on how hot your pan is. Be sure not to burn the sauce! You'll know the fish is done if it's flakey with a fork! Pour any left over butter sauce on top before serving.

I served this with a nice green salad as well.


Midnight Sweetness and Awards

I apologize for not being a good blogger as of late.
Between work and going back to school,
I've been falling into a blog rut.
So I thank all of those that have kept coming back and leaving comments.
I promise I will be stopping by your blogs very soon!
I received some awards recently, and I'd like to give those away to show my appreciation!

But before I do... I am going to share a quick and easy Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
It was late the other night and I was still finishing homework.
I decided to take a break and bake some cake! 
Golden Vanilla Cupcakes

What you'll need:

What you'll do:

-preheat oven to 375f or 170c; line muffin cups with papers or spray.

-cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. beat in eggs one at a time.

-add flour (mixed with baking powder

and salt) alternating with milk beat well; stir in vanilla.

-divide evenly among pans and bake for 20 minutes. let cool in pans.

I topped mine with almonds before baking.
But you can choose the topping- whether it be frosting, candy, whatever!

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Pizza Party!

I love making homemade pizza! All you need is some dough, and your favorite toppings! You can make your own dough, or buy it in the freezer section of the supermarket. Some pizza places will even sell you their dough if you ask nicely!


What you'll need:
1 package of store-bought pizza dough (enough for 1 pie)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sliced porcini mushrooms
6 kalamata olives sliced in half
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 tablespoons truffle oil
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

What you'll do:
Grease a round pizza pan. Preheat oven to 350. Flour a dry surface and roll out the dough. Once the dough is somewhat flat spread it on the pizza pan so that it reaches all of the edges and is even. Pop any air bubbles. Spread the mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, parmesan cheese, herbs and seasoning, and truffle oil evening on the dough and in the order. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until desired crispness. I like my pies a little well done so I leave the cooking time up to your preference!


Feelin' The Love!

How was everybody's Valentine's Day? I really felt the love this year!

My first surprise came on Friday. I was the giveaway winner of THIS book from the lovely Giovanna at SWOON. It's about one photographer's journey through Tuscany. He met the most amazing people and I just love how simple and FULL their lives are! I hope to learn something from this! THANK YOU!

My second surprise came when I went to the gym on Saturday. I take a class called Cardio Jam with a lovely gentleman named Trudog. He is hilarious and the class is so fun you forget that you are sweating and panting! He teaches at New York Sports Club... Anyway, for Valentine's Day he hung up streamers, balloons and had a raffle in class! Well, I won a box of chocolates! Seems odd, chocolate at the gym, but it felt good to win and I was so impressed by his generosity. He even gave out copies of Sade's new CD and teddy bears. What a great guy! Let me know if you want to know his class schedule!

Then, on V-day The Boyfriend took me to our favorite restaurant: Baraonda. It's some of the best (and affordable-ish) Italian on the Upper East Side! One tip, don't go out to dinner on Valentine's Day, go for a late lunch. The dinner hours are way too crowded on this night in NYC, so have a late lunch and then go home and watch movies!


Let's Talk About Yogurt!

I think that yogurt is a power food. Whether for a light breakfast, or a pre or post workout snack, it's packed with nutrition and energy...
but only when you are eating the right kind!
This commercial comes to mind:

No one ever lost weight by eating pie,
and this yogurt is NO exception.
Do you know the ingredients in this yogurt?
Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Strawberries, Modified Corn Starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Kosher Gelatin, Citric Acid, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Pectin, Colored with Carmine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3.

Can you pronounce some of these? Anyway... Here's how to eat yogurt the right way, with fruit on the top!

The best yogurt is plain Greek 'Fage' Yogurt. This Greek yogurt is super rich, even when you eat the fat free kind!! And it only has a few ingredients... meaning milk (raw not powdered), and cultures.
That's it! Can you believe it?
And look, I'm going to give my recipes the same corny names as Yoplait!


What you'll need:
Greek 'Fage' Yogurt (Whole or Fat-free)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 tbsp shaved almonds
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

Just place the yogurt in a nice bowl and toss that container out. Eat civilized! :o)
Place the fruit, almonds and honey (in that order) neatly on top.
Create something beautiful to eat!


What you'll need:
Your favorite single serving of NUTRITIOUS yogurt
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 Kiwi skinned and cut into wedges
1 tbsp shaved almonds
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

Same instructions as above!