Lime and Thyme Baked Chicken

I am sure I’ve posted a roasted chicken before but today’s was so tasty I must share this recipe. Just a simple thyme and lime combination that added so much flavor.  It always amazes me how well citrus flavors go so well with poultry and really shine through.

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  • 1 chicken – about 4 pounds
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pat chicken dry and season with thyme, salt, and pepper. Squeeze a bit of lime juice on to chicken as well and place remaining lime inside cavity.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Allow to rest for 5 – 10 minutes before carving.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Dilly Shrimp and Scallops with Pasta

Thought I would try out a new combination today.  I really liked the dill with the goat cheese; at first bite I was afraid it was to dilly but as I continued eating it became more and more addictingly delicious.

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  • 4 o.z. angel hair pasta
  • 1 pound seafood ~ I used a shrimp and scallops combination
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper; optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of one lime
  • 3 o.z. goat cheese
  • 1 Tbs fresh dill

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In skillet heat olive oil; add seafood and season with cayenne, salt, and pepper.  Cook until seafood is just cooked through; about 6 minutes for medium size pieces.  Remove from heat, stir in lime juice, half of the goat cheese, and dill.  Serve over pasta and sprinkle with remaining goat cheese.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Mango Salsa ~ spicy with a pinch of cilantro

So, I have made mango salsa before.  We’ve served it over tilapia for a simple tropical flavor but I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed it as much as the recipe I made today.  I added jalapeno for a kick and cilantro for contrast.  My mango was even a little under ripe so I was worried it wouldn’t give enough flavor but it was amazing.  This is perfect for fish recipes.  I actually used some of it for a rice dish today and served with halibut, but I will simply post the salsa as is because I do believe it will be amazing on chips too.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 2 small jalapeno
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro

Peel and chop the mango.  I will have to do a post soon of the easiest way to do this; mangos have a flat large seed in the center.

Combine all ingredients in bowl and set aside for 3 minutes for the flavors to marry.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Blackberry Lime Cheesecake

I did put part of my blackberry sauce to work today; the cheesecake came out perfectly.  I cheated a bit and used pre-made mini graham cracker crusts, but delicious none the less!  I made 6 little cheesecakes and still have plenty of blackberry sauce to spare.  If you don’t want to make the sauce the cheesecake recipe could be adapted for pie filling, jam, or freezer preserves.

Blackberry Lime Cheesecake

  • 6 little pre-made graham cracker crusts
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lime zest
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 egg
  • blackberry sauce, jam, or pie filling

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lime zest, and lime juice.  Once combined mix in egg.  Place about 1 teaspoon blackberry sauce in the bottom of each prepared crust.

Divide cheesecake batter among each and add an addition 1/2 tsp sauce to the top of each.  Using toothpick swirl jam in random pattern.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until just set; cool on wire rack.

Refrigerate for at least and hour before serving.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Strawberry and Cilantro Salad Dressing ~ Fat Free

Ok, so making a fat-free dressing isn’t my first intent but for some reason I am not a huge fan of all the oil that is in a true vinaigrette. While making a raspberry dressing the other day I grabbed my cooking olive oil vs. the extra virgin type; I was so disappointed when I tasted what was starting to be a super combination.  Ergo my oil-less dressing was created.  I often use just balsamic vinegar on my lettuce anyway so no oil just makes sense.  We enjoyed our tossed salad with romaine lettuce, locally grown radishes, tomato, carrot, and mushrooms.  We also added some avocado to our salads; it just seemed like a natural addition with the cilantro and lime.

Strawberry Cilantro Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar  ~ I used rice vinegar for a milder taste
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

In blender combine all ingredients. I strained my dressing through a metal sieve.  Some of the seeds still slip through and of course you lose a bit of the pepper and cilantro but it keeps most of the seeds at bay if you are sensitive or just don’t feel like contending with them in your teeth all day!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Guacamole ~ Homemade Chunky Style

I mention the guacamole yesterday; I don’t always make it the same way but I really enjoyed this chunky version.  The flavors all worked well together.  I’ve seen many different techniques as far as the preparation.  One thing all have in common is use of lime juice to prevent the avocado from browning and of course covering well if storing before serving.  I opted today to prep everything but the avocado in advance and add the avocado just before serving.  This worked out really well and made it easy to throw together when the time was right.

Chunky Guacamole

  • 1/2 jalapeno finely diced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic ~ minced ~ I used my zester for this but a garlic press works well too

  • juice of one lime
  • 2 Tbs diced tomato
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 avocado ~ chopped or mashed as desired

Combine all ingredient except for the avocado.  Set aside at room temperature until ready to serve and add the avocado just before serving.

Alternately if you wish to add the avocado early I would recommend waiting to add the tomato until time to serve or omitting completely as it can make the guacamole discolor and get a bit watery if it sets too long.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Spicy Lime Rubbed Ribs with Corona BBQ Sauce

So I have been talking for the past two days about my ribs.  I liked the rub, could have maybe been spicier and maybe I should have used more; I did after all have over 5 pounds of spare ribs.  The sauce however balanced out the spiciness perfectly.  As I mentioned in my first post I baked these; not my usual choice for ribs but I needed something I could do unattended for several hours without worry of my fire going out or the meat being over cooked.

Spicy Lime Rubbed Ribs with Corona BBQ Sauce

I like to use onions as a rack for my ribs.  Place onion slices on the bottom of baking dish.

Prepare rub mixture.

Season meat with rub and place in baking dish on onions. Pour corona into bottom of pan reserving 1/2 cup for sauce (or open an extra corona if you need); squeeze lime juice into pan also.

Cover with foil and place in 225 degree oven. Meanwhile prepare sauce.

Roast for about 6 hours.  Remove ribs from oven and set aside.  No peaking for at least 30 minutes. Baste ribs with sauce if desired and broil for about 6 minutes.

Enjoy  ~ Kimberly