Salmon with Honey Mustard Mint Sauce

Serve some fresh salmon with an unexpected honey mustard mint sauce – yes mint! – and let your taste buds rejoice.Salmon with Honey Mustard Mint SauceSometimes I feel like my kitchen is a high school, and the ingredients are much-put-upon stereotypical students.  Quinoa and kale are the nerds everyone loves to copy, but no one reeeeeally gets excited about their company.  Salted caramel is the hot cheerleader who kinda peaked as a sophomore, but still gets plenty of attention her senior year.  Bacon is the class clown, getting along with everyone.

In this world, mint is a pleasant girl, good friends with chocolate and loose tea, but otherwise a bit of a loner.  Even though all agree she brings something nice to the table, her extracurriculars are limited.  Some, not knowing her full charms, would even shamefully lump her with that weirdo, gum.  (He’s always underfoot and sticks around too long.)

NO!  This is wrong.  Mint deserves more!  Mint, break that mold and bust those clichés!  Flirt with a savory dish and leave those mouths hanging open in wonder.

Which is all to say that you probably expect a recipe for a honey mustard mint sauce to be very very bad – It’s unheard of! They don’t hang out!—but one taste will adjust your views.  Be open to this new world.   Welcome dear mint into your entrees.

Salmon with Honey Mustard Mint Sauce

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies are a long-time favorite in our house!  And no wonder – they’re chewy, moist, chocolate chip cookie perfection.Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip CookiesI shouldn’t be sharing this recipe with you.  It significantly reduces my chances for utter domination of cookie competitions.  These are, hands down, the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  I don’t care what your mom, or grandmother, or fairy godmother taught you to bake, these are better.  They are moist, chewy, and above all, delicious.

I know we were trying to share healthy recipes with you in January, as so many folks are attempting to reset their nutrition.  But we’re sure you’ve done such a good job that you need a treat.  A reward.  A light at the end of the tunnel. These cookies are all that and so much more.

I can’t even begin to estimate how many of these cookies I’ve eaten in my lifetime.  Pretty sure it would require scientific notation.  And this may be the first recipe I can recall having some involvement in.  And by “involvement”, I mean snitching…er…”quality control.”  I remember getting to sample at each stage, with my favorite step being right after the addition of the dry ingredients.  It was so sweet and creamy and I could not get enough of it.  My mom would burn through one or two hand mixers a year primarily because of the number of cookies she had to make to keep up with the family’s voracious appetite.  It was a welcome relief when she got her stand mixer.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

A fresh, delicious take on the classic meatball – and they can go straight from the freezer to your oven.Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce Not only are these meatballs delicious, but I think they can be served in a variety of settings.  Casual weekday dinner?  Whip up a quick stir-fried rice to accompany them.  Want to dress it up a little?  Serve them with some sautéed baby bok choy.  Just got off a 14 hour flight that was the final leg of 24 hours of travel?  These will go straight from the freezer to the oven while you get the rice cooker going and grab a shower.

This recipe is a definite favorite among my immediate family.  I mean, I like spaghetti and meatballs as much as the next guy, but sometimes you want something a little different.  The Asian flavor from the sesame oil and soy sauce provide that, and I really like the inclusion of the water chestnuts for the crunch they provide.  I had never heard of water chestnuts, and when I first tasted them out of the can, I was rather underwhelmed.  Quite frankly, they are almost flavorless.  But that’s not what they are there for.  They provide a bit of crispness that I really enjoy, and that you wouldn’t necessarily expect in a meatball.Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

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Zesty Guacamole

Easy to make, easy to customize, easy to put on everything.

Zesty Guacamole

Continuing with our healthy series of recipes for healthy readers in healthy January…here’s something… DELICIOUS!

Boom.  Did you see that coming?  If you know us at all, you should’ve.  This is our favorite guacamole recipe, and it’s one of those things we make over.  And over.  And over.  And…yeah.

You know why I love this recipe?  I actually have a whole menu of reasons:

  1. Tacos.
  2. Hint of Lime chips.
  3. Nachos.
  4. Tacos.
  5. Omelettes.
  6. Toast.
  7. Tacos.
  8. BLT Sandwiches.
  9. Bacon cheeseburgers.
  10. Tacos.

And that’s just my top ten.

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Sweet Potato Energy Shake

A seriously delicious shake that also happens to be full of healthy goodness.

Sweet potato energy shake

Hello, 2016.  I’ve been…expecting you.

The start of the new year seems like a good time to lay down some Ready to Yumble principles.  Now, I know that approximately 132% of Americans take January to set some new goals, plans some new resolutions, and hit the gym and the juice.  I’m all for healthy food and fitness, but let’s be honest, this blog has one focus, and that’s deliciousness.  We won’t….nay, we can’t…post a recipe for raw kale and call it a day.

Fortunately, there are a good number of recipes out there which are both delicious and nutritious.  Mom was right!  And because we love all of you folks on the other side of internet, this month we will put a special emphasis on those dishes.  Because we want to help you reach your goals!  (And because we are likewise trying to wean ourselves off Christmas cookies.  It’s a struggle.)

So here’s your first serving of goodness, and trust me, I would not be featuring a drink without alcohol if it weren’t really really really tasty.

Sweet potato energy shake

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