Salmon & Vegetables in Parchment Paper with White Rice



4 Pieces of Parchment Paper (12″ x 18″)

4 Salmon Steaks (6 oz each)
2 Zucchini, thinly sliced
2 Yellow Squash, thinly sliced
1 Orange, skin removed and sliced into rounds
2 Cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 C. Cilantro, Chopped

1 C. White Rice
2 C. Water
2 Tbsp. Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine rice, water, butter, about a tsp. of salt, and tsp. of pepper in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and let the pan simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and keep covered until ready to serve.

Fold the parchment paper in half and open it. Near the crease, lay 1/4 of the zucchini and 1/4 of the squash. Season lightly with salt and pepper. On top of the vegetables, lay a salmon steak. Season with salt. Place 1/4 of the garlic slices over the salmon. Drizzle with olive oil. Place 1/4 of the orange slices over the fish. Sprinkle generously with cilantro.

Fold the parchment paper over and roll up the edges to seal it. Repeat this process with the remaining salmon steaks. Place the parchment packages on a baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.

This was the first recipe I ever used with parchment paper and I love it. That’s some fancy looking stuff when you pull it out of the oven all brown on the edges like old paper. Nice.

Also, I adapted this from one of my favorite blogs ( who adapted it from Simply Recipes.


A Better Fruit Cake



1 Box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Vanilla Cake
Vegetable Oil, Water, and Eggs as called for on the box

12 oz Fat Free Cool Whip
8 oz Cream Cheese (Softened!)
4 Heaping Tbsp. Powdered Sugar

Assorted fresh fruits (Strawberries, Kiwi, Blueberries, Peaches, Pears, Raspberries, Blackberries, you get the picture)

Normally I wouldn’t suggest a particular brand of any item, but in this case it is absolutely crucial that the cake be moist. Like a cloud of soft vanilla heaven. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I need to make another one of these. It’s also important that the cream cheese is completely softened; I’m talking basically a thick liquidy mess.


Prepare cake in a 9″x13″ glass baking pan as directed on the box. Let it cool completely. I mean, put it in the fridge and go watch a movie. It needs time.

Next, grab a hand mixer and a cold mixing bowl and combine the Cool Whip, Cream Cheese, and Powdered Sugar until smooth. Use a spoon to test it’s levels of deliciousness. Careful not to go overboard with the taste testing. You’re still going to need to spread some of that on the cake.

Slice up the fruits. Once the cake is cool, spread the frosting over the top of the cake and then top with fruit in whatever pattern you’d like.

Disclaimer: You don’t have to use Fat Free Cool Whip. I don’t run your life, and it won’t make any difference to the flavor of this delicious cake.

Banana Nutella Smoothie



2 Frozen Bananas
1 – 1/2 C. Milk
1/4 C. Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 C. Nutella


Mix milk and bananas in a blender until smooth. Add peanut butter. Mix. Add Nutella. Mix. Slurp that up with a spoon and call it a good morning.

P.S. In our apartment, yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, and everything else worth eating with a spoon is done in these classy margarita glasses.