The Love of Cooking

Cooking healthy meals that enrich our lives and please the taste buds is such a satisfying and fun experience. Cooking a dish for the first time can be both exhilarating and anxiety inducing. Sometimes, we figure it’s easier to stick to cooking recipes that we’ve memorized by heart and know our friends and family will love rather than taking the risk of cooking something for the first time.
ca93ba8e-8dd5-48aa-8f51-4d04693e3fabAlthough whipping up a dish we know our loved ones will chow down makes sense, it’s a good idea to branch out and try making new recipes.  In an effort to begin creating and perfecting healthy recipes that my one day husband and children will enjoy, I have made it a point to do research and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen.

Growing up my father made dinner and it was something my brother and I looked forward to after coming home from cheer or baseball practice every night. I would watch him cook while I talked his ear off about the latest drama or life issues I was facing.
He would intently listen and respond to my never-ending1f74035f-53f2-483c-be92-63056e0aedb6complaints, questions and observations of the day with such wisdom all while precisely chopping, adding ingredients, mixing, stirring and grilling. He made cooking look easy and as if he could still do it with his eyes closed. Looking back on it, I’ve learned some of my most important life lessons in that kitchen and hold the wisdom my parents shared with me in that kitchen dearly. I used to observe the way my dad chopped spices that would go into his homemade salsa and season the roast that would bake in the oven and fill the house with its sweet and spicy aroma. I remember I would always comment about how strong the smell was back then. Although it smelled heavenly, I didn’t like the way it stuck to my clothes and hair, seeped underneath my bedroom door or followed me into my car. I live across the country now and greatly miss the fragrant scents of my father’s homemade Beef Roast and Chicken Cacciatore.  They’re scents that now remind me of love, family and peace.

Although I didn’t do much cooking when I lived at home, the moments spent in the kitchen talking and watching my dad consistently prepare meals was so vital to my growth as a person and influenced my love for cooking today.

This past weekend I cooked Baked Salmon and Halibut, Lemon-Garlic Rice and Parmesan Brussels Sprouts. I found four recipes online that I followed and tweaked them here and there to make them my own. Take a look! 

Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon & Halibut


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Lay out Salmon on sheet of foil
  3. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or butter on Salmon
  4. Sprinkle 4 pinches of Salt, a dash of Pepper, and 1 Garlic Clove on Salmon
  5. Place 3 slices  of Lemon and place on top of Salmon
  6. Add any other additional seasoning/flavors that you would like, i.e. Garlic Powder, Capers, Onion, etc.
  7. Fold foil to cover entire piece of Halibut and place in oven for 20 minutes
  8. Check the fish and remove from oven to prevent from drying


  1. Pre-heat over to 400 degrees
  2. Lay out Halibut on sheet of foil
  3. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  4. Sprinkle 4 pinches of salt, a dash of Pepper and Garlic Powder (extra flavor), and 1 Garlic Clove
  5. Place 3 slices of Lemon on top of Halibut
  6. Fold foil to cover entire piece of Halibut and place in oven for 15 minutes
  7. Check the fish and remove from oven to prevent from drying

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

  1. Boil 8 cups of water in pot and add a pinch of Salt
  2. Pour 1 bag of chopped Brussels Sprouts into pot
  3. Boil for 5 min., remove Brussels Sprouts into separate bowl and drain out water
  4. Put the pot on stove top (medium heat)
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Garlic Cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes to pot and saute for 1-2 min. on medium heat
  6. Pour Brussels sprouts back into pot and mix with 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

Lemon-Garlic Rice

  1. Bring 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth to a boil
  2. Pour in 1/2 cup of Long-Grain rice
  3. Put top onto pot and let simmer
  4. Once rice is cooked remove from stove top and let Rice sit for 3 min.
  5. Add 1 Garlic Clove and 1/4 cup of Lemon Juice

I hope this helps you find inspiration to make new memories and try new recipes.

Until Next Time,




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