How To Make Garlic Aioli

Add Garlic Aioli to your meal tonight!

Garlic Aioli is a wonderful garlicky mayonnaise that add a wonderful “something extra” to a wide variety of vegetables and meats. I like to make it when I have an assortment of raw veggies for dinner- as a dip with a punch. Another way I use Aioli is to jazz up my leftovers- it really makes cold cooked potatoes come to life.

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Garlic Aioli is so easy and flavorful, it is a great recipe to have on hand and make at the last minute to make a meal shine.

Here is the super easy way to have delicious garlic aioli: 

Spoon some mayo into a small bow, say 1/2 cup

Add 1 or 2 cloves freshly grated garlic to taste – start with 1 clove (or even a 1/2 clove and taste to see how strong the flavor is before adding the rest of the clove).

Add a pinch of sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.

Optional: squeeze fresh lemon juice in the garlic Aioli

That is all there is to it!  Super easy, right??

Need some ideas of how to use your Garlic Aioli? Check out this list: 

  • Serve with cooked Potatoes – hot or cold
  • Dip your Steamed asparagus in Garlic Aioli
  • Use as a spread on a sandwich
  • Use as a dip for raw veggies (great with carrots)
  • Fantastic with plain shrimp served hot or cold.

So whip up a batch of Garlic Aioli today and see how many meals will be just that much better because of the addition of a little zippy mayo!


How To Make Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes – Quick and Easy!

Do you want to learn how to make yummy roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes with crispy skins? then keep reading as I give you the easy steps to make your own for dinner tonight!

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Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes are one of those foods that we frequently have on had- ready to go for any number of meals or snacks. We like them for breakfast with eggs, on a salad or with leftovers for lunch, cold as a snack or warmed up with fish for dinner! Yikes! There are soo many ways to use these roasted beauties you won’t believe it.

Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2. Clean potatoes by scrubbing them and rinsing them under water. I like to “dry” the potatoes on a towel too…

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3. Cut the potatoes in 1/2

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4. Toss potatoes in a bowl with a couple of spoonfuls of oil and the seasoning of your choice. You want the potatoes to be lightly coated in oil and seasoning. I like to keep it classic and just use sea salt- so that I can use the potatoes any way I want later on.

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5. Place potatoes cut side down on a foil lined pan.

6. Place the pan in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until soft when you prick the potatoes with a fork.


7. Now turn the pan and place the potatoes back in the oven on a lower shelf for 10 more minutes. This will allow the potatoes to get nice color on the cut side.

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8.  Ta- Da! That is all you need to do!  Your Roasted Yukon Gold potatoes are now ready to serve.

This easy way to Make Roasted Yukon Gold potatoes will also work for red potatoes or russet potatoes too.

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You will love how easy it is to make these potatoes!

Leave a comment below and let us know how your potatoes came out and what seasonings you used- if any 🙂



How To Cook Dover Sole

We were poking around in the fish section at our Trader Joe’s. We had to do this exploratory quest as once again Trader Joe’s re-organized the area, and we can’t find anything! OK what I really should say was that Trader Joe’s has shuffled all the frozen items around, and now we are seeing all kinds of new stuff for the first time.

Which is exactly what happened!

We were searching for our usual salmon, but instead we discovered a whole package of Dover Sole! YUM! I love Sole as it is such a delicate/light fish.  So we bought the sole instead and had a fabulous couple of meals as a result. Trader Joe's Dover Sole

Dover Sole also cooks up super fast, so it is the perfect fish to  cook on a busy night. Here is what we did:

1. Thaw the fish (cool water in the sink)

2. Pre-heat your oven to 425~ nice and HOT.

3. On a foil-lined pan that is lightly oiled, arrange the fish in one level, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Trader Joe's Dover Sole 2

4. Roast in the oven for 5-10 minutes until fully cooked.

~ YES! Dover Sole is just that easy to cook!  You will love the sweet flavor of this fish and how fast it cooks in the oven.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Dover Sole? What did you think??

How To Cook Scallops

Scallops are a wonderful seafood item that cook quickly and taste wonderful by themselves or in a number of dishes such as pasta. We love their firm-soft texture and subtle “sea” flavor as well. When we are cooking scallops we like to pan fry them so that we can keep an eye on them. Scallops are a great example of “fast food” you will want to get them in and out of a pan fast!

Trader Joe's Scallops

Trader Joe's Scallops

Trader Joe’s has a number of different kinds of scallops to choose from (different sizes and with or without sauces). Today we chose to cook Trader Joe’s New England Wild Jumbo Seallops. (Frozen Sea Scallops).

What we do is to thaw the scallops in cool water, and then dry them off with a paper towel.

Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper (if you want).

Heat your pan (we like to use a non-stick skillet) on medium-high until hot.

Add your oil to the pan -1 -2 Tablespoons and turn the pan to coat evenly.

Place scallops in the pan, one at a time, to cook. Remember to leave room between the scallops so only fill the pan 1/3 to ½ full.

Cook for 2-3 minutes and then turn over. The scallops should be a nice golden color.

Cook on the second side for 2-3 more minutes or until your scallop is fully cooked. Cut a scallop in half and make sure that the whole scallop is the same color on the inside. Raw scallops are more translucent, cooked scallops are firm and creamy-white.

Remove scallops from pan. Scallops are ready to serve.

If you are cooking the scallops in a couple of batches, keep the cooked scallops warm in a covered oven-proof dish (in a low temp oven) until all the scallops are ready.

Scallops really are that quick and easy to prepare and serve. Try and not cook them for too long or they will get very chewy.

Cooked Trader Joe's Scallops

Cooked Trader Joe's Scallops

A bit dark and blurry…. but you can some of the color and the juice that has come out of the scallops.

How often do you eat scallops?