Rachel’s Recipes: How to Win with Food!

Hello all! This is the first post by the lovely Rachel! She’s a blonde human who is funny and excellent, and she’ll be taking you all through easy, cheap(ish) ways to feed yourself. Take it away, Rachel!

Every girl should know that the way to every man’s heart is FOOD! If you don’t actually know how to cook, that’s okay because some guys are simple and like easy snacks such as bagel bites…not mentioning anyone specific. [Editor’s Note: Sooooo funny, Rachel. So. Funny.] Ladies, if you encounter one of these male creatures, encourage them to hit the gym and lay off the booze.  Also, if you don’t know how to cook you can always order ahead of time and present it as if it came right out of your oven. I don’t suggest this though…could become suspicious as to why you don’t actually have a mess in the kitchen.  So my top chef friends, the best plan is to follow some simple recipes and actually learn how to cook! If my friends and I can do it with only setting off the fire alarm a few times, I’m sure you are all capable too. [Editor’s Note: Twice! I only did it twice!]

Even though I have directed this article thus far towards all the girls in the place, this goes for the guys as well.  A girl loves a dude who can cook for them even if it’s only on rare occasions.  Especially breakfast…in bed. But the first key to really surprising and impressing someone is to know their favorite food. It’s an easy question to slip into a conversation, or something you can observe from spending time together.  I recently found out my “man friend” really enjoys seafood, and although it’s not my favorite, there are some things that seem intriguing and painless to make. So here are a few ideas for all the seafood lovers out there, or the people whose lovers love seafood! Ladies…AND gents, time to fire up the kitchen.

Soy-Glazed Salmon

Total Time:30min

  • 1/4 cuppackedlight-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine, or water
  • 2 pounds salmon fillet
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with a rack in the center. Make the glaze: In a small bowl, stir brown sugar, olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and white wine until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Cut salmon fillet into 4 equal-size pieces; arrange, skin side down, in a single layer in a baking dish. Pour glaze over the fish, and turn to coat evenly.
  3. Bake until fish is opaque but still bright pink inside, basting every few minutes with glaze from baking dish, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Lemon Shrimp with Rice

Total Time: 30min

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup drywhite wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges and seeded

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish with a lid, combine rice, wine, oil, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and 2 cups water; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover, and microwave on high until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 20 minutes, stirring twice during cooking.
  3. Stir in shrimp and lemon wedges; cover, and microwave 3 minutes more. Let stand, covered, until shrimp are opaque throughout, 2 minutes. Stir in parsley; serve immediately.

Pan-Seared Scallops with Cilantro-Celery Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced celery
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 4 lime wedges


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Dredge the scallops in breadcrumbs. Add scallops to pan, and cook 4 minutes. Turn scallops, and cook 3 minutes or until done. Serve with mayonnaise mixture and lime wedges.

Woo! Thanks Rachel! Follow her on Twitter for more things that she says, and check back here for more of her stuff!

Posted on 01/04/2012, in Rachel's Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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