DeAnna Lee

Posts from March 2013

My Guilty Pleasure ... Go ahead laugh at me in 3...2...1...
Every Friday I teach line dance lessons at Bourbon Jacks in Kent from 9 -11 pm.  I'm telling you we get after it on that dance floor!  I typically break a sweat 2 or 3 different times, and so I know I'm burning a LOT of country calories.  


It never fails... on the way home, I get a hankerin' for my guiltiest of guilty pleasures.  Go ahead and laugh at me (my boyfriend does every time I buy one) in 3....2....1....

I crave Totinos frozen pizzas!  Every truck stop, quick n go, backwoods country store carries them.  For less than two bucks, I have the most amazing dinner!  I pour Chipotle Tabasco sauce ALL over it.  I know!! I know!!  But I love these things!   AND, it's Friday....

What is YOUR guilty pleasure??? 
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Fight the Fat! Eat a BURGER! Yes, really!!!
Let's eat burgers every day and lose weight!!!  

No really! 

This is Day 4, and I've been eating burgers ALL week!  

Last night I made Lemon Garlic Salmon Burgers!  Here's how I did it...

Lemon-Garlic Salmon Burgers

8 oz. fresh Alaskan salmon (previously frozen) 
zest of 1 lemon
handful of fresh chopped parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
1 egg
3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs


1 lemon juiced
squirt Dijon mustard
use something hot...I used Sambol Oleleck (Asian hot sauce) 
1 tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper

Mince the salmon with your knife, then put into a large bowl.  Add the lemon zest, garlic, parsley, egg, and panko.

Mix the marinade together in a jar and shake it all together.  Then add 3 to 4 tbsp. of marinade to the tuna mixture.

Form into burgers.  Then bake at 425 degrees for 14 minutes.  

Serve with your favorite veggies and enjoy Burger Night!!   

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Burger A Day Keeps the Calories Away! Say WHAT??!!
I ate a burger AGAIN last night!  And, I'm having one for lunch!  But, I'm not suffering from the calories and fat from a  typical red meat burger.  I made this burger with fresh Albacore tuna!  Here's what I did! 

Pad Thai Albacore Tuna Burgers

4 oz. fresh Albacore tuna
zest of 1 lime
2 cloves garlic
1 inch piece fresh ginger
3 - 4 tbsp. fresh cilantro 
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 egg  

Marinade: Mix separate then add 3 or 4 tbsp. to tuna mixture

1 lime juiced
1tbsp. heaping tablespoon peanut butter 
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. Asian rice wine vinegar 

Mince the albacore tuna steak into very little pieces.  You can use your knife.  It only takes a minute.  DO NOT PUT INTO FOOD PROCESSOR.  It breaks it down too much.  Put into a large bowl. 

Add lime zest.  Mince the garlic and ginger together until it becomes a paste.  While chopping you can add a little kosher salt to help it break down.  Lay your knife flat and go back and forth over the garlic and ginger to further break it down.  

Add the chopped cilantro, panko bread crumbs, and egg to the bowl. 

Make the marinade! In a jar add juiced lime, peanut butter, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, and the Sambol Olelek (you can omit this, but I love it hot)! Shakey shake!  Now add 3 or 4 tablespoons to your tuna mixture.  

If it's too dry, add more marinade.  If it's too wet and wont form into patties, add more panko.  

Form into burger patties!  

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes!  

Use some of the marinade for a dipping sauce!!  Serve with your favorite veggies, and you've got a killer burger meal without the fat or calories!!


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Yellowfin Tuna Burgers
If you're anything like me, you crave BURGERS!!!  But I have a rule that I rarely break... I only eat red meat once or twice a month.  Don't get me wrong, because I luuuuuurve red meat like a monkey likes bananas!  

Try this Yellowfin Tuna Burger!  Y'all it is soooo yummy!  And you can use previously frozen tuna which might be a little easier on the wallet.  

I was wingin' this recipe.  But here's what I did... 

Yellowfin Tuna Burgers

2 Yellowfin tuna steaks (4 oz. each - you don't need a lot) 
1/3 white onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced 
zest of 1 lemon
4 tbsp. parsley 
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs 
1 egg
salt and pepper

Marinade to mix together and pour into tuna mixture

1 lemon juiced
squirt Dijon mustard 
3 tbsp. olive oil 
2 tbsp. sambol olek  (Asian hot sauce) 
salt and pepper 

Chop the tuna finely.  DO NOT PUT INTO FOOD PROCESSOR.  It breaks it down too much.  Just use your knife.  

Chop onion, garlic, parsley finely and put into a bowl with the tuna.  Add the panko, lemon zest, and egg along with salt and pepper to taste.  

Put the lemon juice, olive oil, sambol olek (you can use cayenne pepper), squirt of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Shakey shake!  Then add 3 tbsp. of this to your tuna mixture. 

If it's too dry, add more marinade.  If it's too wet, add more panko bread crumbs.  

Form into burgers!  

Bake 10 minutes at 425!  DONE!!!  

Time to eat a burger!!! 

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The BIG Reveal - Upcycled Milk Crate Coffee Table
How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways...

1 milk crate, 2 milk crate, 3 milk crate....LOVE!!!  

My FBP finished the coffee table!  We used vintage milk crates from the 1960's that we found on Craigslist.  He had to drive to Mossyrock to get them, but we both think it was totally worth it! 

My FBP attached all of the milk crates to a board, then he attached wheels to the board.  He stained the board first.  

First thing I HAD to do was get those BOOTS UP, right?!  

Big hugs and kisses to my sweet FBP who has magical man hands that can build and fix just about anything!  I'm such a lucky lady!  Love you! 

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Upcycled Antique Milk Crate Coffee Table
We are revamping our condo, because we need more space.  We saw an coffee table made of antique crates on Pintestest and thought it would be so cool to make!  The problem is finding the crates.  We searched all over the Sound one Saturday only to come up empty handed.  

Then we looked on Craigslist and found the coolest 1960's milk crates.  My FBP had to drive out to Mossyrock to get them, but they were so worth it!  

The first thing my FBP did was take them to the car wash to pressure wash them.  They are in fabulous condition but had been sitting in an old barn for years!  

Then, we played building blocks putting the crates into different formations trying to figure out what would work best for us.  We came up with this last night, and I think this is how my FBP is going to put them together. 

We turned them all different ways to figure out which side looked best.  Then he numbered them, so he could remember where they go.  

We started with this picture from Pinterest!  

My FBP is working on finishing the project today!  I can't wait to show you how it turns out!  Stay tuned...
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Grilled Steelhead Trout
I'm trying to take advantage of the beautiful fresh fish here in the Pacific Northwest.  However, in a lot of cases, I have NO idea what the fish is or how to cook it.  

So I picked up some fresh Steelhead Trout at The Metropolitan Market yesterday, and then had to come home and research how to cook it.  

Finally, I found a recipe where you grill it for 4 minutes per side.  Easy peasy!  

So I gave it a whirl, and it turned out perfect! 

Grilled Steelhead Trout

2 lemons
1 tbsp. fresh basil
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp. honey
salt and pepper
crushed red pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and let the Steelhead marinate for 5 - 10 minutes before you grill it.  

I placed a piece of tin foil on the grill, and I rubbed it down with olive oil.  

Grill fish skin side down first for 4 minutes.  Then use a large, thin spatula to flip it.  Grill it for 4 minutes on the other side.  

Serve it however you like!  

I put a Puttanesca sauce on top and whipped up some couscous and roasted brussel sprouts!  
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Cottage Cheese Crunch
It's the last day of winter!  Yahooooo!  Since spring is doing it's darndest to get sprung, I was inspired to pull out some spring recipes!  

I love making this Cottage Cheese Crunch!  I make a big batch and eat on it for a few days.  It's meatless, but you can add any meat you like to this.  That's how I make it for my FBP.  

But for me, I just go vegetarian and feel much lighter in just a day or two!  

It's easy too!  


1 large container 2 % cottage cheese
1 pack large low-carb/ wheat tortillas
1 head of romaine lettuce
2 lemons
zest of two lemons
1 bunch of fresh basil 
3 bell peppers ANY COLOR (I get red, yellow, green, and orange) 
2 carrots
1 small red onion 
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp.  olive oil (this helps preserve the salsa) 

Chop all the veggies and put into a large bowl.  Add the basil and onion.  Add the lemon zest and squeeze both lemons over the veggie mixture.  Add the olive oil, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, then add enough salt and pepper to taste.  

Cover this and set it in the fridge.  The longer it sets the yummier it gets. 

Now build your Cottage Cheese Crunch wrap!  

Take one tortilla and line it with 2 large outside leaves of the romaine lettuce!  Add a couple scoops of cottage cheese, then layer your veggie salsa on top.  Roll it up, cut it diagonal lengthwise, and NOSH out!  

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Love It or Leave It? Cruise Remix with Nelly
I'm pretty open when it comes to music, so when I heard the Florida Georgia Line "Cruise" Remix with Nelly I thought "COOL"!  

Tell me what YOU think!  LOVE it?  or LEAVE it? 

Click LINK below to listen:  

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Wolf Space Needle View Featured on King 5 News
The Wolf's view of Space Needle NEVER gets old for me!  Sometimes I stop what I'm doing and just look out the window.  It always reminds me of how far I have come since starting in country radio on my hometown station in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  

They are fixtinta' build a bunch of new buildings in South Lake Union, and they could hinder not only our view of the Space Needle but also views from local Seattle parks.  Some of the views are actually protected by local laws, but some are not.  

King 5 News tweeted asking for people to tweet them photos of their Space Needle views.  I have like a MILLION photos of the Wolf's needle view.  So I tweeted them, and THEY USED MY PHOTO IN THEIR STORY!  This one right here...

Weeeeeeee!   Long live our Space Needle views!  

Read the whole story here:

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Get Skinny & Win $10,000
Eating healthy and trying to keep the weight off is a daily chore in my life.  I'll be on that healthy wagon for days, then I slide off into a pizza slice the size of my head...TWICE!  

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Get signed up for the Healthy Wage $10,000 Weight Loss Challenge!  


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Plus you will be losing the weight in a team atmosphere!  So you can push and motivate one another!  

My Wolf Team is ready to rock the Healthy Wage $10,000 Weight Loss Challenge!  Get your team and let's have some fun getting skinny and maybe WINNING SOME MONEY!!!!!


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Now that I have your attention!  :)-

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Happiest Happy Hour - RN74
Some days you just don't feel like cooking right?  That's when I like to hit up a local happy hour.  There's no way I could afford some of these places during regular hours, so hitting them up during the happiest of hours makes my wallet happy too!  

I'm always up for trying new places too, and I had read about RN74 in downtown Seattle.  So I popped in for a little happy time! 

For only five bucks, they brought Ahi Tuna poppers to the table!  

It's Ahi Tuna piled on top of some sort of Asian noodle cake with delicate roe on top with a few sprigs of basil.  The dish is pretty high class for this country girl, but I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food.  And the Poppers are normally $15 on the regular dinner menu!  I got them for FIVE bucks!!  

If you love wine, you have to check out RN74's selection.  They have wines from all over the world. 

I also ordered Braised Short Ribs Over Cheesy Polenta.  It was topped with a lemon gremalota and a touch of lemon foam!  I felt like I was eating a dish from Top Chef!  So fancy!  So yummy!  During Happy Hour I only paid $12 for this dish!  It's regularly priced at $26 on the regular menu!  What a deal huh?  

Go get your Happy Hour on!  
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Rosemary Spaghetti
When I lived in Biloxi, Mississippi my friends and I would love to get together and cook big meals with each other.  Everyone would hang out in the kitchen, sip wine, and all of us would help out in some way.  One time we decided to make homemade spaghetti sauce, but we realized half way through we did not have any oregano.  So my friend Tom runs out to the garden and runs back in with a big handful of herbs and says, "let's try it with rosemary".  

Since that day I have never put oregano in my spaghetti again.  I just love the way rosemary gives it a different kind of earthy flavor!  Hopefully you will love it too!  

You might even have some of this growing in your yard!  

Rosemary Spaghetti 

1 lb. angel hair wheat pasta
1 lb. ground turkey
olive oil
1 tbsp. red pepper flake (optional, I like it a little spicy)  
1 onion
1 bell pepper
4-6 cloves garlic
3-4 stalks of rosemary 
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 bunch fresh parsley 
1 22 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 16. oz can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste 
2 cups good red wine 
1/2 cup beef stock 

Salt and pepper the ground turkey.  

In a large pot add a little olive oil and brown the turkey.  Move the turkey to the side of the post, add a little more olive oil and saute the onions first. Mince the rosemary and add all of it to the pot along with the red pepper flake.  Then add the bell pepper, and finally the garlic.  I add small amount of salt as I add layers to the sauce.  

Deglaze the pan with the red wine first then add the beef stock.  I like to use beef stock when I'm cooking with turkey to give it a little more depth of flavor.

Let the sauce reduce by half.  Usually takes about 10 minutes.  

Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and the tomato paste.  Test for seasonings.  Usually at this point, you will not need to add much salt.  

Let the sauce cook for at least 30 minutes.

Chop the fresh parsley and basil.  You will add these at the very end when you have removed the sauce from the heat.  

Cook spaghetti according the package, drain, all a little olive oil to the pasta to keep it from sticking.  I also add a touch of salt and pepper.  

Get yourself a big ol' bowl of pasta and scoop some of the yummy rosemary sauce on top.   

Then add a little parmesan cheese!  Serve with crusty bread, and you've got an incredible yummy sketti dinner!  


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