Pan-Fried Salmon with Lemon and Capers, eight years!


Excuse me for shouting, but I’ve been writing this blog for EIGHT YEARS!

That’s 1600 posts and counting.

Who would have thought I’d have that much to say – or maybe I don’t. More about that in a moment.

First, the food:

Easy, skillet salmon – just toss in some lemon slices, capers and serve on a creamy Dill Sauce.

Pan-Fried Salmon with Lemon and Capers

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 2 salmon fillets,  12oz total, (360gr)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs capers
  • 1 tbs chives, fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • White Wine and Dill Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) white wine
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried dill weed (leaves – not seeds)
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried chives
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 1 tbs water
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) plain or Greek yogurt

Salmon with Lemon and Capers


  • Slice lemon, 4 – 6 slices, remove pips.
  • Heat butter and oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add salmon, skin-side up, and sauté 5 minutes, until it starts to brown.
  • Turn skin side down.  Lay the sliced lemon on top of the salmon and sprinkle with capers and chives.
  • Turn the heat to low, cover and let finish cooking, 5 – 10 minutes, depending on thickness.
  • When done, using a spatula, slide the filets off of the skin.
  • To serve: Spoon some Dill Sauce on each plate or a small platter.
  • Lay salmon on top.
  • Spoon capers and lemon slices on salmon.
  • White Wine and Dill Sauce:
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat bring wine and stock to a boil.
  • Mix cornstarch in water and stir into simmering stock.  Cook until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in herbs and yogurt.
  • Cover and keep warm until serving.

Print Recipe

I’ve been meandering down memory lane recently, looking at my old blog posts.

No, I’m not that narcissistic.

After converting this blog to WordPress, I never took the time to check the early posts for conversion errors.  That I’m even doing it now I blame totally on the rainy weather.

In going back to the beginning of blog time, I realize there have been a few changes since I started.

First, the number of food blogs (as well as all the other blogs) has exploded. As of Nov. 20, 2013 there were 152,000,000 blogs on the internet, with a new one added every half second.

Second, the technical requirements have changed dramatically and rapidly and I won’t bother with details. Suffice it to say that blogging was once a fun hobby for a few; it’s now a serious pursuit for the technologically savvy. Blogs now have staff.

Third, many of of my blogging friends from those early days are no longer blogging.

Of those that are, many are doing it differently: more photos and fewer words, recipes every day but no personal content, lengthy well-written essays but only a few times each month, switched from baking to vegan or cooking-for-kids to crock-pots-for-two.

There are days when I can’t decide which is more difficult: creating a tempting recipe or writing interesting and amusing words about my life.

Sometimes both are just boring.

Sometimes I just don’t feel like taking the photos before I eat. (I’ll blame that on the wine.)

There are days when everything just flows from the mind to the screen with no effort at all. (Those are the days with the most typos.)

It’s a good thing I have the dogs to provide fodder for the words…. Maybe I should get a cat.

And chickens.

Did I tell you that our friend in Spain has decided to keep chickens? In addition to his three dogs (Bonnie and Guapa’s relatives), and his 10 or 15 or 20 cats (he’s never sure, they’re village cats that he takes care of) he now has 37 chickens.

37 chickens would give me more stuff to write about, wouldn’t it?

13 thoughts on “Pan-Fried Salmon with Lemon and Capers, eight years!”

  1. Commendable Katie! Most Excellent. Love the salmon!
    37 chickens … I guess you have room but wow I think the dogs should learn to blog first!!!

  2. Dan, I shudder to think what life is like in that little village with all of his animals LOL

    Tanna, the dogs will blog before I keep chickens!

    Simona, thanks…. Your blog is close to the same age, I think…. Isn’t it?

  3. Wow. 8 years.

    I’ve actually wanted to ask if long term bloggers go back and read some of their older stuff. I love going back and reading peoples old posts from 8-10 years ago.

    I love old blogs that are still going. I find so much joy in going back and reading old posts. It’s fascinating to follow the changes:

    The changes in the blogger themselves. I’ve seen many a just out of college bright eyed blogger transition through marriage, children, etc

    The changes in blogging itself like you mentioned. From shorter more facebook like entries to rarer but longer ones. People say there aren’t as many comments as before even though they still get readers.

    The sadness of a beloved blog dying out or going private.

    Just want to say thanks for blogging and letting us enjoy wonderful food and a glimpse into your life.

    btw here is the first post on this blog if anybody wants to see the start 🙂

  4. Congratulations on your 8 years, Katie. I agree completely that blogging, and bloggers, have changed a lot since the early years. Better, or not as much fun? I don’t know. I don’t think we ever expected to be at it this long! Thanks for all for enriching our lives with your recipes and stories of life in France.

  5. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging, Katie. As I’m sure you know, I am one of those 8-year bloggers who, for all intents and purposes, no longer, or just barely, blogs. All my dogs passed on, ditto cats, and I gave my remaining chickens away after the great bear invasion, so if your logic is correct, I have no inspiration of the animal pursuation to egg me on, so to speak? Hmm, food for thought. :-). Love your salmon recipe. Keep on bloggin’!

  6. Katie, I have noticed the same trends (except for the technical one – I wouldn’t know if they did change things on that side) of less blogging, losing some altogether, and definitely less comments, even though I seem to have more readers. Sad, really, as I love the comments part nearly as much as the writing part. I have enjoyed over the years all the stories of your life in France, your puppy stories, and seeing the progress your mari is making. I see a lot of what I’d call “professional” blogs these days, but they aren’t very personal and, to me, they are less interesting. Fine to take stunning photos and list amazing recipes, but if they don’t tell me a little about someone’s life, I find them a little disappointing. I’m glad you’re still here. And, yes, I do go back and read my old posts from time to time. Not all of them, but I use the “search” window on Blogger to find ones I want to re-read.

    • I am right there with you Zoomie. I love the community that develops in the comments section. And its a great way to find new blogs. I clicked on your name and there is another wonderful long lived blog to read.

  7. Thanks, Wonky, This is the first time I’ve started at the beginning. I’m checking a lot of those other early bloggers…. sadly, a lot of them are gone. And some of the early photos…Ouch!

    Lydia, I think it was easier in the beginning. I, at least, didn’t worry about the photos and the tech side. It’s still fun, just different LOL

    Thanks Stacy

    I know, Christine…. I miss you. I pop over from time to time to see if anything is new. You need a pet LOL

    Zoomie, I’ve thought occasionally over the years that I should make my blog more professional and less about dirty dogs – but then it wouldn’t be any fun (or my blog LOL)

    Jayne, you get the chickens… I have enough stuff. Yeah, 8 years…..

  8. Eight years! That is amazing, and you have been very prolific at it. Technically, I will have been at it for eight years in June, but there were so many gaps between posts that it feels like four years. Funny, I was counting some of the bloggers I chatted with 7 years ago, and at least 10 are no longer blogging. I miss the earlier days – when it was a hobby. Before interns and agents.

    Anyway, congrats.

    Mimi J, aka Argette (Because WordPress won’t let me post as Mimi)

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