Salmon with Lemon & Capers; flowers

Salmon with Herbs

I love salmon. Mon mari likes it – which is actually saying a lot because he claims to hate all fish. He particularly likes it when he can cook it outside on the grill. Sadly, for both of us, that is not always possible with unreliable spring weather. Pan-fried is a close second. Add capers … Continue reading…

Oven-Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

Salmon with Dill

What – you’ve never heard of oven poaching? Okay…. It’s more of a descriptive phrase than a technique but it was different than roasting and one can’t really ‘braise’ a fish. Poaching is a common cooking technique for salmon but normally it’s done in a skillet on the cook-top. As long as I was using … Continue reading…

Baked Salmon, Mustard Herb Sauce; purple

Salmon Herb Sauce

One of the positive changes the pandemic has brought to us is how we handle Friday night dinner. We are not natural fish eaters. We both grew up in the Midwest and fish was not common in the supermarkets (other than frozen ‘fish sticks’.) In restaurants one would normally find walleye, shrimp, scallops, and lobster … Continue reading…

Falafel with Herbs

I did not make these. When I received an offer to develop a a recipe for a healthy snack I thought… Why not? Snacks are good; healthy is good. I’ve never tried making falafel. It’s one of those things I love but always thought it would be too much work to make. While we may … Continue reading…

Grilled Chicken with Herbs and Lemon

Grilled Herbed Chicken

I have decided to break my own, self-imposed rule about using instructional photos. There is the old adage: ‘A picture is worth ten thousand words’. I will, however, not post my few how-to photos before the recipe. The reason I get so irritated with bloggers who post step-by-step-by-step photos on every recipe is that they … Continue reading…

Chicken with Onions, Bay and Thyme; tech stuff

Chicken with Thyme

We think of bay leaves as something that is used in tomato based dishes, but they have a wonderful flavor that works well with thyme. Most people will use dried bay leaves and thyme leaves. I have a huge laurel tree by the house so I just pick as needed. Sadly, I had to use … Continue reading…

Smoked Salmon Savory Bread; the clapper

Savory Smoked Salmon Bread

The French term for a savory, baking powder bread is ‘cake’. Really….. They even give it a proper English pronunciation. But, being American, calling this a cake just doesn’t seem right. And it’s not really a sweet / tea bread either. I settled on Savory Bread…. but it’s not really bread either. Whatever you call … Continue reading…