Monday, September 22, 2014

Salmon and Greens

After indulging in lots of feast foods during vacation, it's time to get back to more healthful eating. What better way than wild caught Alaskan salmon and some tasty nutritious greens?

1 lb salmon

1/2 pound Brussels spouts, trimmed and cut in half
1/2 lemon, cut in slices then quarters
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems sliced and leaves sliced into ribbons
2 cloves garlic, minced
some salt and Italian seasoning
some olive oil

Blanch the lemon slices for two minutes in boiling water--doing this before sautéing them makes them mellow.

In large skillet, heat a bit of olive oil and sauté the lemon. When they begin to get a bit brown transfer to plate.

Throw in the garlic and then the Brussels sprouts and Swiss chard chopped stems and stir around for about 12 minutes.

In an another pan you can sauté your fish (which has been rubbed with olive oil and well seasoned)
5 minutes flesh side down and then flip for about 4 minutes. Flip again and remove skin.

Into the the other skillet, add the the Swiss chard leaves and cover to let them wilt. Add some salt and Italian seasoning.

Divide greens into bowls, top with fish and then the lemons. Yum!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Arrabbiata Sauce

We just arrived home from a long driving trip and have unpacked and it's raining cats and dogs outside. I have no interest in venturing out for dinner so I've decided to scrounge around in the pantry and put together a nice rainy night dinner. I've decided to make an arrabbiata sauces since I have most of the ingredients. Once I got it simmering and poured myself a  glass of wine, I started to feel really sorry for folks who don't know how to cook (she said smugly).

3 T olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Kalamata olives chopped roughly
2 T capers, drained
28 or 26 oz crushed tomatoes
10 to 16 oz dried pasta ( I used Trader Joe's Papperadelle (wide pasta)
sea salt
Red pepper flakes
Parmesan cheese

In skillet, briefly sauté garlic in olive oil, add olives and capers, then tomatoes and maybe 1/2 t salt and lots of red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you like your food). Stir and simmer covered for 20  minutes.

When sauce is about done simmering, cook the pasta just shy of being done, drain and throw in the sauce skillet--mix thoroughly and spoon into bowls and top with Parmesan.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Batavia New York

If you ever happen to be driving on the New York Thruway (I-90) and stop over night in Batavia, I have a recommendation that will provide good grub and local color. I'm always amused at the "list" hotels provide of eating places to the people who are passing through: Bob Evans, Applebees, Olive Garden, etc. Really?? I usually always use Yelp and find a place where the people who live there actually go. Tonight we dined at Bourbon and Burger-- and it was a winner. Whatever was on tap was special at 3 bucks and I got a really big glass of Pinot Grigio for 5. My burger was perfect for me cause it was spicy: jalapenos and pepper jack cheese and fries were OMG!!! Tomorrow when we get back home it's back to salmon and kale!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mainely Meats

Below you will see a platter to serve the table at Mainely Meats--a really great barbecue/smoked meats place on Mt Desert Island. The platter has pulled pork, ribs, hot sausage, chicken thighs, baked beans and jalapeno cornbread. They also serve cole slaw and potato salad with this---I'm not kidding!
They also have great beers that are brewed right there at the Atlantic Brewing Company and I had Autumn Peeper which was just perfect.