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tarragon roasted salmon

tarragon roasted salmon

March 24, 2009 |  Category:   recipes savory

I have no idea where I learned this technique for cooking fish, but it’s a quick and easy way to cook fish without resorting to frying. Simply put, fish is baked on top of vegetables and herbs in the oven. It’s versatile as different types of fish can be used, as well as most vegetables and herbs. Last week I baked salmon on top of fresh fennel, onions, and sliced lemons, with a generous sprinkle of chopped tarragon. It was served with soft polenta, fresh corn and some garlic-sauteed shiitake mushrooms. The fish stays moist, almost as if it was steamed. I usually just bake the fish in one large piece and break it up into individual portions after it… CONTINUE READING

brown rice and chicken casserole

brown rice and chicken casserole

March 17, 2009 |  Category:   recipes savory

My mom used to make a tasty chicken and rice casserole when I was a kid. She made it for us when she visited last December and the girls seemed to like it. I thought of the dish last week for some reason while trying to plan some meals. I set out to make my own version using brown rice, green olives, and cheese, all of which were different ingredients than what was in my mom’s version. The chicken itself is different, as I used boneless thigh meat instead of whole pieces. I was frankly surprised at how well it turned out. When I hear the words “brown rice casserole” I think of the food that Jenna and I sometimes… CONTINUE READING

baked macaroni and cheese

baked macaroni and cheese

March 11, 2009 |  Category:   recipes savory

Macaroni and cheese, while quite popular with the kids, is nevertheless kind of a last-minute dinner for me to make when I’m either out of ideas or short on time. On these occasions I make a stove-top version that ends up being a bit like the kind from a box – tasty, but it sometimes feels like cheating. It had been a while since I made a baked version, but it’s more substantial than my stove-top version and I definitely feel better about serving it to the family as “dinner”, especially paired with some steamed vegetables. I did, however, make the mistake of using Jarlsberg cheese this time which is very similar in flavor to Swiss cheese, a cheese that… CONTINUE READING

linguine with clam sauce

linguine with clam sauce

January 31, 2009 |  Category:   recipes savory

If our kids had to choose one thing to eat for dinner every day, it would be pasta. Specifically plain pasta with just butter and parmesan cheese. I’m sure that there are many children in the world with the same preference and even I wouldn’t touch tomato sauce when I was young, so I’ll usually make pasta once or twice every week. The trick is to keep it interesting for the grownups and find something that the kids end up liking as well. I thought this dish would be a sure-fire winner – it’s just a classic white clam sauce, but I figured it had the appearance of a plain pasta so the kids might go for it. I even… CONTINUE READING

homemade gravlax

homemade gravlax

January 11, 2009 |  Category:   recipes savory

I decided to make some gravlax the other day with a piece of salmon fillet that I never got around to cooking for dinner. It’s a great way to preserve fish and M has always been known as a smoked salmon fiend. At any party with smoked salmon she would park herself in front of the buffet until it was gone. It takes three days to cure the fish so I started it Saturday night. I made the mistake of telling M that I was making it, but it wouldn’t be ready for a few days. “But I want some salmon noooow!”, she would say every day until it was finally done. Well, it turns out that she didn’t like… CONTINUE READING

chicken enchiladas

chicken enchiladas

November 14, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

There are times when I have no idea what to make for dinner – kind of like writer’s block, only in the kitchen. Occasionally I will ask everyone what they want to eat, but usually I get little help. When someone does give me an idea, however, I’ll most often make it. For example, last week Jenna mentioned that she felt like eating enchiladas, so I bought some enchilada fixings. Now I love enchiladas as much as anyone, but making them can be a serious pain so I don’t do it very often. I did take a short cut this time and bought a can of enchilada sauce. If I had some extra time to cook I’d make a nice… CONTINUE READING

roasted maple brussels sprouts

roasted maple brussels sprouts

November 3, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

This is my go-to autumn vegetable recipe. When the cold weather hits, I like to cook more dinners in the oven – roasts, casseroles, and so on. So, if the oven is already on, might as well save energy and use it to cook everything else. These brussels sprouts make a great vegetable to go with most any other main dish, and they couldn’t be simpler. Even better, the sweetness of the maple syrup makes it appealing to some children. 50 percent of the kids in our house love them, and the other 50 percent – well, 1 out of 2 isn’t bad. Roasted Maple Brussels Sprouts (Serves 4 as a side dish) 1 pint Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cleaned… CONTINUE READING

parsley and hazelnut pesto

parsley and hazelnut pesto

October 7, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

]We have certainly been having some beautiful fall weather and I feel obligated to enjoy it with the kids outside before it gets too cold. The trouble is, when we finally make it home it is much too late to cook anything too involved and I have to scramble to get something on the table that will satisfy everyone (except Claudine, who is getting her 2 year molars and has been even pickier than normal). Pasta is usually a safe bet. This time I remembered that I had chorizo and olives on hand and decided that would be a nice change from boring old tomato sauce. So I mixed that with some caramelized onions and shells, but it looked a… CONTINUE READING

roast pork with herbs and garlic

roast pork with herbs and garlic

September 26, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

Roast pork is not something that I ate as a child, but I do have one vivid childhood memory regarding it. I was nine years old and we were on a family vacation in Norway aboard an antique wooden ship whose name escapes me. Our shipmates were several families of tourists from various countries, plus the friendly Norwegian crew. We spent over a week sailing through the fjords and visiting many small coastal towns. One afternoon I awoke from a nap (in my bed, which was a literal hole in a wall with a mattress) and smelled something absolutely delicious. I set out to find what it was and it turned out to be one of the crew cooking a… CONTINUE READING

beet and heirloom tomato salad

beet and heirloom tomato salad

September 3, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

We had a great trip to the Union Square Greenmarket last week and came home with some super-sweet corn, a nice loaf of bread, and even some tri-star strawberries (the best strawberries ever, for those who don’t know). I also showed M the vast selection of Heirloom tomatoes and she was quite amazed (“they’re bumpy!”). She picked an especially bumpy one to buy, and I bought a few loose beets from the same stand. At home the beets were roasted, cooled and mixed with the tomatoes for a seasonally appropriate, and delicious, salad. Beet and Heirloom Tomato Salad (serves 4) 1 pound beets, preferably golden or chioggia beets 2 Tablespoons canola oil 1 large Heirloom Tomato Juice of 1 lemon… CONTINUE READING

chinese egg noodles with fried tofu and eggplant

chinese egg noodles with fried tofu and eggplant

August 27, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

I found myself in Flushing, Queens the other day, to make the long subway trek back to Brooklyn after dropping off the car at a body shop. Not exactly a relaxing day out, but a quick trip to the Chinese grocery at 41st and Main Street made it a little more enjoyable. I picked up some thin egg noodles, fried tofu, and some water spinach – my favorite Chinese green vegetable. It’s a bit like regular spinach (hence the name), but when cooked it has none of the gritty spinach aftertaste. I blanched it and mixed it with ponzu sauce to go with the rest of dinner. As for the noodles, the package said they did not need any extra… CONTINUE READING

my favorite pulled pork

my favorite pulled pork

August 25, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this recipe yet! It has long been a favorite standby of mine. Pork shoulder is simply cut into large chunks and simmered for 90 minutes, cooled in the same liquid, then easily shredded by hand and ready to be seasoned with your favorite sauce and eaten. It goes well with mexican rice, or tortillas, or even rolled in lettuce with various accompaniments. Any fat should be trimmed before cooking, and on this particular cut of meat the fat was particularly thick. I think I’ve mentioned my love of crispy pork skin before, and I couldn’t resist giving it another try. This time I kept it simple and just deep-fried the sliced skin for a… CONTINUE READING

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