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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

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