Brazen Braising

Cheap meat, great taste. It’s what braising is all about. I like the whole idea of taking a cheap cut of beef and making it taste fantastic. Continue reading “Brazen Braising”

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!!!

Attack, as in flavor attack!
Picked up several pounds of homegrown Romas from a friend at work yesterday. This summer, we’ve been making our own fresh tomato sauce and salsa (ole!). I’m warning you…you ‘ll never go back to the bottle after enjoying the killer flavor of fresh tomato sauce.

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Poached Salmon

Salmon steak.Tried this recipe to see if it would yield a moister salmon filet. It did, big time,  and it was cooked through nicely as well. But the kicker was the sauce! I’ve been looking for a way to make a sauce that would equal the out-of-the-bottle lemon-butter-dill sauce we crave. But it’s too expensive as a steady purchase. The lemon-butter-dill sauce option that comes with the recipe was better than the bottled stuff by far. Took extra time, but overall, given the salmon and the sauce, it was well worth it!


Slice your salmon filet into strips, 1 1/2 – 2″ wide. Create a poaching “platform” in your 10 or 12-inch skillet from lemon slices, about 3/8″ thick. Two lemon slices per salmon slice should do it. Arrange the salmon and lemon slices in the skillet and add 1/2 C water and 1/2 C white wine. A Sauvingnon Blanc or Pinot Grigio is nice for this. Sprinkle chopped, fresh parsley and tarragon or dill…about 2 T each or 1 T each dried, and 2 T finely diced shallot or onion.

Bring liquid to boil, cover and simmer for 12-16 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet. Remove fish and lemons, reduce liquid to 2-3 T. Pour through strainer into bowl containing 1 T honey, 2 T EVOO. This makes a great sauce.