Friday, January 30, 2009
Have I told you about my family's favorite salmon recipe? We all love salmon. And I have cooked it a lot of different ways. But at the end of the meal when I ask how everyone likes the new salmon recipe the response is, "it was good, but the lemon pepper salmon is the best." So, finally I stopped making new salmon recipes.
This recipe comes from a little restaurant in Lillehammer, Norway. Years ago, my cute Dad and I were traveling through Norway and we stayed two nights in Lillehammer. Both nights we ate at the same tiny restaurant filled with locals. The special of the night was lemon pepper salmon--you really can't go wrong ordering fresh Norwegian salmon so we knew it would be good. But it was amazingly good. We returned the second night and ordered the same meal, this time asking the chef to come to our table. He happily gave me the recipe and I couldn't believe it was so simple.
Also, the salmon was served on cobalt blue glass plates. I loved the combination of the pink salmon and the cobalt blue so when I returned home I bought 12 cobalt blue plates at IKEA, made in France, for $2 each! The salmon is always served on these plates.
Lemon Pepper Salmon
All you do is douse both sides of your salmon fillets with lemon pepper--and I really douse as you can see above. Then you pan fry it on both sides in a little bit of olive oil. That's it. And it is wonderful. It is my niece and nephew's favorite meal to request. If you are lucky enough to have any leftovers the next day it is great served cold on a bed of greens or just eaten straight out of the fridge for breakfast. Yum.
I served this recently with greens from the garden and acorn squash. That was simple, too.
Split the acorn squash, scoop out the seeds, put a little bit of butter, a little bit of brown sugar, and a drizzle of maple syrup in each squash. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. I bake these in a small glass cooking dish with a little bit of water in the dish so that the squash stays moist. So, so good.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I have already used the cilantro (for more Mexican Tortilla Soup), chives (Buttermilk Salad Dressing), and thyme (for Ellie's chicken dish).
This past week we added three new fruit trees to our backyard. Two Anna apple espaliers and one Mid-Pride peach tree. Then I did something really scary. I (or actually Leslie) whacked off the top branches of our new peach tree. That is because Saturday morning Tammy, Leslie, and I attrended the Master Citrus Gardener clinic at Greenfield Citrus. One of the speakers, Terry Mikel from Maricopa Cooperative Extension, said an open center peach tree is the best for keeping the tree size under control. Since I was a chicken, Leslie bravely took the clippers and cut the top of the tree off--yikes!
There are no photos of our new young trees since everything in our backyard is a bit rough looking right now. But you get the idea of how the gardens (sounds rather grand, doesn't it?) and fruit trees are looking. And I can't forget about our two citrus trees--one Oro Blanco grapefruit and one Mineola tangelo--both planted three years ago. The grapefruit aren't ready yet but we did enjoy four really sweet tangelos, yea!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
That's our condo above--in the middle on the top floor. We could see the ocean from the couch. As soon as we walked in to our condo I knew it was the right place for us. We stayed at the Kiahuna Plantation on Poipu Beach and loved it. The South Shore is the place to stay in the winter--the water is usually more calm so snorkeling is great.
We had a favorite hike/walk that we found above the Maha'lupe Beach. Mid-morning was a great time to walk--the rains usually came at night and first thing in the morning.
Lots of clouds but no rain. Whales spouting off in the distance.
The dirt in Kauai is a gorgeous red. Reminds me of Sedona.
We liked to sit here for a break. Wouldn't it be great to hike this trail every morning?
Kiahuna Plantation has beautiful gardens. We walked through them almost daily.
Orchids seemingly grow without any effort. They are everywhere.
Waimea Canyon as heavy clouds are lifting.
We spent a lot of time at Waimea Canyon. Lots of various lookouts along the road. Sometimes the clouds were so heavy you couldn't see 10 feet in front. So it was a gift when the clouds would lift and clear off.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1 frozen ripe banana, cut into chunks
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top--yum!
Makes two servings
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Jana's Raspberry Salad Dressing
1/2 c sugar
1 c salad oil
1/3 c red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
8 raspberries or 4-6 strawberries mashed (the more berries you add the thicker the dressing)
Spinach (preferably baby organic)
Onions - either sliced red onion or green onions
Other veggies - either jicama, radishes, or grated beets
Fruit - strawberries, raspberries, granny smith apples, or mandarin oranges
Nuts - sliced almonds heated in a pan with sugar, praline pecans, toasted walnuts, or toasted pine nuts
Cheese - crumbled feta or goat cheese
Dressing - Raspberry dressing (see above) or Balsamic Vinaigrette
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
*American Lion - Enlightening
*Northanger Abbey - Excellent, comical (good to read at least one Jane Austen annually)
*Garlic and Sapphires - Very enjoyable
*The Clothes They Stood Up In - Quirky
Rise and Shine - Good
*Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Very good
*The 5,000 Year Leap - Educational
*Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Surprisingly good
*Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Loved it, better than the movie
Brunelleschi's Dome - Tedious
Bad Luck and Trouble - Entertaining
*Right Ho, Jeeves - Wooster and Jeeves are always great fun
*Luncheon of the Boating Party - Excellent
Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes- Sometimes good, sometimes horrid
Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came - Good, fun British Cozy
*Hamish MacBeth The Death of a Village - Good, fun
Twilight - dare I say just o.k.????
Buckingham Palace Gardens - Good
The Little Ice Age - Very interesting, sometimes felt like homework assignment
*Watership Down - Excellent
*Down the Garden Path - Very good, solid British writing, good humor
*Merry Hall - Good British humor
*Eleanor of Acquataine - Very good