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Poached Salmon with Olive Tapenade

As we work on cutting back on carbs and eating more omega-3s, I whipped up a quick salmon dinner on this busy weeknight. Lay this on top of a bed of steamed lentils and you have a filling, healthy meal. Ingredients serves 4 1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillets (I prefer local, wild-caught) freshly ground black pepper juice from 1 organic lemon 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 T olive oil water Tapenade 2 C whole olives (I used a combination of Picholine and Niçoise) 3 t brined capers 1 t brine from the capers 3 to 4 anchovies, olive oil-packed 1 large clove of garlic, minced zest from 1 organic lemon juice from 1 organic lemon olive oil Procedure Sprinkle the salmon fillets with a little pepper and place them flat in the bottom of a rimmed pan. Pour in enough water to come up halfway on the fish and add the garlic. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Cover and poach for 5 to 10 minutes. Length of cooking time will depend on the thickness of t

Beanfields: All That and a Bag of Chips + Black Lentil Hummus #MomsMeet #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Moms Meet .  I received complimentary product for the purpose of review, but all opinions are honest and they are my own. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links. Spilling the Beans Beanfields started with a big idea—to help change the way people snack—by using beans as the main ingredient in their chips. They were also committed to using non-GMO ingredients. As a longtime vegan, Reed Glidden wanted a chip made from one of his favorite meals: beans and rice. His wife, Liza Braude-Glidden, created the first bean and rice chip in their kitchen. The result: Beanfields was born. The chips tasted great and the rice+bean combination rendered them more nutritious than regular chips. In the Spring of 2011, Beanfields launched with its first four flavors: Sea Salt, Pico de Gallo, Salt & Pepper, and Unsalted. They garnered fans and awards and have consistently given back

Touring a Fortune Cookie Factory #FoodieReads

On the heels of a book following the noodle road, I am continuing my  Foodie Reads Challenge  with one that follows an author's musings about fortune cookies, American-Chinese food, and lots more:  The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee. * The '8' in her name is not a typo - it's not supposed to be a 'B'; she was named '8' because that is a lucky number. On the Page Despite the intriguing topic of Chinese food, I did not find this book particularly engaging. I struggled to read more than ten pages at a time. Really, I felt as if it were about 100 pages too long. Lee's book spans nearly 300 pages and it read more like a high school research paper than a book penned by a professional journalist. Still, her premise was interesting. Lee begins by telling a story about the Powerball lottery on March 30, 2005 when 110 people played the same numbers - from their fortune cookies - and ending up sp

The Jasmine McCann #FoodNFlix

This month's  Food'N'Flix  event was hosted by my friend Courtney over at  Fictional Fare . You can read her invitation:  here . She asked us to watch  Secondhand Lions .* I had never heard of the movie much less watched it. But with a cast that includes Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, and Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick, and Josh Lucas, I knew it had potential. Little did I know that it would become a family favorite; and we watched it twice in one day! On the Screen Let me set the stage: Walter (Josh Lucas) gets a phone call that his two uncles - Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine) have died. Then, you're dropped straight into 1950s Texas when young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is being dropped off at his great uncles' house by his flaky mother, Mae (Kyra Sedgwick). When they see Mae approach, they are standing in their pond, fishing. [Hub and Garth look up, staring between Mae and each other in confusion.] Garth: Huh? Hub: You send for

Ramen and a Martini from the Abyss #DarkRecipes #SolarEclipse

Five years ago, our friends had an Eclipse party. That might have been the first time that we discussed what an eclipse was with the boys. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. Tomorrow, on Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse. And anyone within the path of totality will see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights: a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely blot out the sun, will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. People outside of the path still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun. Sue of Palatable Pastime is hosting a virtual potluck. She asked us to come up with dark recipes for the event. No special instructions, just "the theme is 'dark'."'s how we all interpreted it. Dark Recipes for the Solar Eclipse Blackberry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies by Sew You Think You Can Cook Chinese Mooncakes (Snow Ski

Spiced Honey-Glazed Lamb Ribs #CrazyIngredientChallenge

I love the idea behind the Crazy Ingredient Challenge (CIC). In the CIC, we are assigned two ingredients to cook and create. Lori of  Lori's Culinary Creations   and Kelly of  Passion Kneaded are our fearless leaders. So, here goes... August's Crazy In gredient Challenge = chili powder and honey Ingredients Lamb 1 rack of lamb splash of olive oil freshly ground sea salt freshly ground pepper 1 T crushed garlic Glaze ½ C olive oil 1 ½ C chopped yellow onion (approximately 1 large onion) ½ C tomato paste ½ C orange marmalade 1 C balsamic vinegar 1 C organic, raw honey ½ C Worcestershire sauce 1 C Dijon mustard ½ C  tamari 1 C  hoisin sauce 2 T chili powder 1 T ground cumin 2 crushed tepin chiles Procedure Lamb Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add crushed garlic and sear rack of lamb for 1 to 2 minutes on all sides. Set aside for a few minutes. Arrange the rack bone side down in the roasting p

An Affordable Red and Tapenade, Languedoc-Style #Winophiles

Here we are at the August 2017 event for The French Winophiles, a wine-swilling, food-loving group started by Christy of  Confessions of a Culinary Diva  and, now, jointly coordinated by Jill of  L'occasion   and Jeff of  Food Wine Click . This month, Jill has sharing affordable wines. She asked us to turn our attention to wines around the $20 price point. So, if you're reading this in time, hop on Twitter on Saturday, August 19th and follow the hashtag #Winophiles. All the Posts An Affordable Red and Tapenade, Languedoc-Style by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla Navigating the Languedoc with Domaine Magellan  by Lauren at  The Swirling Dervish  4 French Wine Finds $20 and under with Croque Monsieurand Monte Cristo  from Gwen from  Wine Predator Each day should be a celebration  by Wendy from  A Day In the Life on the Farm Surprisingly Affordable Wine Region: Bordeaux!  by Jeff at  Food Wine Click My Favorite Under $20 Pet Nat; Patrice Colin “Les Perles