Grilled Salmon and Peach Summer Salad

The Fresh Market had some really nice salmon yesterday and perfectly ripe peaches arrived this week in my CSA so I decided to combine the two in a lovely summer salad.  The peaches are lightly grilled to bring out their sweetness and everything is tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette like this one from Epicurious.  You can make this ahead of time and store in the … Continue reading Grilled Salmon and Peach Summer Salad

Easy Weeknight (Lightened Up) Shrimp Po’ Boys

Since I found this recipe for shrimp ceviche at the Durham Cookbook Rodeo this summer it’s been the only way I wanted to make shrimp but the other night I decided it was time to change things up and make a lightened up version of a fried shrimp po’ boy.  A traditional New Orleans po’ boy (or poboy, po-boy, poor boy, whatever you prefer) is a … Continue reading Easy Weeknight (Lightened Up) Shrimp Po’ Boys

Tabbouleh with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

In this recipe, cherry tomatoes are roasted then allowed to cool before being tossed with cucumber and herbs to make a refreshing side dish (or main) that’s perfect for a hot day.  The tomatoes take on an wonderful sweet flavor when roasted which pairs well with the cool cucumber and fragrant herbs.  The dish will improve if the tabbouleh sits in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. … Continue reading Tabbouleh with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Shrimp Ceviche

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Read Local Book Festival Cookbook Rodeo with my mom and sisters.  It was a great event where you could meet local cookbook authors, taste their recipes and watch live cooking demos.  Here I discovered the following recipe from Chef Jay Pierce, author of “Shrimp” and the executive chef of Rocksalt in Charlotte, N.C.  In Shrimp: a Savor the South® cookbook … Continue reading Shrimp Ceviche

Four-Spice Cod with Sauteed Kale

For this recipe I’m working with a new manufacturer of spices called Spice Society, which is based in Greenville, SC.  The owner, Lisa Conner, has created a line of organic, non-GMO spices that are raised, sourced and packaged by the most responsible and elegant means available.  They’re definitely the prettiest spices out there:Most importantly, after cooking with them for a few weeks, I’m impressed with their tastes … Continue reading Four-Spice Cod with Sauteed Kale

Cod with Lemon Herb Butter and Asparagus

For this recipe I steamed the cod inside a folded packet of parchment paper in the oven.  Before I added them to the parchment, I slathered the fish with an herb and lemon butter with flavorful results.  I served the filets on a bed of asparagus and sweet yellow onions and finished everything with a generous lemon squeeze. What to buy (serves 2): 2 cod fillets salt and pepper, to taste … Continue reading Cod with Lemon Herb Butter and Asparagus

Dukkah Dusted Salmon With Asparagus and Celeriac

This is a simple way to make salmon fillets with a dusting of flavorful dukkah, an Egyptian nut and spice blend. I love the combination of asparagus, celeriac and red onion.      What to buy (serves 2): 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (preferably wild), pin bones removed salt and pepper, to taste 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup celeriac, cut into 1 inch pieces 1 bunch asparagus, … Continue reading Dukkah Dusted Salmon With Asparagus and Celeriac

Lemon-Roasted Tilapia with New Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes and Zucchini

This is a deliciously light recipe that makes the most of the new potatoes that are popping up in farmers markets this Spring.  This recipe also features Herbes de Provence, a lovely mix of lavender, savory, thyme, oregano, marjoram,  basil, fennel seed and marjoram.    You can make your own or pick up an already mixed bottle in the spice aisle.  Bon appetit friends! What to buy (serves … Continue reading Lemon-Roasted Tilapia with New Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes and Zucchini

Spinach, Asparagus and Walnut Spring Salad

This week, at one of my favorite lunch places, Parker and Otis, I overheard someone saying that one of their resolutions for 2015 was to replace the phrase “I’ve been so busy” with “my life is full at the moment.”  I like this sentiment so I’m going to borrow it from the wise stranger and instead of telling you how busy things have been with an … Continue reading Spinach, Asparagus and Walnut Spring Salad

Cranberry Mustard Salmon

I had half a jar of cranberry relish leftover from the holidays and two salmon steaks in the fridge.  A quick search provided this recipe from Epicurious and 20 minutes later, a delicious dinner.  The vinegar cuts the sweetness of the cranberries and the dijon mustard gives the salmon with a great flavor.   What to buy (serves 2): 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons Dijon … Continue reading Cranberry Mustard Salmon