Sometimes blogging is as simple as opening my email. From our friend Joshua (also known as Yutsano to some of you) a quick little nosh:
Ever have a last-minute gathering crop up? Sometimes you just have to have SOMETHING to serve folks. One quick trip to the grocery store and 10 minutes will put all this together. And folks will think you slaved over it! Best part is the ingredient list is very short! So it’s even fairly easy on the pocketbook!
Last-Minute Smoked Salmon Schmear
- 1 large green onion
- 8 oz. smoked salmon
- 8 oz. container mascarpone cheese (spreadable cream cheese will also work)
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
Chop green onion finely. Place in small mixing bowl. Flake salmon over onions, mix well with fingers. Add in cheese and cream and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Depending on how loose you want spread you can add in more cream. Serve either immediately or chill in fridge for two hours to allow everything to marry together. Delicious on crackers, toast points, or bagels!
Joshua De Mers
I’ve mentioned before I have several celebrity chef crushes. Bobby Flay is one. He did nothing to diminish my affections as he talks about food, romance and his love for his wife, along with how he won her over on their first date on CBS Sunday Morning:
So here are a few food ideas that can make love bigger and better in your life.
Food shopping: It might sound mundane but it’s really fun, especially when you’re going to prepare a meal together. Let’s just say, collaboration on dinner makes for better collaboration after dinner.
Cooking together: It’s instant gratification. Who cares how it actually comes out?! In fact, a failed meal has longer legs as a story that you can share for years.
Ordering dinner in: A couple’s pastime that has a soothing ring to it because you know it also means a movie, some blankets on the couch, and probably your favorite Chinese dumpling or pizza. Yum!
My personal favorite, though, is cooking for my wife on Sunday. It could be anything from paella to spaghetti and meatballs, a steamed wild striped bass, to a juicy porterhouse steak.
You can read his whole essay and see the video at CBSNews Sunday Morning Page. And he even has a special recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Herb Vinaigrette there.
This is a great recipe and you can cook it on the grill or indoors in the oven. Add baked potatoes or rice and fresh greens from the garden for a nice summer meal. Serves 4.
Grilled Lemon Salmon:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 4 – 6 oz skinless salmon fillets
Add ingredients to bag and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight. Grill on a clean, oiled grill or use a well oiled grilling pan, or broil in oven in a heavy skillet or broiler. Cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily. Serve with relish.
Corn Pepper Relish:
- 1 cup cooked corn (or canned, drained)
- 4 green onions, chopped
- ½ green pepper chopped
- ½ red pepper chopped
- ½ yellow pepper chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp chopped jalapeno
- salt & pepper to taste
- ½ tsp crushed garlic
Combine all ingredients and let marinate while salmon cooks. You can use the remaining peppers in a salad for your next dinner.