Perfectly Poached Salmon

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Admittedly, I’ve struggled with cooking salmon for years now. Coooking salmon seems like such a basic skill.  A little too much heat and salmon can get very dry, still edible but a far cry from that perfectly moist, tender, and cooked result you expected. Justin Chapple at Food & Wine’s Mad Genius kitchen solves our salmon woes.

The answer to perfectly poached salmon after the jump!

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Bella Bruschetta

Broo-sket-tah, Italian for fabulous appetizer, is my go to dish for dinner parties and potlucks.  It requires minimal effort and you can bring something dazzling, flavorful, and healthy to the table.  A small batch of bruschetta goes a long way.  I made a small dish and it served 5, easily.

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Consuming tomatoes provides an array of benefits to your health, including reducing bad cholesterol, improving skin, making stronger bones, fighting cancer, regulating blood sugar, making hair shinier and stronger, and preventing kidney stones and gallstones.  To avoid using white bread, I served bruschetta with whole grain wheat toast for a healthier take on the traditional recipe.

In terms of taste, they say the uglier the tomato, the tastier it is.  Here, I used 10 ounces of mini heirloom tomatoes from Trader Joe’s.

Recipe after the jump!

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Smoked Salmon Mango Salad with Mustard Dressing

If you’re looking for a new recipe for smoked salmon, this mango salad is a satisfying and fresh plate.  It’s also low carb.  Yay!

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Recipe after the jump!

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Chef Steps Chicken Noodles. Mind Blown.

If you haven’t signed up to join ChefSteps.com, I highly recommend it.  They also have a great YouTube channel.  ChefSteps provides an array of recipes ranging from easy to advanced, and when they say advanced, the complexity is up there with Iron Chef gods.

This chicken noodle soup recipe blew my mind.  At first glance, it doesn’t look like anything special. However, the chicken IS the noodles, making this instructional video far from mundane.

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Vegetarian Baked Mushroom Ravioli

I bought the frozen mushroom ravioli bag from Trader Joe’s.  I love the ravioli but I’m not a huge fan of the sauce.  Easy fix – discard the sauce and cook the ravioli in butter then baked with fresh grated parmesan cheese.  I also added dry aromatics – ground sage and italian seasoning mix.  The result: crispy edges, soft bits of the mushroom filling, and a subtle but nice sage and italian flavor.

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Recipe after the jump 🙂

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Garlic Butter Cornish Game Hens

If you haven’t roasted a whole bird before, I would highly recommend starting with cornish game hens.  They’re quite small, only about 16 oz. each, they cost about the same price as cut chicken breasts, and they make a beautiful presentation.  Cook time is a little under an hour but it looks like you worked on these all day. 1 cornish game hen  per person is just right.  Here, I served with steamed chinese broccoli for a simple, yet elegant plate.

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Oscar Nominated Cocktails

If this was a drink, what would it taste like?

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Ahhh The Oscars 2014 is upon us.  I present to you cocktail accompaniments to each of the  nine Best Picture Nominees.  In essence, these are your nominees reincarnated as alcoholic drinks.  For your consideration…

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5 Ways to Extend The Shelf Life of Herbs

We all know that buying fresh herbs can get expensive and they tend to spoil fairly quickly.  Whomp whomp.  Here are 4 ways to extend the shelf life of your herbs.

1. Turn Fresh Herbs to Dry Herbs by Microwaving

Food & Wine’s Mad Genius video series on YouTube demos how to dry herbs by microwave. Genius indeed!

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Strawberry and Roses Craft Cocktail, oui oui!

Famed French impressionist artist, Henri Matisse, once said:

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

I say, why not drink them too!  What can be better than a bouquet of roses for Valentines Day? How about a floral craft cocktail.  Alcohol, strawberries, and flowers in a drinkable pink concoction, umm, yes please!

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Recommended movie pairing – the 1988 Tom Cruise classic, Cocktails and Dreams.

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