Hard to believe I’ve reached the one year milestone. I had delusions of grandeur that I would faithfully post a shiny new blog post every week displaying my writing prowess, score an amazing book deal and quit my dumb job at the slave market. Well now I’ve falling a bit short of this lofty goal and I’ve even had a few reposts but crap, I’m doing the best I can for Pete’s sake. My first couple of posts only gleaned a few paltry comments, mostly from my family who felt only pity for my sad little project. But I feel since we’re all new BFF’s I would commemorate my one year anniversary with my very first post for you critique.
Hello blogger world! Welcome to my small corner of the universe. Why, even though we work all day, we are all faced with the age old question, "What's for Dinner" when we walk in the door. I suppose since I have never changed a flat tire, my spousal unit considers turn about fair play. The difference being I've only had about 5 flats my entire life and dinner is expected 365 days of the year. My goal is the same as many, to spend minimal time in the kitchen so I can spend my off time enjoying my life with the Big Tuna (same significant other).
My mom ran a catering business on the side, so my family members relegate me to peeling potatoes and washing dishes since they believe they are better around the stovetop then me. My friends however are the first to belly up to the table for seconds. I hope you find this blog helpful in pulling things together for a meal and make you a rock star with your family and friends without driving yourself over the cliff. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy the company and pour yourself a glass of wine before commencing. Let the games.
As we approach springtime in Arizona we are entering the calm before the inferno. Grilling now is perfect as opposed to July when you can just throw the food on the sidewalk and it basically cooks itself. I feel like the first official recipe should be a little fancier then the basic in and out of the kitchen. It will however follow the basic rule of minimizing my time in the least favorite room in the house.
Fancy Smanchy Salmon
Salmon fillet, no skin or bones. Typically, I buy a piece from Costco which will feed 8 main courses.
3 Tablespoons capers 16 ounces mushrooms, sliced and browned
1 can artichoke hearts quartered 1 ruby red grapefruit
Place the salmon on a large piece of aluminum foil big enough to enclose all the ingredients. Heavily smear the top of the fish with Dijon mustard. Sprinkle the capers, mushrooms and artichokes over the top. Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit over the assembled dish. Roll the ends of the foil and enclose the fish in an aluminum pouch.
The joy of this particular dish is that you can cook it on the grill or in the oven depending on the weather and the crowd. Set the grill to medium high or the oven to 375 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. The way to tell if it’s done is to stick a fork in it and twist it. If the fish turns easily, you are good to go. A great side is grilled asparagus, just coat with olive oil and grill for 3 to 5 minutes.
And there you have it, my first attempt at public humor. During the year I’ve noticed the post that has had the most disturbing amount of page views is New Adventures of a Naughty Schoolgirl. Google search makes me feel a little bit dirty. Note to self, during the next year I will strive to pick post names that will raise me out of the gutter…….and perhaps score that book deal after all.