Archive for February, 2010


My sister came to visit last weekend. We had a wonderful time and splurged a little on dinner. We love to cook together so it was great fun to spend some quality time in the kitchen. Our menu:

Filet steaks with King Crab and Bernaise Sauce
Porcini mushroom and Gorgonzola risotto
Green beans

This was a phenomenal meal! One thing to note is that Giada’s recipe doesn’t call for enough chicken stock. My sister has made this risotto twice and had to double the amount of liquid both times.

We had some bubbles as well and I found these great new wine charms. They are little aliens that suction to the side of your glass!


I want to move to Three Pines…

I finished reading Louise Penny’s A Fatal Grace over a week ago and I am still somewhat sad that I don’t get to continue on with the townspeople of Three Pines each night. A Fatal Grace is part of a series so I will get to come back to these interesting folks, but not for a while.

A Fatal Grace fulfills one of the Book Awards Challenge novels. It won the Agatha Award 2008. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I tend to like crime novels, so I assumed I would get through it fairly easily. But this was a smart crime novel, with incredibly interesting characters. And not just the central detective sent to solve the crime that sets the story in motion. The town of Three Pines where the crime takes place is full of quirky, endearing people who are the heart of the novel. I found myself wanting to walk the town square and stop in for a drink at the local bistro.

My book club was nice enough to choose A Fatal Grace as our pick for this month. I will be interested to learn if I am the only one who was so taken by this story. And I eagerly look forward to reading more about Three Pines and from Louise Penny.

Sunday supper…

After a fun-filled and busy weekend of eating out and at friends, I was in the mood to spend some time in the kitchen come Sunday. Not knowing what I felt like having, my husband asked for salmon. At the market, the Sockeye looked good, but so did the Dungeness crabs, so i got one of those as well. I knew I had a bag of spinach at home, but I picked up a few other veggies and this is what I came up with…

Baked Salmon w/ Crab and Spinach

1.5 lb salmon filet cut into 4-6 oz pieces
1 Dungeness crab – remove the meat from the shell, keep large pieces as intact as possible
1 lbs baby spinach (I used a full salad mix bag)
1 half a small shallot sliced thin
olive oil
Bread crumbs
Grated parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Old bay seasoning
1 tsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
Juice of one lemon
salt & pepper (S&P)

Preheat oven to 375
First mix the last 5 ingredients in a bowl and season to taste with S&P. Set aside.

Next put a 2 count drizzle of olive oil in a large sauté pan. On medium low heat, add the shallot. Saute the shallot until soft. Add all the spinach and toss to wilt for 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover. Cook spinach for another minute until wilted, but still bright green. Set aside.

To assemble the individual dishes, use 4 medium size oven safe ramekins or soup crocks. Place 1/4 of the spinach mixture in the bottom of each dish. Place a salmon piece on top. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with S&P. Gently fold the crab meat with the sauce and place 1/4 on top of salmon filet. Continue with remaining 3 ramekins. Top each ramekin with 1 Tbsp bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until salmon is medium rare or to desired doneness.

I served these with orzo with zuchinni, mushrooms, and pinenuts.

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