A Simple Seared Salmon Salad

A Simple Seared Salmon Salad

What is it about Salmon that we love so much?  Is it the beautiful color of the fish?  Is it that its quick and easy to prepare?  Or could it be because of all the yummy vitamins and nutrients we get from it.  Well it’s “Salmon Time!”  Sorry MC Hammer.  You can get all the fresh salmon you want as salmon season started this month.   Salmon season runs from April straight through November.  (So be sure to check your local grocery store or the fish monger.  For the freshest salmon say this, “Excuse me, what day is your salmon delivered?”)  Lol

Here are some of the vitamins and minerals we get from our up-stream swimming friends:  Vitamins B3, B6 and B12; we’ve got Vitamin D and selenium.  But don’t stop there!  We’ve got Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Protein too!

Don’t overcook it nor feel intimidated when you see it in the store instead, feel encouraged and follow the recipe below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Seared Salmon with Salad

4- 4 oz salmon filets

1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

1 tablespoon Blackening Seasoning

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tablespoons butter

Juice of ½ lemon

4 cherry tomatoes

1 peach, diced

2 cups (packed) Arugula

2 cups (packed) Mixed Greens

Balsamic Glaze

Your favorite vinaigrette (I used Lemon – Honey)

Method of Preparation

  1.  Season the filets with the seasonings.  Drizzle with EVOO and rub into filets.  Set aside.
  2. Place a large pan on the stove and turn the burner to medium-high heat.
  3. Drizzle the pan with the olive oil and add the butter (when you are ready to put the fish in the pan).
  4. When the butter has melted add the salmon, skinned side a cook until easy to move and nice crisp has formed on the top of the fish.
  5. Place the entire pan into the oven and cook until desired temperature.  The proper cooking temperature for fish is 145ºF.  Please fish, cook and eat responsibility.
  6. Allow fish to sit while you prepare the salad.
  7. Place the lettuce and arugula in a large bowl and mix with a small amount of your favorite vinaigrette.  Place a handful onto each plate.
  8. Add tomatoes and peach bites on the plate.
  9. Dot with drops of glaze around the salad and top with the salmon (crispy, non skin side up).  Enjoy!
Eat in Season-It’s so good for you!

Eat in Season-It’s so good for you!

Fall is here and I for one am so excited to see it!  I love fall!  I feel almost as though it has crept upon us as quietly as the tiny caterpillar I saw squirming up the stem of my basil plant today.  Don’t worry, I didn’t eat him…I sent him on his way (with the stem he was so attached to and enjoying).   One of the reasons I enjoy the fall so much is the great outdoors and how my garden changes.  My heirloom tomatoes are still thriving and looking even more beautiful than the day before, my red-veined sorrel which showed up early this spring and is still growing strong.   I enjoy cooking with hearty vegetables like cabbages, parsnips and rutabagas.  Have you ever tried rutabaga French fries with chipotle or red pepper dip?  Yummy to my tummy!  The sweet to my soul in can be found in the magical fruits like apples, pears, peaches and plums all beautifully colored and plump and juicy.  Pies and cobblers here I come.   It’s also a season of roasting and stewing and braising meats until they fall off the bone or melt in your mouth.  To wake up to hot cider and cozy up with a blanket.  So as the world turns and changes in a direction to give us longer nights (more time for smooching….lol) I gear up for extra time in my kitchen preparing delightful, colorful treats the earth has provided for me and only in this special season of oranges, purple, reds and whites!




Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success

If you are looking for a recipe, have I got one for you…

It’s my recipe for success!  It’s easy, the recipe is to surround yourself with people who believe in you as much as you believe in yourself.  People who encourage and inspire you, people who go the extra, extra mile to make sure something is done the “right” way.  People who want you to succeed.  Here are a very few of those individuals.  There are hundreds and even thousands who inspire me each day to stay forward and keep doing what I am doing.  For that and to you I say, “Thank you.”

This post is for all of you.  Thank you to everyone over at WinTV, Jenny, Dee, Mike, Vivi, Howard, Justin, all of the interns past and present, the Windsor Community Television Board Members, Simsbury Community TV, Enfield Comm. TV, Manchester, Newington, Glastonbury, Southington and the list goes on to all who caught on and are now airing the show.  Thank you to ALL of my favorite libraries and librarians!  Suffield, Rocky Hill, Friends of the Cora J Belden Library, Kent Memorial Library, Bloomfield Library (hi everyone!), Windsor Locks Public Library (the beginning…thanks), Glastonbury (love you Nicole) and the many more librarians whom we love and adore, thank you.  To friends and family and people I meet out, thank you.  I appreciate each and everyone of you.  And this is my recipe for success!  Yummy!

And to all of you who are not pictured!


Why we Eat and How to Eat (Establishing a good relationship with food)”

“A salad worth celebrating!”

There are many things to say about food, so many that I cannot think of where to begin.  I’ll try to be brief and make simple statements that require nothing but for you to read them.   My goal is to provide you with enough information so that you can develop a good and amicable relationship with food.

Food is not and never has been our enemy.  Food does not make us thin or fat.  It does not (and cannot) make us happy or sad (although some would disagree).  Food is, simply put, nourishment for our bodies which in turn provides us with energy to do the things we like, the things we want to do and the things we need to do; even the things we do not like, want or need to do.  Food is a supplier of energy for us to go and be.  Simple?  I hope so.

Some food is natural and some (food…I use this term lightly here) is not.  Nevertheless, in both the natural and unnatural states, food is colorful, flavorful and like man is forever changing and evolving.  Food can be a means of taking control of your life and health.  It can provide us the opportunity to create, monitor, mold, develop and shape our very unique, incredible and miraculous existence.  Who do you want to be or to become?   What is your destiny?  How will you reach it?  Or will you?

Food provides energy for us to search and research the things we know and want to know.  It provides sustenance and sustains us so we are able and capable to handle (most) situations.  It nourishes our physical bodies so that we can focus more and clearer on our spiritual and emotional bodies.

Food is indeed a good and wonderful thing.

Which foods to eat and which foods not to eat are very personal and can even be spiritual.  Here’s why, YOU are uniquely created with a specific DNA make up which includes a blood type, a chemical make-up and many other wonderful things; but for simplicity’s sake let’s just point out one other thing, a metabolic rate. I mention this more for energy sake rather than burning calories although as we burn calories we gain energy for use.   (Note regarding our metabolic rate: “Our body burns calories for the energy necessary to maintain the vital involuntary activities, including breathing, maintenance of heat, heartbeat and blood circulation, and the activities of the nervous system and internal organs.” (The Health Success Site)  It’s important like many other properties and functions of your body (all working systematically, regularly, and at all times) to make and allow you to be YOU.  Without food, it would all stop.  Just stop.  No blood or fluid flow, no pumping and beating, no inflating and deflating.  No producing or multiplying of cells, no renewing, no intake or excretions; nothing.   YOU, the fearfully, wonderfully and miraculously made you would cease to exist.  Simple.  We, you and I, need food.

So, don’t skip meals thinking you’re doing yourself (your body) a favor.  Instead, chose wisely what you eat.  Take time and enjoy what you eat.  Slow down and listen to your body tell you what it needs.  This is the hard part if you have been an on-the-go person for a long time.  Stop and breathe before SELECTING a meal, a dish or something to eat.  Close your eyes and think about how and what your body is feeling.  Is it tired?  Is it stressed?  Is it happy?  Is it frustrated?  Is it slow?  Eat first to address your body’s needs.  Supply it first.  Then, give it what YOU want.  This sounds simple and easy right?  Well it ain’t!  Lol. That is until you’ve done it a few times and then it becomes as natural as waking up and smiling.  Here’s the monkey wrench…it changes (that is your body’s needs changes).  It changes with the seasons.  It’s true!  But stay with me.  You made the changes for the  spring; so certainly you can do it for the summer, winter and fall.  Besides, the earth produces the things your body needs in and for each season.  Somebody, somewhere out there was really thinking about us and must really love us to make this easy for us.  I am truly thankful and grateful for that!

Your body was created with substances from and in the earth so why wouldn’t it change when the “earth” changes.  For me, this is spiritual.  You must readjust (just a bit of fine tuning required here).  STOP again.   BREATHE and LISTEN again.  What is your body telling you it (now) requires?  You would be amazed at how differently you feel when you eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup because you are sick, versus when you are well or when your body is cold and wants something to warm and heat it up; and while all of these are great times are to have a bowl of homemade, fresh ingredient-made chicken noodle soup the body’s need for it’s ingredients are different and therefore it will take what it needs first, use it, reboot and then allow you to finish the rest (as a bonus) for extra nourishment and joy.  The same occurs with every bite of food you consume.  So……

If you eat and you are still hungry now you know why, but more importantly, you know how to fix it.

You and your body are very precious and special.  I have provided this information to help you be a healthier and better you by building a wonderful relationship with food so you can focus on the other things in your life and in the world, like world peach (I mean peace)!  Lol   Love you, I do.  I’d love to hear from you.  www.simplychefrenee@gmail.com


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