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Happy Halloween: Asian-Marinated Salmon + Wasabi Potato Balls


I have been wanting to make this recipe for the longest time — Ina Garten’s Asian Marinated Salmon. I made it as written, except I added 1 tablespoon of honey to the marinade. And okay, I used a grill pan.

Fine, I also only used 1 pound of salmon instead of a whole side of salmon. But c’mon, that would have been super-duper expensive and a lot of fish for two people.

You might notice that there aren’t any prep pictures here. Well…jwa brought the camera to work and I didn’t have it to take . . . → Read More: Happy Halloween: Asian-Marinated Salmon + Wasabi Potato Balls

Mt. Tabor Park


Kinda lazy tonight. Will just post pictures of today’s walk around Mt. Tabor.


pic Colorful foliage!

pic Park bench, trees, and me!

pic Reservoir and downtown in the background

pic jwa walking…

pic Upper reservoir and Fallness

pic Nice!

pic Leaves and sky. Duh



Chicken Breasts with Horseradish-Scallion Crust


This was a really good, quick weeknight dinner. It’s from Gourmet magazine and I really just tweaked it a little by adding some lemon zest. We had this with some herbed polenta and uh, I think some broccoli. It was a week or so ago. It’s kind of a blur.

I think the thing I liked best about it was the stuffing kind of vibe. But it was on the outside. It was topping! Crispy topping rocks.

Chicken Breasts with Horseradish-Scallion Crust This will serve two 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 skinless, . . . → Read More: Chicken Breasts with Horseradish-Scallion Crust

WCC21: Halloween: The Round-Up


First of all, thanks so much to Sara of Weekend Cookbook Challenge for letting me guest-host this month! I had a great time picking a theme and I hope everyone had fun participating. And here are some nifty new seasonal recipes to try this month.

So, what kind of food does Halloween evoke? Soups, root vegetables, apples, huge fancy meals, snacks and sweets. Plus scary meat products! There’s a little bit of everything — something for everyone!


Okay, first up is the above mentioned Sara of WCC and I Like to Cook . . . → Read More: WCC21: Halloween: The Round-Up

Green Tea Halloween Sugar Cookies


Monday night, the WCC round-up* will be up but for now…it’s cookies. I altered a recipe I found at the Whole Foods web site to include matcha (powdered green tea). Where can you get matcha? Try here!

I rolled them out and used my new, cool Halloween cookie cutters for some great shapes — a bat, a ghost, cat, jack o’lantern and a witch boot. But, you could also just roll the dough into two logs, chill and slice into rounds. That would work just fine too.

I really liked the fact that this . . . → Read More: Green Tea Halloween Sugar Cookies