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FFwD: Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

Oh! My! Another French Fridays with Dorie that includes red meat. Hooray! This was…wow. I loved it! And I am not a big-big-big burger fan, normally 3-4 burgers a year at Cafe Castagna, and I’m good to go. But, that may have to change.

Notes/Things I Learned:
1. I made a half recipe. I think I didn’t quite halve the tasty what-nots (sundried tomatoes, pickles, capers, herbs) right, as my burgers fell apart a bit. But after I flipped them, they seemed to hold together okay.
2. I toasted my buns and added some Parmesan there. I melted some Reserve, Extra Sharp Tillamook Cheddar on top because that’s how I roll.
3. Beaujolais is good chilled.
4. My red onion was large. I added about 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar and 2 tbsp sugar to the onion while simmering because I didn’t quite trust the water and butter to make the onion marmalade-y. Also, instead of coriander, I added 1/2 tsp dried thyme. The onion marmalade turned out delicious!
5. I added a bunch of arugula to each bun, topped with the onion marmalade.
6. There was no garlic in this meal. I can’t believe I didn’t add any in. . . . → Read More: FFwD: Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

Spinach and Feta Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad

Okay, Summer, welcome! The garden missed you and so did jwa. I could go either way, but I know the garden enjoys you so it’s okay. Except that it’s hot. Which I guess is okay because then I can make huge salads for dinner. Hey, kind of like this one!

I used the Alton Brown recipe for inspiration and then sort of changed it. A bit less spinach, less bacon, balsamic for red wine vinegar and I added garbanzos and feta for more of a dinner salad type thing. It was delicious! Plus, it gave me an excuse to buy bacon outside of the traditional bacon season in this household (Oct – Feb). Hooray for rule-breaking!

Spinach and Feta Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown
6 ounces baby spinach
2 large eggs
4 pieces bacon
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large white mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Spinach Salad

Wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Place the eggs in a soup pot and cover with cold water . . . → Read More: Spinach and Feta Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Chile Grilled Shrimp with Corn, Avocado & Quinoa Salad


This is a delicious Summer meal in that it is relatively quick and can be served room temperature (or even chilled). We had it recently and there was not a leftover to be had. It was originally a shrimp & salsa-type recipe but I turned the salsa into a salad by adding quinoa, beans, and feta cheese. It was great with some hot sauce on the side and a bottle of cold Sauvignon Blanc.

Okay, I think that’s all I got. I haven’t gotten too much sleep the last two nights and it appears that’s my limit. Bedtime at 8pm? For me, ‘fraid so.

Chile Grilled Shrimp with Corn, Avocado & Quinoa Salad
Adapted from a recipe in Steven Raichlen’s Indoor! Grilling
1lb large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 tbsp chile powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil + a little extra for drizzling on the salad
1/2 cup Quinoa
1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
2 to 3 tbsp fresh lime juice (plus lime wedges for serving)
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
1 ear sweet corn, shucked
3 tbsp diced red onion
1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 cup chopped . . . → Read More: Chile Grilled Shrimp with Corn, Avocado & Quinoa Salad

FFwD: Salmon in a Jar

Salmon in a jar

For me this French Fridays with Dorie, was more like “salmon in a big, ceramic cup,” which sounds a little less interesting than salmon in a jar, but still very good. Basically, cured salmon (and potatoes, in their own “jar”), absorbing up all kinds of flavored olive oil.

Slightly weird sounding, but a delicious dinner with some homemade Sourdough Rye Bread, an arugula salad and brie.

I really wanted to put garlic in the jars of olive oil but I know you aren’t supposed to do that, so I refrained. I did saute up some garlic before eating, and served the little crispy garlic pieces with the salmon and potatoes.

A few quick notes:

1. I used wild Coho salmon.
2. I halved the recipe since there’s just 2 of us.
3. I used rosemary instead of thyme and mustard seeds instead of coriander seeds.

Lastly, the recipe is here on Michael Ruhlman’s blog, so I’ll link to it and also point out that I read on that blog that you can save the oil from the potatoes and use it for cooking. My cup of potato oil is in the fridge, ready for just that. Okay, . . . → Read More: FFwD: Salmon in a Jar

Thai Style Fish Cakes

Thai Style Fish Cakes

These were very good, and although time consuming, worth it. Although not really a practical, say Wednesday night dinner, this was a fun Saturday afternoon project. We actually made them a few weeks ago, when it was still pretty cool here in Portland, but if you were to grill these, I’d think they’d still be a pretty good hot weather choice.

The original recipe did not call for any kind of binder in the fish cakes. I honestly did not trust my ability to keep the fish cakes together without one so I added an egg white. You do what you need to do there. For serving, you’ll want some spinach leaves, basil leaves and maybe some rice.

One important thing before we get to the recipe and photos — this is my friend Michael Grenley. I met him in Flagstaff, AZ in 1995 where we worked together at NAU. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s a husband and a father and has a lot of worried family and friends right now. He’s been missing since July 19th from the Phoenix/Glendale area. Please help us find him. . . . → Read More: Thai Style Fish Cakes