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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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Thai Style Fish Cakes