Category: family

Quick Salmon Wraps w/ Dill Yogurt Sauce

I like to eat healthy, but I demand flavor too, which is one of the many reasons I’ll never be a professional bodybuilder. Can you imagine subsisting on egg whites, steamed broccoli and broiled chicken? Yes, it’s food – but it’s not good tasting food.

This is a tasty wrap that’s fast and flavorful:

– Pouch of pre-cooked, flavored salmon, like the Lemon & Dill from Bumble Bee
– Wrap of choice. I like Trader Joe’s Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
– 6 oz. plain greek yogurt, any brand
– Juice of 1 lemon
– Dill, 1 sprig fresh or  1 TBS dried
– Garlic powder to taste
– Salt ‘n Pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper – stir til smooth and juice is incorporate. Add in dill and stir. Taste and modify. The sauce’s flavor will enhance with time – keep extras in the fridge.

2. Portion out salmon and yogurt sauce in your wrap of choice. Roll up.

3. Chow down! Over a plate, preferably, to catch drips.

Vacation Free Time Spent

Pet pictures trump people pictures

As my holiday time off wraps up, I’m wondering…what did I do with myself for the past 10 days? Out of all of vacation time, my retrospective memory suggests the following time consumers:

  • 28% Sleep with intense dreams and much waking
  • 20% Talk with close friends and family into the wee hours
  • 19% Cook new, old, favorite and mostly successful recipes
  • 15% Eat absurd amounts of tasty, savory, artery-clogging, happiness inducing food
  • 12% Drink coffee, alcohol, water. Repeat. All day.
  • 10% Workout a few times, break a sweat
  • 8% Tweet and Text like a fiend
  • 7% Write like a junior high girl with a diary
  • 4% Play Words with Friends
  • 5% Exchange presents and watch people open and (at least pretend to) love them
  • 3% Watch 4 Harry Potter movies
  • 2% Take pictures of pets. Ignore people.
  • 2% Sleep on planes
  • .5% Work on improving my puns
  • .01 % Clean up cat vomit

One day left!

Thanksgiving Treats

My family likes to cook and eat – and drink. Now if only I had a better camera or phone to capture better pics of our results. A few highlights from our week together.

First, these dark chocolate-dipped clementines sprinkled with sea salt turned out perfectly. They are juicy and sweet with a little zing from the salt. I can also confirm that dipping shortbread cookies into leftover chocolate makes for fewer tupperwares in the fridge. They got a little soggy in ziplocks, so eat these treats right away.

Modern Bellini

The alternative Bellini was created for my Mom. Her favorite cocktail is a Bellini but the hassle and mess of blending frozen peaches into a puree sounded like too much work. We created this fine concoction instead: 1 part peach schnapps, 2 parts champagne then drop in a frozen peach slice. Viola! A Peach Fizz. Lovely and tasty and oh so simple – especially when the kitchen is overrun with pots and pans and people. Gonna keep this in mind for my next ladies brunch.


We Give Thanks Menu

It’s cool, you can be jealous of the awesomeness that is to be our Thanksgiving meal:

We Give Thanks Menu 

Organic, fresh (never frozen) wallop of a turkey from Arganica Farm 

Cranberry- Mango Sauce 

Broccoli-Cheese Casserole – Damis family recipe 

Barefoot Contessa Sausage Stuffing  

Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Aioli

Goat Cheese-Pesto-Sundried Tomato Torta  

Pumpkin Pie – Mama Wheatley style

Chocolate – Dipped Clementines 

Harvest Apple Crumb Pie – benefitting a good cause 

Foodwise, I think I’m most excited about the mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and goat cheese torta. Well, and seeing a 20 pound turkey be successfully cooked – which is in the hands of the male in the house (no, not the cat, silly!). Okay, I really just love all the savory flavors that come together for Thanksgiving. And when else do I get to buy as much sage as I wnat?

Gastronomy aside, I’m feeling very happy about hosting my mom and big sister and sharing the apartment with the boyfriend this year. I haven’t seen my mom in about a year or my big sis since July. It’ll be a squeeze of people in the one-bedroom but with plenty of libations to enliven the mood. We all have our health, loves and jobs. Which is more than many.

As one of our activities – since I’ll be damned if we sit on our asses and lose our patience with each other as the only activity – we’ve all agreed to create a cocktail for the others to try. I’ll be shaking and pouring a gin-based aviation. I’m not a fan of Beefeater gin, though, and prefer Hedrick’s or Bombay. I thought about going all holiday spirit and trying one of these 12 Days of Holiday Cocktails. Then I noticed that they all involve something creamy, and this lactose intolerant lady isn’t down for that.

Cheers to food, friends and family!  

We Give Thanks Menu 11.21.11