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spicy dinner for a chilly night!

With a recently found liking for sockeye salmon, I thought about mixing up our weeknight dinner and preparing a refreshing recipe that my cousin mentioned to me…
I rubbed some extra virgin and then seasoned one and a half pounds of sockeye with a mixture of kosher salt, cumin, paprika, chipotle chili powder, freshly ground pepper and onion [or garlic] powder [1 teaspoon of each, except 1/4 teaspoon of the chili powder]…
The fish was set in the fridge for a bit to soak up the lovely spicy flavors, while I prepared some steamed haricots verts to enjoy as a side. These were nothing fancy, steamed and then tossed lightly with some olive oil and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
To cook the salmon, I heated a grill pan on high and once smoking, in went the fish [skin-side down] and cooked for roughly 8 minutes [cooking time varies depending on heat, as well as your likeness for doneness]… Once finished cooking a squeeze of fresh lime juice elevated this dish nicely! It was then onto our plates and then into our bellies…
I have been converted and think anyone who tries this will be too so I say… give it a go!

-R

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flavors that spiraled out of control…

For our Sunday night supper, I decided on a maple glazed, spiral ham served alongside sautéed haricots verts and fanned potatoes…
Since the ham was fully cooked and only required being heated through and then glazed, I focused more on my sides.
The haricots verts were blanched and shocked in salted water, then tossed into olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper and sautéed ever so slightly…
For the potatoes, I made sliced into each almost fully through. A drizzle of olive oil, some salt and pepper, a light dusting of garlic powder and it was into the oven for thirty minutes until the potatoes split and began to fan apart!
Onto the plate went some slices of the ham, the haricots verts and the potato. The ham was salty and sweet, the haricots verts spicy and garlicky, while the potato… crisp on the exterior and creamy on the interior.
This hearty meal was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend!

at a low simmer…
-R

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