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We have been having a long heat wave here in NY, and I can’t quite bring myself to heat up the kitchen again until it breaks. I’m thinking about some no-cook or quick-cooking meals, and of course, the first thing I think of is salad. I love a beautiful caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and basil. Mozzarella gives it a little substance, so you’re not left hungry.

Of course, gazpacho is a staple of no-cook menus, and I loved this one with watermelon. The shrimp skewers are optional, but if you would like to get outside and grill, go ahead. This would also make an excellent summer lunch with the caprese.

I’ve made this capellini with tomatoes and basil several times since I posted it. It’s light and refreshing, and best of all, it’s done basically in the time it takes to boil water.

If I really start wanting some protein, I might make this ginger glazed salmon. It takes a little longer to cook, but I can do the glaze in a wider pan cut the cooking time down to 15 minutes. Having people over? This looks elegant but it’s so quick.

I still have a little of this blueberry frozen yogurt left in the freezer, and I think I’m going to have to finish it up this weekend. Nothing is better to cool down than some frozen treats.

Unless it’s white wine sangria. This is staple at my apartment all summer. Actually, all year round but in the summer it’s extra perfect.

And if I make it outside to grill this weekend? I think it’s going to be lamb burgers as a change from regular burgers. The cool yogurt and mint sauce helps in the heat too.

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I think this may be my favorite salmon recipe. It’s certainly one of the most memorable ones, and I’m already craving it again. The ginger and sweet glaze is such a perfect complement to the salmon, and it’s surprisingly easy. Roasting it at a low temperature keeps the fat from rendering out of the fish, so the fish stays moist and succulent.

The one thing I will stress though, is get the best fish you can find. That goes for all fish. You will notice the difference if you go out of your way to find a fishmonger. I will always choose a cheaper variety of fish from a reputable fish store over a more luxurious fish from a grocery store. In a recipe like this, where I recommend cooking the fish to medium rare, it makes a big difference.

Ginger Glazed Salmon

1 pound salmon (preferably wild, but whatever looks freshest)

4″ piece of ginger, grated

1 garlic clove, grated

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup mirin

2 tablespoons brown sugar

juice of 1/2 lime

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 scallion, sliced for garnish

Combine the soy sauce, red wine, mirin, brown sugar, garlic and 3/4 of the ginger in a sauce pan. Cook for 10 minutes, until it reduces by half. Remove from heat and add the remaining ginger and the lime juice. Let cool.

Rub the bottom of a baking dish with the olive oil and place the salmon in it, skin side down. Spoon a tablespoon of the glaze over the fish and wait 5 minutes. Spoon another tablespoon of the glaze over the fish.

Bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees. Spoon another tablespoon of glaze over the fish and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Continue to do this until the fish is cooked to medium rare (gives a little more resistance when you push it). Garnish with the scallion and serve.

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Spring is definitively here, and maybe we’re already into summer with temperatures hitting close to 90 degrees today. It’s time for some no-cook or quick cooking recipes so that I don’t overheat the apartment with the stove. One of my favorites from the cleanse earlier this year was this salmon with pepita pesto. The pesto is really quick and just requires a food processor, and the salmon cooks in less than 10 minutes. It’s delicious and very healthy…perfect for a day like today!

This wonderful fava bean and pecorino salad with mint would pair nicely with the salmon, and it’s a light and refreshing salad for warm days.

A quick and simple pasta is also a good bet when I want dinner in 10 minutes. This spaghetti with cherry tomatoes tastes like spring, with the first good tomatoes of the season. Cherry tomatoes usually have more flavor early in the season than other tomatoes, and when you can get delicious ones, the simplest recipes will show them off the best.

A spring menu would not be complete without a fruit dessert, and this berry pie is so quick and easy.  No need to have the oven on as long as you would for a crisp or regular fruit pie, this flavorful pie is one of my summer night favorites!

And if you absolutely need some chocolate, these broiler s’mores are done in 2-3 minutes and you’ll wish you made more!

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Ochazuke is one of my favorite comfort foods and I’ve been craving it this week as I’m sick with a cold. A nice, light broth combined with salmon for protein and rice for substance makes it a perfect one bowl meal. I may be congested, but thankfully I can still taste this. It’s traditional pub food, and I loved it the first time I tried it. I’m waiting to learn how to make dashi from a Japanese friend, but this is a pretty good version. Most ingredients you should be able to find in your supermarket, but feel free to substitute!

Ochazuke

1 cup cooked white rice (any variety will do)

2 cups hot freshly brewed green tea

2 tablespoons mirin

4 ounces salmon fillet

2 tablespoons bonito flakes or ground bottarga

2 tablespoons japanese rice seasoning or combination dried seaweed and sesame seeds

Roast the salmon for 10 minutes with just a little olive oil, salt, and pepper until it’s cooked to medium rare. Pile the rice in a bowl and lay the salmon over the top. Sprinkled with bonito and rice seasoning. Combine the tea and mirin and pour over the top.


Chazuke

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If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting as much this week, it’s because I’m trying out the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse. It seemed like a good idea to try eating healthy for a couple weeks, as we tend to do this time of year. I’ve had a lot of oatmeal, muesli, and pumpkin smoothies. And don’t get me started on lentils. I’m really craving a slice of pizza or a cupcake or something with some white sugar….one more week to go.

Anyway, while the meals I’ve been eating are healthy, I haven’t really felt the urge to blog any of them because, well, I really wouldn’t choose to eat them on a normal day. Until this salmon. Granted, I switched up their recipe a little to use up some cleanse leftovers in the fridge, but the nutritional content I think is basically the same. And somehow, I wasn’t missing the cheese in this pesto. That in itself is rather amazing…

Salmon with Pepita and Kale Pesto

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (Pepitas)

1/2 cup kale

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 garlic clove

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon aleppo pepper

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vegetable stock

4 6-ounce salmon fillets

Toast the pepitas in half the olive oil until they start to brown. Reserve a couple tablespoons to garnish the salmon with at the end. Combine the majority of the pepitas in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and blend. Saute the salmon in the remaining olive oil on low heat until it starts to get opaque. I like to leave it medium rare in the center. Top the salmon with some of the pesto and garnish with the whole pepitas.

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A couple months ago I made a really delicious scallop crudo and I was craving something similar. But I had just had scallops the day before, so I decided to get some really beautiful salmon and use that. While the citrus juice “cooks” the fish, it doesn’t actually cook it so make sure you have really fresh fish for this. It will however change the texture which is pretty interesting. I don’t like raw onions, but you definitely could chop up some red onion and throw that in.

Salmon Ceviche

1/2 pound (very fresh) salmon, diced

juice and zest of 2 limes

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey or agave

1 avocado, diced

After you dice up the salmon, add it to the lime juice and zest, olive oil, and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours and you will see the salmon slowly change texture.

Add the avocado and gently toss. It’s ready to serve, but you can add a sprinkle of parsley or cilantro on top. Serve with toasts, pita chips, corn chips, or eat it alone. You can add a sprinkle of fleur de sel over the top as well.

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