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Lemon Dill Baked Salmon

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My mother and my girlfriend Lynn love salmon. They were talking about recipes at a recent dinner party and they both make a similar version of this Lemon Dill Baked Salmon. Not only is it quick, easy and delicious, but it’s makes a stunning presentation with few ingredients and very little work.

I have become very particular about seafood, questioning the quality and the health of farm-raised seafood, especially in locations where there are no protocols for ensuring that appropriate standards are set and used.

Whole Foods’ seafood department relies on “traceability from farm or fishery to store.” The goal is not only to know the source, but to verify that these sources are responsibly managed, whether it’s a fish farm or fishery. I rely on them for much of my seafood and the seafood is pristine and delicious.

I purchased a beautiful salmon fillet, about 1 1/4 pounds, including the skin, which I removed  (the fish monger will always remove the skin for you, just ask). This produced two thick fillets about 5 ounces each and a smaller, thinner piece, not quite 4 ounces, that I chopped up and made into a salmon burger.

High heat is the best way to cook fish. It’s quick and not much moisture is lost in the process. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Lay the fillets on a lined baking tray, brush with a little olive oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper.

sustainable fishPlace fresh dill fronds across the top.

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Cover each with 2 thin slices of lemon.

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Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven for medium rare (warm, slightly translucent center) or 20 minutes for a more well done fillet.

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Don’t waste the lemons, give a little squeeze from each slice to brighten the salmon.

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Lemon Dill Baked Salmon

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A quick and easy preparation that is both eye and palate pleasing!

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld

Ingredients

4 five-ounce center-cut skinless salmon fillets
olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4-5 dill fronds per fillet
1 lemon cut into 8 thin slices

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Lay the fillets on a lined baking tray, brush with oil and season each with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Top with dill fronds and 2 lemon slices each.

Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes for medium-rare or 20 minutes for medium-well.

Squeeze the lemons over the fish.

Notes

Be sure to get center-cut fillets, these are the thickest. Tuck the skinny end under (after seasoning) for even cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Marinade Tip

Quick Marinade Trick

This quick marinade tip was a fluke. Many years ago I was making Rosh Hannah dinner. One cousin doesn’t care for red meat and won’t eat the brisket. I always make something else as a second entrée. One year I was running behind and needed something quick. I grilled chicken and as soon as the chicken came in to rest I poured an herbed lemon juice over the chicken.

Quick Marinade TipThe resting time allows the denatured proteins to coagulate again and when they do, they trap this flavorful liquid.

My cousin and her husband loved the dish and she asked for the recipe. When I told her what I did, she didn’t believe me. It was too simple for something that tasted that good!

I sautéed these chicken breasts recently and added a generous splash of wine (rosé was open, red or white is fine – is just a splash) and deglazed the pan. The delicious brown tidbits in the bottom of the pan dissolve with the liquid in seconds. I poured this over the chicken and then the lemon marinade above.

Quick Marinade Tip

You can do this, too. Simply juice a lemon, throw in some thyme sprigs, a smashed clove of garlic and toss these together. Pour this over the chicken after cooking and let rest for 5 minutes. Use lime juice and garlic – sprinkle with chopped cilantro for something different. Combinations are endless.

Watch the Quick Marinade Trick Video Here.

 

Scallion Parsley Humus

Scallion Parsley Humus

Riverbank Farm, a vendor at the Westport Farmers’ Market, makes delicious dips and spreads, including a scallion parsley humus. Their version is quite lemony and includes garlic. The first time I made the recipe I left out the garlic because we had a couple of guests don’t tolerate it. I used 2 tablespoons lemon juice, more subtle than their version. I really liked it without the garlic and less lemon juice; the scallions are more prominent.

Scallion Parsley Humus

The nice thing about humus is this simple chickpea puree can be dressed up in so many ways. The tahini and just a little cumin provide that familiar underlying humus flavor, and the scallions and parsley give it a new spin.

Make at least four hours in advance or overnight before serving to let the flavors meld. Serve with raw veggies or slices of pita bread. This makes a great pita sandwich, too!

Scallion Parsley Humus

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Scallion Parsley Humus

Scallion Parsley Humus

A little twist on a classic humus recipe with scallions and parsley. A quick and easy recipe. Serve with pita slices and/or fresh cut veggies!

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 can (16 ounces) garbanzo beans, drain but don’t rinse
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 4 scallions coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup tightly packed parsley
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Garnish: a little drizzle of olive oil with a little chopped parsley and/or thin slices of scallion.

Instructions

  1. Place the beans, tahini, scallions, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, cumin and cayenne in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and puree until very smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl a couple of times.
  2. Place in a serving bowl and garnish with a drizzle of the oil, chopped parsley and/or sliced scallion.

 

 

Licorice Chicken Kabobs

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I make a roast chicken with tarragon, lemon and garlic that is one of my all-time favorites. I wondered about doing something similar on the grill with kabobs but thought the marinade would need a boost to intensify the licorice flavor. The logical addition seemed to be a licorice liqueur, I used Sambuca. I wondered what to call this recipe, Licorice Chicken Kabobs came to mind and I Googled to see if I was crazy, but lo and behold there are a few licorice chicken recipes out there!

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I chose  zucchini and yellow summer squash in lieu of the ubiquitous bell peppers. On the first try, the squash pieces were undercooked. The next round I steamed the squash for a few minutes. Please don’t boil; these vegetables have a high water content and get soggy when cooked directly in water.

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The best size is one-half inch slices. If the slices are larger than a half-dollar, cut in half horizontally. The squash I had on hand were of varying sizes, from small to gargantuan, and therefore I had a mix of round and half-moon squash pieces. It worked just fine.

Kabob recipes generally call for one-inch cubes of meat. I find this too small. Timing both the meat and the vegetables on the same skewer is tricky and slightly larger pieces of meat are better. I cut the breast into two-inch pieces. The thighs are thinner and I cut each into four pieces and then doubled up when placing them on the skewer. This worked well in terms of getting both the meat and the vegetable cooked through without drying out the chicken.

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This is not a highly acidic marinade and can be made and applied to the chicken up to a day in advance.

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To soak or not to soak the wood skewers.

I’ve tried it and it fails miserably. The skewers are thin; they dry out quickly and burn. Keeping a lower temp keeps them from charring up too much and helps you control the cooking of the chicken.

chicken kabobs

I’ve recently seen flat skewers, genius idea, and can’t imagine what took so long for someone to invent them! If all you have are the skinny round ones, double up and the kabobs won’t twirl when you turn them over.

Temperature is very important when grilling kabobs. Yes, you want to get a tasty initial sear on the meat, but these kabobs need a little time on the grill to cook through and remain moist. I started with a hot grill (about 500ºF). As soon as I put the kabobs on the grill, I set the temp to low (I’m using a gas grill) and left the top open. I did get some nice searing, and the chicken was cooked through and moist and the vegetables were tender with good texture, not mushy. I turned the kabobs about every minute or so for about 12 minutes.

Try our macaroni salad with these kabobs!

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Licorice Chicken Kabobs

chicken kabobs

Fire up the grill and skewer yourself a tasty dinner for any night of the week with our Licorice Chicken Kabobs and lots of veggies! While the kabobs rest, raise the heat on the grill and cook some corn on the cob. These are great at room temperature – so pack them up for a picnic.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 portions
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons licorice liqueur, such as Pernod or Sambuca
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken meat, cut into two-inch pieces
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices (two per skewer)
  • 1 small summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices (two per skewer)
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and separated (two per skewer)
  • 18 – 21 cherry tomatoes (three per skewer)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the oil, tarragon, liqueur, garlic, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Toss the chicken pieces in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. This is not an acidic marinade and an overnight soak is okay.
  3. Place the squashes in a steamer basket of salted water, bring to a boil and cook for three to four minutes, until the squash gives a little when poked with a fork.
  4. Drain and rinse with cold water, toss onto a baking sheet lined with paper towel to soak up the water. Place the tomatoes and onion sections on the sheet as well.
  5. Use two, eight-inch wood skewers about a half an inch apart and begin to slide on the meat and veggies. You can do this in any order you like. My preference is have a cherry tomato on each end and in the middle, purely for esthetics. The onion goes on next, place the concave side facing in so it hugs the chicken. After the first piece of chicken, slide on summer squash, more chicken, zucchini, tomato, zucchini, chicken, summer squash, chicken, onion and tomato.
  6. Lay the skewers on a baking sheet and drizzle with any remaining marinade.
  7. Preheat your grill to high. As soon the kabobs are on the grill, set the temp to low and leave the top open. Turn them about every minute or so for about 12 minutes.
  8. Remove to a serving platter, cover and let sit for a few minutes. Long enough to grill some corn on the cob, but jack up the heat first!

 

Lemony Chickpea & Spinach Soup

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This Lemony Chickpea and Spinach Soup is chockful of vegetables: onions, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and spinach. The chickpeas offer a little heartiness and the lemon a light, refreshing finish.

To give you an even bigger incentive to make this soup, we’re including an informative and comprehensive article on spinach, a superfood, written by Sujana Marie from Cooking Detective. Check it out.

We’ve come to the end of Lesson 1 and you’ve learned how to mince and dice lots of vegetables. If you’ve been actively following along, you now have the ingredients needed to make our delicious
Lemony Chickpea & Spinach Soup!

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Soup

Watch the soup ideo!

 

 

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Soup

The soup is gluten free and dairy free (just skip the cheese garnish). This is a great soup to send the kids off to school with and don’t forget to take a thermos along to the office!

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Soup

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Lemony Chickpea & Spinach Soup

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Soup

This Lemony Chickpea and Spinach Soup is chockful of vegetables: onions, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and spinach. The chickpeas offer a little heartiness and the lemon a light, refreshing finish.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: about 2 quarts
  • Category: Vegan/Vegetarian
  • Method: Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups minced onion (1 large onion)
  • 1 cup minced carrots (4 carrots)
  • 1 cup minced celery (4 stalks)
  • red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large jalapeno, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced cloves of garlic (about 2 large cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cans (x ounces each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ten-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach
  • Garnish
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the onions, carrots, celery, pepper, salt and pepper flakes. Cover and sweat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally; if the onions are browning, lower the heat a bit.
  3. Stir in the garlic and jalapeno and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the stock, chickpeas and spinach, bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest.
  6. Garnish each bowl with a little freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional.

Notes

Don’t add the lemon juice during cooking – the flavor cooks away.

 

 

Broiled Rainbow Trout

My husband doesn’t care for most fish, so I rarely prepare it. On nights he works late I take advantage and make myself a fish dinner. Today I bought a scaled and deboned rainbow trout. I removed the head and cut away the side and back fins, rinsed it in cold water, patted it dry and laid it flat on a lined sheet tray.

To keep it moist in the broiler, I brushed a little melted butter over the flesh and seasoned it with kosher salt and  ground pepper.

While the fish cooked, I added a little minced shallot and garlic to melted butter and let it sweat for a minute or so. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice, some chopped chives and a dash of salt and pepper finished the sauce just as the trout came out of the oven.

I really enjoyed it and the quick cooking time, about 3 minutes, kept the dreaded fish smell to a minimum, so as not to offend the sensitive husband when he got home!

See the post on how to select fresh fish.

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Broiled Rainbow Trout

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Broil

Ingredients

4 boned, filleted rainbow trout
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 small shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions

Preheat the broiler and line a half-sheet tray (13 inches by 18 inches) with foil or parchment paper.

Rinse the trout and pat dry. Lay skin-side down on the prepared tray.

Brush each trout with butter and season with salt and pepper.

Pop the trout in the oven and broil for about 3-4 minutes. Trout should be flaky, but now dry or brown.

While the trout cooks, melt the butter in a small saucepan, sweat the shallots and garlic for a minute. Stir in the lemon juice and chives.

Pour a little lemon sauce over each trout and serve immediately.

 

 

 

Lemon-Tarragon Rotisserie Chicken

Roasted Chicken

I purchased a rotisserie several years ago, which I love, especially for poultry. The rotisserie self bastes and browns evenly all over. Delicious. One of my favorite rubs for chicken is lemon tarragon. This Lemon-Tarragon Rotisserie Chicken is moist and flavorful.

 

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Lemon-Tarragon Rotisserie Chicken

A rotisserie self bastes and browns evenly all over and with a lemon tarragon rub, this Lemon-Tarragon Rotisserie Chicken is moist and flavorful.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 portions
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Roast/Rotisserie

Ingredients

1 four- to five-pound whole roasting chicken
1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh tarragon
10 garlic cloves, minced
zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Remove giblets from the chicken and either toss or freeze for another purpose.

Place the chicken on a cutting board and pat with paper towel inside and out to remove excess moisture.

Slip your fingers under the breast and wiggle them until the entire skin separates from the flesh. Then take your fingers and run them under the thigh and leg skin. If the skin rips a bit, don’t worry, you can fix it with a couple of toothpicks. Repeat on the other side.

Season the cavity with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Combine the parsley, tarragon, garlic, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl.

Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and place inside the seasoned chicken cavity and rub it around.

Scoop one-half of the mixture onto one side of the chicken and using your fingers, spread evenly over the breast and down onto the leg and thigh. Repeat on the other side.

Tie the chicken and season with remaining salt and pepper.

At this point you can either cook the bird or wrap it in film and store it in the refrigerator until dinner.

Rotisserie Method

Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.

Place the chicken on the skewers and into the rotisserie. The rotisserie cooks faster than the oven, about 45-50 minutes. Internal temperature should read 175ºF.

Oven Roasting Method

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the chicken on a roasting rack in a roaster.

Roast for an hour and ten minutes, check internal temperature, and adjust time, if necessary.

Notes

To repair ripped breast skin, just pull the skin together and weave a toothpick through one side and then the other.