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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What's for Dinner ?

I am going to add something new here on Wednesdays.  I will be sharing recipes. 
I know it seems like I might not cook much, what with sitting in cafes and shopping for shoes, but it has been known to happen.
So Wednesdays, you can pop in and grab an idea for What's For Dinner ~

Salmon Pesto Pasta 
The Way the Cookie Crumbles

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 12 oz salmon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 oz evaportaed milk
  • 1/2 cup pesto (recipe follows)
  • grated Parmesan, for serving
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 
Once water is boiling, add 1 Tablespoon of kosher salt, and stir to dissolve. 
Add pasta and stir. 
Allow to cook to al dente, 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to the upper-middle position. 
Heat broiler. 
Line a baking sheet with foil, and place salmon on the foil. 
Season with salt and pepper, and rub with lemon zest and olive oil. 
Broil until flesh is firm and salmon is no longer translucent, about 10-12 minutes. 
Remove from oven and sprinkle with lemon juice. 
Flake fish into bite size pieces with a fork. 
Set aside.

When pasta is cooked, drain and discard water. 
Add the evaporated milk to the empty saucepan and cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup. 
Return pasta to the pan and stir to combine.

Remove the pot from heat, and add the salmon and pesto. 
Stir to combine. 
Serve with additional lemon wedges and Parmesan cheese. 
Top with tomatoes if desired.

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 5 medium garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Pamesan cheese
"Bruise" the basil leaves in a food processor fitted with the dough blade (the one that's not as sharp) for a few pulses. Replace with the steel (sharp) blade.

Toast nuts in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown. 
Add to the food processor. 
Add the garlic cloves to the skillet and toast, tossing frequently, until the skins are toasted and garlic is fragrant. Peel and add to food processor as well.

Process until finely chopped, and add remaining ingredients except cheese. Transfer to a small bowl, add the cheese, and adjust seasonings if necessary.


Linda said...

Seems easy enough...
And looks delicious...
I will be sure to pop by on Wednesdays...
As well as every other damn day of the darn week!!!!

Linda :o)

word verification really getting stupid!!!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I tried going without word verification but the blog was swamped with spam right away.
Sorry ~~

Linda said...

I took mine off...and I never get you have the spam guard on??? Check your settings, and make sure it is on...but...I am NOT trying to tell you what to do!!!

We are sweltering here in the heat and the humidity...
When do you move to New York???

Linda :o)

High Heeled Life said...

You have my mouth watering and wanting pasta (it's after 9:30 pm here) ..will be sure to visit on Wednesdays...wishing you a happy 4th of July!! hugs, xo C. (HHL)