Category Archives: Seafood

What’s for dinner? Quick and healthy Thai Basil Wontons

I’ll admit, I’ve been in a cooking lull. As much as I love the art of cooking in and of itself, I haven’t felt very inspired for awhile. Maybe the rainy Portland winter got to me; maybe it’s because most of the friends I share … Continue reading

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Seafood Stew otherwise known as Nuit Française: Marmite Dieppoise. Oh, and for dessert? Touraine cremets with raspberry coulis

Marmite Dieppoise: A marmite is an earthenware pot traditionally used for making soups and stews. This recipe comes from Dieppe on the Normandy coast, well known for its excellent fishing. Basically, this is a simple seafood stew. I say “simple” … Continue reading

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Salmon en Croute with Parsnip and Apple Risotto

This particular Salmon en Croute is my own creation, and a variation on Michel Roux’s Salmon Coulibiac. Instead of using mushrooms and white rice, I’ve made risotto with roasted parsnips and apples. First, the brioche dough. 70 ml tepid milk 15 … Continue reading

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Choux Farci au Saumon (cabbage stuffed with salmon)

I wish the photo above was mine, but it isn’t. It’s from Haute Cuisine, the movie that inspired me to try and wing this dish. Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as this movie shot, but it did taste wonderful. … Continue reading

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemongrass Sauce

The recipe for this dish comes from Carlos’ French Restaurant in Highland Park, Chicago (now closed). The recipe is longer than it needs to be, IMO, so I’m just going to talk about how to make the lemongrass sauce. It’s … Continue reading

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Halibut with Crispy Potatoes, Risotto and Tarragon Sauce

I welcomed 2014 in an unceremonious fashion: on the couch in my jammies, sipping camomile tea, watching the 1978 classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Just me and my Tylenol. The movie was fitting because two days earlier I had … Continue reading

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Avocado Chévre Spread

Spreads, tapenades and sauces can turn a good dish into something extraordinary, and many take only a few minutes to make. This avocado-chévre spread is wonderful on salmon or serve it on crostini with some fresh black pepper. Ingredients: 2 … Continue reading

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Crab, Mango and Avocado Salad

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I have a lot of crab to play with right now and it makes me so happy! Crab is versatile. It can be light or heavy, depending on how you serve it. Last … Continue reading

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Vol Au Vent, Feuilletés Aux Fruits De Mer

Oregon is an Eden for food lovers. In Portland, where I live, it seems on every corner there’s a Farmer’s Market bursting with the colors of the latest harvest. This weekend I found orange beets, glowing Meyer lemons, delicate watercress … Continue reading

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