Salt-Roasted Salmon

This was the first time that I had ever salt-roasted salmon before, or anything for that matter. My initial reaction was that the salmon would be extremely salty, but surprisingly it wasn’t. It does take some time and patience at the end of cooking to delicately brush the extra salt off – that can end up being salty if it’s not removed.

So, how does salt-roasting work? The salt draws moisture out of the food it surrounds without penetrating into the food. It also acts as an insulator to trap the heat, which results in food that tastes simply like itself in the best possible way. Salt roasting creates delicately flavored and simple food.

The best part, besides the food of course, there isn’t any expensive cooking equipment or hours slaving away by the stove! Cast iron pan, salt, food, oven – and done!

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By |March 2nd, 2012|Main Courses|15 Comments

The Perfect Roast Chicken

The perfect roast chicken is a recipe that all cooks should master. The key is crispy, golden brown skin on the outside and juicy, tender meat inside. In this recipe, I add lemons, garlic, and thyme to the cavity of the chicken. Melted butter is brushed on before roasting to ensure golden brown and crispy skin. I roast the chicken on a bed of aromatics like carrots, celery, and onion.

The epitome of comfort food, roast chicken is warm and homey on a cold night. It can also be transformed into an elegant dish that will impress guests at any dinner party.
Tip For Perfect Roast Chicken:
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting. This will ensure even cooking throughout the chicken during roasting. Also, make sure the chicken is patted dry with a clean paper towel before the butter is added. Too much extra moisture and the skin will not get crispy.

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By |January 21st, 2012|Fall Recipes, Healthy, Main Courses, Winter Recipes|6 Comments

Beef and Barley Soup

I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with making soup right now. Once the weather gets cold, soup is the only thing I want to eat. This Beef and Barley Soup is a hot and hearty soup. It’s warm, filling, and perfect for a cold night. I love to serve it with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine!

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Santa Barbara Spot Prawns

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By |October 29th, 2011|Fall Recipes, How-to, Main Courses, Summer Recipes|3 Comments
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