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Copper River Salmon Poached in Tomato and Garlic Broth

Since I can remember my nickname has been Bear, so it’s fitting that salmon is by far my favorite fish. Sashimi, poached, pan seared, grilled, cedar planked — I will eat it all. It’s pretty ridiculous. That’s why when Copper River Salmon asked this Texas girl to be apart of this summer’s Copper River Salmon season I was elated. Hmm…let me see, a summers worth of cooking the freshest and finest salmon in the world? That wasn’t hard for me to say yes to. I think it was harder to say “yes” to my husband when he asked me to

the farm - favorite cookbooks from insockmonkeyslippers.com

Along with, “Where do you get sock money slippers?” and “What camera do you use?” it’s one of the most common e-mails I get… What cookbooks do you recommend? I love cookbooks because you can never stop learning and being inspired and I’m really particular on what I define as a good cookbook. First of all it must inspire me to cook. If it doesn’t it goes in the donate pile. Second, the recipes have to be fresh and creative. Third, it should have a clean design and stunning or informative photography. With those three criteria (and it’s a bonus

dahlia_bakery_truffle cookies

Chocolate Truffle Cookies. Three little words that pack a mighty punch. Then add “Dahlia Bakery” to to that and you know you have one of the best cookies on this planet. For those of you who don’t know, the Dahlia Bakery is located in Seattle and known through out the country as one of the nation’s best bakeries. Luckily, you can satisfy your craving for the Dahlia Bakery’s irresistible food even if you don’t live near Seattle. Seattle’s most popular chef and James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur Award winner Tom Douglas shares his secrets for 125 scrumptious treats in his new

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The Ultimate Paring Knife

86 | December 11, 2012

Can a simple paring knife be sexy? Normally I would say, no until I found this paring knife from New West Knife Works and let me tell you it’s the sexiest little knife I’ve ever had in my hand. Seriously. Not only gorgeous, the Fusionwood 2.0 Paring Knife is one of the best performing knives I now own. Made with powder metal super steel CPM S35VN combined with their unique blade shape and grinding method, New West Knife Works creates a paring knife unparallelled in performance. Basically… this knife is amazing. I put it to the test the other day by

coq_au_vin

Coq au vin – roster with wine – is a French dish where a roster is slowly braised in red wine (Burgundy) with mushrooms. This dish is nowhere near that but swerves down the road close to it. This is Coq au Vin’s second cousin, if you will. The black sheep of the family because it went to art school and married a musician. Hmm… that sounds vaguely familiar. I absoulutely love this dish and if you come over to my house for a dinner party you have a good chance of being served this because I can make it

mrCoffee_latte

Y’all know how much I love coffee but what you may not know is my weakness for lattes. In my college days I was so addicted that I bought an espresso/latte machine to save money. It was an absolute failure because it was impossible to use and when I did happen upon a miracle and correctly make a latte the thing was so hard to clean it wasn’t worth the trouble. Although it never gave me a good latte, it finally gave me joy as the boxed promised. I gave it to a pretentious ex-boyfriend with hopes that he thought

EASY roasted tomato basil sauce via Meredith | InSockMonkeySlippers

The end of summer is here and with it comes some of the year’s best produce. Sweet watermelons, juicy peaches, delicious zucchini and vibrant tomatoes are just a few and you will find the highest quality and most ripe ones at your local farmers market. On a mission form Barilla Pasta, the family and I set out one Sunday morning to our local farmers market to find delicious produce to create a recipe with Barilla PLUS Pasta. Not only did we grab us a car load of goodies, left with bellies full of watermelon, but we had a blast meeting

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White Mountain Foods Review

1 | July 24, 2012

If you haven’t heard of them yet, White Mountain Foods is a company that strives to make the purest whole foods possible. Their mission is simply to provide their customers with completely additive and preservative free, minimally processed, organic when possible, tasty, vegetarian foods. Their product line includes Bulgarian Yogurt, Greek Cheese, vegan Tamales, Tofu Salad, and much more. They are a family owned and operated company with years of experience based out of Texas. So, When I received a shipment from White Mountain Foods, I was more than excited to try products from a company that believes food should be

baby_brezza_cookbook

When my daughter Mia was born, I instantly knew I wanted to give her the best that I possibly could. And for being the whole food snob that I am, there was no other thought but to make my own fresh never jarred baby food for her. I researched and spoke with her doctors on a regular basis and came up with some pretty tasty purees that she loved. Not only did she have the basics but a wide arrange of flavors that I believe helped her transition smoothly into finger and toddler foods. Even though she is going on

chicken rice casserole

I usually do not make casseroles. To me they had a stigma of “a can of this, a can of that, and a can of that stuff that I’m not exactly sure what it is” and that is not how I cook. It wasn’t until a package arrived at my door with two samples of Texmati Rice  that I began to wander down the casserole road to give this rice the ultimate test: prolonged baking in the oven. This is usually not a fine moment for a grain of rice and ends up a soggy gooey mess that no one will

cityofhope_smoothie

Around here we always seem to be “on the go” and it’s a daily task to keep our lunches healthy and fast. One way we keep the fast food line at bay are smoothies. Smoothies are very enticing for kids and delicious year round. The best part about packing a smoothie for your children’s school lunch or a meal at work is to make it the night before, store it in a freezable container, freeze it, pack it the next day, and once it’s time to eat lunch the smoothie has thawed into a cold delicious treat. One of our favorites

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Madeleine Crème Brûlée

3 | August 26, 2011

A little while ago, a pretty little white box arrived at my doorstep filled with Donsuemor Madeleines and no, it wasn’t a dream. I was so excited because the only place you can find a madeleine in this town short of making them yourself is at the local chain coffee shop and trust me that comes no where close to a traditional one. Of course I ripped the box open, with dignity and grace mind you, and tasted my first Donsuemor Madeleine. It was perfectly moist, slightly sweet, and just the right amount of crispness to bite into. Just like the ones I