Growing up on the prairie in North Dakota, one rarely had the opportunity for seafood. If you did, it was usually frozen. Really frozen. And once thawed it smelled and tasted fishy. Really fishy. My dad didn't like fish and my mom didn't like to cook fish. Combining really frozen and fishy with fish hating parents and you get...a child who despises eating fish. Fast forward 25 years and I meet the Trophy Wife who hailed from Door County which is essentially surrounded by water...and fish. She LOVES fish. (Sometimes I suspect more than me!) She ate fish. Lots of fish. So, I was FORCED to learn how to cook fish. Subsequently I now have three women in my life who all LOVE fish. so I cook fish. Lot's of fish. I even eat fish. Sometimes. Miracles do happen. Really.

  • 1 Large Fresh Salmon Fillet
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tsp Course Salt (Less if you desire.)

  1. Juice 1 lemon and 1 orange. Mix the juice with 1 teaspoon of salt. Place the salmon with the juice mixture in a plastic bag for about 15 minutes or covered shallow pan with the flesh face down in the refrigerator.
  2. Remove salmon from bag and place on lined baking sheet. Rub both sides with olive oil and remaining salt. Place salmon skin side down.
  3. Slice 1/3 of remaining lemon and orange and place slices on salmon flesh. Pierce lemon and orange slices so juices flow out.
  4. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and serve with orange and lemon chunks to be squeezed over individual servings.

3 ounces = about 450 calories

  1. Please use fresh salmon.
I originally developed this recipe for my salted caramel martinis, but I've used this sauce on ice cream, in frosting, on cakes, and brownies too. It is very versatile and brings a richness and depth of flavor to most everything.
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp Russell's Reserve Bourbon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

  1. Heat sugar and water on medium low heat until it is a amber color. Sometimes I cook it to a deep color as in the photo above and sometimes not as dark as the photo on the right. I suggest using a silicon spatula for stirring occasionally. I also like to use a non stick pan. Do not over cook and burn, which can easily happen if you aren't watching as the color turns.
  2. Remove from heat and slowly add cream while stirring.
  3. Add the bourbon and salt.
  4. Store in a mason jar or other heat resistant glass container. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
  5. To serve reheat on low in microwave or stove. Watch carefully to not over heat.

  • Of course, I only use Russell's Reserve Bourbon. 
  • This was adapted from recipes by the Minimalist Baker and Martha Stewart. 
  • I typically double the recipe.

1 Tbsp = 51 Calories 
I first tasted hummus at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Minneapolis called Jerusalem's several decades ago. It was delightful; all buttery and lemony. So I decided it would be a good thing to have at home. I tried several versions of store bought hummus including a local variety made by Holy Land in northeast Minneapolis. It is quite good, but none of them really seemed to be the right flavor for me. Perhaps it is the Scandinavian boy from the prairie who grew up on blandness? Not! I think it really is that I wanted something smooth with a little tang that could be spread on bread as a sandwich or used as a dip for chips or pita. Something versatile and yummy. So, for years I made batches of hummus. Unfortunately, my kids really don't like hummus, so I've had to eat a lot of it on my quest for perfection. Today, I got it and I'm going to share it with you: My Perfect Hummus!
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 large lemon juiced (little less than 1/4 cup)
  • 1 15 oz can drained garbanzo beans
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T olive oil

  1. Put the tahini and lemon juice in a food processor and turn on for at 1-2 minutes until very smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the work bowl at the half way point.
  2. Add the drained garbanzo beans and the finely diced or crushed garlic. Blend another 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  3. While the food processor is on, slowly drizzling the olive oil into the mixture.
  4. Spoon out and garnish with a bit of olive oil and paprika. (Cumin and other spices can be added at the end if you wish.)

1 Tablespoon = 25 calories.
The two secrets to this hummus are:
  • The initial tahini lemon juice mixture.
  • The blending order of the ingredients. We are treating it like we are making mayonnaise or a dressing by emulsifying the olive oil slowly at the end into the acidic mixture.

Try it on our Honey Wheat Bread toasted. You will love it!