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Happy 2008!  I love the start of a new year. We have just finished spending 2 weeks in Pennsylvania with family away from my own house and kitchen, and for some reason the nesting instinct has kicked in full-force.  I am obsessed with eating at home and organizing the house.  I give it a month until the lazy half of my personality takes over again!

Part of my plan for 2008 is to cut back on red meat. For us, that means trying more seafood and vegetarian dishes.  Last night I made a twist on a favorite Cooking Light recipe; Baked Salmon with Cherry tomatoes.

This recipe is great with salmon or tuna, and would probably suit many other types of fish.  Roasting made even my grocery store cherry tomatoes taste good!

 It is very easy to make and is perfect for a weeknight meal. The fact that it bakes in the oven means I have hands-off time to get other parts of the meal together.  Last night we tried a polenta with parmesan and spinach. It was so bad we shall never speak of it again…. I will keep trying polenta until I get it right.

Baked Salmon (or Tuna) with Cherry Tomatoes

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • cooking spray
  • 2 salmon filets (I used tuna medallions)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine the first 6 ingredients in a baking pan coated with cooking spray; toss to coat tomatoes. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Add fish to pan.  Bake an additional 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.  Serve tomato mixture over fish, drizzle with lemon juice.

For those of you counting Weight Watchers for the new year, this recipe clocks in at 6 wwp.

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 I like to watch the cooking shows on tv, but I rarely make any of the recipes that I see.  Ina Garten is one of my favorites. I guess some people might think her snobby, but she is much easier to watch than other loud, annoying hosts (you know who I mean).

  The title of the show was “Fast and Elegant Supper”. This dish looked so easy I had to try it. It was fast and elegant, and now it is in the steady rotation in our house. 

 I served it with orzo tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.  It would probably go really well with some rice, except Jason doesn’t eat rice (don’t ask). 

 Asian Grilled Salmon Copyright 2001 Barefoot Contessa Parties!

  • 1 side fresh salmon, skin on

  • 2 tbsp good dijon mustard

  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

  • 6 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic 

Whisk together the mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Drizzle half of the marinade onto the salmon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Place the salmon skin side down on a hot grill or grill pan; discard the marinade the fish was sitting in. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Turn carefully with a wide spatula and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes. The salmon will be slightly raw in the center, but don’t worry; it will keep cooking as it sits.Transfer the fish to a flat plate, skin side down, and spoon the reserved marinade on top. Allow the fish to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled Extra note:  If you have never cooked salmon with the skin on,  once it is cooked, the skin right off in one big piece.  Don’t try to take off the skin before cooking, take it from me!

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