Grilled Salmon Packets

Grilled Salmon Packets | http://impromptukitchen.comLast week was a long week. Not a bad week, but a long one. The kind of week where at the end you’re completely wiped out, can’t do anything. You want to spend Saturday all you want to do is spend the day in your pajamas, with a stack of pancakes, some magazines, and a few rounds of video games. Or at least I did this past weekend. It wasn’t quite that relaxing. There were things to get done and birthday parties to be had, all good things, but not exactly quiet and restful. But there was an easy grilled fish dinner to look forward to at the end of the weekend.

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Thai Mango Salad

On Christmas, Jeff and I cooked a Thai feast out of the Pok Pok cookbook. We put together a list of dishes to try and spent the week before the holiday scouring small Asian grocery stores for exotic and unfamiliar ingredients. On Christmas day we gobbled up stew and sticky rice and pad thai. The…

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Thai Salad Dressing

I try to clean out my fridge at least once a month, to sort out what’s still edible and unearth the things that got shoved in the back. And every time I go through this process, whether it’s been two weeks or two months since I last took an inventory, there is inevitably a jar…

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Strawberry Pie | The Year of Pie

We’re spoiled out here with the first crop of strawberries arriving around late April. I always reserve the first few weeks for just eating them straight out of the carton but that means by May I’m starting to think about what else I can do with them. And since last month we gave rhubarb its…

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Gyro Skewers

When I was a kid, it was called schwarma because it came mostly from Middle Eastern restaurants. And then when I spent a college semester in Australia it was called doner kebab, the Turkish name. And now in San Francisco they’re mostly called gyros, even if the place where you get it isn’t Greek. For…

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Fish Tacos

At some point in the last few weeks I came across a listicle equating states with the foods they are best known for, or something like that. California’s chosen food was the fish taco. Now, I’ll agree that California makes excellent tacos and we have a lot of them. And I’m sure that Los Angeles…

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Rhubard Custard Pie | The Year of Pie

If you were not really into Little House on the Prairie books when you were little, then you might not remember that in the seventh book in the series (you know, Little Town on the Prairie) where Laura makes a pie out of pie plant. She forgets to add sugar, serves it, and only realizes her mistake when…

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Strawberry Milk | Not a Recipe

There’s this awkward time between 5:30 and 6 pm when I sometimes find myself wanting a snack. It happens a few hours after my usual afternoon snack, and uncomfortably close to dinner time. It’s too late to eat much without ruining your appetite, but still too far away from meal time to ignore completely. That’s…

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