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Mint And Walnut Crusted Pan-Seared Salmon

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I wanted to challenge myself to make dishes using all of my herbs from my gardens. My first was a “Mint Challenge”. I made a trip to the Farmers’ Market to get some inspiration for my dish using mint. I found a beautiful display of blood oranges at the Farmers’ market. I knew then I was going to incorporate those into this dish with a beautiful salad dressed with a Blood Orange Vinaigrette.

This is my Mint And Walnut Crusted Pan-Seared Salmon.



Blood oranges originated in Sicily and Spain. They are grown in Calabria. Their juice resembles that of a ruby. Blood oranges are truly one of the natures natural wonders. There are three components to this dish, the marinate, the salmon, and the salad dressing.  All three of these will include fresh mint.  What’s really great about this dish is everything can be prepared in advance. All then you’d have to do is cook off the salmon and serve.

I’m starting with the marinade.

Blood Oranges

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Blood Orange Marinate

Mint Leaves

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Blood Orange Vinaigrette

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Arugula, Mint, And Blood Orange Salad

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Walnut And Mint Mixture


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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: 1 (1-gallon) zip-lock baggie, 12-inch sauté pan, 1 (8-ounce) jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid, chef’s knife, measuring cup, Microplane

Tip: Prepare the salads, dressing, and topping while the salmon is marinating.

Ingredients For Marinade:
2 (6-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets, skins removed
1 (1-quart) size zip-lock plastic bag
1 garlic clove, freshly grated
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 blood orange, juiced (substitute standard orange)
2 tablespoon of soy sauce, low sodium
1 tablespoon Agave nectar
1 tablespoon of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (substitute dried parsley flakes)
2 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves, minced
1/4 cup of olive oil

Directions For Marinating Salmon Fillets:
Place all the ingredients for the marinade into a zip-lock baggie. Place the two salmon fillets into the bag. Remove all the air. Massage the salmon so both sides of the fish are coated. Place the baggie on a plate and transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Walnut Mint Topping:
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
zest of 1 Blood orange ( substitute regular orange is fine)
2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Place all the above ingredients, for the topping, into a bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.

Ingredients For The Salad:
4 cups of Arugula (2 cups per serving)
1/4 cup of roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 red onion thinly sliced half-moons
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
2 *supremed Blood oranges
1/4 cup of thawed frozen peas, thawed

Ingredients For Blood Orange Vinaigrette:
1 (8-ounce) jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid
1 blood orange, juiced (substitute a standard orange)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup *E.V.O.O.

Directions For Salad:
On two serving plates, (seen in pictures above) place 2 cups of arugula leaves on each plate. Evenly divide the sliced onions arranging them over the arugula. Same with the peas, dried cranberries, chopped mint, and orange segments.  Place the two prepared salads in the frig until your ready to plate the salmon.

In a measuring cup add all the ingredients (except the olive oil)  for the vinaigrette. Add the extra virgin olive oil last. Whisk together really well. Pour the vinaigrette into a jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Set aside. Shake well before using.

Directions For Pan Seared Salmon:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Preheat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. remove the salmon from the baggie. Shake off all the excess marinade. Place the salmon fillets carefully into the hot sauté pan. Sear the salmon on one side for about 2 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes.

Bring the chilled prepared salads out of the refrigerator. Gently place the cooked salmon fillets on top of each chilled salad. Carefully spoon the walnut-mint topping onto each salmon fillet. Shake the jelly jar really well before spooning the blood orange vinaigrette over the salmon and salad.

This is my Mint And Walnut Crusted Pan-Seared Salmon Over An Arugula Salad With A Blood Orange Vinaigrette.

*E.V.O.O. is an acronym for extra virgin olive oil.
*Supreme: The term supreme (suprême) used in cooking and culinary arts refers to the best part of the food. For example; a segmented orange.




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Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese With Strawberry Honey Jam And Walnuts


This holiday I’m making brunch for some friends. They’re going to be making the turkey, ham, and all the sides. I thought it is a nice gesture to bring them a couple of my special brunch items. I’m also going to bring my stuffing muffins and frittata muffins.

Most of the time, people are always dropping by throughout the day.  I thought it would be really nice if there were food there that could be served at room temperature.

First, my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese with Strawberry Honey Jam and Walnuts.

Second, are my Stuffing Muffins, filled with my sweet Italian Sausage, golden raisins, celery, onions, and fresh sage.

Finally, are my Mini Italian Sausage, Asparagus, and Truffle Fontina Cheese Frittatas.

For this post, I’m going to share my recipe for my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese With Strawberry Honey Jam And Walnuts. The other two recipes will follow soon.


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Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese





Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes or until golden brown
Total Time: 20 minutes
Equipment: a rimmed baking sheet pan, pastry brush

1 sheet of cold Puff pastry, thawed
1 (13-ounce) (5 inches in diameter) Brie cheese wheel
3 tablespoons of strawberry honey jam ( or fig jam)
2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
*egg wash
2 tablespoons of apricot jelly or jam
1 tablespoon of very hot water
5 inches of kitchen twine
Sanding sugar

Note: Remove the puff pastry, the night before, from the freezer, and transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw. The dough needs to be cold.

Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
On your board, lay out one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the sheet out until it’s 1/8 inch in thickness. You want to make sure it’s large enough to cover the wheel of Brie and come together to be tied at the top. Refer to the pictures above. Transfer the pastry carefully to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Lay the wheel in the center of the rectangle-shaped pastry. Using a spoon, add the jam over the top of the cheese and spread to cover the entire top of the wheel. Next, sprinkle on the chopped walnuts.

Bring each of the sides up to the top collecting them to come together at the top center so it can be tied up like a package. Using the kitchen twine, tie the overlapping pastry at the top together. Using your fingers spread the pastry out where it meets together at the top for presentation. Trim the twine as close as possible so as not to see the string.

Brush the entire pastry package with *egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

In a small bowl, whisk together the apricot jelly and hot water together until there are no lumps. Once the pastry is out of the oven, brush the apricot glaze all over the outside of the pastry. Liberally sprinkle sanding sugar all over. Carefully cut the twine.

Needs to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into. Serve my Puff Pastry Wrapped French Brie Cheese with your favorite crackers.

Italian Sausage, Asparagus, And Fontina Cheese Frittata Muffins

Stuffing Muffins

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Rotisserie Chicken

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Homemade Croutons

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Rotisserie Chicken is a staple in my house. The meals you can pull together, in a pinch, are endless. I’m thinking of a cool crisp salad with warm tender chicken on top, YUM! I find it’s a great way to clean out your frig.

In my refrigerator, I’m seeing some seedless green grapes, strawberries, half a red onion, and one of those bags of mixed greens. This is going to work out just perfectly. Whenever I’m at the grocery store, I always make sure to bring home a pint of those sweet grape tomatoes. I think I’m obsessed with those babies.

Well, I need a huge bowl so everyone can join the party. First, the greens, next to the fruit and tomatoes. Wait!, I need something crunchy. I walk to the pantry and what do you know, walnuts, perfect!  A quick chop and right into the bowl with those. Now I’m thinking about cheese, back to the frig to grab some goat cheese. That soft, creamy, tangy, goodness crumbled all over the top will make this extra special. Now, for the Rotisserie chicken.  I’m adding some warm shredded chicken to the top of the salad. I believe I have a zip-lock baggie of my Homemade Croutons, somewhere,..found them!

A quick and simple lemon vinaigrette dressing to drizzle over the top, a glass of sweet tea and the TV remote. I’d say, this is the perfect ending to a busy day.

Homemade Ciabatta Croutons

Homemade Vinaigrette Recipes- Lemon, Balsamic, And Cilantro Lime


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