Well, I probably shouldn't do this, but I've started another Blog. Like I don't already spend too much time at the MacBook. As some of you might have guessed, I like to cook and I love to eat. So I thought I'd share my recipes, humble as they may be and an occasional dinner menu at our house. I am somewhat "reluctant" to share this project right now, but caution to the wind. The plan is to be discovered by the Food Network for my cooking show Cranky Franky's in the Kitchen.
Am I ready for critics? Probably not. I know my instructions are not always clear or precise. Let me know if something doesn't make sense. Anyhow, if you're interested, check out "Dinner's Ready"

Monday, June 23, 2014

Grilled Salmon, Green Bean Salad and Cabbage and Fennel Slaw

Summer is the time for grilling and salads. This simple meal is healthy and easy. Prepare the salads ahead of time.

The simple dressing for the beans consists of olive oil, sliced garlic, shredded fresh basil (traditionally made with mint, but Leon does not like mint), ground black pepper, a dash of salt and a splash of white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. (Actually the vinegar can be optional, if you like).

 Clean the green beans. Steam them briefly (al dente) and drain and run under cold water.

Cut the beans and toss in the dressing. Refrigerate.

Hand shred (slice thinly) a medium cabbage - I had green cabbage, but I think this would be great with red cabbage for contrasting colors. I soak the shredded cabbage in vinegar and water while preparing the other ingredients: shred a cup of baby carrots in a chopper or processor; clean a large bulb of fennel, cut and shred in a chopper or processor.

Drain the cabbage but do not rinse. add a pinch of salt, 1-2 teaspoons of sugar, a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise, the shredded fennel and carrots and a small handful of raisins. (I usually add horseradish to my slaw but that would overpower the delicate flavor of the fennel, so I left it out). Refrigerate.

The market had salmon on sale (silverbrite, wild caught - not considered high quality salmon) for $5.99. I bought just over a pound for the two of us. A little black pepper and some blackened seasoning and onto the grill. I find this salmon affordable and tasty.

Let it sizzle with the grill cover closed. Do not turn over. It is done (slightly under-cooked, but not sushi) when the color turns a lighter shade of salmon. 

 A little white wine and dinner's ready!