Wednesday, August 6, 2014


One thing I have really been making a concerted effort at is cooking more. I am 29 years old, living on a pretty strict budget, so eating out is not something I should be doing particularly often, and it is moderately embarrassing to have functional cooking skills at my age.

My ex was a great cook - I seem to be drawn to men who are. But, as I keep saying, time for some changes. I can be a great cook too. The very best cooks seem to not need recipes to make a lot of their best dishes. As it turns out, that is something I can do too, given a task simple enough.

One of my favorite dishes is salmon. Part of why I love it is that even fairly inept cooks can make it and it tastes good. I have been baking it with a little salt and pepper for years. I have also used plain Kraft Zesty Italian to marinate it, which is also pretty tasty. But by far the best way is with a dill yogurt sauce. Nothing revolutionary, but I didn't use a recipe for the one I made.

It is easy:
6oz plain greek yogurt
About 1tsp dried dill (really, however much or little as you want)
About 1/2 tsp garlic powder (1-2 cloves of fresh)
About 1tbsp white vinegar

Mix all together, and let sit in the fridge for at least a few hours so the flavors have a chance to really meld together. Then slather the sauce over the top of the salmon and let it marinate a little while. Bake as usual, which for me is usually 20-25mins at 350 degrees. When you take it out, excess moisture will be drawn out and the sauce will taste like herbed cheese. If you like goat cheese, you will love this.

If you don't normally think of yourself as a good cook, you'll love it even more.

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