Letters from Guys In the Trenches

Well, it’s happening.  Some of my blog followers are sending me comments, ideas and photos of their cooking prowess.  I’m inspired by what I’ve heard and seen, and I know you will be too.  For those of you still contemplating that moment when inspiration meets physical action, I hope this blog will help make that connection a reality.

Mike D’s Salmon Over Mixed Greens and Balsamic Sauce

This weekend, Mike D sent me this photo.  He used the Salmon recipe I recently blogged (“Appreciating The Many Talents of Salmon”) and added sesame seeds to lightly cover the salmon before putting it in the oven before baking.  He also added fresh black pepper, a little cayenne and lime juice.  What a great idea!  He also added some balsamic vinigar and EVOO to the sauce.  As you can see Mike is not afraid to experiment and explore new flavors, and that makes his recipes ‘his own’.  I’m sure that his combination of spices and addition kicked my basic salmon recipe up at least one notch, if not two.  Way to go Mike! I’m going to try those additions next time I do salmon.   He also let me know he had always grilled his salmon in the past and was trying the baking method for the first time.  As you can see, he presented the salmon on a salad of mixed greens, pepper rings and fresh cheese slices.  Obviously, Mike took the basic recipe and added imagination and creativity for what looks like an amazing weekend dinner or lunch.  THAT is what this blog is all about!  While Mike was a little shy about me sharing the photo with you, it looks perfect to me.  Wish I could have been there to share it with him.

On the same day, my friend Geoff sent me a text to let me know he had tried the same salmon recipe, but instead of baking it in the oven, he pan fried it in a cast iron skillet on the side of the outdoor grill.  Another great idea that keeps the kitchen cool while the chef is working his magic on a perfect day for cooking outdoors.  He also told me his wife loved the salmon.  THAT too is what this blog is all about!

Trey’s Cherry Balsmic Marlin, Grilled Vegies and Bruschetta

Yesterday, I got this photo from Trey.  Cherry balsamic grilled Marlin, with grilled vegetables and bruschetta!!  Holy macheral (pun intended!), Trey get’s it! The dish presentation alone is just spectacular, with bright and appealing colors and a variety of fresh foods superbly prepared.  I’m already begging him to send me the Marlin recipe, and when he does, (and he will!), I’ll pass it along to you.  In case you didn’t notice the East End Brewery Growler in the photo, I did.  Trey really knows how to kick things up!  He’s the real deal!  He didn’t tell me how his guest reacted to his cooking prowess, but I know her, and I know she thinks he’s a great guy alreay, and with a dinner like that, she has to think he’s special too.  Oh yeah!  That is what this blog is about!  [Note:  Trey and Ashley were married about a year after this blog was posted.]

Good work Mike, Geoff and Trey.  You are inspiring others to giving home cooking a Shot!  Keep your ideas and photos coming, and I’ll keep sharing them!

So this is a coed blog.  Ladies please send me your favorite ideas, recipes and photos and I’ll post them!  Promise.



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