Spice Rubbed Roasted Salmon With Pear And Arugula Salad


One of the benefits of living in the pacific northwest is the availability of fresh salmon. Salmon is probably one of my favorite types of fish. It is so versatile, with it’s rich meaty texture, it can be prepared so many different ways.

Rubbed with spices and roasted or grilled is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook this pink beauty. Cook up a whole side with the skin on. When the salmon is done, you can lift it right off of the skin with a spatula. This will also help keep the salmon moist when roasting in the oven or cooking on the grill.


Salmon cooks quickly (about 12 minutes depending on thickness), so be sure to not overcook it.

I served up this spicy salmon with a cool, crisp pear and arugula salad and garlic mashed potatoes. Yum!

Spice Rubbed Roasted Salmon:

  • 1-1/2 pounds wild sockeye salmon
  • olive oil
  • fresh lemon wedges

Spice Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground corriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a sheet pan with foil. Place salmon, skin side down, onto the foil lined sheet pan. Rub salmon with a bit of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

In a bowl thoroughly combine spice rub ingredients. Rub spice mixture evenly over the top of the salmon.

Place salmon on the middle rack of a 400 degree preheated oven. Roast salmon until just cooked through. (Do not overcook) Salmon will cook in about 12 minutes depending on the thickness. Once it is done place under the broiler to brown the top nicely. About 2 minutes.

Serve with Pear and Arugula Salad (recipe in previous post) and garlic mashed potatoes or rice pilaf.



Wine pairings: Oregon Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Unoaked Chardonnay, Dry Rose’


Road Trip to Seattle: The Eagles, Pumpkin Muffins and Pike Place Market



It seems that as we get older, time just seems to fly by like the wind. A gust (life happens) comes along and before you know it another month has just flown by. Where did it go? what the heck happened? Wasn’t it just October 1st yesterday!??

Since time is definitely not standing still, I have decided to start marking things off that bucket list. My list is quite long so, if i’m going to see and do all of the stuff on my list, I need to get moving on this thing.

The Eagles happen to be one of my all time favorite bands and I had never seen them live. When I found out they were coming to Seattle (about 4 hours drive from Portland) I just knew that this was my chance. I had to go!

I got the tickets, my friend Denise booked the train ride(the train stops right at the stadium where the concert was being held) and here brother just happened to have a place in the city where we could stay. It was perfect!

After a long month of waiting, concert day had finally arrived. We were so excited to get out of town and have some fun. We packed wine and yummy snacks (Cheeses, salami, fruit, crackers and chocolate) for the relaxing train ride.


Yummy Pumpkin Muffins, Delicious with a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Denise made some delicious pumpkin muffins to take, as well. With a stop by the coffee drive up to pick up some lattes, we were on our way. Her husband drove us to the train station and dropped us off. The excitement was booming!


At the station

After about 15 minutes at the train station, we find out that the train was cancelled. What??? Who cancels a train??!! Ok, time for plan B. Denise gets her money refunded, calls her husband, he picks us up, we drive to her house to drop him off, we are now driving to Seattle. Road Trip!


Once we arrived, we dropped off our bags, called a Lyft and made it to the show with 30 or so minutes to spare. Time enough to stop by the Beer Garden before heading in.

We made our way inside and found our seats. The show started shortly after we sat down. Opening act, The Doobie Brothers. I had seen them before, several years back, they were still just as great.

The lights went down and suddenly I hear that impeccable harmony. Seven bridges road was the opening song. It was a beautiful thing.

They introduce Deacon Frye (The late Glenn Frye’s son) he does a beautiful rendition of his father’s song “take it easy”. My eyes start to well up.

A song or two later they introduce Vince Gill ( also singing some of Glenn’s songs). He does a beautiful rendition as well of “Take it to the Limit”. Tears are now flowing.

The great music and tears continue as Don Henley chokes up a bit when he talks about his late friend and the song that they wrote together.

Then they did a showcase of songs by Joe Walsh. Some from the Eagles and some from his solo and James Gang works. This did not disappoint. He looked great, sounded great and rocked the place.

The show was an emotional rollercoaster for me, It was like a tribute of the amazing talent of each individual member, a memorial of a friend that had passed and a comeback story all rolled into one. Needless to say, it was Awesome!

After the show we decided to look for a place to eat. We were famished, since we did not get to have our leisurely meal on the train as planned.

Note to self, eat first next time because everything around the stadium seemed to close at midnight. On a Saturday night, mind you. after roaming the streets and asking several passersby we finally found a pub that was still open and serving food. The struggle was real, guys.

The next day we decided to take a trip over to the Pike Place Market before heading back home.



It was a beautiful day and the market was bustling with people. We walked around a bit before deciding on a little German deli for lunch. Bavarian Meats


Denise had a Brat on a bun with sauerkraut and I decided to be adventurous and try the curry sausage. Beer sausage with a curry ketchup sauce and served with fries. It was delicious and different.

For dessert, after browsing the endless amount of options, we opted for a little French pastry shop and coffee. Le Panier , another amazing choice.


After drooling over the cases of sumptuous pastries, I decided on the Amondine.

Amandine: Criossant with Crème d’amande inside, with toasted almonds and a cappuccino.

YUMMY!!! My life was complete. Time to head back home and mark one off my bucket list. It was a wonderful trip with a wonderful friend. Here are a few more scenes from the Market and check out the Pumpkin Muffin recipe at the link below. Denise added a few chocolate chips to each muffin. Delish!   Pumpkin Muffins.

Pumpkin Pecan Crunch Muffins: (Recipe by Jennifer Segal @ once upon a chef)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each: ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-15 ounce can 100% pure pumpkin

For the topping:

  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • heaping 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two standard muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Begin with the topping: Combine the flour, butter, demerara sugar, chopped pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl. The mixture will be quite wet. Set aside.
  • Move on to the muffins: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at low speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; continue beating at medium speed until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary. Turn the speed down to low and mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to transfer batter to muffin pans, filling each muffin tin about ¾ full. Using your hands, divide the topping evenly over the batter. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let the muffins cool on rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely (use a butter knife to lift them out of pan).

Add a few chocolate chips to each muffin before cooking.




Banana Blueberry Bread


This summer seems to have flown by and fall is right around the corner. It’s time to use up summer’s bounty. What will you be doing? Canning? Freezing? Baking?


I love baking in the fall. The cooler, crisp air, fall leaves and the scent of warm spice coming from the oven, warms the soul.

I found this banana bread recipe in a cookbook called “Beyond grits and gravy”. I made a few changes to it to suit my taste and then added fresh blueberries because bananas and blueberries are “Yum” together!


This is, quite possibly, my favorite banana bread recipe. Chalked full of banana chunks and walnuts and bursting with juicy blueberries, this is the most simple and delicious bread ever.


Banana Blueberry Bread:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • juice and grated rind of an orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 4 large bananas, 3 mashed and 1 cut into small chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients, fold in 1 cup fresh blueberries. Bake in greased and floured loaf pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.