salmon cakes with lemon dill sauce

salmon cakes with lemon dill sauce

Have you ever walked by the canned fish isle and thought, "oh my god, that looks amazing"? Yeah me neither. But I have figured out a way to make a can of salmon pretty damn delicious. Salmon cakes are one of the simplest dishes you can make with a can of salmon and a few other ingredients. 

Once upon a time, I used to make these cakes with breadcrumbs and saltines. But when I completely overhauled my diet, I had to find a way to make them taste great without all the added gluten. Admittedly it took a few tries to nail the recipe down.

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sausage, veggie and caulirice fry-up

sausage, veggie and caulirice fry-up

I have a pretty lengthy commute to and from work. 114.4 miles, but who's counting? I'm used to it and on most days doesn't bother me much. I have uninterrupted time to think (a favorite pastime activity), listen to inspiring podcasts and of course music. 

So in my head I'm laying out the evening which goes a little something like this: Okay so I'll get home, make the recipe I've been trying to post for weeks, give kids a bath..errrr..suddenly all traffic comes to a complete halt and stays that way for well over an hour. Panicked and anxious, I try to listening to a podcast and fail. I can't recall a single word. Okay, let's try music, music is always good...calming, calm, relaxing. SHIT THIS ISN'T WORKING! So the intrusive thoughts continue. My family will starve, the kids are going to be sleep deprived, what will happen to my post? Damn it, everything is falling apart. 

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sweet potato toast with egg and avocado

sweet potato toast with egg and avocado

I've been buying free range eggs for years, as I'm convinced they not only taste better but nutritionally are far better than regular, Plus there is the ethical part. There's something about knowing that an animal is not being held in confinement that just makes me feel more at peace with eating animal products. While free range eggs are more expensive, I do feel they're worth the money. 

A few months ago, I've upped the ante and started buying eggs directly from the farm. I'm lucky to have one not too far from me that sells free range, organic, unpasteurized eggs. The whole experience of actually going to the farm and getting eggs, is one I look forward to and one my children equally enjoy. 

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roasted butternut squash soup

roasted butternut squash soup

I truly love fall. Especially fall soups. This one, I created back in 2007, when I first started toying around with cooking. It still is one of my favorite recipes of all time and a go to in cooler weather. I've made it more than probably any other recipe.

One year, my office decided to hold a Thanksgiving potluck. Despite some trepidation, I decided I would join in on the cooking and not just on the eating. The idea of people critiquing my food felt quite uncomfortable but decided to pitch in despite these feelings. 

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roasted sweet potatoes with ginger, cumin and coriander

roasted sweet potatoes with ginger, cumin and coriander

One of my favorite foods aside from avocado, is probably sweet potato. I make it more than I can tell you and I've tried to come up with ways to keep it creative. That doesn't always work but there are some recipes that just stand out. This one did it for me. The proof? My 4 year old son, grabbing them hot off the roasting sheet while I'm trying to plate food. Now, mind you, my son is a rather picky eater, which of course is devastating for me but I'm hopeful that it's only a phase. But I digress. Needless to say, these sweet potatoes were a real hit in my house and will be making an appearance on many a night. 

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