Spicy and Sweet: Chipotle Orange Glazed Salmon

Salmon, orange, chipotle...and some potatoes to soak up the juices...lovely!

Cayenne and dark chocolate. Thai chilies and coconut milk. Almonds glazed with red pepper flakes, fennel and sugar. I really enjoy the taste of spicy and sweet together and I particularly love the combination of smoky hot chipotle peppers and the citrusy sweetness of orange.

My local market had a special on salmon fillets the other day, and I was just dying to try my hand at a glaze made from a spicy and sweet duo. I had some chipotles in the fridge left over from making chili and I seem to have a plethora of oranges on hand at all times lately, so using these two for my glaze was a no-brainer. The result was a flavorful salmon dish with a little heat and just the right touch of sweet to temper it, bringing out the sweetness of the salmon itself. Continue reading

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Final Approach Weekend

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been so busy that perhaps you may have missed a few of those clever posts around with wonderful tips and ideas on making your own gifts or tasty foods for the holidays. It’s really hard to keep up, and especially the closer we get to the big festivities.

As I spend this weekend finishing off my gifts for friends and family, and attending a few parties in between, I’d like to just quickly recap some of the foods I’ve made this season for gifts and holiday entertaining. I’m hoping these might offers some inspiration when seen all together and be of help in choosing a recipe for those “what can I make?” moments ahead! Continue reading

Two More for Giving: Provencal Olives and Italian Glazed Almonds

Here are two more EVEN EASIER recipes than the ice box cookies, if you can believe that! Yep, these olives and almonds are super special and unbelievably easy to make. Both of these make great cocktail nibbles to have with any festive libation and are a wonderful hostess gift, too!

Stir all ingredients together, bake and you're done!

Recipe 1 Glazed Red Pepper and Fennel Almonds: I’ve made these almonds for many a year now…all year long, in fact, but they are always welcomed during the holidays and definitely have a festive quality about them. They are so simple and you can whip them up for the weekend for guests, take them to parties, or gift them in pretty jars or bags… and they keep in an airtight container for a week…bonus! They are spicy, I won’t lie to you…and they have a distinctive anise flavor from the fennel, but these are all good things in my book. The combination of ingredients makes a truly harmonious whole, and I’ve yet to encounter anyone who didn’t love these tidbits. Here’s the recipe as I make it. Continue reading