Open-Faced Salmon and Avocado BLTs

Salmon, avocado, and bacon… what’s not to love? This recipe is perfect for nights that you just need to whip something up quickly with little effort. Although I will warn you, it’s not exactly an easy meal to eat. It can get quite messy because it is open-faced!   Ingredients: 4 (1-ounce) slices diagonally cut ciabatta or rustic Italian bread 4 center-cut bacon slices 4 (4-ounce) sustainable salmon fillets, skinned (about 3/4 inch thick) 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 4 Bibb (Boston, butterhead) lettuce leaves 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices tomato, halved 1/2 peeled ripe avocado, cut into 8 slices 4 lemon wedges

Grilled Octopus Salad

A while back, I was given the opportunity to visit Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. Naturally, I jumped at the chance. Davio’s has been a staple in the Philadelphia food scene for a while now. Located in Rittenhouse Square, Davio’s still seems to be a bit of a hidden gem due to it’s location on the second floor of a building, although it isn’t difficult to find (the entrance on 17th Street is clearly marked). The restaurant is known just as much for it’s service and ambiance as it is it’s delicious food. The staff really know how to make your night feel special. The dining room’s large windows and tall ceilings add to the traditional and comfortable feel of the restaurant — it is located in the historic Provident Bank Building. The space is also equipped with a bar that I hear is quite a popular destination for happy hour.   My entire meal was absolutely delicious. Every dish seemed to be better than the last! I have included a run down of everything we ate (we basically needed to be rolled out of the building) and I also wanted to try my hand at one of the specials they … Continue reading

Cavatappi Pasta with Salmon and Sauteed Fennel

  Just because the weather is warming up, doesn’t mean I’m willing to give up pasta. But pasta with a traditional meat sauce is a bit … heavy on hot days. This recipe from Cooking Light is a lighter take while still giving me my carb fix.     The recipe uses fennel two ways to make use of both parts of the plant. The bulb is sliced and sauteed, adding a delicate flavor to the dish. The fronds (the feathery leafy part) is used as a garnish to give another faint taste of anise to the meal. The stalks (the part that looks like celery – not used in this recipe) can be saved and used when making stock — what a useful plant!       Ingredients: 8 ounces uncooked cavatappi 1 lb skinless salmon fillets 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 cups sliced fennel bulb (about 2 fennel bulbs) 1 cup vertically sliced onion 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup dry white wine Fennel fronds, for garnish

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