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A yummy recipe and other tales

Tonight I made another recipe from Carol’s new book, but I will get to that momentarily.

The Stepson drove his car up here for the first time yesterday. He fixed it up with help from his grandfather and stepdad. I am quite proud of him – we were afraid we were going to see a rust-bucket when he finally got it up here.

Somebody has new clothes.

Ever think about buying a dog car seat? They’re ridiculously expensive. The Gidge doesn’t like to ride in the car unless she can see out the windows, so when we go somewhere, she’s riding in my lap, putting her paws on the steering wheel, and just generally getting in the way of safe driving. So I started looking into a car seat for her.

I can’t remember what the website was that put it into my head that I could make one. But it’s simple – buy a tote big enough around for the dog to lay down comfortably, cut holes in it for the seatbelt to feed through, fill it with foam, and put a cover on it. That’s exactly what I did, and this is what I ended up with.

I attached a thin leash to the headrest of the seat and have now gotten a harness for her to wear and to hook it to (when we tested it out last night, I was afraid she was going to hang herself if she tried to jump off the seat). On the test drive, she whimpered for the first couple of blocks because she couldn’t get at me, but once she realized she could see out the windows…. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a success!

I have begun wearing aprons when I cook. More often than not, I am wearing a white shirt. I make a mess when I cook.

I have a lot of stained white shirts.

I had one apron with my name on it that I got years ago, but I wanted a couple more. Here’s the latest:

This is the last recipe I will post from “Gluten-Free Quick & Easy.” Honestly, this book has a lot of good stuff in it and I bet I will find more that I enjoyed as much as I did this one. The salsa has just a tinge of sweetness from honey so it went with the salmon wonderfully.

I changed things a bit to suit what I had in the house, so I have added those changes in italics.

Teriyaki Salmon with Tomato-Cucumber Salsa
From “Gluten-Free Quick & Easy” by Carol Fenster, PhD


4 (4 ounce) salmon fillets
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (I used this)

Tomato-cucumber salsa:

1/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 diced English cucumber (I used a normal cucumber from the garden)
1 tbsp rice vinegar (I used regular distilled white vinegar)
1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
1 tsp canola oil or sesame oil (I used canola)
1/4 tsp table salt (I used sea salt)
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp chopped fresh mint (I skipped because I didn’t have any)

Place the salmon in a heavy-duty food storage bag. Add the teriyaki sauce, seal the bag, and refrigerate, making sure that the salmon is coated with the marinade.

Combine all the salsa ingredients in a small bowl, tossing well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate if you are making it several hours ahead. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Heat a grill to medium (I used a plain ol’ frying pan). Remoe the salmon from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the salmon, skin side down, until it reaches the desired degree of doneness. Remove the salmon from the heat and serve immediately with the salsa.

Go get the book. Really.

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6 thoughts on “A yummy recipe and other tales

  1. This recipe sounds really delicious. I generally just use my gluten free cookbooks for baked good recipes, and then use my other cookbooks for savory dishes, but you might just make me change my mind with this one! Now I’m really curious to see Carol Fenster’s book in person…

    (with my own gluten free blog at

  2. It is good to hear a possitive review for a new cookbook. I am notorious for buying cookbooks and then never using them. Bad habit. One I must break.

    Did you ever make it over to Joyful’s Cafe?

  3. The salmon looks delicious. I love Gidge’s new clothes. Everyone should get new clothes once in a while.

  4. Sea, I usually do the same, but since they sent it to me, I figured I should try it. I am going to keep picking stuff to try; I am pretty impressed with this book.

    Shannon, nope – haven’t made it to Joyful’s yet. Dang it.

    Lea, yes, everyone needs new clothes!

  5. That is a nice looking car. I’m wondering what the make, model, and year are?
    The salmon is nice looking too. Even if I had mint, I wouldn’t use it. Cilantro seems more appropriate.

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