HONEY – GLAZED & SPICY WILD SALMON FILET TOPPED WITH SRIRACHA – DICED RED BELL PEPPER – CHOPPED GREEN ONIONS IN A LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Almost too pretty to eat, but do it anyway. . .

For 2:

–wild salmon filet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled; be sparing)

–sriracha sauce (3 tablespoons, bottled, placed in ribbons across the salmon)

–red bell pepper (one-quarter pepper, diced, fresh)

–green onions (ready – prepared, one-quarter cup; or 3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  Squirt with lemon juice, and then add clam juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle honey and sriracha sauce on top.  Finish with red bell pepper, green onions, and extra virgin olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon fillet hot.

–recipe inspired by C. Mabry, chef.

BAKED WILD COD IN LEMON & CLAM JUICE SERVED WITH CHILLED & PUREED MUSTARD RELISH OF DIJON – HONEY – PARSLEY – CAPERS – LEMON – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

An easy and good zing with cod. . .

For 2:

–cod (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–clam juice (bottled, one-eighth cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–Dijon mustard (bottled, 4 tablespoons)

–honey (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, minced)

–capers (bottled, 4 tablespoons)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

1 – Place cod in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice and sprinkle with lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  (Cod is done when it begins to break apart.)

2 – While cod is baking, add Dijon mustard, honey, minced parsley, capers, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil to a food processor.  Pulse until minced.

3 – Serve the cod hot, with the relish beside the cod, chilled.

–relish adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

A Simple Dinner:  POACHED WILD SALMON L’ORANGE IN SAUCE OF ORANGE JUICE – ORANGE ZEST – HONEY – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & TOPPED WITH FRESH PARSLEY

Mouth-watering salmon with a subtle kick. . .

–wild salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–orange juice (one-half cup)

–orange zest (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–honey (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)

–fresh parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish.  In a small bowl, place orange juice, orange zest, honey, and extra virgin olive oil.  Stir briskly, and then quickly pour over the salmon.  Season with salt, pepper, and top with fresh parsley.

2 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Salmon is better if slightly undercooked, just flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipe Book:  Delightful Salmon Recipes Made Easy for Beginners (a kindle e-book).

ZESTY SALMON WITH SAUCE OF HONEY – LEMON – APPLE JUICE – MAPLE SYRUP – ORANGE JUICE – MINCED GARLIC – ORANGE ZEST ATOP JASMINE RICE

Note: This is a very delicate, mild sauce.  For more flavor, increase orange zest to 1 tablespoon (recommended).

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–honey (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 squirts, bottles)

–apple juice (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–maple syrup (one-third cup, bottled)

–orange juice (one-third cup, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add maple syrup, apple juice, and orange juice, and stir.  Drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, orange zest, and olive oil.  Place minced garlic on top.  Finish with honey drizzled over the top.

2 – Microwave for 7 minutes on high.  Salmon is better if cooked medium rare.

3- Serve the salmon hot, atop jasmine rice (1 cup rice, with 1 and three-quarters cup water, microwaved, covered, for 5 minutes on high, and then 10 minutes on 50 percent power).

–salmon adapted from Salmon, the Cookbook (a kindle e-book).

A Winner:  GLAZED SALMON WITH HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC SPRINKLED WITH SESAME SEEDS AND IN A RED WINE & SOY SAUCE

Note:  Originally intended as a glaze for grilling outside.

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–ginger (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–sesame seeds (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-eighth cup)

–soy sauce (low sodium, bottled, one-eighth cup)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with red wine and soy sauce.  Season with honey, ginger, and mined garlic.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste and sesame seeds.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  (Salmon is best if cooked medium rare.)

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–adapted to the microwave from a recipe of friends in Marion, Illinois.

SALMON ORANGE WITH ORANGE ZEST – ORANGE JUICE – SOY SAUCE – HONEY – GINGER – MINCED GARLIC & TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–orange zest (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–orange juice (juice of 1 fresh orange squeezed)

–soy sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–honey (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–ginger (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (fresh, 2, chopped)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the soy sauce.  Squeeze 1 orange for its juice, atop the salmon.  Season with orange zest, pepper, minced garlic, honey, ginger, and olive oil.  Sprinkle 2 chopped stalks of green onion atop the salmon.

2 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  Salmon should be flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

GLAZED CHICKEN CHERRIES WITH CHERRY PIE FILLING – HONEY – MOLASSES – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – SLICED SWEET ONION ATOP JASMINE RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–cherry pie filling (one-half can, not drained)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–molasses (3 tablespoons)

–balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)

–sweet onion (one-half, sliced)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions for microwaving; brands differ)

1 – Place the cherry pie filling, honey, molasses, balsamic vinegar, and onion in a covered baking dish.  Add olive oil to taste.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Nestle the chicken amid the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

2 – Microwave the chicken and sauce for 8 minutes on high.  When finished, test a center piece of doneness.  If not ready, microwave on high for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the jasmine rice.

–chicken inspired by “sugar dish me” cooking blog.

ITALIAN CHICKEN ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS WITH ONION – CAYENNE – PINE NUTS – CHIVES IN A HONEY – RED WINE – BROTH SAUCE ATOP BABY DUTCH POTATOES

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–cayenne (one-quarter teaspoon)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–breadcrumbs (one-third cup, boxed, plain)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (1 cup dry)

1 – Slice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces.  Place in a covered baking dish with 1 inch of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes on high.

2 – Place the honey, red wine, and chicken broth in a covered baking dish.  Add sliced onion.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Meanwhile, place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.  Pour in breadcrumbs.  Shake well.

4 – Place the breaded chicken in the sauce.  Season with cayenne.  Top with pine nuts and chives.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot, atop the potatoes.

–chicken adapted from “chicken agrodulce” at the Bravo! restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.

CHICKEN TENDERS & SLICED FRESH PEAR SPRINKLED WITH FETA & PINE NUTS IN A SAUCE OF HONEY – BALSAMIC VINEGAR – WHITE WINE ATOP BASMATI RICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–pear (medium, fresh, retain skin, slice)

–feta cheese (3 tablespoons, packaged)

–pine nuts (half a small package)

–honey (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–balsamic vinegar (3 tablespoons, bottled)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–basmati rice (packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the white wine in a covered baking dish.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Place chicken tenders in the wine, leaving enough room between to add pear slices.  Place the pear slices between each piece of chicken.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place balsamic vinegar and honey.  Stir well.  Pour the sauce atop the chicken.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle feta cheese and pine nuts on top.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Prepare basmati rice according to package instructions, because brands differ.

4 – Microwave the chicken for 9 minutes on high.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness; if not cooked, replace in the microwave for at least 1 and one-half minute more.

5 – Serve the chicken and pear atop the basmati rice.

–chicken, pear, and sauce inspired by “The Cookie Rookie” cooking blog.

GLAZED SALMON WITH GINGER – MINCED GARLIC – SESAME SEEDS IN TERIYAKI – HONEY – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Note:  A return to the microwave.

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–ginger (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–teriyaki sauce (one-third cup)

–honey (one-third cup)

–clam juice (one-third cup)

–sesame seeds (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add the clam juice.  Set aside.

2 – In a small mixing bowl, place the teriyaki sauce, honey, and a few drops of olive oil.  Stir in minced garlic.  Stir well.  Then pour over the salmon.

3 – Sprinkle pepper and ginger atop the salmon.  Finish with sesame seeds.

4 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

–salmon adapted from “Sally’s Baking Addiction” web site.