Cedar Planked Salmon with Thyme-Balsamic Glaze (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Cedar Plank Salmon with Thyme-Balsamic Glaze

We love balsamic vinegar. It goes well with just about any vegetable or protein, and it’s one of our top two go-to seasonings for salmon. With the beautiful weather this weekend, I wanted do something a little different. I wanted to make a balsamic glaze, and I wanted to take advantage of the glorious summer whether and use our grill and cedar planks.

Cedar imparts a beautiful smokey, slightly sweet and earthy flavor to fish and vegetables. By bringing in the balsamic glaze, I hoped to harmoniously blend that flavor with the sweet and tangy richness of the balsamic glaze.  The thyme, I thought, would tame some of the sweetness and help blend the cedar and balsamic flavors well.

I’m pleased to say it worked rather well. We hope you enjoy this new twist on some classic flavors for salmon!
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Easy Squid Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Easy Calamari (Squid) Salad

Squid is an ingredient that I vilified for a large portion of my life—probably until I was in my early teens. My mom’s insistence that I try all foods at least once, as well as a friend whose parents owned a restaurant, turned me on to calamari. There’s also been some recent news chatter about a certain substitute that some restaurants have allegedly been using as a cost savings measure (tldr; some claim pig rectum is being used, but current evidence points to hearsay and urban legend).

When our local supermarket had organically sourced squid, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a dish that didn’t include frying this delicious cephalopod. This salad is light and refreshing, and would easily work as an appetizer or first course, but can also work as a full meal itself. If you’re looking to put together a more exotic meal without a lot of effort, this is certainly a great way to go. Just note that cleaning and preparing squid can be a little time intensive, so if there is an option to buy them pre-cleaned (and you’re in a hurry), take advantage of it.

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Crab Louie Salad Recipe

Crab Louie Salad

The Crab Louie salad, sometimes known as the King of Salads, was something that I was made aware of during a business trip to the San Francisco Bay area. Looking at room service, this salad was one of the few things I could eat, with the exception of the salad dressing. Over my 4 days in San Francisco, this was my main-stay for lunch.

Since then, I learned more about the dish, and how it has been around since the early 1900s and is believed to come from the Bay area (go figure). We attempted to buy Dungeness crab, but alas the crab had spoiled. The good news is we used canned crab meat and it was just as delicious—well, maybe not exactly, but still incredibly tasty and way easier (and cheaper) than the Dungeness crab. This is going to make you a good deal of salad dressing, so be prepared to love salads even more than normal for the next week.
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Crab Stuffed Salmon

Crab-Stuffed Salmon

When thinking up new salmon recipes, we look for inspiration every where, even the local Costco. Costco sells crab-stuffed salmon year-round.  Growing up, my parents would buy it on rare occasions, and it was always delicious.  Heather and I often pick up salmon from Costco, but we’ve never bought the crab-stuffed salmon because we weren’t thrilled by the ingredient list.

Thankfully, we recently perfected our homemade mayonnaise recipe. It works as an amazing binder for recipes just like this one.  We thoroughly recommend this salmon, as it’s a delicious dish that is great for a quiet night at home or for entertaining family and friends.  With very little preparation, you’ll be enjoying this for dinner and wow’ing everyone in no time.
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crab-stuffed-mushroom-recipe

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

This stuffed mushroom recipe came about somewhat in a “kitchen sink” experiment.  We had crab meat in the refrigerator we wanted to use and mushrooms that we bought and needed to be used.

These little crab stuffed mushrooms are delicious, and make a great finger food.  We hope to make it again as soon as we have an opportunity to go to or host a gathering of friends and family.
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