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Raw fish and me? We’re married.

Truth is, I’ve never met a raw fish I didn’t like. Sushi, sashimi, ceviche, oysters, nom nom nom. But because I don’t have a professional fisherperson in my friend group (a position for which I am accepting applications by the way) the only dish I feel confident making at home is ceviche. I tell myself it’s safer from a tummy perspective because the fish “cooks” in the citrus but I honestly don’t have any evidence to back up that claim. It’s never made me sick, so that’s an n of 1 — but whatever, I’m the boss. I’ve also made ceviche before and know that it meets all the Whole 30 requirements so I will probably make it once a week at minimum just so I have something to look forward to. My life is V exciting.

Normally I make it with soy sauce and pickled ginger but those are no-no’s, so this recipe has a bit more apple cider vinegar, a touch of sesame oil and fresh ginger. I also added mango for sweetness — will be continuing that in the future. Also in my plans for eating more mango will be learning how to cut mango.


1. Chop or thinly slice: shallot, jalapeño, onion, mint and/or cilantro

2. Cut into cubes: cucumber, avocado, mango

3. Mix above items in bowl with apple cider vinegar

4. Take skin off salmon (just pull it off, much easier than you think) and cut into cubes

5. Put salmon cubes into separate bowl with lemon and/or lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and finely chopped ginger (normally I would also use soy sauce here, but instead I added a few drops of sesame oil). I also like to add wasabi, but found tonight that this really works much better with the soy sauce.

6. Salmon should be completely covered by the liquid — sit in fridge to “cook” for 10 minutes.

7, In the meantime, I like to crisp up the salmon skin on the stove for a little crunch, if that’s not your thing, maybe add some tortilla chips into the mix? Your call.

8. I put my ceviche over greens, tonight it was kale. Add salt. Then add some more. If your food tastes bleh, 87% of the time it’s because you didn’t season it correctly. Spices are everything.

Jared thought this ceviche was really good, I missed the soy quite a bit. He also wanted to add asparagus (to this and literally everything else we make) so I’ll be carrying on as captain of this ship for now. 3 days down. 20 to go. Math is hard.

Yes, we put kombucha into wine glasses. Cause we classy AF.



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Mustard and Herb Glazed Salmon

Some people like to eat healthy in the summertime because it’s beach season or whatever. I like to make eating healthy a game with cancer. I’m playing my hand, which is strong, so cancer’s going have to work hard to get me. With that said, I live in New York, so there’s no telling the amount of carcinogens that ravage me without me knowing. Because of this, I’m always upping the ante with cancer; my latest re-raise has been adding a serious amount of salmon to my diet. There is a lovely fish market in my neighborhood, so last weekend, we ventured in and purchased some fresh wild salmon. I also bought some yellow potatoes and some red potatoes, some shiitake mushrooms and asparagus for a side dish, which I had to start first for this meal:

Mix potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, thyme and sage. Then into a 450 degree oven.

After 20 minutes, add the mushrooms, then 10 minutes later, add the asparagus and garlic.

I rubbed the salmon with lemon, then topped it with a mixture of: 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp whole grain mustard, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1/2  tsp thyme, some breadcrumbs and a little parmesan cheese.

You can either take the side dish out or leave it in when you put the salmon in (depends on how well-done you like veggies), but the salmon goes in at the same temperature (450) for about 12-15 minutes. A little tip: just keep an eye on it, a minute or two can make or break the doneness of this delicate fish.

Top salmon with mustard, rosemary, thyme, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese (optional).

It’s silly that I captioned the photo “cheese (optional)” because everything on this blog is “optional.” I view all recipes as merely jumping off points, ripe for adjustments and modifications. I do hope you’ll view these recipes in a similar manner. Remember: Can’t nobody teach you how to do you; you just gotta do you.

Delicious + Healthy = WINNING!

Suck it, cancer.


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A Passover Seder

This was a very busy weekend for anyone who celebrates either Passover or Easter and an especially busy weekend for people who celebrate both! In my case, we celebrated two Seders and an Easter dinner, all of which were very special. The first of these, a Seder for the first night of Passover, was at the home of my mother and father-in-law-without-nuptiuals, who knowing my love of cooking, were gracious enough to let me help them cook! Mazel Tov to me!

First the veggie stock: onions, carrots, parsnips, water. Let simmer.

Then drop in the matzah balls and let them expand in the liquid.







First we made the matzah ball soup. I got the honor of mixing the matzah balls, which we made whole wheat and I also tended to the stock, which was completely veggie.

Salmon marinated in a balsamic reduction with lemons and herbs.

I got tricked into cutting up the beets... purple hands all night.







The salmon was the only non-veggie item at this seder and it was tender and delicious. These beets were also used to paint the horseradish red. A little tip, by the way, about dealing with fresh horseradish: open a window, open a door, get some goggles and warn the household, cause that stuff is NO JOKE.

Roasted vegetables, salmon, pesto lasagna, homemade horseradish, Mmmm...

This is the cutest seder plate all filled in. So lovely!







The pesto lasagna used matzah as pasta, had mushrooms and was insanely delicious. My favorite part of any meal in this home: the spinach salad with homemade tahini-lemon dressing… Mmmmm…

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend and whatever traditions you observe! L’Chaim!


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