Sauteed Spinach

    Hi there :] O & I love sauteed veggies. They are easy, quick, delicious, and filled with nutrients!! This week at Costco we got a giant box of organic baby spinach…so thus begins the spinach series…you may be seeing spinach pop up a lot in our dishes to come!


■ Enough EVOO to nicely coat the pan

■ A LARGE bowl of spinach

■ Salt to taste

■ Pepper to taste


    Coat the bottom of a large saute pan with EVOO. Dump the bowl of Spinach into the pan, and coat lightly with salt and pepper. Stir the leaves around occasionally to mix them up, ensuring all pieces get cooked.

The leaves will begin to whither, and continue until they have shrunk to about 1/8 their original size.

mmmm… I think this might be my new favorite thing!

It’s been a productive weekend for cooking. Friday evening I made spinach, rice, and butternut squash. Last evening I made latkes and my wife made borscht. We ate all the rest of the latkes for breakfast, but we had some borscht left to go with the chicken shawarma and spinach I made for dinner tonight, with just enough left over for the bento. Oh, and I made applesauce with the giant bag of old apples we got from the farm share to make room for the giant bag of new apples we got last Thursday (I guess this year has been a bumper season for apples), and my wife made an extremely delicious applesauce cake out of it. 


Put on some gloves and get cooking with nettles! A prickly spring delicacy, they are the richest vegetable source of both iron and protein.

Nettle & Whipped Ricotta Crostini from San Francisco Gate

Pesto d’urtica (Nettle Pesto) from Food52

Spinach-Nettle Omelet with Onion Soubise from Martha Stewart

Stinging Nettle & Sour Sorrel Soup from Food52

Sauteed Stinging Nettles from Chow

Tagliatelle with Nettle and Pine Nut Sauce from MyRecipes

All recipes found at today’s Fresh Picks!

St. Patty's Day, Light and Easy

This easy St. Patrick’s entree of salmon glazed with Guinness Extra Stout saves time and calories – leaving you a little extra (time and calories) to drink more beer!  Photo:  Bruce Winland

I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a little early this year by bottling beer and eating a little corned beef at the requisite Irish pub.  Now that I feel like I need to spend the rest of the week “drying out” at the gym, I decided to break with my Irish-American roots and forgo cooking my traditional corned beef.  Instead, I’m lightening up a bit with an even more traditional Irish dish – salmon.

Salmon is big business on the coast of Ireland and an Irish staple.  You’ll find salmon on just about every Irish menu and served at most traditional Irish celebrations –  along with lamb stew, Irish bacon, potato and leek soup, cabbage and, of course Guinness.  Corned beef really doesn’t play a big role in Irish cooking (in Ireland, that is).  In fact, corned beef wasn’t associated with the Irish until the turn of the century (20th that is) when Irish immigrants to the U.S., who couldn’t afford the more traditional Irish bacon, adopted and adapted Jewish corned beef for their new fix. 

While salmon is not always my favorite fish, a nice fillet sourced from an excellent purveyor and prepared with something as enticing as Guinness definitely strikes my fancy.  I actually dreamed up this recipe after a reader commented on last year’s post for Guinness Stout Muffins.  She noted that she loved the idea of cooking with Guinness and wanted to try something with salmon.  The marinade/glaze I came up with is so simple, you’ll go from kitchen to table in less than a half hour…  which gives you more time to drink beer! 

However, if you absolutely must get your corned beef fix (mom!), check out last year’s post for corned beef ideas (hint:  boil the veggies separately!).

The toasted hazelnut topping adds a crunchy, buttery balance to the bittersweet taste of the Guinness glaze and the rich fish. Photo:  Bruce Winland

Recipe:  Guiness Glazed Salmon

Serves 4


1 ½ lbs. Wild Salmon, divided into 6 oz. fillets

½ cup Guiness Extra Stout

½ cup honey

2 Tbl. brown sugar

2 Tbl. low sodium soy sauce

3 Tbl. dry mustard

1 Tbl. fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, smashed and coarsely sliced

1 tsp. espresso flavored sea salt*

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

chopped hazelnuts

* You can find espresso flavored salt at a specialty store like The Filling Station at Chelsea Market in NYC (where they call it Espresso Brava) or you can create your own by combining ½ tsp. finely ground espresso beans and ½ tsp. of coarse sea salt.


Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Add the salmon, skin side up.  Cover and leave at room temperature for 10 - 15 minutes.  Prepare a grill to medium-high heat or heat oven to 350° to roast.  Remove salmon fillets, reserving marinade, and place skin side down on a piece of aluminum foil or roasting pan (if oven cooking) lightly coated with olive oil.  Strain reserved marinade into a medium sauce pan (you can discard the garlic or chop it and use it to saute vegetables as a side dish) and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and stir until sauce is slightly thick and reduced to about a ½ cup.

Brush glaze on the top of the salmon and place salmon on grill (or oven).  Continue to brush with glaze as you cook each side for about 4 minutes each on grill, 7 minutes each in oven or until center is still rare (it will continue cooking when you remove from heat).  Top with hazelnuts.

Serve over garlic-sauteed spinach and purple potatoes mashed with horseradish for a twist on the classic.  Enjoy with a nice pint of Guinness.

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Homemade Chinese "Take-Out"

I wanted to make something that was closer to home, but still beyond what I’ve done before. So what was on the menu this previous Saturday night?

  • garlic fried rice with scallions
  • sauteed garlic spinach with soy sauce
  • dry-rubbed Chinese five spice tofu with shredded garlic and ginger, deep fried in peanut oil

New ingredient used: Chinese five-spice seasoning

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    Time: 5 minutes 

    What you need: 

    2 eggs

    ½ cup of spinach 

    ½ cup of brown mushrooms 

    Salt and pepper

    How to make it:

    1. Beat eggs in a bowl, season with black pepper and salt. 
    2. Cut mushrooms in half. 
    3. In a pan, sauté spinach and mushrooms on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. 
    4. Add the beaten eggs and scramble together with spinach and mushrooms.
    5. Ready to serve!