A full life in moderation.

Archive for April, 2013

In a mood….

“When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”

~Shunryu Suzuki

Anger, who needs it?

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”



Onion-Ginger Salmon

Great way to get your good fats! This salmon recipe is easy and delicious.


1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Cup lime juice (about 4 limes juiced)

1 small onion, chopped

2 tsp tarragon

1 Tbs salt

2 tsp fresh ginger, grated (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)

2 gloves garlic, minced (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)

Dash of red pepper flakes

1-1.5lbs fresh salmon (I love King, but any variety will work)


Combine all ingredients in bowl. Place salmon, skin side down, in baking dish. Pour marinade over top of salmon and let sit for 30 minutes. Drain marinade, reserving onions/ginger/garlic. Place onion mixture back on top of salmon. Bake salmon at 425 degrees for 25-45 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of fish.

Serve salmon and delicious onion mixture with baked or roasted potatoes.

Roasted Chicken with Olives, Mushrooms and Herbs

This is my father’s brilliant attempt to duplicate the roast chicken from the Union Hotel in Occidental, California. Make sure the chicken is well trimmed of excess skin and fat so the sauce won’t be greasy.


6 Chicken Thighs
6 to 8 oz. Crimini mushrooms, quartered

1/3C Lemon juice
One 6oz can whole pitted black olives
Large handful fresh rosemary; strip leaves to yield 1/3 cup. Reserve 3 or 4 large sprigs 1 teaspoonful fresh thyme
1 Tablespoonful fresh Oregano
1⁄2 teaspoonful ground pepper
1 teaspoonful Kosher salt
7 peeled garlic cloves
1 Tablespoonful extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 T minced Italian parsley


To make marinade: in food processer, combine lemon juice, 1⁄2 cup olives, rosemary leaves, thyme, oregano, pepper, salt, garlic and olive oil. Process until finely pureed, then add wine and process until well blended.

In a ceramic or glass baking dish, combine marinade, chicken, remaining whole olives, and mushrooms. Mix well, top with rosemary sprigs, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 and up to 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place baking dish in oven (complete with marinade, chicken and other ingredients). Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncover, remove rosemary sprigs, and bake for an additional one hour and 15 minutes. Baste and turn chicken pieces every 15 minutes.

When done, remove chicken, mushrooms and olives from baking dish. Reserve remaining liquid and remove fat to make sauce.

Serve chicken, mushrooms, and olives with sauce and parsley for garnish.

Beets – A Treat???

Beets are not something I would ever eat. I knew they were good for me, I didn’t like the texture or the flavor. I would not consider them a “treat” of any kind. Then one day, a friend of mine, Natalie, convinced me to try them prepared as below. This method of cooking them has changed my mind completely. I eat them once a week as a beginning to a meal. They are truly a clean, healthy phenomenal treat. Even kids request them. Enjoy.


Red Beets – Skin removed, sliced thin.

Coconut Oil

Coarse Sea Salt


Melt Coconut oil.

Coat Beets with Coconut oil and sprinkle with Sea Salt. Place in a cookie sheet.

Roast at 400 Degrees for approximately 20 minutes. They should crisp on the edges and be soft in the middle. Eat with your fingers directly off the cookie sheet.

Asparagus and Red Quinoa Salad

This one comes from my parents in Santa Fe, NM:

“Here is a new one we tried last night. Bon Appetite gave a list on ingredients for ways to prepare “different” asparagus dishes but no measurements.  We had to guess on how much of each and so we wrote down the quantity of each ingredient as we prepared it.  The red quinoa is really good.  It is the first time we have tried it. It would easily serve 4-6 people, as we had some left over. We used smoked sea salt, which added to the depth of flavor. One other thing, I try a small slice of each radish to make sure it is not hot.  Just my thing, as I do not like a “hot” radish, and it can over power a dish.  When you make this dish I would recommend doing the same.”

3/4 cup organic red quinoa and 1 1/2 cup water.  Cook according to package directions and then let cool while preparing the other ingredients
10 Oz of Asparagus, sliced thin in the diagonal
4 Radishes, sliced thin
1 Green onion, sliced thin
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup  toasted chopped walnuts

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp. of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste


Mix vegetables and the cooked, cooled quinoa in a large bowl
Stir in dressing
Chill for a least one hour to let flavors meld


Colin’s Tri-Tip Steak

This steak is my oldest child’s favorite meal, hands down. He requests at least once a week.


1/2 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Brown Sugar

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (or 2 teaspoons fresh, grated ginger)

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 3-4 fresh cloves garlic, pressed or minced)

3 lbs Tri-Tip Steak


Add all marinade ingredients together in small sauce pan. Warm over low heat until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour marinade over meat and marinate for at least 5 hours, turning every hour. Cook steak on grill over high heat until just done. Cut into thin strips and serve. Store left over steak (if there is any) in marinade.