Salmon thingy, beanie wienies, and celebration steak!

*Sigh* What a week.  Did I get it all done?  Not yet.  I did manage to cook three times.   Sometimes I really have to stretch to think of what to cook.  Maybe I’ll help you out with your meal planning.

Sorta salmon pasta salad-ish hot-dish-ish thingy
Cause it feels healthy and is pretty easy.  Because I hardly ever cook fish and it’s supposed to be really good for you.  And I heard on MPR that canned fish is generally sustainable, healthy, and economical.

Salmon thingy

  • SalmonBoiled pasta in well salted water. Desperately tried not to forget about it and overcook it.
  • Tossed in chopped broccoli to the boiling pasta in the last minute of cooking. Drained and remembered to reserve some of the starchy water! OMG, that never happens!
  • Fried up the usual onions and garlic nice and hot.
  • Added the drained salmon.  Let it fry up hot.
  • This is where I would have added a bunch of white wine, but I didn’t have any.
  • I added white wine vinegar, white miso paste, some paprika, and a little of the pasta water.
  • Chopped up some old wilted vegetables, this time some bell pepper and cabbage. Added a jar of tiny capers and their juice.  Yum.
  • Mixed in the pasta and tinkered with the vinegar, salt and spices.

Beanie Wienies
Because it’s one of the few things that Will ever requests.  I almost always think of it as camp food.  On trail I make it with instant scalloped potatoes, freeze-dried refried beans, and a special seasoning mix of tomato powder, cumin, brown sugar and other good stuff.  At home I get to add vegetables 🙂 but I still keep it really easy.

Beanie WieniesBaked beansLet’s see if I can remember what I did…

  • Microwaved diced yellow potatoes until mostly cooked.
  • Fried on hot: chopped up pre-cooked wieners, onion, garlic, and green bell peppers.
  • Added Captain Ken’s baked beans.  If I’m not so lazy I add my own navy beans, tomato paste, cumin, brown sugar, and cider vinegar.  This time I took the short cut.
  • Tweaked the seasoning, added hot sauce, some extra sundried tomato paste I happened to have, and more cider vinegar.
  • Added the potato and let it all simmer together while I assembled a salad.

Ta-da!  Dinner done.

Yesterday we had celebration steak.  The steak wasn’t anything special, but I was 🙂  I’ll tell you why I was having a little celebration later.

Steak dinner

Those are purple potatoes in the back. They didn’t turn out nearly as well as my normal red potatoes do.

Super easy.  I cooked it mostly while watching the olympics.

My well worn Cooks Illustrated in the background.  Never ending thanks to Jeff who got me my first subscription.

My well worn Cooks Illustrated in the background. Never ending thanks to Jeff who got me my first subscription.

  • Pan cooked the potatoes using my trusty Cook’s Illustrated recipe.
  • When they were about half way done stuck the steak and vegetables (this time onions, mushrooms, and radishes) under the broiler.  About 10ish min, then flipped steak (so about 20ish min)
  • Meanwhile ripped up some lettuce, drizzled with vinegar.
  • When the steak was done I tossed the hot roasted veggies with the lettuce and let it sit for a bit while the steak rested.

Ate it with horseradish and steak sauce.
And a mug of boxed wine.  Because that’s how I celebrate 🙂


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