Salmon with Basil Pesto

It’s salmon season—which means blogs and food writers and even your next-door neighbor, all have their take on what makes a great recipe for grilling (or baking, poaching, broiling) salmon. I can just hear people swapping ideas they found on Pinterest or in a food-centered magazine. But, as I’ve said before, no recipe is ever needed when cooking a great piece of fish—especially fresh salmon. However, being that I am purist when it comes to most seafood, I am a sucker for a few particular addons, one being homemade pesto. A dollop (or five) atop grilled salmon, or stirred into an accompanied pasta dish, asparagus or fresh cucumbers, lends a distinctive flavor … one that quite possibly might require the licking of one’s plate when finished. Or at the very least, using a crusty piece of bread to soak up the remaining pesto. But hey, if you want to lick, you go right ahead—I’m not here to judge ; )

640px-BasilkumPestoHomemade Pesto
2 cups of fresh basil, no stems
2-4 garlic clove
½ cup toasted pine nuts; note, pine nuts are expensive and there are people who substitute walnuts, but I wouldn’t suggest it. Pine nuts have a distinctive flavor and they’re necessary for a good pesto.
¾ cup parmesan
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
A pinch of salt

Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse. Takes all of 20 seconds and bam, you’re done. Enjoy! NOTE, if you are toasting your own pine nuts, they only take about 2-3 minutes. Don’t walk away from the oven. I have burned more than my fair share of pine nuts. Oh, and yes, the photo shows a motor but hey, I’m telling you the food processor is waayyyyyy easier ; ) PHOTO CREDIT: Flusel 

A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.

Tomorrow on the blog … a guide to purchasing and cooking shellfish

DISCLAIMER: I’m a writer and an editor. And I try my best to make sure every post is articulate and free from errors. However, being that I edit my own work—and it’s next to impossible to properly edit your own work—I admit, occasionally there may be an error or two I miss. But doing so doesn’t make me an idiot so don’t be mean. Just smile, pat yourself on the back for finding an error and be glad you’re not the only one who makes mistakes sometimes … yes, even mermaids slip up every now and then. xoxox

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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