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Pan-Crisped Salmon with Light Dijon Cream and Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs

If I want something new, if family is coming into town…this is one of the first food blogs I go to-  How Sweet it is.  Because I have never made anything from the blog that has disappointed including this Salmon with a light dijon cream sauce.  It was quick, easy (two words which are a necessity in my life right now as a working mommy of a 6 month old), and it was really good…lick up your plate kind of good.

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Here is the original recipe from How Sweet it is:

I swapped white wine for chicken stock and if you don’t have sage you can use basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary…anything that goes nicely with salmon.

Pan-Crisped Salmon with Light Dijon Cream and Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs

YIELD: SERVES 2-4        PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES       COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES     TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES

ingredients:

1 pound salmon filet
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 small shallot, diced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped sage
1/4 cup dry white wine (I didn’t have any hand so I used chicken stock)
3/4 cup low-fat evaporated milk
1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard

directions:

Prepare breadcrumbs first by heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and adding 1 tablespoon of butter. Add in 2 minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant, then stir in bread crumbs well, tossing for a minute or two until the mixture is combined and slightly golden. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Season salmon with salt and pepper, then place in the skillet (skin side up, if the salmon has skin) and cook until opague in the center and golden on each side, about 5-6 minutes for salmon that is 1-inch thick. If you use salmon with skin, simply cook it skin side up the entire time. Remove salmon and set aside, then add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter, shallot, garlic, and sage. Stir well to coat then cook for 1-2 minutes until sizzling, then add in white. Cook for 2-3 minutes, allowing it to bubble and slightly reduce, then whisk in milk and mustard. Continue to whisk and cook while milk bubbles on the sides and thickens, stirring for a minute or two. Taste and season additionally or whisk in a bit more dijon if desired.

Serve salmon immediately, drizzled with dijon cream and then top with breadcrumbs. Serve with rice, potatoes, vegetables or salad

 

 

Why Everyone (including photographers) should hire a Newborn Photographer

Before my daughter was born, I was convinced I didn’t need a newborn photographer…after all I am one. Looking back though,  it is the one thing I wish we did differently; I wish I had hired a newborn photographer.

Because just like every other mom, I was tired, I wanted to soak in the wonder of holding my little girl  in my arms, I was trying to figure out breastfeeding, how to squeeze in a shower, soothe a crying baby, oh and did I mention I was tired.

I thought I was going to take the best pictures I had ever taken in my career.  And while I still love the pictures I captured they were taken by a sleep deprived mom who really just wanted a nap.

Before she was born, I also made the assumption that I would  have someone take a few of Matt, Sammy, and I as a family and that would be sufficient. Just a couple for the memory.  And we did.  I set up my camera, told my mom where to stand and she took some wonderful pictures of us…but now I wish we had more. I wish we had more of me holding her, more of her snuggled into Matt’s arms…more of us for the first time as a family of three.

I also wish I got my hair done…but that is a different post.

The thought crossed my mind that next time things would be different… but it left more quickly than it came.  Because I knew that once again I would be tired – after all, I’d have a toddler running around.  And because I knew that once again a few family photos wouldn’t be enough – after all, there would be four of us. Next time, even I, will book a newborn photographer

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Baby Hudson | Back Bay Newborn Photographer

It was in the way he looked up at you …I almost stopped photographing  just to watch.  I could tell he knew it was you. That you were his daddy and you were his mommy.  I saw it in his undivided stare, the way he relaxed in your arms, the way he pressed his nose in against yours.  He knew your voice, your smell…and now he just wanted to look at your faces for the first time.

And of course as a new mom, I almost teared up behind the lens.

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