Another great day at the bakery!! Holidays = bread sales. Woo hoo!! We sold out of almost everything and pleased many hungry customers 🙂
We also had a box of Carpe Donuts appear. I’ve had enough sweets this week, but I am so guilty of taking a nice hunk out of one. Sorry, I’m one of those types.
I also went on a little excursion
And then to BB&Beyond to stock up on toiletries. In an effort to 1) go more natural and 2) enjoy the horrid process of showering a bit more, I splurged on my new favorite brand: Alba. I purchased this Sea Mineral Cleansing Gel back in April and absolutely LOVEEEEEE the smell!!! Every single day I enjoy the scent, and I figure that is well worth the $7 or so for the bottle that lasts me a quarter of a year. I also bought a new shampoo of theirs today because it smells just like a pina colada! [I recently bought one of Whole Foods’ brand shampoos and hated it with a passion – no suds, dirty hair] Lastly, I did try Alba’s Vanilla Aloe face sunscreen, but it was too greasy for everyday-under-makeup wear, so I defaulted back to my favorite one: Aveeno Face. I wear this daily in the summer under make up and it’s not greasy at all.
ALSO in my basket – my favorite dish scrubbie and favorite toothpaste! [I also tried TOM’s toothpaste last month and didn’t hate it but also didn’t like much about it either. Love the company, but not the flavor..]
Another impulse buy: an electronic mosquito repellant. I don’t really like the thought of eating dinner inside in the summer, bug bites on my legs, OR having to put chemicals on my body before dinner every day. I thought I’d give this a try. Two employees said it worked.
The result: When normally I would be attacked by mosquitos, I only left dinner with 2 bites. I give it a B-. Going to try it one more dinner before deciding if I should return it or not. Also bought EcoLife Organic bug repellant – hopefully that works!
I poked my head into LOFT to see if they had replenished their size-that-must-not-be-named shorts. No luck 🙁
Poked into Banana too but just left with a squirt of perfume.
I went back to work and wrapped up another smashing day of sales!!! Biked home in the heat to find Karen on our porch ready to make dinner!
On Thursday another delivery from the Copper River salmon marketing association. Wild Alaskan salmon is my favorite fish (no offense sardines!) and I was thrilled to receive these fish to help create excitement about the Copper River season. I would love to travel to Alaska someday! Last month they sent King salmon, which is in season in the spring, and Sockeye rules the summer season. In the past I have struggled to find the type of salmon I like the best. Sockeye is tougher, and I’ve had it frozen a handful of times where it was so tough it was almost rubbery – despite being barely cooked. I had no idea how this version would taste, but I was prepared for toughness.
But much to my surprise, it was fantastic!! Crusty on the outside, perfectly cooked on the inside. And while it didn’t taste quite as fatty as King, it wasn’t the least bit tough. Go Sockeye!
Oven-Finished Salt-Kissed Salmon
- Preheat oven to 425*
- The result was utter perfection. Part of that must be the fish, and the other part is that we have mastered salmon cooking technique!
- Rub fish with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt (like really generously! I used a black truffle salt from Foodzie) and black pepper
- Heat an oven-safe stainless steel (or perhaps cast iron) skillet pretty hot and drizzle with olive oil
- Place fish flesh-side down (skin side up) into the skillet and let cook until you see the fish has cooked 1/3 of the way up from the bottom.
- Flip fish and place entire skillet in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until fish is no longer hot pink on the middle edge.
The result is a crusty, salty outside and a perfectly succulent inside!
We also grilled a ton of veggies – eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms and corn!! All generously rubbed in olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika. SUCH a delicious dinner!!!
Life lesson I’ve learned in my older age: olive oil makes all food taste better
For dessert, we cut open a big cantaloupe!
Kath stole the cookie from the cookie jar…
Lynn + Mary Beth make awesome cookies!!!