Thursday, March 26, 2009

Can't Miss Fish

This recipe was of course perfected by my friend Lauren, but she is one of those people who keep recipes in their heads. I made it recently for my family and they loved it so much that they requested I write it down for them. Why stop at sharing it there? So I'm posting it.

'll admit salmon is not my favorite fish. I rarely order it at restaurants. I guess I got a little snobby and considered it both commonplace and not all that delicious. But certain preparations of salmon wow me, and this one wowed me more than any other I've tried. It's simple and delicious! Try it; you'll like it. Really. And compliment me on my recipe-writing skillz.

Simple Salmon Veracruz

2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped

2 large cloves garlic, minced

Pinch red pepper flakes

Pinch black pepper

1 cup white wine

2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes (with juice)

¼ cup chopped Spanish green olives

2 tbsp olive juice from the jar (or more/less to taste)

4 salmon filets, approximately 2 lbs total

Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a large, deep pan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper, and black pepper and continue to cook until the onions are translucent (be careful not to burn the garlic). Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Let the wine reduce for 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are warm. Add the olives and the olive juice, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until ready to eat. (The longer it simmers, the thicker it will become.)

Turn on broiler. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of salmon filets. Broil salmon for 8-10 minutes on high. (Or grill salmon on stovetop or outdoor grill.)

Serve salmon with Veracruz sauce spooned on top. Serves 4.

Friday, February 27, 2009

It's Time For A Little Post-Mortem

So Brett the Jet has hung up his helMET. I can't say I didn't see it coming, and I can't say I was wrong about the whole thing. I'm glad he had a decent season, though, and I wish him the best.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

NFL Week Whatever: This Blows

Yeah, I used a lolcat photo. So what?

There's no need for me to express my disappointment over the results of the playoffs so far. Normally accurate quarterbacks are throwing more interceptions than Brett Favre (sorry). Normally awesome teams are being beat (Pittsburgh excluded) by mediocre, lucky, hot-streak teams. I have no more words on the NFL this year. If the Cardinals win it all, I don't know what I'll do with myself.

In any case, to the relief of at least one of the two people who read this blog, I'm done with the NFL. Until next August.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NFL Week 17: But There Are Only 16 Games!

Oh, HELL yes!

Wow, wow, wow. The playoff picture only became clear at the last minute! I love the suspense! This is the way football was meant to be! The 49ers won more than 5 games! The Dolphins took the AFC East! The Patriots didn't even make the playoffs! It's like the 1980s all over again!

I'm sure Brett fans were disappointed on Sunday, but how can you not love Chad Pennington's story? I couldn't have hoped for a better end to the regular season. Bring on the playoffs.

I'm sorry to see it turn out like this for Brett Favre, who had 1 TD and a devastating 3 INTs against the Dolphins. After 16 games, here are the results of the Brett Favre Interception Watch TD/INT Tally:

INTs: 22
TDs: 22

Complete QB stats for the NFL can be found here. Gratuitous shirtless Pennington shot can be found here:

They say looking good is the best revenge. But there's something off about this photo.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Bad Blogger!

Aaaaahhhhh. I missed NFL Weeks 15 and 16, and they weren't fabulous for Brett and the Jets. They pulled off a win against the Bills but lost to -- what?! -- Seattle?! Over those two games Favre had 4 interceptions and only 1 touchdown throw. He's now at 21 TDs and 19 INTs. Pull it together, Jets! You're now in third place in your division! (Go Dolphins!) Things aren't looking good right now. One more week to go . . .

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NFL Week 14: Another Tumble for Brett the Jet


The 49ers beat the Jets! The 49ers beat the Jets! But that's really only good news for Dolphins and Patriots fans, since the stupid Cardinals won and clinched the NFC West.

Brett threw another INT but no TDs in a disappointing (for Gang Green anyway) loss to the 49ers. Boo hoo. The 49ers are HOT!

Brett's tally: 20 TDs, 15 INTs.

Monday, December 1, 2008

NFL Week 13: The Roll Has Been Stuffed

You'll get back on your feet, Brett.

Brett Favre's passing rating tumbled 40% from Week 12 to Week 13 and he threw an INT in a tough loss to the Denver Broncos. The New England Patriots, meanwhile, had their asses handed to them by the Steelers, leaving the Jets in first place in the AFC East. Personally I'm pulling for the Miami Dolphins to make an upset (or at least make the playoffs). Chad Pennington avenged!

Brett's tally stands at 20 TDs and 14 INTs. (Drew Brees has as many INTs.) He's still looking pretty good.

In NFC news, the 49ers became the first west coast team this season to win on the eastern seaboard when they defeated the Bills in Buffalo. Killing two birds with one stone, they also kept their hopes alive of winning (gasp!) the NFC West. Yeah, keep losing, Arizona.

And next week, oh next week! The 49ers host the Jets at the Stick! If I had the attention span, I might live-blog it. But I don't.