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Friday, October 15, 2010

Skillet poached salmon or steelhead

This recipe is from Cast Iron Cuisine: From Breakfast to Dessert.

It's salmon, or steelhead, poached in a skillet instead of baked in the oven.

Slice onions, carrots, and celery. Those three veggies together are called a mirepoix.

Put the sliced veggies in a cast iron skillet, along with 2 cups of white wine.

Bring to a boil, and cook until the wine is reduced by one quarter.

Then put the fish fillets on top of the veggies, sprinkle with dill weed and lemon pepper, cover, reduce heat to medium low, simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove the fish to a plate. The fish will be medium cooked; This recipe is not for well done.

Bring skillet back to a boil and reduce the stock a little more.

Pour liquid over the fish. Add more dill weed and lemon pepper.

I think the recipe intends for you to discard the veggies, but I thought they were good having cooked in the wine, so I served with the veggies.


  1. What an amazing synch! As we speak, I'm construing Cast Iron Cuisine from Breakfast to Dessert for epub, to read on the iPad. I had JUST completed this salmon recipe.

    How DID you know?

  2. um, not really sure, but, sometimes I know things before they happen for some reason

  3. Is that going to be like "kindle"? Or is it for the web?

  4. The iPad is Apple's answer to Kindle, but in addition to being a book reader, it also allows you to do e-mail and surf the web. What this means is that I can put in hyperlinks in my epub document so that readers can simply click to get to a referral. That's how I'm going to direct them to this blog.

    In addition, for the iPad I can program color. Down the line a ways is being able to embed video clips (we're not quite there yet, technologically, but soon) and audio clips. It's a whole exciting new world out there as far as electronic books goes.

    Matt has a Kindle and I've just invested in an iPad (so I can see how my programming is going to look), and I must say, the iPad, though initially more expensive, is w-a-y superior in terms of its abilities and its just basic charisma.

    But that's a whole other story.

  5. I've tried out ipads and really like them. So can an ipad read Kindle books, or do you have to use a Kindle?

    I can see down the road, if epub editions to the ipad catch on, people going for the ipad for the simple reason that you can surf the web AND read ebooks AND from what I understand use a word processor and stuff, look at pictures, etc

  6. Although you CAN download a free app for texting with the iPad, it does not at present support word processing. It does, however, easily replace your iPod, your e-mail client, and your GPS (they have a wonderful Maps function). And yes, you can store your photos with elegant clarity. You can also watch any YouTube that strikes your fancy.

    Also available on iPad is a free app that will allow you to download and read any Kindle book Amazon puts out. It's like the new Macs: they can also read Windows files, so there's no longer any lockout from apps made only for Windows.

    Right now there is chaos in the whole ebook field. The demand is way outstripping the software's ability to keep up. Those of us who are creating either for epub or mobi (Kindle) format are having to be code programmers, for the best and most recent software is still full of bugs.

    Ultimately it will shake down to one dominant player, just as VCR won out over VHS, but right now it's a jungle, with absolutely no standardization from platform to platform.

    I'm putting my money on Apple, though, for its charismatic, intuitive interface. Who wouldn't rather have an all-in-one? Who wouldn't rather turn a page with an elegant little flick of the finger rather than with a clunky button? Who wouldn't rather have a keyboard that disappears when you don't need it?

  7. By the way, I'm here at the moment because I'm copying the URL to put the hyperlink into the epub version of the cookbook. A click is gonna getcha!

  8. Oh without a doubt, if you can already read kindle books with an ipad and do all that other stuff, who would even bother with a Kindle.

    I'm old enough to remember the VHS/Beta war.

    Of course everyone knows about the recent blu-ray/HD DVD war.

  9. Man, I love being able to turn on a dime like this!

  10. Oh, the Kindle's big claim to fame is that you can read it on the beach.

  11. Well that's nice, except with an ipad you can do a lot more than just READ on the beach!

    One of these days I might afford one, but you realize how much cast iron you can buy for the amount an ipad costs? oh I just got my hands on a french bread pan-- I'm excited! Now I can make real french bread, cast iron baked!

  12. In fact I think you can buy two of those coveted spigot stock pots for the price of an ipad!

  13. I am so envious about the cast iron french bread pan! And you are so right about the price of the iPad. Sure glad mine is tax deductible (business expense *VBG*).

  14. You got the right idea there. Anything to do with work or medical, claim claim claim.

    The seller said he had another one that he intends to list on ebay. I've been looking for one for months. There's been one listed for a while for $184 and no way I was going to pay that much, neither is anybody else.

  15. There is no doubt in our minds that cast iron loaf pans of any size simply turn out a better product. Matt has baked bread for forty years or more; never has it turned out as well as in our recently-acquired cast iron loaf pans.

  16. I've figured out how to link my articles to each other, within my blog. So as I find things in my articles to reference other articles, I'm adding hyperlinks.