Panko-Crusted Salmon
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I adore Ina Garten. I think we share a similar mindset toward food, which is that it should be, delicious and approachable. Last Friday, Patrick mentioned that he was in the mood for salmon, and while I have a pretty good rotation of salmon recipes on hand, I wanted something new. However, I don’t have a lot of free time on Fridays to look up new recipes since I’m home with Eliza all day. So in between her Little Gym class and Trader Joe’s, I jumped on my iPhone and plugged “salmon” into the Food Network’s search engine. Fortunately, this recipe was at the top of their list. It is quick to prepare and so good. If you have never had panko before this is the recipe to try. It used to be hard to find, but now even 4C makes it so it should be in most grocery stores. Panko give it such a great crunch, and the mustard keeps the fish moist and adds a nice flavor.

Fennel and Parmesan Salad
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I have no idea when I started to make this salad, or where I got the idea for it. I’ve been eating fennel non-stop since first trying it at The Farm School where we grew it. It is great cooked, but to really show off its flavor you should eat it raw. The crispness and slight anise flavor is a nice counterpoint to the richness of the salmon.

2 heads of fennel, halved, cored, and sliced very thin
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
¼ cup olive oil
2 TB. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Add fennel and parmesan cheese to a large salad bowl. Pour in olive oil, lemon and season with salt and pepper. Toss the ingredients and taste. If you need more oil or lemon juice add a little bit at a time until you are happy with the salad.