Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Five days of thankfulness!

Friday thanks: I am thankful that my co-worker and friend Cass Nedblake taught me to knit almost two years ago. I love it, and I'm so excited to knit cute baby stuff for her.

Unfortunately for everyone else (or not?), I'm a selfish knitter. I adore hats and cowls and mitts and scarves, and am constantly finding new patterns that I  want to make for myself. I'm currently obsessed with the Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret pattern - it's a perfect way to use up extra yarn. I've knitted two - one in purples/reds and one in blues/teal, and am currently making a third in grey.

Saturday thanks: I am thankful that Mr. Awesome is such a great sous chef. I love that we cook together, and make such great meals almost every day. Tonight, we had salmon with cucumber salsa over cilantro-lime rice. he did all the chopping. It was delicious!

Seared Salmon with Cilantro-Cucumber Salsa
Servings: 4

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 c. cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 small red onion, diced
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Serrano pepper, seeded and diced
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. agave syrup
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 salmon fillets

In a bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and Serrano pepper. Toss gently to mix. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, 1 teaspoon of canola oil, the agave, red pepper flakes and salt. Pour the lime juice mixture over the cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat evenly. Set aside.

Sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat in a large, nonstick pan. Add the fish and cook, turning once, until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes per side.

Transfer the salmon fillets to plates and top each with salsa. Garnish with more cilantro and lime.

Serve with white rice - mix in some cilantro, lime juice and salt for extra-tasty rice!

Sunday thanks: I'm thankful for my sister, Jamie. She is so joyful and generous and kind - she is the sort of person you want around you when you're happy or sad, or neither or both at once. Though there's a 10-year age difference between us, we're remarkably similar people. I can't say I love her more than she knows, because she knows.

Monday thanks: I'm thankful for space heaters. My office is cold regardless of season, and if not for my space heater, I'd be bundled up like an Eskimo all year long. Hurray, space heaters!

Tuesday thanks: I'm thankful for Spotify. I can listen to just about anything at any time. Yesterday, it was the entire Avett Brothers collection. Today, it's the Broadway cast recording of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Tomorrow, who knows!

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