Sunday, March 26, 2017


Olivia suggested I post this impromptu recipe because it was somewhat of an accident and based upon other recipes I had seen online.  I had some salmon fillets in the freezer and my husband isn't a huge fan of salmon.  I was trying to figure out a way to use it and I decided to broil the fillets with a glaze so I could use them on my salads for lunch.

I've seen various honey mustard glazes online for both fish and chicken and decided to make my own version.  I broiled the frozen salmon on one side for eight minutes.  I then turned them over and applied the glaze.  I broiled the glazed side for another 8-10 minutes (depending upon the size of the salmon pieces).  Here is the combination I used.  It makes a very small amount--just enough for two pieces--but you can adjust accordingly.  Enjoy!

2 T. stone ground mustard
2 T. honey
splash of cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds

Sunday, March 19, 2017


If you like pastrami, there is nothing about this recipe you won't like.  When Olivia smoked a corned beef brisket for herself, she made one for me and I LOVED IT.  I initially used it for delicious sandwiches using Swiss cheese and marbled rye bread.  That was out of this world.  I found myself going back again and again to the leftover pastrami and cutting off a small piece for a snack.  The taste of the "crust" created by the rub is definitely addictive.

The recipe Olivia used came from  She cheated slightly by using a store bought corned beef FLAT CUT  (not point).  This bypassed the brine step and went straight for the rub.  Olivia mixed the rub, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator on the corned beef, and then smoked it the next day.  It is really delicious and I guarantee you will like it.

Home Cured Corned Beef and Pastrami
ServingsPrep Time
8-10 people15 minutes
Passive Time
5-7 days
Corned Beef and Pastrami Brine
Servings: people

  1. In a large stock pot, combine all of the ingredients for the brine except the ice. Bring to a boil and stir until all of the salt and sugar has dissolved in the brine. Remove from the heat and stir in the ice until the brine has cooled to room temperature.
  2. Place the brisket in a large food-safe plastic container and pour over the cooled brine. Keep the brisket in the cure for 5-7 days, turning and stirring the brine mixture at least once per day.
  3. Once the brisket is cured, you can prepare as corned beef (like in this recipe: ) or you can pastrami by following the rest of the instructions.
  4. In a small saute pan over medium heat, combine the coriander seed, mustard seed, and peppercorns. Toast the spices for 2-3 minutes or until just fragrant. Transfer to a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder and pulse until well combined. Stir in the remaining rub ingredients.
  5. Coat the cured brisket in the pastrami rub and wrap tightly. For best results, let the roast sit in the pastrami rub for 1-2 days. Preheat your smoker and cook at 250 degrees until the internal temperature reads 195 degrees. This typically takes anywhere from 6-8 hours. Wrap the smoked pastrami in plastic wrap and chill completely before slicing thin and stacking high on your favorite rye bread.