Wednesday evening I was writing a post about how much I missed having almond butter while I did the no / low fat experiment. While writing this post I had sharp pains in my right side, which I tried to ignore. This pain didn’t subside  and between the hours of midnight and 3am I tried to convince myself to go to the Emergency Room.  I was so worried that the ER would think I was a silly girl with indigestion while there were people with serious problems. On the bright side, no one laughed at me, but on the down side I had acute appendicitis. My surgery was schedule for 1030 the following morning and everything has been a blur since then. Lots of pain killers, nausea, and pain.

Just wanted to post a quick update that I was home and recovering and that I wasn’t not posting because I quit my experiment!

Sorry for any grammatical errors – the morphine makes me loopy.

Magazine recipe junky, that is what I am. However, I hate clutter, so magazines are quickly discarded with only the pages remaining of the recipes I want to make at some point. There’s a huge stack of pages stuffed in a drawer and I always feel relief when I finally make something. I saw the recipe for Orange Glazed Salmon in Cooking Light a few months ago under the week night dinner category. I knew this would be good, but honestly, this is one of the best recipes I’ve ever made from Cooking Light.

Orange Glazed Salmon with Red Bliss Potatoes and Spinach

The recipe was meant for 4 people, but since I’m only cooking for 2 people, here’s the modified recipe:


  • 4  (6-ounce) salmon fillets (1 inch thick) 4 ounce piece and 6 ounce piece (the BF needs a slightly bigger portion)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  tablespoons  minced shallots 3/4 tbsp shallots
  • 1/4  cup  dry white wine 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (didn’t have wine)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  chopped fresh rosemary (love rosemary didn’t reduce)
  • 3/4  cup  fresh orange juice juice from 1 orange
  • 1  tablespoon  maple syrup 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
Directions can be found here.
Red Bliss Potatoes
2 small potatoes
sea salt
olive oil spray
Cut potatoes into similar 1 inch pieces, spray, sprinkle, and roast for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
1 full bag
olive oil spray
garlic salt
Spray pan, on medium heat, cook spinach until wilted.
Everything came together in about 30 minutes. I threw the potatoes in first, then focused on the fish, and when that was almost prepared, I started the spinach. The salmon had great flavor- combination of orange, rosemary, and balsamic worked great together. I actually like this flavor combination more than the white wine alternative. Despite the gourmet sounding name, this qualifies as a quick week night dinner. Yummy!

After another leisurely workout (sigh, why can’t I have more free time?), I hopped on the Ferry in Oakland. The ferry was to drop me off directly at the Ferry Building in San Francisco where I was to navigate through a huge farmer’s market. Being the planner that I am, I had a light breakfast so I could enjoy all of the samples 🙂

The weather was sunny and 60 and I was overwhelmed by the many colors, smells, and variety of samples. Overwhelmed in a good way though. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, but all I can say is, I was thoroughly impressed and wish some of the unique aspects of this farmer’s market could be brought back to the ones I frequent in the east.

produce collage

I’ve never seen the Buddha’s Hand (fruit ?) before, and I should have purchased just to try. Oh well, maybe I will encounter the Buddha again. I also loved the wide variety of peppers. We’re so used to seeing green and overpaying for red and yellow, that its surprise to see so many other varieties.

In addition to the produce, there were dips galore. Sweet, Salty, Fatty, Healthy…and of course samples of all. Here’s some of my favorite tastes from the day:

dips collage

Its a really good thing for my wallet that you can no longer bring liquids on board a flight because I was tempted by many of the oils and dips. All of the pictures above were taken at the stalls set up outside of the Ferry Building. Inside of the building are culinary supply stores, coffee shops, and permanent vendors and restaurants. I am a bread lover and had been looking forward to trying Acme Bread, so I headed inside to find their bakery.


After contemplating for the length of the time waiting in line (about 10 minutes), I decided to do an ACME bread tasting:

  • one sweet: Pumpkin roll with walnuts, fresh cranberries, yellow raisins
  • one traditional: sourdough french baguette
  • one salty: rosemary whole wheat roll

bread tasting

A sat on a bench looking out to the water, sipping my Pete’s coffee while doing a bread tasting. What a life! The sourdough was nothing extraordinary, the pumpkin bread was like a delicious pastry; the fresh cranberries instead of dried, were mushy and flavorful. But, it was the rosemary that I couldn’t get over. Seriously, one of the most delicious breads I have ever tried. The rosemary flavor was so distinct and the crusty of the outside versus soft of the inside was perfect. I quickly fed the leftovers to the surrounding birds and threw the rest away, because seriously I could have consumed all 3 pieces in their entirety.

I spent a short time exploring San Francisco before heading back to the East Bay to do a quick stop at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market. After the Ferry Building, though, Berkeley’s was tiny in comparison. It had about half of the same vendors as the Ferry Building, but more of a local feel. A few people were playing the banjo and singing folk (no, I’m not kidding) and there were mostly college students and families with small kids. I tasted a few varieties of pears and decided to take a break on the sampling and get something that resembled more of a meal. I went with a trying something from a raw food stand in the spirit of my surroundings.

Raw pumpkin and shitake mushroom lasagna


Pretty huh? It was light, healthy, and delicious. If I was going to try to deconstruct the dish, I would say, the bottom layer was some sort of ground cashew base, the pumpkin was sweetened and pureed and mixed with freshly diced vegetables like cucumbers, and then sprinkled with kale, mushrooms, and tomatoes. I’m going to look into recreating something like this at home.

Needless to say all of the tasting overwhelmed my stomach because the rest of the night was spent on the couch with a tummy ache. All in the name of research…


Photo by Tom Thorson (a very talented friend)

Today is the first day of Fall and I’m excited! Here’s all the things I love that are to come in this season:

10. Brussels Sprouts

9. Running outside and not feeling sticky

8. Pumpkin Flavored Beer

7. Oatmeal

6. Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

5. Squash – Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, I love them all

4. Sweet Potato Fries

3. Honey Crisp Apples

2. Sleeping with the window open

1. Foilage

What did I miss?