Easy Gravlax

By:Regent Seven Seas Culinary Arts Chef/ Kitchen Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly

makes 1 16-ounce gravlax

½ cup kosher salt
½ cup maple sugar
1 tablespoon pink peppercorns, lightly crushed
4 juniper berries, lightly crushed
4 allspice berries, lightly crushed
1 bunch dill, finely chopped
3 tablespoons aquavit
1 16-ounce boneless, skinless salmon fillet

In a small bowl, mix together the salt and sugar. On a large work surface, roll out plastic wrap about 3 times the size of the salmon fillet. Sprinkle half of the salt and sugar mixture in the middle of the plastic — about the size of the salmon fillet. Top mixture with half the crushed peppercorns, juniper and allspice berries, dill and aquavit. Place the salmon on the curing mixture, and then cover the fish with the rest of the curing mixture. Wrap the salmon loosely in the plastic and then double wrap in another piece of plastic.

Place the wrapped salmon on a sheet pan and refrigerate. Turn the fish every 12 hours. Depending on the thickness of the fish, it will be cured in 24 to 36 hours.

Unwrap the fish when it’s cured and gently rinse off the curing mixture. Thinly slice before serving.

Creamiest Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding By P. Salzman wellandgood.com (Sweet Potatoes and Coffee give it the texture and richness)

Serves 4 or works great as a tart filling  

1 lb sweet potatoes, preferably pale fleshed, but any variety will work
1/4 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tbsp pure Grade A or B maple syrup, or more to taste
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbsp unsalted, unsweetened almond butter
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/8 tsp fine-grain sea salt

Optional toppings: toasted, shredded unsweetened coconut, flaky salt, chopped almonds, coconut whipped cream, fresh berries, and/or raw cacao nibs

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and roast the sweet potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet until very tender. The timing depends on the size of the sweet potatoes, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. If there are multiple sweet potatoes, space them out on the sheet pan. Alternatively, peel the sweet potatoes, cut into chunks, and steam until tender. (This will be faster but they won’t be as sweet.)

2. Remove the skin, place the cooked sweet potatoes in a food processor or high-speed blender with all the remaining ingredients, and process until perfectly smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness. Serve at room temperature or chill until cold. Top with your desired toppings. Can be made up to three days in advance.


How to be a friend when someone is facing Cancer

How to be a friend when someone is facing a challenge such as Cancer?

Do not offer advise. LISTEN.

Do not discuss someone else Cancer. Remember every Cancer is different.   Do not revert this unto your experience with Cancer. Its not about you and your experience or Uncle Joes.  LISTEN.

Don’t say things like : this will make you stronger, or it will all be better soon. Its stupid and not sensitive to the persons experience at hand. Instead consider saying : let me know how I can help you deal with this challenge?

( AND follow through, do what you say you will do)Be Consistent.

See things  from your friends perspective.(most difficult yet important)

Be always present. Whether your friend wants or can voice this desire know that they need it. Cancer is an all encompassing challenge that affects body, mind and spirit. Just being present consistently helps enormously.

Facing any challenge is extremely difficult, Cancer even more so. As I faced this monster the consistent support of my friends and family invaluable. I believe that this not only made the awful journey bearable but gave me another reason to smile daily and gave me the strength to fight.

Offer support to the family. This disease of many unknowns takes its toll on them.    The family is often forgotten. They too go through so many difficult emotions.

As I look back I am eternally grateful for not only the consistency to me yet also to those supporting me: my family

I am grateful to those ever present. It did make all the difference!

Avocado Salad Dressing

Avocado Salad Dressing

This avocado salad dressing has tons of flavors, nutrients and lasts a week in the fridge. I love using it over a salad of mixed greens, sliced chicken breast and a little crumbled bacon for an easy version of a Cobb salad.

There is a warning with this avocado salad dressing, it can be very addictive. It even makes a great sauce with gluten free noodles and cherry tomatoes as a dish.