Recipe Redo: Herb Mustard Glazed Salmon

One of my favorite tried and true recipes is Giada de Laurentiis Broiled Salmon with a Herb Mustard Glaze. It’s one of those super quick meals out of a few pantry items. I follow a simple rule – if I plan on making fish – I buy it the day I plan on serving it. The guys at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting are so good – they send me home not only with a gorgeous piece of salmon, but they remove the skin (if asked), and put it with a nice bag of ice to keep it cold on the way home. How thoughtful, right?

I love the combo of both mustards along with the fresh herbs and shallots. A couple quick pulses of a food processor and your sauce is good to go. Serve this Herb Mustard Glazed Salmon with some asparagus and couscous and you have one heck of a weeknight dinner…. 

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Tried and True: Giada’s Tri-Color Orzo Salad

For SL’s dinner party, we played it simple – serving the Chicken Sauvignon Blanc with a flavorful tri-color orzo salad from Giada de Laurentiis. With all the hustle and bustle going on in SL’s kitchen (I was trying to save a banana pudding dessert that kinda went the wrong way), I didn’t take the multitude of pics I normally do with a recipe. However, as SL and crew will attest, once it was plated, I flew out to the dining room to get the beauty shot.

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Tried and True – Giada’s Cheesy Baked Tortellini

There’s a 90% chance that if you look in my fridge or freezer, you might find a package or two of ravioli, gnocchi or tortellini for quick weeknight meals. It’s a pantry staple that has saved my butt on more than one occasion when I need to whip up something scrumptious but have little to no energy to make anything that takes a ton of thought.

Instead of pairing some of my fave tortellini with some marinara, I decided to give Giada de LaurentiisCheesy Baked Tortellini a spin.  Most of the ingredients were already on hand and all I needed to pick up was the smoked mozzarella.  This recipe is going into regular rotation and it is well worth the extra 30 minutes on the treadmill for all the cheesy smoked mozzarella deliciousness.

I’d pair this with a simple salad, a great red wine and enjoy a nice evening in. After all, while it looks like you slaved over a hot oven, we won’t tell how simple it really is to throw it all together.

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Giada de Laurentiis Heads Back To Philly For Weeknights With Giada

The 2012 Cookbook Season has begun, my friends. And, to kick it off will be one of my faves, Giada de Laurentiis.

Giada de Laurentiis has written her latest, Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner, and it will be in stores starting March 27th.   For us Philly peeps, we have some great news – she will be visiting the Williams Sonoma in King of Prussia on March 29, 2012 at noon. As always, it will be a packed house so, a bit of advice – wear the flats and leave the stilettos at home – trust me on this! Like last year, it’s a ticketed event so, if you are planning on heading to King of Prussia to see Giada, make sure to get your ticket as soon as possible because it WILL sell out.

One thing I adore about Giada at Home, the recipes are always fantastic so I’m sure this cookbook will not disappoint.  So – who’s headed to Giada’s cookbook signing?

Giada’s full book tour schedule * courtesy of Random House is below.

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Cozy Up With A Bowl of Winter Minestrone

Philly got a bit of a present over the weekend in the form of freezing rain and snow galore. With the freezing rain that turns the hills of Manayunk into skid central, it was a weekend in for this gal. The Sous Pug didn’t fare well with the snow as he is now officially completely blind and could only slide down the sidewalks and stand bewildered on the freezing snow banks that he bravely attempted to climb. He pretty much was ready to pack his toys and head back to Florida.The good thing about being a food blogger held captive during a snowfall is that one can play in the pantry for a bit.

One of my new favorites for winter is this comforting Winter Minestrone Soup from Giada de Laurentiis. It was lightening quick to make and perfect to take off that icy chill. The one step you can’t skip is the parmesan rind – it’s definitely one of those secret weapons. I buy them from Whole Foods and keep them in the freezer for soups like this.  Grab a bowl of this soul soothing soup and curl up on the couch.  It’s a recipe that you will find yourself making again and again.

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