Roasted Char Glazed with Brown Sugar and Mustard

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Recently, I came across an incredibly easy & delicious way to bake my favorite fish, Arctic Char (similar to salmon). The New York Times’ Sam Sifton apparently published this salmon recipe in 2015 but I only found it in late 2023…and have now roasted both Arctic Char and wild-caught salmon this way a half-dozen times to rave reviews.

It could not be more simple:

  • Heat oven to 400-425 (I do 425; depends on your oven)
  • Mix together roughly equal parts Dijon mustard and light brown sugar — mix well so no sugar clumps.

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Slow Cooker Part Deux – A Failure and A Find

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A prevalent pet peeve is how Facebook distorts reality. With frequent postings of party and vacation pictures plus endless boasting about kids and jobs, it’s easy to conclude that more fun is being had by everyone else. Which is of course not true.

At least, I hope it’s not.

But all this bragging led me to consider recipe blog posts. It’s an apt corollary as the vast majority of recipe blog posts are about successes. Indeed, I do it too. I hadn’t realized until I looked, but to date, all my recipe blog posts have been about recipe successes. 

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Outrageously Delicious Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

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I don’t do meatballs.  Don’t like to eat them.  Don’t ever, ever, ever make them (plunking my hands into a bowl full of cold raw meat is, well, do I really need to elaborate?)

Color me not-meatball girl.

Which is why it was so surprising that I found (and actually tried!) a recipe for what turned out to be outrageously delicious meatballs.

Sam Sifton’s recent New York Times article, Comfort Food Grows Up, was so interesting that I decided to actually make homemade his turkey meatballs.  I’m not sure if what grabbed me was the description: “vaguely North African tomato sauce zipped up with orange juice and warm spices,

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