My wife and I are blessed with a great group of friends and this weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a little dinner party. I spent all week planning the meal, shopping and prepping the ingredients. The day of was spent in the kitchen as well! Not that I minded, obviously- I feel most at home in my kitchen! But after was all said and done, I realized something: instead of cooking meals I’m familiar with, if given the chance I will ALWAYS push myself to create something new, different, creative etc. It’s something I love about myself but sometimes I wish I could control my creative juices just a bit. The creative energy I put into those dishes tends to cloud my enjoyment of the actual meal. Even if the meal is a huge success, sometimes I wish I could just enjoy eating. Sometimes I just need take a step back to prepare a simple roasted Maple-Mustard Salmon dish. A dish that’s so damn tasty, and so easy to fully enjoy.
I get asked all the time what my signature dish is. No offense to anyone that has asked me but I really hate that question. There are literally 100+ ways to cook an egg. How could I could choose just 1 recipe between the billion different cuisines, techniques, philosophies, and ingredients out there? This maple-mustard salmon recipe has been in my wheelhouse for a while, however, so I guess you could say this is kind of signature for me…? I guess? It’s not fancy in technique but ticks all of the flavor profiles I try to hit. The meal is healthy without being anemic. It’s vibrant in flavor and color, and it takes less than an hour to prepare! So I suppose its not too bad of a “signature” to have, huh?