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Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife, homemaker, wonderful mother, cook, and gracious hostess. She does it all and does it well.
I make simple food with easy recipes and I like to try new things. My family and friends love my cooking and always ask me to share, with them, what I know about food, flavor, and technique.

I'm not a professional chef and I've had no formal culinary training. What I know and do in the kitchen comes from three women...Nana, Grandma Della, and Rose, my mom. Each one of them knew more about putting a meal on the table than any fancy chef in a white hat. They were the ultimate Balaboostas.

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Citrus Poached Salmon


Salmon is so versatile! There are many ways it can be easily prepared, each one special and delicious in it's own way. Salmon can be baked, pan fried, poached, or chopped (after baking) to make Salmon Croquettes (cakes). The high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in Salmon will help lower your bad cholesterol, LDL, and elevate the good HDL.
Like our mom's always told us.. "everything in moderation".... Sprinkle fish into your diet today.
Ingredients...
  • Salmon, As many portions as you need and will fit in your covered skillet.
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • Lemon Juice - from 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh Dill - just a small handful , chopped
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste.
Here's how you do it...
  1. Pour the orange juice and lemon juice in the pan.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat on your stovetop.
  3. Rinse and dry the salmon.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Lay the salmon portions into the simmering juices.
  6. Sprinkle the chopped dill over the salmon.
  7. Bring back to a simmer , cover and reduce heat.
  8. Simmer, covered for 5-7 minutes depending on thickness of fillet and desired doneness.
I prefer my salmon on the rare side of done.  Overcooking will cause salmon to be dry.
What could be easier?
Serve and enjoy.
See my "Simple Poached Salmon" for another great recipe!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

in the citrus poached salmon recipe, what do we do with the lemon juice? add to the orange juice in the pan?
It is not mentioned in the recipe

The Balaboosta said...

Thank you for your comment. You were right! I have now corrected the instructions. I like to add a touch of lemon to balance the sweetness of the orange juice. Have you tried preparing the salmon with this method yet?