smoked sockeye salmon spread

Alaskan Smoked Sockeye Salmon Spread

I recently traveled to Alaska, a first for me and my family.  The sometimes-overlooked 49th state, or the last frontier, proved to be as remarkable as my late uncle always said it was.  Spectacularly beautiful with towering mountain ridges that disappear into the clouds.  Glassy water, towering glaciers, lush rolling landscapes that appear to be […]

soft-shell crabs

Pan Seared Soft-Shell Crabs

I can’t remember when I first tried soft-shell crabs, but I know I was rather young and I know I loved them instantly.  My husband and younger son thankfully share my love for this delicacy and as a result, we eat them whenever we can during the window when they are available.  Soft-shell crab is […]

lobster roll

East Coast Lobster Rolls

People often ask me what I miss about the East Coast, and New York City in particular. I have various answers including friends and family, the perfect everything bagel (West Coast bakers take note: everything bagels include salt!), the cultural diversity of NYC, great Chinese food, the amazing energy, and I would also add this: the […]

roasted salmon

Roasted Salmon With Cucumber Sour Cream Sauce

My younger son loves salmon, in part because he likes the taste, in part in part. After all, according to him, they are “smart fish.”  Salmon are typically “anadromous:” they are born in freshwater, migrate to the ocean, and then return to freshwater to reproduce.  Folklore has it that salmon return to the exact spot […]

shrimp ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

I recently traveled to the Southwest, the Arizona desert to be exact.  For only a few short days I was celebrating two very different, yet wonderful things: a milestone birthday of a parent and 26 years of friendship with a remarkable group of women, #solidsix. It was an emotional trip, to say the least, filled […]

tuna poke

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

I wanted to write a post about Poke bowls because of their current popularity and also because Poke (pronounced POH-keh) will always remind me of Hawaii, a special place and the home to my uncle Ben, who passed away unexpectedly last week.  I must confess, it’s been a sad week for me.  Loss is always […]

cod cakes

Noah’s Cod Cakes and Tartar Sauce

My younger son, Noah, has always been a fish fan.  At one point, I thought I had a pescatarian (someone who eats fish but not meat) on my hands.  Thankfully, I don’t–I say that only because my other son is a huge carnivore and will not eat fish.  Fortunately, Noah eats almost everything, but he […]

Comment Policy

Simmer + Sauce reserves the right to remove or restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the topic conversation, contain profanity or offensive language, personal attacks, or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Any post found to be in violation of any of these guidelines will be modified or removed without warning. When making a comment on my blog, you grant Simmer + Sauce permission to reproduce your content to our discretion, an example being for a possible endorsement or media kit purposes. If you don’t want your comment to be used for such purposes, please explicitly state this within the body of your comment. If you find evidence of copyright infringement in the comments of, contact me and I will remove that in question promptly.