At the height of our kitchen renovation, dinner preparation must be kept as simple as possible. Our favorite approach is to cook the main dish on the outside grill and then pick one side dish that can be prepared on the single-burner induction cooktop. This dinner turned out particularly nice, so I must remember this combination of fish and veggies for the future.  That future that shall bring our kitchen back in all its glory!


I was not sure I should even include a recipe for the fish, because it is so simple.  It is our default way to grill both salmon and steelhead trout. The spice mix from Penzey’s (or from Spice House) is a favorite of ours, we always have it in our pantry. Or what used to be our pantry, right now our spices are a lot harder to find…  😉


(from the Bewitching Kitchen)

1 filet of steelhead trout, with skin on
2 Tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp Southwest Seasoning
salt to taste

Rinse the filet of fish, pat it completely dry with paper towels.  Place over aluminum foil, with the skin side down.

In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, spice mix, and a little salt.   Brush all over the fish.

Grill to medium-rare.

to print the recipe, click here

The zucchini was prepared more or less according to a recipe I blogged about years ago that I make all the time.  However, instead of regular, slivered almonds, I used Marcona almonds, and left them whole.  These almonds are amazing, I advise anyone to go the extra mile to buy them.  They are moist, tender, intensely flavored.

While I was making dinner, Phil asked if I’d like him to prepare a little Mexican-Caprese to add to our meal…  Would any wife in her right mind say NO to that?  😉


More about this delicious salad can be found in the guest post written by Phil 4 years ago, Avocado Three Ways

As this post is published, we will be away on a business trip.  If all goes according to plan, by the time we come back our home will be 95% ready.  The floors should be sanded and finished, cabinets done, maybe even all appliances installed. I can hardly wait to open our front door around midnight on October 13th. It will be like an episode of “Restaurant Impossible”. ” Ready to see your new kitchen? Open your eyes… “   😉

ONE YEAR AGO: Brown Butter Tomato Salad

TWO YEARS AGO:  Spelt and Cornmeal Rolls

THREE YEARS AGO: Roasted Potato and Olive Focaccia

FOUR YEARS AGO: Multigrain Bread Extraordinaire

16 thoughts on “A SIMPLE DINNER

  1. I love trout and, even though I wouldn’t be partaking in it, your Mexican caprese looks very colourful and appetizing. I love your spice collection. Mine is distributed between a much too small starter spice rack and 3 shelves on my cupboards in everything from spice to jam jars in clear and dark glass. And every once in a while a small bottle falls onto my dish draining rack when I go rooting around to find a spice I need … I’ve only had a couple of breakages of dishes. 🙂


  2. Simplicity is next to perfection in my books. Delightful combination of ingredients! I would never say no to a Mexican-Caprese in my right or left mind ;-).


  3. Simple perhaps but delicious I know, and a beautiful presentation. That you and Phil will return home to an unveiling of the new kitchen, thrills me. I can only imagine what you must feel!


  4. Simple is best! I have the SW seasoning and lots of their other blends as there is a Penzy’s about 15 minutes from us. I also love trout, sometimes over salmon. Sounds real good. We do expect pictures of that kitchen!!


  5. What a great dinner, proving once again that you don’t have to get complicated to have a good meal. All 3 dishes are very flavorful yet relatively simple to prepare, and, given your kitchen situation, perfect! I sure hope your trip is going well, Sally. 🙂


  6. You are so close to it being done! And I am totally impressed at the good food you’ve been making even with a kitchen remodel. You definitely have some serious fortitude!


    • Look who is talking, marathoner you! 😉

      Downsizing a home is not very easy, so we are looking forward to the kitchen in a more functional state… I am really counting the days…. six more days to travel back home… six more looong days


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