lately i’ve been…(viii)

playing tennis

hanging out (ok, walking by) the 90210 beach house

having absolutely perfect weekends (hiking, tennis, relaxation, pool)

attending a super fun wedding downtown LA

having Minnesota friends around for a few days

laying out at the beach

adjusting very nicely to my new job

celebrating the 4th of July with classic BBQ food: brats, potato salad and baked beans :)

finally attending a wine tasting at Silverlake Wine

getting ready to take part in a SNAP Challenge (eating on a food stamp budget for 1 week) – anyone want to join?

Lately you’ve been…


salmon sandwich with pesto avocado spread


So. This sandwich?

SO good.

I’m starting to think no matter what the preparation is, Copper River salmon is going to be delicious. Every way we’ve eaten it so far has been absolutely perfect and this was no exception.

Avocado is mashed with pesto, spread over fresh ciabatta bread, and then topped with a luscious piece of salmon. The flavors are incredible.

It isn’t exactly the easiest sandwich to eat, but I promise that you won’t even care. The ultra-rich, plentiful good fats and food favorites completely make up for it.


Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 mintues

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: entree sandwich high protein salmon


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 4 ciabatta buns
  • 4- 4oz. pieces of salmon
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • greens if desired


Stir pesto into smashed avocado and set aside.

Remove skin from salmon and season with salt and pepper.

Heat pan to medium-high heat and add butter to coat pan.

Add salmon to hot pan, cooking for about 4 minutes.

Flip over and cook on other side for another 2-3 minutes, until salmon is cooked through.

Divide avocado spread between the 4 buns.

Top with piece of salmon.

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fourth of july food

Hello Everyone!

Happy fourth of july week! It is kind of a weird work week for me – and I suspect many of you too. Work a bit, take a break, work a bit more and then another weekend is here!

I’m not quite sure what our plans are quite yet, but I’m hoping it involves a pool and a grill. :)

This is what I want to eat and drink!



Mango Wine Coolers via Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Blueberry Smash via Bon Appétit

Summer Hoedown (Watermelon Beer Cocktail) via CHOW

Mango Raspberry Sangria via Epicurean Mom

Watermelon Keg (picture source)


Bites & Sides: 

Fresh Spring Rolls via Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

Extra-Green Goddess Dip via Bon Appétit (photo source)

Charred Corn Salad with Basil and Tomatoes via Bon Appétit


Hot Dogs with Peppers & Mozzarella 

Peach, Prosciutto, and Goat-Cheese Pizza via Gourmet

Grill-Pressed Italian Party Panini via Serious Eats

Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs via A Spicy Perspective

Korean BBQ Ribs via Jo Cooks


Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bars via Pinch of Yum

Peach-Blueberry Ice Cream Pie via Bon Appétit (photo source)

Blueberry Mascarpone Tart via Sugar & Snapshots

Wild Ginger Ice Cream via Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Easy Berry Pavlova via Haidee’s Kitchen


What is on your menu?

Have a safe 4th of July!