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I took my daughter, a friend of hers and my youngest son to a movie on a quiet Tuesday afternoon – which ended up being an unexpectedly luxurious experience. The theatre had recently been renovated, and outfitted with super-sized reclining seats – and even more enchanting – we were the only ones in there.

Once the movie ended, we roused ourselves from the depths of comfort, moved our chairs to their upright positions, discarded drink cups and most of the enormous bag of popcorn I had somehow purchased, and returned home after dropping my daughters friend off. Thankfully the dish I planned to make for dinner, Roasted Salmon and Fennel with Pistachio Gremolata didn’t take very long to prepare, and was ready to eat by the time my husband emerged from his meditation practice. We poured a glass of rose` wine, made a simple green salad and our family gathered around the table on the back porch for dinner.


2 medium fennel bulbs, cored and sliced into wedges

1/2 red onion, sliced into wedges

3 tablespoons olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 salmon fillets

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 cup salted, shelled pistachios, chopped

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Heat oven to 400F.

Line a large rimmed sheet pan with foil. On the pan, toss the fennel and onion with the olive oil and a big pinch each of salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables evenly and roast until tender and browned at the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Place the salmon fillets amongst the vegetables, spaced evenly apart, and season with salt and pepper. Roast until salmon is just cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the gremolata (unfortunately not pictured) place the parsley, pistachios, lemon zest and garlic into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Serve the salmon and vegetables topped with the gremolata.


Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking, October/November 2015