Archive for January, 2009


I’m certainly not someone who would consider themselves a foodie… but I feel like I really know what good food is after a recent Healthy Dish segment with our registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil.   We talked a lot about the health benefit of seafood… like fish.  One of the dishes Executive Chef  Michael Buard at Au Pied de Cochon… prepared for us was Salmon Paupiette… it’s basically salmon prepared in parchment paper. I must say… it was quite possibly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted (next to chocolate of course.)  The great thing is it’s so simple to make… easy enough that Chef Buard shared the recipe with me… try it for yourself and you’ll see.

Salmon Paupiette For 4 People


  • 4 pieces 6 oz. Salmon Filet
  • 1 each Zucchini
  • 1 each Yellow Squash
  • 1/2 each Eggplant
  • 2 each Large Tomato
  • 2 each sprig Thyme
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 1 whole Lemon (sliced)
  • 1/8 cup Olive Oil
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper


  1. Cut vegetables on the bias; season and grill- set vegetables aside to cool.
  2. Next take 1 sheet of parchment 6×6 and place on counter. Fold in ½.
  3. When vegetables are cool place them alternating on one half of the open fold.
  4. Next season the Salmon and place on top of the vegetables.
  5. Now place the lemon wheels on top of the fish. Sprinkle lightly with the white wine.
  6. Close the open end and from the right hand corner begin to twist the edges of the paper together to form a pouch. Ensure it is leak prove.
  7. Bake at 350F for 12 to 14 minutes.
    Chefs Tip: Any of your favorite veggies can be substituted for the ones in this recipe. i.e. spinach, broccoli, and cabbage.

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How Young is Too Young?


I knew it was only a matter of time before my daughter asked me the question “when can I wear make-up?”  Of course compared to many other questions heard from the mouth of  an 11-year-old… this questions was pretty mild… but I had still been dreading it.  The question came after a long weekend with all of her other 11-year-old friends.  It’s a hard question to answer when your profession is based in part on your looks.  Makeup, hairspray and jewelry are must-haves for on-air appeal.  So my best answer… which probably will only hold off the question for a few months was… “you can wear makeup when your mature… and being mature means making up your bed, cleaning your room, and taking out the trash without being told.”   Maybe it’s not the best answer but I thought it was better than “because I said so.”  So I guess I’m in the clear as long as her room is a disaster and the garbage is overflowing.  I suppose I’ll have to pick my battles… it’s all part of being a parent.

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