Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Something Different For the 4th, Salmon with Avocado Salsa

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on July 3, 2012 ][ In Fish ]

I’ve really been inspired to try some new recipes lately even though I don’t feel like cooking (go figure) and I have come up with a few winners.  I’ve shared a couple of them so far and today I have another, just in time for the 4th.  If you are tired of hot dogs and hamburgers and long for something a bit more sophisticated for your celebration, look no further.  From time to time, I get inspired to reproduce something I’ve had in a restaurant even if I don’t have the recipe.  This is one of those times that I actually pulled it off and though it may not be exactly the same and no where near as good as the original, my family enjoyed it.  Best of all, it is HEALTHY!


Omar’s Uptown is hands down my favorite restaurant in Jonesboro and indeed, ranks high among my all time favorite restaurants, most of which are in Seaside, Fl.  Because I love fish I can hardly restrain myself from ordering my favorite dish every time we go there and I’m never disappointed.  I can’t recall the exact name but it is the tuna with the avocado salsa.  Few things are as good as quality tuna prepared perfectly and Omar’s gets it right every time.  Try it the next time you are on a special date.  Omar’s doesn’t disappoint in any area – food, decor, drinks, service.


I tried to reproduce that salsa for my salmon last week and here are the results.  I chose salmon because it looked good and I can never get the same quality tuna in our local grocery stores.  I have never been able to cook tuna to my satisfaction anyway.  Under cook the salmon just a bit.  If you overcook the salmon, it gets dried out and loses that delicate moistness and flavor.



Salmon With Avocado Salsa

1 salmon fillet per person

your favorite spicy rub (mine is a secret blend made by a friend of my mother-in-law), try blackened seasoning

2 avocados

1 pint grape tomatoes

1 lime

2 to 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Place salmon in a lightly greased baking dish, skin side down if it has skin on it.  Season to your taste with the spicy rub.  Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.  If the fish is thin, check after 10 minutes.  Fish is done when it just flakes and still looks opaque.  Prepare salsa while fish cooks or even well before dinner to save time when entertaining.  Anyway, dice avocados into a bowl.  Chop about 1/2 the pint of tomatoes and add to avocados.  Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture, and add the cilantro.  Toss gently.  Add a pinch of salt.  The lime juice should keep the avocado from turning brown if you make it ahead.


Serve this with garlic mashed potatoes, a nice green salad or some grilled vegetables fresh from the garden.  Since my family doesn’t get that many hot dogs or hamburgers, that is exactly what we are grilling on the 4th.  I’m even going so far as to serve vanilla milkshakes with a choice of fresh pureed fruit mixed in!  Whatever you do, have a safe, happy holiday and please leave the fireworks to the professionals.  With this drought, we don’t need anymore fires.

Upadated on July 3, 2012

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