Can you believe that Father’s Day is almost here? This year, we’re excited to celebrate it as a family with both my dad and my husband. It’s a rare joy, as my folks live abroad in Slovakia these days and grace us with their visits only every so often. We’re looking forward to simply being in one another’s presence, enjoying each other’s company and sharing some special, reflective time over some great food. My dad and my husband are so very important to me, and I love and admire them both so very much, each for their own special reasons: my dad, for being a terrific father and now, grandfather, and for always providing a precious source of love and support; and my hubby, because he’s the daddy-o to our son and my best friend, and is the best partner in life (and in crime) a gal could ever ask for. I’m so grateful to have both of these special men in my life, and feel blessed for what each has brought and continues to bring to our family.
My dad and my husband share some wonderful qualities. They’re both free-spirited explorers and curious souls, and have enormously loving hearts for their family. Their passion is contagious, and we love them all the more for it. I often like to reminisce about some of the fun times we’ve shared together as a family. The memories we’ve formed along the way, taking a few family road trips to some of our favorite places, all packing into the car together like sardines, will be with me for years to come. I smile when I think of some of the great conversations we’ve had on our way driving to some place we’re about to go explore, or the laughs we’ve shared on the long car ride home when we’re all slap-happy, tired and tongue-tied, just trying to get back to the house. Granddads and dads can be wonderful providers of silly absurdity, and our lives just wouldn’t be as colorful and funny without them.
With Father’s Day just a couple of days away, I’m already looking forward to giving the special daddy’s in our family some much-needed TLC, along with some comfort food for their bellies. It’s their day, after all, and they should be celebrated for their loving contributions and the joy that they bring to their family, not to mention all of their manly expertise and guidance. They like to think of themselves as strong, tough guys, but we know better ladies, don’t we? They’re actually our big, soft teddy bears that just adore knowing how much they’re loved and needed by their families.
Happy Father’s Day, dads!
Taste what’s good and pass it on.
Spicy, Cajun Salmon Fillet on a Rustic Roll with Arugula and Lemon Aioli
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2 teaspoons Cajun Creole seasoning (or blackening seasoning)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon, plus a pinch, salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 skinless salmon fillets (about 4-5 ounces each)
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, plus a drizzle for the baking sheet
4 soft, crusty rustic rolls, cut in half and toasted
• Lemon Aioli (recipe below)
2 cups arugula greens
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges for garnish
-Prepare the dry-rub by adding the Cajun Creole seasoning with the rest of the ingredients through the pinch of cayenne pepper to a small dish or ramekin; combine with a fork, and set aside for a moment.
-Place the salmon fillets onto a large plate or platter, and rub with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the dry-rub ingredients; marinate the fillets for about 20 minutes.
*While salmon marinates, prepare the Lemon Aioli below.
-After marinating the salmon, turn the broiler on high and line a baking sheet with foil; drizzle a bit of olive oil onto the foil, and add the salmon fillets; broil the salmon for about 8-9 minutes, or until it is golden brown on top yet still moist in the middle.
-Remove salmon from broiler and set side; prepare the sandwiches by spreading about 1 tablespoon of the Lemon Aioli onto each half of a toasted roll, and add about ½ cup of the arugula greens to the bottom half of the roll; add the warm salmon fillet on top of the greens, plus a few of the slices of the red onion, and cover with the top of the roll; serve with a bit of extra Lemon Aioli on the side, along with a wedge of lemon.
Lemon Aioli ingredients:
½ cup real mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1teaspoon lemon zest
1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of black pepper
-In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients, and whisk well until completely combined; refrigerate until ready to use for sandwiches.