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Soul Foodie: ‘This Could Be Love’ When You Bite Into This Pan Seared Salmon


Soul Foodie Soundtrack: Lalah Hathaway "This Could Be Love"

There are certain things, places, and people that elicit an immediate, involuntary response with each encounter. Your heartbeat starts to race, you get a glimmer in your eye, butterflies play tag in your stomach, you get weak in the knees, a feeling of joy just wraps its arms around you, or all of the above. It's something that you can't control, but it's something that might just control you if you allow it to. What is "it" you may find yourself wondering? Lalah Hathaway has the answer and she takes us through a heady journey with the intoxicating ballad, "This Could Be Love," from her new album, Where It All Begins. Her vocals are a rich delight, fulfilling your every musical desire with a song of pure decadence. But Lalah makes such vocal excellence sound easy, and for her it is. Like the singer and her song from which it takes its inspiration, This Could Be Love Pan Seared Salmon and Hollandaise Sauce is full of flavor yet a simple dish to create. Market-fresh salmon lightly seared and garnished with a silky hollandaise sauce will have your taste buds professing their love and begging for a reprise.
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This Could Be Love Pan Seared Salmon

4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat a large heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Coat salmon fillets with olive oil, and evenly sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of each fillet. Place salmon fillets flesh side down in skillet, and increase heat to high. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn fillets over, and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Plate salmon fillets, and garnish with hollandaise sauce.


Serves 4

Hollandaise Sauce

3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon hot water
1 cup butter, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped (optional)

Pour a few inches of water into a saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to medium-high, and maintain water at a gentle boil. Place the egg yolks in a metal bowl, and whisk in hot water. Place the bowl over, but not touching, the boiling water. Hold the edge of the bowl with an oven mitt or dish towel. Whisk the eggs yolks constantly until they thicken; turn a light, opaque yellow; and double in volume. You may need to remove the bowl from the heat from time to time in order to keep from scrambling the yolks.

When the egg yolks have thickened and increased in volume, begin whisking in the butter one cube at a time until it melts and incorporates in with the yolks. Wait for each cube of butter to melt and incorporate into mixture before adding the next. Once all of the butter has been added, remove from heat. Whisk in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Total cooking time is approximately 15 minutes. Serve over This Could Be Love Pan Seared Salmon fillets, and garnish with fresh chives.

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