A friend of my hubby’s from high school recently started a cooking challenge website. I won’t repeat all the rules here but you can find them at www.helppetercook.com. My hubby thought this would be a great chance to try out our cooking skills and give him another opportunity to take some pictures. So, Peter, here is our entry for Week #10 Recipe Challenge.

Salmon, Pasta with Asparagus and Pears
1 cup brown rice penne pasta
8 to 10 spears asparagus
2 – 3 cloves garlic, chopped
Olive oil
2 wild salmon fillets
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 anjou pear, sliced 1/2 inch thick
Cook pasta in salted water according to directions.
Lightly coat the asparagus with olive oil. Add salt, pepper and garlic. Cook in the oven at 425 degrees for approximately 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the stalks.
Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper. Preheat 10 inch oven proof fry pan on medium – high heat. Preheat broiler in oven on high. Add butter to coat bottom of the pan. Place pears sliced side down around the edge of the pan. Add salmon to center of pan. Cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes on first side depending on thickness of fish. Flip pears and fish. Cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar over fish and pears. Put fish under broiler for approximately 3 minutes until brown sugar melts.
Cut asparagus into 2 inch sections. Stir into finished pasta with 1 tablespoon butter.
I think we did pretty good for our first time. We used the Tinkyada pasta which was delicious. The asparagus was great and the pears were perfect. And here are the results. My wonderful hubby took the picture.


salmon pasta and pear

As a bonus, the meal is gluten-free…


2 Responses to www.helppetercook.com

  1. Peter Carey says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much for the suggestion! It looks like a very yummy dish and I will have to give it a try. I really appreciate the suggestion!

  2. […] great job of cooking theirs and photographing the results!  Their recipe can be found at their Family Diners blog.  Take a moment to check them out, they have some other great recipes on there as […]

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