Pandemic Food Storage Tips: Keeping grapes and mushrooms fresh longer

The Covid-19 pandemic sent grocery sales soaring early this year. Reports say that peak has leveled off in more recent months, but sales are still up significantly year-over-year in the supermarket business.

And because we’re buying more, I thought this would be a good time to review how to keep the items we buy fresher longer, especially when it comes to perishable produce.

Trout, with mushrooms as a garnish.

So here are two articles from that give tips on storing mushrooms and grapes. Continue reading “Pandemic Food Storage Tips: Keeping grapes and mushrooms fresh longer”

Memorial Day salmon, 5 ways

Memorial Day is the traditional start of the cookout season but it’s raining in Chicago, so I’m going to adapt a cookout recipe to make in the oven today, salmon done five different ways.

Start with a large piece of salmon, mine was about two and a half pounds. Cut it in half and then cut one of the halves into fourths.

My Memorial Day salmon with corn, these are two of my five preps for the salmon.
My Memorial Day salmon with corn, these are two of my five preps for the salmon.

For the first prep, slice two lemons thinly and line a piece of aluminum foil with them to make a bed for the larger piece of salmon. Put the salmon on top, then coat with a lemon-infused olive oil. Cover that with a salt-free spice mixture. I used a Greek spice mix bought from our local Spice House. Wrap that one in aluminum foil and it’s ready to go. Continue reading “Memorial Day salmon, 5 ways”

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