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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 1, Day 1

Baked Salmon with Mustard Cream
Creamy Orzo with Prosciutto
Hot Spinach Salad

Cooking time: 30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      When baking salmon, I line the baking sheet with foil and cook them, skin side down, without turning.  When they're done, I slide them off the skin and on to the plates, leaving the skin behind on the foil to wrap up and toss.

Salmon with Mustard Sauce 

Total time: 25 minutes
    The creamy yogurt takes a bit of the heat and bite out of the hot mustard, giving subtle flavors to the sauce.  We prefer salmon filets.  They may not make as nice of a presentation as steaks but they cook more evenly and are boneless.

Salmon, Mustard Cream Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Creamy Orzo with Prosciutto

Total time: 25 minutes
     The orzo is cooked in a minimum of liquid, so the starch, that is normally lost during cooking, turns into a creamy sauce, aided by some freshly grated Parmesan.  One thin slice of Prosciutto adds a distinctive finish.

Creamy Orzo with Prosciutto Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Warm Spinach Salad

Total time: 10 minutes
    This is a cross between a salad and a vegetable.  I've added a bit of bacon to it but you can leave it out for a vegetarian version.  Be careful to cook the spinach for a just a minute, only to wilt slightly.

Warm Spinach Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, 1 medium saucepan with
lid, baking sheet, foil, large skillet
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Finely chop shallots
Chop onion
Chop Prosciutto
Sauté shallots for mustard sauce
Sauté onion for orzo
Tend to the spinach
Add wine and mustard seeds to shallots
Add orzo to onion

Add wine, stock, Prosciutto to orzo, simmer
Add mustards, tarragon to mustard sauce
Bring to boil, remove from heat, remove 2 tbs
Add yogurt to remaining mustard sauce, cover
Prepare salmon
Spread reserved 2 tbs sauce over salmon, bake
Grate Parmesan
Cut spinach if needed
Heat oil, sauté Prosciutto
Stir Parmesan into orzo
Add vinegar, thyme, sugar to Prosciutto
Add spinach, stir-fry
Remove salmon, put on platter, spoon sauce on
Serve