You say Cottage, I say Shepherd’s Pie

So I started a debate on a food related site regarding the difference between Cottage and Shepherd’s pie. When the dust settled, many agreed that to be a true Shepherd’s Pie, it requires lamb vs beef. I just call this recipe delicious, stick your face in the plate and lick it clean, cheesy overload, goodness.

I had no leftovers…it’s just the three of us.

Shepherd's Pie pic

Cottage/Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic
1/4 chopped yellow onion
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons ketchup/catsup
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (or more to taste)
1 small jar beef gravy
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
4-6 servings if using instant or 2-3 cups if using homemade mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack
Salt and pepper to taste.

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Salmon with Nuts and Pesto

Salmon fish from the sea,
How satisfied you make me
Is it weird to love thee?
-An Ode to a Salmon by Athena Hood

I love salmon and it really does love you back! Salmon is a very good source of easily digestible proteins (amino acids), and fatty acids like Omega-3 in the form of triglyceride, as well as vitamins like vitamin-D, vitamin-A and some members of the vitamin-B family. It also contains minerals like selenium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and iron.

I love au naturel salmon as much as the next person, but when I want to dress it up and feel fancy, I add pesto, nuts and parmesan to the mix. Think of it as salmon in a tuxedo…ok, that might be a bit much. Better if you think about this recipe the next time you decide to cook salmon, deal?

Salmon with Nuts and Pesto

Salmon with Nuts and Pesto
Serves 4

4 salmon fillets (6 oz portion seems to work the best)
2-3 Tablespooons of pesto
2-3 Tablespoons of mayo
1 cup of crushed pecans or walnuts
Grated Parmesan cheese (shredded gave it a weird consistency)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray rimmed sheet pan with non-stick or line pan with non-stick foil.
Combine pesto and mayo to make a paste.
Place salmon on sheet pan and spread paste on fillets.
Sprinkle crushed nuts on top, taking care to push them into the paste.
Sprinkle parmesan, to your taste.

Bake for approximately 8 minutes. If it flakes, it’s done.