Yes Mom, your son can cook…

Cooking. A chore if you will. Usually takes too much time, comes out wrong, and makes a mess of the kitchen. I usually don’t cook and if I do it is something simple. Last week Emily made us Lasagna (which was very good), so I thought I’d return the favor and make Salmon.

I’ve never cooked it before, so it was something new. Also, I have zero spices (why have them? for pizza?) so I ran to the store to pick them all up. After all that, I started on it. Mixing the spices and such, and then cooking it. It turned out OK I guess, I really don’t eat salmon that much, but we ate it and it didn’t kill us, so that’s a good first sign.

In a way, cooking is like programming. Take the requirements (the recipe) and then take some constructs (ingredients), put them together in a logical way, following some set of standards, and then test the output (eat! :))

Spiced Maple Glazed Salmon

Serves 2

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 tablespoon chopped green onions

Step 0 – Crack open a Coors Light – use throughout all steps

Step 1 – Make sure the salmon is defrosted – so if you buy frozen fillets, let them sit out for a day, or buy fresh fillets

Step 2 – Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 3 – Create the spice mix. Paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and brown sugar

Step 4 – Put salmon on a baking dish

Step 5 – Sprinkle salmon with sea salt, then rub with spice mixture from step 3

Step 6 – Combine melted butter and maple syrup, and drizzle on the fillets, and sprinkle green onions on top

Step 7 – Bake for 10-12 minutes (15 at most)

Step 8 – Server with Salad, vegetable, rice, or something similar.

Step 9 – Open Wine, enjoy šŸ™‚

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If anyone is ambitious, try out the recipe and let me know how it tastes. Now if Microsoft would only make Namespaces in .NET called System.IO.Eating and System. Cooking I’d be set šŸ™‚

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By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

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