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Roasted Salmon: New England Style # The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams A Cookbook #Weekly Menu Plan

Roasted Salmon- New England Style- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Rosana Y. Wan and Schiffer Publishing. All opinions are my own. 

The Balch family has been in America since 1636. Through my husband's family history the story of how the United States became a country is very vivid. My kids have always gotten so excited to see a family name on a statue or included in an American history story: a relative road with Paul Revere and fought at Bunker Hill. 

My family's enthusiasm has rubbed off on me. I have become so much more interested in the birth of this great country and, of course, it's culinary history. The Culinary Lives of John & Abigail Adams A Cookbook by Rosana Y. Wan is so engrossing for a fan of American history and a person interested in cooking. 

I didn't realize that during the late 1700's and early 1800's Americans were still cooking over open fires or fireplaces. Know wonder breakfast and lunch were the big meals of the day. How could you make a big dinner without sunlight? No electricity... it's so hard for us to image.

Roasted Salmon: New England Style: simplelivingeating.com

It was really only the upper class who could afford to have servants to cook for them that really indulge in large course meals. For the average person simple fare was time consuming enough...plus they had to work at their trade or farm.

Well John and Abigail were part of the elite in America. Through their rich correspondence we learn about the multi-course dinners they attended not only in the US but in Britain and France. This cookbook is just filled with the personal letters of John and Abigail on the food that impressed them, along with recipes for some of these tasty meals.

The Culinary Lives of John and Abigail Adams A Cookbook

I made their Roasted Salmon and I have to tell you I was a little nervous about rubbing on spices like: mace, allspice and cinnamon on fish. I associate these seasonings with pie, not savory dishes, but this is what they had available during their time... and I  can happily report it was delicious. I accompanied the salmon with mashed potatoes and a recipe for Boiled Peas with Mint that was also in the cookbook.

Truly, get a copy of this cookbook the recipes are terrific and it is such an enjoyable way to connect with our country's history. 

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Scallops with Carmel-Orange Sauce, Quinoa & Green Beans

Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken with Trader Joe's Masala Simmer Sauce, Peas & Brown Rice

Wednesday: Fundraiser Diner for the Learning Foundation (French Food!)

Thursday: Crepe's Normandy filled with Chicken, Mushrooms and Spinach with a light white wine cream sauce

Friday: Slow Cooker Spareribs with Trader Joe's Sriracha Barbecue Sauce, French Fries and Cole Slaw

Saturday: Trader Joe's Indian Dishes with Basmati Brown Rice and Naan Bread

Roasted Salmon: New England Style

by by Rosana Y. Wan 
Reprinted with permission from Rosana Y. Wan and Schiffer Publishing
Keywords: roast gluten-free salmon American winter

Ingredients (3 to 4)
  • 1 whole salmon fillet (usually about 2.5 pounds)
  • Olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Few pinches of salt or freshly ground salt
  • Small amount of grated bread crumbs from wheat bread or dark rye bread

1) Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
2) Wash the fish, and remove the scales. You can get the butcher to do this for you.
3) Put olive oil or melted unsalted butter on a sheet pan.
4) Mix the ground spices together.
5) Sprinkle some of the mixture on both sides of the fish.
6) Sprinkle chopped parsley on the fish. Then sprinkle salt on the fish. Finally, sprinkle the fish with the breadcrumbs.
7) Place the fish in the oven. Cook for about 10 to 13 minutes.
Serve fish on a large plate and garnish with more fresh parsley, if desired.
My cooking notes:
I needed to serve the salmon at different times to members of my family so I skillet cooked it. I heated a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat and melted the butter in it. I rubbed the seasoning into the fish cooked it covered about 5 minutes per side. We skipped the breadcrumbs, but you could have browned them up quickly in the skillet and topped the fish.

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  1. American History is so fascinating. Truly my favorite field trips and family vacation as a kid were visiting the historical sites. This book is going on my wish list! The Salmon sounds amazing, and looks wonderful as well Diane!

    1. I hope you get a copy. It is so cool to eat something our founding father had on their dinner table. I read the book like a novel. John and Abigail had such a special relationship.

  2. Thanks for the heads up on this post. The recipes You made are much more modern than I would have expected from the Adams time. I've always wanted to visit their homestead but never made time. You might have lit a fire of encouragement. Come on up and join me when the weather warms up.

    1. They did up date the recipes for modern cooks and yes, I do need to check out their homestead. I find them to be one of the most interesting couples in our country's history.

  3. Diane,
    My hubby loves American history so this would be right up his alley. I love salmon but I would be nervous about using those spices on it too.

    1. You should get it for him...yes, it is funny how those spices stuck in dessert making but disappeared with savory dishes. It really did taste good on the salmon.

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  5. Hello Diana,
    I am having guests from Russia tomorrow an was going to make something American, but on the other hand decide to make Salmon with herbs and start looking for recipe..., who would think that my wish can come true, i love herbs and unusual tastes, i will let you know on Friday, Thank you, sound very tasty and promising, Irene

    1. I don't think you can get more American than this recipe. You have to make the peas too a little butter and mint.

  6. I think I'll have to get that book. This recipe looked delicious :)

    1. If you like food and American History I'd say get the book.

  7. What a fun post. This meal pulled me in since salmon, mashed potatoes and peas is one of my favorites. I'm curious to experiment with the spices!

    1. I think you will be surprised at how good the spice mix is on salmon. I plan on trying it on swordfish too.

  8. Hi Diane,
    What a great post and the meal looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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