Grilled rainbow trout are a real treat, and the light herbs enhance the flavors nicely. The only tricky part is flipping the fish without breaking it up. You want to flip them just once if possible.

Ingredients (per trout, 2 trout will feed 3 people)

  • 1 cleaned rainbow trout (about ½ lb), with head on
  • 6 mint leaves, chopped finely
  • finely chopped parsley, same quantity as the mint
  • a pinch of finely chopped sweet basil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • juice from one small lemon
  • salt and pepper to season


  • Chop herbs and mix into butter and lemon juice.
  • If you're using salted butter, no additional salt will be needed, otherwise add about ¼ tsp salt to the mix, plus pepper to taste.
  • Gently rub skin with a small amount of butter and herbs.
  • Fill fish's body cavity with remaining butter and herbs.
  • Grill 5-7 minutes per side. When the eye that's down turns white, that side is done.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5-7 minutes per side

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A fairly simple breakfast sausage mix. This is based on AB’s Breakfast Sausage, with a few tweaks I made along the way to make it work better with the ingredients I had on hand, my schedule, and my taste-buds. Since you can’t taste it until after it’s ground and cooked, this is the kind of recipe where keeping notes is extra-handy.


  • 2 pounds pork butt (2½-3 with bone) cut into ½ to ¾ inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt (AB calls for 2tsp, but at that level I had to salt the patties, which led to a much higher salt level overall)
  • 1½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried sage (I’ve doubled this and liked the results)
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • (Optional) ½ pound pork fat, if you got a really lean pork-butt

special equipment

  • meat grinder


  • Chop, grind, and otherwise prepare spices. Dump them into a 1 gallon zip-top freezer bag.
  • Cube meat, dropping it into the bag. If the meat is really lean (less than 20% fat), add up to ½ pound of pork fat. Getting the lean/fat ratio right might require some experience, but an untrimmed pork butt is about right. If your butcher trims it, asking him for extra pork-fat and explaining that you’re grinding your own sausage will help him help you get the ratio right.
  • Mix everything in the bag thoroughly. You want to get some spice coating every cube of meat.
  • Refrigerate meat and spices at least an hour, preferably overnight.
  • Grind meat with coarse blade of grinder.
  • Put meat back into zip-top and chill for a half-hour in freezer, or for an hour or two in the fridge. The goal here is to get the fat to firm up again. If the fat melts during second batch of grinding, you haven’t chilled things enough.
  • Grind meat with fine blade of grinder.
  • Package for storage. I use one quart zip-top bags, putting about ¾ pound in each.

This recipe will give you about two pounds of finished breakfast sausage. It’ll keep for about a week in the fridge, or for a few months in the freezer. Cook it just like you would the factory-made stuff, except with more mouth-watering good smells from the pan.

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Ham steak, glazed vegetables, green beans, and a slice of bread, with a sparkling apricot beverage visible in a glass next to the plate

Glaze Ingredients

  • ½ C apricot preserves
  • ⅓ C french dressing
  • 1½ Tbsp honey
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg

Other Ingredients

  • 1½ pound ham steak (approx 1½-2 inches thick)
  • ½ pound frozen roasted sweet potatoes
  • 1 large apple, cut into 1 cm or ½ inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp onion, diced


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Mix preserves, dressing, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, and heat enough to dissolve honey
  • Place ham steak in roasting pan
  • Arrange vegetables around ham steak
  • Spoon ⅓ of glaze over ham and vegetables
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Stir veg, flip steak & add ⅓ of glaze
  • Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until ham reached internal temp of 160F
  • Slice and serve, using remaining glaze on ham
  • We served it with green beans, which made an appealing plate

Sparkling Apricot Drink

  • 6 oz Apricot Nectar
  • ½ shot Campari
  • Fill glass with soda water

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