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by Michael Davis, Executive Chef

 
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You wake up and there is no cold in the air. In fact, there's not even a chill. You step out the front door and the thermometer reads 65... at 7 a.m.

It must be July in the northeastern part of the country.

Well if you love the heat then you love a day that starts this way. You love the summer heat and there is a good chance you enjoy going to the beach. It brings thoughts of going to the shore whether that be the beaches of Cape Cod or Boardwalks of Ocean City Maryland.

These certainly aren't the only ones but they are the ones that came to my mind that are dear to my heart. Parking at old Silver Beach in Falmouth and packing a picnic lunch. Laying out a blanket and trying to keep the sand out of my food as I eat it.

You would think losing the battle to the sand elements taking lunch and keeping them out of the swim suit would keep people away from the beach. However there is something about that ocean that pulls people back. The shore seems to curb peoples taste buds too.

Depending on where you are will determine the local specialty. It might include salt water taffy, caramel corn, softshell crab, rock candy, clam chowder or fried dough. There could be as many foods on the list as there are beaches.

One food that seems to transcend them all is seafood in some fashion.

There seems to be something in the salt air that causes your desire for seafood to be magnified. If you don't like seafood that is one thing. However if you like seafood when was the last time you went to the ocean and didn't think "ah, seafood?"

Of course if you are by the ocean the seafood is freshest and if properly prepared fresh seafood is outstanding. I suppose combining the relaxation of lying on the beach breathing the ocean breezes and having some time to capture your thoughts along with eating some grilled, broiled, seafood makes the beach such memory making place.

Of course getting into that swimsuit and not hanging out of it may indeed be your goal right now. Now that you have a taste of how to beat the heat when it arrives or spend time on your vacation, we want to shed some of those pounds added in the winter.

The best start is to get moving. Start with a 15-minute walk a day. Drink more water and less soda, eat more salads, and enjoy foods that are lighter in fat and calories. One example of that would be the recipe that follows.

I've cooked up pastrami roasted salmon. The salmon is rich in protein and low in fat and calories. This preparation is very flavorful.

Pastrami Roasted Salmon

32 oz. salmon filet, boneless skinless
2 oz. dark molasses
1/2 tsp. ground mustard seed
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground coriander

1. combine dry spices,
2. rub cleaned salmon with molasses rub
3. sprinkle spices on side of salmon
4. roast salmon at 300 degrees for 10"18 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees

Executive Chef Michael Davis believes a creative innovation of wholesome foods is the best approach to eating... foods unadulterated by chemicals, layered in flavors with a picturesque presentation. He received his A.A.S. in Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University.




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