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Poached Salmon Salad

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Serves 6

1lb fresh salmon

½c ea white wine & water

few slices of onion & sprigs of parsley

1T butter

1c white wine vinegar

1T fresh lemon juice

½t lemon zest, grated

½t sea salt

½t white pepper

½c mayo

1T dill

4c mixed greens

1c cucumbers, seeded, half moon slices

½c tomatoes, diced

 

To Poach Salmon

1. Lightly salt salmon fillets

2. Combine water, wine, onion & parsley in shallow pan. Bring to simmer over medium high heat

3. Slide salmon pieces into poaching liquid and dot with butter

4. Bring to slow boil, reduce heat to medium, poach 10 to 15 mins

5. Chill & flake into large pieces

 

For Salad

1. Combine vinegar, lemon juice, zest, s&p; whisk in mayo & dill

2. Lay greens, cucumber, tomatoes & salmon; drizzle with dressing

Poached Salmon Salad

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Serves 6

1lb fresh salmon

½c ea white wine & water

few slices of onion & sprigs of parsley

1T butter

1c white wine vinegar

1T fresh lemon juice

½t lemon zest, grated

½t sea salt

½t white pepper

½c mayo

1T dill

4c mixed greens

1c cucumbers, seeded, half moon slices

½c tomatoes, diced

 

To Poach Salmon

1. Lightly salt salmon fillets

2. Combine water, wine, onion & parsley in shallow pan. Bring to simmer over medium high heat

3. Slide salmon pieces into poaching liquid and dot with butter

4. Bring to slow boil, reduce heat to medium, poach 10 to 15 mins

5. Chill & flake into large pieces

 

For Salad

1. Combine vinegar, lemon juice, zest, s&p; whisk in mayo & dill

2. Lay greens, cucumber, tomatoes & salmon; drizzle with dressing

P Words

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We have lots of them at MG: people, presentation, partner, process, policies, production… 

But, today’s P-word…POSITIVE (let’s shout it out!)…comes from core value #5: Be kind, be positive, be gracious. (Tip for remembering it’s core value #5? Five and positive both have i-v-e in them) 

One way that leaders (and all people!) can help themselves to see beyond the moment is to engage in positive thinking. This means that you believe that the best is going to happen in every situation, rather than the worst.

Positive thinking is not naivete; nor does it suggest that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. It simply expresses the belief that you will find a way forward in every situation in a manner that is most healthy and productive.
From Think Positive and Achieve. 

The biggest threat to positive thinking is…fear. Get to know what you are afraid of and you can confront it. Confront it and you can overcome it…and find a way forward. A child is not afraid of the dark, they are afraid of what’s in it…

Summer Veggie & Couscous Salad

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Serves 4

lemon vinaigrette

3T fresh lemon juice

¼c white balsamic vinegar

¾c olive oil

¼t salt

⅛t black pepper

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8oz Isareli couscous

¼c red onion, thinly sliced

1 med zucchini, cut in half lengthwise

1 small Japanese eggplant, cut in half lengthwise

½ea red & yellow pepper

¼c fresh mint chopped

¼c fresh basil chopped

1c feta cheese crumbled

 

1. Combine lemon juice, vinegar, s&p

2. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking to blend

3. Cook couscous, drain, cool, drizzle with oil

4. Soak onion in cold water 1 min, drain

5. Brush zucchini, eggplant & peppers with oil; grill/broil 3-5 min per side

6. Cool veggies, cut ½” dice

7. Mix grilled veggies, onion, couscous & vinaigrette

8. Before serving add herbs & feta cheese; toss

Believe You Can

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It’s easy to think that FBI Agents, soldiers, law enforcement, all need tremendous confidence to do their jobs every day. But, it’s important in any career. It’s a mindset and it can make all the difference. And, it’s a skill that can be developed. 

5 confidence strategies from a former FBI agent: 

1. Take risks

If you think you never make mistakes, you are a narcissist…But if you are humble and self-aware, you recognize that taking risks, making mistakes, and failing will help you understand that there is always something you can do to be better. 

2. Ask for feedback

…of those who fail, 26% do so because they are unwilling to accept feedback as they are afraid it might be negative. 

3. Practice, practice, practice

The best way to build confidence in a given area is to invest energy in it and work hard at it. 

4. Link up

When your talent or skill set is reinforced by someone you respect, it resonates at a deeper level. When you believe you can do it, you work harder. When others believe in you, they push you harder. 

5. GRIT up
Great athletes are not always young and fresh; instead, they are the ones who have prepared for the game and have the desire, grit, and will to succeed.

 

 

Roasted Carrots with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

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Serves 6

1lb small carrots (colored heirloom best)

1T extra virgin olive oil

s&p

⅓c plain greek yogurt

2t lime juice

1t curry powder

1 pinch cayenne

zest of 1 lime

 

1. Preheat oven to 400°F

2. Toss carrots with olive oil, s&p

3. Roast 30-35 min, turning halfway through

4. Combine yogurt with lime, curry & cayenne

5. Serve yogurt on side of roasted carrots

6. Garnish with lime zest

Spicy Coconut Soup (Tom Kha)

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Serves 4-6

¼c lemongrass, white only (about 6″)

2t garlic

2T grated fresh ginger

1-2t crushed red pepper

1t ground coriander

1t cumin

1c onion, thinly sliced

4c water or chicken stock

10oz can  coconut milk

2t olive oil

1c shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, thinly sliced

2c green cabbage (or bok choy), thinly sliced

¼c chopped cilantro

 

1. Smash stem of lemongrass to release flavor

2. In large pot, combine lemongrass, garlic, ginger, spices, onion, stock & coconut milk. Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes. Remove Lemongrass

3. Heat oil in sauté pan. Sauté shiitakes, 4 mins

4. Add cabbage to shiitakes, cook 5 mins more

5. Add shiitakes and cabbage to soup

6. Garnish with chopped cilantro

 

Feeling It

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Winnie the Pooh: “Piglet: how do you spell love?”

Piglet: “Pooh: you don’t spell it, you feel it.” 

We are in the people business. And the food business, but the food doesn’t walk itself from the farm to the truck to the kitchen to the cutting board to the platter and out to the customer. And it doesn’t clean up after itself. People still do!

Each day, we influence how people feel through our attitudes and our actions. “Hospitality” is achieved when someone “feels” taken care of…and when the food we are serving “feels” taken care of. 

So, are you feeling it?

 

 

Roasted Kale Chips

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Serves 6-8

1 small bunch kale

2-4T canola oil

sea salt

 

1. Preheat oven to 300°F

2. Strip kale off center ribs, tear into 2″ pieces

3. Rinse & dry thoroughly

4. Toss with canola oil, work into leaves until shiny

5. Spread on baking sheets in shallow layer; season lightly with salt

6. Bake 10 mins, rotate pan & bake 15 mins more, until crispy

Meet Your Motivation

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When we work in teams, like in busy kitchens, we occasionally think about how to motivate each other. Or…if that’s even possible. Can one human really motivate another? That is debatable. But think of it this way…have you felt inspired by another? Have you watched someone perform a skill or hear them describe how they got from point A to point B in their life, and felt encouraged that maybe you can accomplish ____, too? (whatever that ____ may be…run a marathon, learn a second language, plant a garden, seek a promotion).

According to the experts, we all have “native”, intrinsic motivations that are formed early in our lives. DiSC assessments have a section devoted to this topic. If you search the web, there are many self-tests…like this quirky one sponsored by Oprah. Whatever your motivation style is…give yourself a chance to feed it every day and surely you will inspire others by your example.

 

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