salmon and asparagusBROILED SALMON

Omegas, omegas, omegas! Or, one less vitamin the kids have to take.1 large salmon filet (preferably from the belly)1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

zest of one lemon

Salt & pepper to taste

Herbs de Provence

Preheat broiler.

Pour olive oil over salmon. Add salt and pepper. Generously sprinkle the Herbs de Provence and zest of one lemon over salmon. Broil for 8-10 minutes.

Optional: Squeeze lemon juice over salmon when it comes out of the oven.


Yes, my kids eat this. Fight over it, actually. Trust me.

1 bunch asparagus

1 or 1 ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400º.

Wash asparagus and trim; bend the asparagus spears and they will break off where they are ripe and ready.

Rub with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roast for ten minutes, or until tender.

To make a New Year’s resolution is to say there is some thing about my self/life that could use improvement.I say, wouldn’t it be better to acknowledge all of the things in our lives that are good, to bullet-point the things we’re doing right? I’d call these “non-resolutions”.  A list of non-resolutions would not begin with regret, and has no place for “shoulda-coulda-woulda”.But similar to a list of New Year’s resolutions, a list of non-resolutions ends with hope. It’s got it’s eyes turned towards the sun.I’m making a list of non-resolutions, things I do right, things I hope to keep on doing throught 2010, and beyond.

Gratitude. Gratitude. Gratitude.

Make dinner for my family almost every night, except for Friday, when we go to the nearest family-owned Italian restaurant, get Chinese take-out, or eat enough spicy enchiladas to set our souls on fire.
Continue to get exercise four days a week; walking the dog, a spin class, taking a hike, swimming in the surf when the weather warms up.

Read more books than television shows I watch; cookbooks of Indian cuisine which I know nothing about, re-read a work of classic American literature, or a friend’s blog to which I can relate.

Help my kids with their homework without losing my patience. Actually, this would be on my New Year’s Resolution list too, because I accomplish this not quite all of the time.

Keep up on the wellness exams – kids, dog, car. Oh, and me.

Write every day, because it makes me feel good; make edits in my book, finish the blog I’ve hit  “save draft” on 1000 times, or start/finish/re-work a column that seemed a lot easier when it was merely an idea that came to me while driving to soccer practice.

Make my husband lunch because it saves us an estimated total of $2,080 a year if he doesn’t spend $8 each day on a burrito and iced tea or an overpriced sub sandwich and bottled water.

Thank my parents for something each day; for always being there to help me with my kids, for calling me while they’re at Costco and saying “Do you need anything, honey?”, for being a buoy in the ocean that keeps moving around me.

Acknowledge my kids efforts as often as I can; for getting out of bed to go to school, then out the door by 7:30 a.m. when they’re age-appropriately inclined to chase the dog or fight with their siblings instead. For caring about how other kids feel (even if they forget how I might, from time to time). For telling me that my broiled salmon is fantasterrific and eating their vegetables during dinner. For taking three different kinds of vitamins each night just to ease my mind.

Make my spouse feel loved – draw hearts on the sandwich baggies, wash and fold his favorite shirt for game day, text him lyrics from our song while he’s working.

Keep the patches of dirt around our home alive with herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables; so my kids can see how something tastes better when they grow it, so we can wake up every morning and count tulip buds together, so we don’t have to pay for our own pumpkins come autumn when we grow our own and feel pride when they give the surplus to our neighbors and friends.

Put more energy into cultivating joy than worrying about variables. This is the last one because it, like #4, fits on both lists; something I currently do, and something I need to do better.

One of the main reasons people make a list of New Year’s resolutions – as a person who used to make them – is to make the better things in life habitual.

It only makes sense, then, to list the better things in our life. And the more you do it, the easier it gets.


Smantha Gianulis

Samantha recently released my her family food memoir, Little Grapes on the Vine…Mommy's Musings on Food & Family .

Samantha is a self-taught chef. She worked in the Catering and Special Events industry for seven years before becoming a stay at home, now a work at home, Mom.
She appeared on NBC's ivillage Live.

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