Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Lydia liked salmon, which is good for your brain, but she still got frontotemporal degeneration anyway. She loved watching Ina Garten and has several of her cookbooks. This is from Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

salmon melting cherry tomatoes Calgary Herald

from the Calgary Herald


  • Good olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced garlic
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved through the stem
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) julienned fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lb (1 kg) salmon fillet, cut crosswise into 4 pieces


Preheat the oven to 425F (220C).

Heat 3 tbsp (50 mL) of the olive oil in a medium (10-inch/25-cm) saute pan.

Add the onion and saute over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Stir in the tomatoes, 1 tsp (5 mL) salt and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the tomato sauce thickens slightly. Off the heat, stir in the vinegar and basil.

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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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