Sharing Food and Memories with Friends and Family

April 10, 2012
Irene Saiger


Judy’s Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

I had forgotten how beautiful Spring is on the East Coast.  Tulips and Daffodils are everywhere, poking their heads through even the most unwelcoming strips of land, and Golden Forsythia, White Dogwood, and Pink Redbud are all in full bloom.  After having spent hours in the kitchen preparing for Seder, the next day was sunny and warm and we were able to eat lunch outside.  I even managed to fall asleep on the grass, something I had not done in years.  Weather and family aside, we had the pleasure of sharing the holidays with the offspring of our children’s contemporaries.  There were three couples with babies under the age of one, the mothers women who I knew long before they were contemplating motherhood.  One of the babies spent all of Yontif  with us, Raviv, who everyone wanted to hold, each of us vying for his attention and affection.  There was no question that this Passover was different, and Zis, just as we had hoped.

In between the cooking and eating, there were several times when something brought me back to my childhood.  Today as I was walking down the streets of Williamsburg, I suddenly heard people speaking both Yiddish and Polish.  And this afternoon as I sat down to eat my lunch on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I realized that I packed the very same lunch that my mother used to make me, matzoh and salami (my mother’s favorite) a Dr. Brown’s Cream soda and a Passover Rainbow Cookie ( the ones with the almond flavoring and raspberry jam separating the yellow, green, and red layers of cake covered in dark chocolate.)  I thought about the fact that all my daughter wanted for lunch was my friend Judy’s Salmon, and so we prepared it last night.  Maybe she was reminiscing as well.  I hope that your last days of Yontif are filled with good food and the time to reminisce.

Judy’s Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce
I  2-3 lb. salmon fillet
1 stick of butter  (melted)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
1 tsp Dill (dried)
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt the butter and allow to cool.  Mix with the other ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.  Place the salmon fillet on parchment paper.  Spread about half of the sauce mixture on the salmon.  Place in oven for about 20 minutes, checking the thickest part to test if done.  Top of fish will be lightly browned.  Serve fish either hot or at room temperature with the rest of the sauce.  Serves 4-6

12 thoughts on “Judy’s Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

  1. Hi, Irene.

    Hope you are having the best time in New York. Guess what was the first thing I bought for Passover? Salami!! Passover is not Passover if there is no salami. Jeffrey has also become accustomed to having salami and matzoh sandwiches for Pesach. It is the only time of year that we allow ourselves that delicious indulgence. Remember all the trips we took and the lunches of salami, rye bread and hard boiled eggs. Thanks for the reminding me and for Judy’s recipe. Jeffrey and I were talking about her salmon loaf and how good it was. Now that I have the recipe I can actually devote a day to making it for us. Maybe two days.

    Love you,

    • Hi Anita,

      You and Jeff were really missed and I think you would have loved the seders and all the amazing little side trips. I agree, salami and Passover are a perfect match. Nopefully we will see you before Rosh Hashana but kreplech are next!


  2. Sounds just what I am looking for for that extra something for tomorrow’s lunch! Thanks Irene and Judy.
    Chag Sameach and Shabat Shalom. Ruth

  3. i loved being with you all- thank you so much again for having me! xo

  4. Your time with all the family, along with the beautiful weather and all of the wonderful Passover food sounded heavenly!! What a darling little one!! The salmon recipe sounds great and I am going to make it this evening! Thank you!! Love to everyone……Dorothye

  5. memories memories memories. How wonderful and thank goodness you have wonderful ones and are now giving and have given wonderful memories to the children….. Enjoy the rest of the holiday

  6. what a special passover

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