A Weekend With An Old Friend & Peppery Brown Sugar Salmon With Pesto Green Beans


Isabel, one of my oldest and dearest friends, was in town this past week and I was lucky enough to spend basically the entire weekend with her.  We spent the time catching up, eating and watching movies (This Means War and Snow White and the Hunstman-both were great). We only get to see each other about once a year.  Izzy is doing her residency for psychiatry at Duke University.  Yes, she’s a doctor.  Yes, she is way smarter than me and most of the people I know.  Yes, she is totally awesome and will be making boat loads of money once she is done with school.  Oh, and she speaks Spanish fluently.  UGH.

Anyways, we met in 9th grade and had an instant connection.  We are both Virgos.  We are both product junkies.  We are both into bad television, Twilight, scary ghost movies and trashy novels literature .  We both have wavy hair that we straighten.  We have the same views on nearly everything there is to have an opinion about (except I recently learned that she HATES Eva Mendes, which is total nonsense to me but I’ll let that one slide).  Here’s a picture of us from this weekend with our good friend, Kyrsten, who also lives in another state now.  The three of us were inseparable in our early teen years so it was really nice to be reunited!

{From left to right:  Me, Isabel and Kyrsten, having brunch at The Daily Grind}

We stayed in and I cooked up dinner on one of the nights we spent together.  I made us this delicious roasted brown sugar salmon with a side of pesto green beans.  Izzy and Jon both had clean plates after this dinner.  I highly suggest both of these dishes.  The green beans are addicting with their cheesy, pesto sauce and the brown sugar caramelizes on the salmon as it roasts.  YUM!  I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did!  I suggest you make it for an old friend and spend the night catching up on childhood memories, eating fruit tarts and raspberry blackout cake and watching This Means War.  That’s what we did anyway and it was the best night I’ve had in a while!  🙂



Peppery Brown Sugar Salmon with Pesto Green Beans (Serves 2)

Peppery Brown Sugar Salmon 


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • Pat the salmon fillets dry, and brush them with melted butter
  • Combine the seasonings in a small bowl, and mix. Sprinkle them over the salmon, and press down gently
  • On a lightly greased and lined baking sheet, bake for 20-25 minutes, until fish flakes easily and the brown sugar is starting to caramelize
  • Serve with pesto green beans (recipe  below)

Pesto Green Beans 


  • 1/2 to 1 lb of fresh, trimmed green beans
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of pesto


  • In a large skillet, saute green beans in olive on medium high heat and season with salt and pepper (about 7-10 minutes)
  • When the green beans are almost cooked the way you want them, add the pesto.  Coat the beans evenly with the pesto and finish cooking to your preference.  I like mine crispy and a little browned from the skillet.
  • Serve!

11 thoughts on “A Weekend With An Old Friend & Peppery Brown Sugar Salmon With Pesto Green Beans

  1. Yes ma’am that’s delicious! You made that for me last summer! Salmon is my fave, and with the sweet brown sugar…what a treat 😉

  2. It was so good to see you Ran. I loved getting to spend time with you! Thanks for always being such an amazing friend. I am so proud of you! You’ve come a long way from your nacho making days 🙂

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