Have you ever been stuck in a cooking rut? I have. Nearly every week I will cook one of my go-to dishes. Cooking those dishes is like wearing my favorite sweatshirt – worn, but comforting and dependable. Nothing wrong with eating the tried and true familiar dishes, but sometimes it’s nice to change it up.

For me, cooking can feel like a chore when I’ve run out of ideas or feel a little burned out. For some people that feel uninspired, cooking becomes a routine that is best left to fast food drive-thru windows, dining out, or a frozen meal you can microwave in 15 minutes. Are there any parents relating to this?

It’s a great feeling to feel inspired or creative in the kitchen. But when the motivation is gone and all that is left is sheer will, sometimes I need a little bit of an attitude adjustment. If you find yourself uninspired in the kitchen I recommend taking a moment to think about a favorite meal you haven’t enjoyed in a very long time. Try to use that thought to catapult you into cooking enthusiastically again.

Today was one of those days I started to think about some of my kids favorite foods that we haven’t enjoyed in a while. The next thing I knew I was driving to the store to buy a nice piece of salmon. When I came home I whipped up a beautiful maple Dijon sauce that I knew would complement the salmon perfectly. Everyone loved their dinner tonight telling me I should make salmon more often.

Sometimes getting out of a rut means stretching yourself beyond what’s comfortable. Cooking for your family doesn’t have to feel like a burden. It just takes a little attitude adjustment. And if you’re fortunate, you’ll be rewarded with great compliments – every home cook’s crown of glory.


Recipe: Baked Maple Dijon Salmon

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 10 min(s)
  • Total Time: 15 min(s)
  • Servings: 4

An easy delicious way to prepare salmon baked in the oven with a nice light sweet maple Dijon sauce.


    Non-stick spray

    4 fresh salmon center-cut  filets

    Kosher salt

    Black pepper

    3 tablespoon maple syrup

    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

    2 tablespoons mayonnaise

    1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and generously spray with non-stick spray.

    Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper.

    Whisk the maple syrup, mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice until well combined.

    Divide the sauce in half between two small bowls.

    Generously brush both sides of the salmon with the sauce.

    Skin side down, place the filets on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the center is not raw. * I typically check the salmon at the ten minute mark depending on the thickness.

    Remove the salmon from the oven and using a clean spoon or basting brush,  generously brush the cooked salmon with the sauce that wasn’t used to originally brush the salmon.

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