Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I’m a bad typist.  I remember taking typing in high school thinking that the class was a complete waste of my time.  Why did Cecil County Public Schools think that I needed to know how to type?  This was all back when computers as we know them today were insanely expensive. They weren’t in people’s homes and they certainly weren’t in schools.  But the Board of Education said I had to take typing.  So I did.  I spent hours in Mr. Cleek’s classroom with typing drills – The quick brown fox jump over the lazy dog…or some such nonsense.  Actually, I probably paid more attention to the boys in the class than to my IBM Selectric.  So is it any wonder that I’m a typo queen?

That youthful indiscretion and spell check.  Between the two of them, a middle schooler probably types better than I do.  Used to be that to correct a mistake you had to have correction tape or white out…or better yet, avoid the typos by knowing how to spell AND type.  How completely 20th century.  Now, I can bang out all sorts of jibberish unconcerned about i before e, except after c, or when sounding like a, as in neighbor or way. I used to be a spelling whiz.  I always aced my spelling tests.  I used all sorts of big, complicated words.  And then the computer allowed me to get lazy.  I stooped careing.  See how easy that was?

The reason for all this TMI, is that every time I look at this recipe, I want to type it as Salmon with Roasted Cheery Tomatoes.  Maybe it’s my brain being lazy.  Or maybe it should be Cheery Tomatoes, because after a quick roast in a hot oven those cherry tomatoes develop a deep, rich flavor.  It’s the kind of flavor that sings, or maybe it signs; whatever, I’ll let spell check figure that out.  In a word, it IS cheery.  So take that spell check.  I’m doing it my way whether you flag it or not.

Salmon With Roasted Cheery (Cherry) Tomatoes

Adapted from Cooking Light

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning (I used Penzey’s Pasta Sprinkle) or 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 salmon fillets (approximately 6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the tomatoes, herbs, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl and toss to combine.  Spread the tomatoes out on the prepared sheet pan and roast for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, pat the fish fillets dry with a paper towel, drizzle lightly with a bit of olive oil and season with a pinch of kosher salt.

Add the fish to the baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serve the roasted tomatoes over the fillets, drizzled with the lemon juice.

{printable recipe}

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17 thoughts on “TMI

  1. I love cheery tomatoes! I think they are soooo much better after roasting. Ned and my standard meal is roasted tomatoes and a spinach salad with pan seared salmon. And I used to be a spelling champion too Wendi!! But I totally agree that sometimes my fingers want to take control of my brain and just do strange things…

    1. Elizabeth, that’s the most divine combination – roasted tomatoes, spinach salad, and salmon. Less divine is my ever increasing reliance on spell check!

    1. Kitch, do the kids these days even have to take typing? Seems like they come out of the womb texting.

      I had a mult-year relationship with Cooking Light but I had to break it off when the stacks of magazines took over the apartment. I’ve whittled my stash of untested CL recipes down to just sweets at this point.

    1. Boo, if y’all only knew how badly I butcher the English language some days you’d be amazed that I managed to string together a single coherent sentence.

  2. Wendi-pants, I’m in the same boat. I make up my own words all of the time. Woppy-jaw means crooked. Sensi is short for sensitive. I use tump quite frequently too; but I think that might just be a “further-south” thing. And I practice spoonerisms on a daily basis. I never cease to bore myself.

  3. This sounds so light and lovely! I love love love roasted tomatoes… I, like you, also have struggles with typos … and worse, leaving words out of a sentence all together… a few posts ago, I left out the main ingredient to a recipe?!?

    Definitely trying this later in the week, thanks!

    1. Oh Joanne, I read and reread my posts before hitting publish and am astonished how many times I find I’ve left words out. Sometimes I don’t catch it until the post has published and I’m reading it on my site.

      And yes, the salmon is a lovely light meal. Too bad it requires a 400 degree oven or it would be perfect in every way.

  4. I agree with Elizabeth–they are cheery tomatoes.

    And I have a good typo for you…where I work there are people referred to as ALJs. Well due to some mental block and childhood tv habits, I kept typing ALFs (anyone else remember that show?) I thought I removed them all before we reviewed the document with the boss, but I guess not. Mid meeting she looked up at me and said “YOU WATCHED that show?”

  5. I agree with everyone too – those tomatoes do look cheery. That’s also a great picture! As for typing class, I took typing in the last semester they offered it at my school, right before they switched to computers. I’m so glad the days of using white corrective tape are gone because I make plenty of errors that need fixing!

  6. Those tomatoes look lovely and the salmon looks perfectly cooked! I make a salmon that I think is great but it’s so much fuss and I get so annoyed! Salmon should not be fussy at all! Yours seems so simple!
    Do you think this would taste the same with grape tomatoes (my new obsession… I eat these like they’re candy!) ?

    1. Christine, funny you should ask that because I almost always buy grape tomatoes. So while the recipe says cherry, I used grape.

      I hope you’ll give this a try before it gets too warm to even think about having a screaming hot oven going…even if the results are simply fabulous.

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