What Is Success?


Everyone has their own definition; their own standard. Over the years I have read many definitions, essays, poems, and books on success.

In the end this simple poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson that I first read in high school remains my favorite.

What is your definition of success?


To laugh often, and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people, and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics, and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, and to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or an redeemed social situation;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.


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Featured Recipe        Salmon and Peas with Pasta


The longest part of making this dish is waiting for the water for the pasta to boil.

This is a quick and simple recipe to make when you don’t have much time. Like now – during the hustle and bustle of getting everything finished and ready for which ever of the many holidays of December you celebrate.

That it is also so very delicious is just a bonus!

I use pink salmon, but you could use red. I try to avoid Atlantic salmon (and fish in general) because of potentially higher levels of mercury in Atlantic fish.

You could substitute the less expensive tuna fish.

When I have leftover cherry tomatoes in the fridge I half them and throw them on top of the finished dish. Looks so pretty. [See picture below.]

This is what you will need for 3 people:

8 ounces bow tie (Farfalle) pasta

1 lemon:

             2 teaspoons zest

             3-4 tablespoons juice

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium shallot

2 – 5 ounce cans salmon

½ package frozen peas

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Put up a pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions.

Wash the lemon and grate to get about 2 teaspoons. Also squeeze to get about 3-4 tablespoons of juice.

LEMON TIP: To get more juice from the lemon first roll it on the counter  several times. Then place it in the microwave for about 5 or 6 seconds. Then toll once more on the counter. You will be surprised how much juice this process yields you.

Peel and give the shallot a rough chop. Today’s shallot was so huge I only chopped one-half of it, saving the rest for another recipe.


Drain the salmon really well.


Using a non-stick skillet melt the butter over medium heat.


Add the shallot and sauté till soft, about 2 minutes.


Lower heat and add the salmon and the lemon peel until the salmon is heated through, 2-3 minutes.


Place the frozen peas in a colander.


First reserve 1/3 cup of pasta water. I always forget this part. So I place a cup and laddle next to the cooking pasta as a reminder.


Then drain the pasta over the peas. Isn’t that a clever way to cook the peas? Just another service from The Lazy Cook to you. One less pan to use and have to wash.


Return the pasta with the peas to the pot.


Add the salmon mixture, the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to combine.


If the pasta seems too dry add the reserved water one tablespoon at a time till it reaches your desired constituency. Or, add a tablespoon or two more of butter if you can afford it.


Serve with some bread and a salad.


Bon appétit!!!


8 ounces bow pasta            $1.79

1 lemon                             $0.69

2 tablespoons butter           $0.16

1 medium shallot                $0.47

2 – 5 ounce cans salmon     $2.58*

½ package frozen peas       $1.23

Salt and pepper to taste

*Bought on sale months ago. More than that now. Then again, what isn’t?

Total cost = $6.92
Cost per person = $2.31

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2 comments to What Is Success?

  • Virginia Urbach

    Yum, Hello Roberta. This recipe is another keeper. Haven’t been on twitter much in light of recent events. Keep the recipes coming, they are inexpensive and easy to make.