Missing Boobs and Salmon

There are some things it might be awkward to forget.

When I worked at Macy’s, I was on the price change team. I worked with a number of older retired ladies who were a bit crazy (and that’s putting it mildly).

My favorite was a Jewish woman in her 80s. She easily was the loudest, craziest, sassiest, most opinionated, and shortest of the bunch.

She also was the most forgetful.

One morning, we were working in the women’s bathing suit section marking items on sale and making displays (there’s actually an art to arranging bathing suits, if you could believe that). All of a sudden, my favorite woman let out a horrible yell, followed by the last thing I expected her to say…

“AHHHH! Oh my lord, did I forget my boob today?”

She then clutched her rather ample chest and sighed, “Oh, thank goodness, I DID remember it today.”

Turns out my favorite old lady was a 35 year breast cancer survivor who didn’t want a surgical impact and instead stuffed her bra every morning…but lately had been forgetting.

From that morning on, she would walk in proudly, puff up her chest, and go, “See, I remembered my boob today!”

Unforgettably Easy Salmon

I’m serious- it’s that easy and turns out perfectly every time


  • 1 lb salmon filet, skin on or skinless
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Garlic powder
  • Powdered ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (seriously).
  2. Rub the bottom side (or skin side if you’re using that) with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the salmon onΒ  a baking sheet. Rub the top with olive oil, then sprinkle on salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Bake for 40-60 minutes. Do NOT open the oven door for the first 40 minutes. Depending on thickness (my filet was 1.5 inches), place back into the oven for 10 minutes at a time (you can turn the oven temp up to 250 for the last 20 minutes if necessary to compensate for opening the oven door.


47 thoughts on “Missing Boobs and Salmon

  1. funny story and thanks for the recipe. My husband is crazy about salmon, I will surely try this out.

  2. Hilarious! And the salmon sounds yummy. I’m a little nervous to try cooking salmon, but I might give this a try.

  3. Haha! I love that salmon and boobs are somehow related. πŸ™‚

  4. So funny, and that Salmon looks amazing

  5. Nice story, haha.

    My mom and I have actually made salmon like this for as long as I can remember, except we use the U-shaped fillets (is there a special name for that?). Although I have never had to bake it that long – maybe only 20-30 minutes. I usually season with garlic salt, pepper, soy sauce, and minced garlic, baked on aluminum foil. Sometimes with a bit of lemon squeezed on top. My favourite way of eating salmon, other than sashimi!

    1. Those kinds of filets would cook faster- I used a rather thick section of salmon (the picture only showed the edge), which is why mine took 40.

  6. the hungry irishman February 25, 2012 — 6:38 pm

    you just say the darnedest things

    1. It’s not always me that says them at least!

  7. That was awesome, lol…can’t wait to try this recipe, too.


  8. Salmon looks great, got to try this soon.

  9. I love how your recipes are so simple. Can’t wait to try! =D

    1. I don’t have time to cook anything too complicated!

  10. I honestly have never cooked salmon at 200 degrees (always at a higher heat for a shorter time)…I totally am going to try your technique…so simple!

  11. People are so very funny! Thanks for the laugh – and now I have a hankering for salmon!

  12. himandheralifeinprogress February 25, 2012 — 8:31 pm

    I’m always on the hunt for new (and easy!) salmon recipes, because I lack the patience the delicate fish seems to need. Your story was too funny! I also worked in retail and for better lack of the word there are quite of bit of the craziest people, but they’re also the ones who make retail worth it.

  13. Now I need to convert Β°F to Β°C. Love it and the story. Reminds me of my first patient with implants. She denied she had them. The surgery was amazingly good and she had remarkable skin. The chest x-ray never lies. Oddly enough she came in for an interval appendicectomy on her left side. I took the chest x-ray pre-operatively and marveled at the dextrocardia.

  14. First of all, kudos to your favorite lady for being a survivor. Funny! I dunno if remembering her boob is a proud hint of her having a sharp memory despite her age.

    The first time I cooked salmon, I just had to make use of the peanut sauce left over from a Thai take out. Turned out yummy but I think I’m gonna try your recipe too.


    1. She took it as a sign of her memory not fading πŸ˜‰

  15. Mmmm… Salmon is awesome, boobs doubly so, or bi-awesome.
    Working in retail; great discounts, crazy customers/ managers / coworkers are a given! At least it’s never boring.

  16. Great recipe … great story.

  17. I love your hilarious anecdotes! And now I have a use for my leftover parsley from yesterday πŸ™‚

  18. Great story but I can’t imagine cooking a small piece of salmon in an oven for 60 minutes.

    1. Hahaha that picture doesn’t show the whole piece…something just that big I would only cook for 20-30 minutes. The entire piece was about 1.5inches at its thickest.

  19. I love Salmon too. It’s so versatile. You can dress it up or down and it still tastes great. Cute story too : )

  20. I love salmon that is slow roasted like this. I have one that I make as a standard. Instead of the ginger, I mix together sour cream, horseradish, and green onions. Pour it on top and bake. If you love horseradish. Yum!

  21. I am very new at this blog thing. You need to know that this is my 1st comment ever. You had me with the “Holy People” and now this. Glad to be following a REAL person.

    1. Why thank you! I’m so honored πŸ™‚

      I only started in mid-December myself, so let me know if you have any questions!

  22. It takes all kinds to make the world go around… sounds like you had fun at work! The salmon looks delicious!

  23. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, domestic diva! And sorry it took so long to respond. I love your writing style; it makes me laugh!

  24. Hahahaha! This made me smile. My neighborhood is stock full of 80 year old Jewish ladies and I love them πŸ™‚

  25. I love this one. I do it as well, but with as many children as I have I am always pressed for time, so I do this in the microwave. I use powdered ginger only in a pinch because I prefer it with pickled ginger (tangier counterpoint).

    After far too many years in retail, I think I met your little sassy.

  26. hahaha! I love your stories, and salmon! Sounds as easy as promised!

  27. Thanks for the sharing the story. Fun and empowering!

  28. Ginger on salmon…never would have thought of it.

    And thanks for the story.

  29. This is awesome and hilarious :)) Mum had breast cancer as well and she has the same forgetful issues on bringing with her her “boob”.

  30. ROFL! This post had me laughing out loud! Love it.

  31. Juxtaposition of words in the title is as appealing as the recipe. Readable and eatable.

  32. minnesotatransplant March 4, 2012 — 8:22 pm

    Your stories and recipes have great juxtaposition (I learned that word in college but I’m not sure I’m using it as the correct article of speech). In any case, when speaking of missing boobs, a salmon recipe will do! Thanks for the LOL.

  33. Little old ladies can be so funny!! Great story and thanks for this super simple recipe!

  34. I absolutely love salmon, but I don’t have any good recipes for it. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  35. I LOVE Salmon! I will try this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Great, simple recipe. I’ve reblogged it!

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