Welcome to my BlogSpot. I have created this blog in hopes of inspiring everyone to cook. I have found my inspiration from living in both Southern and Northern California. My influences in flavors have come from family recipes and meals with emphasis on healthy foods, marrying into an Italian family and the ethnic flavors throughout California. There are so many wonderful memories connected to our family dishes as well as new memories in the dishes that have been recently created. My husband, Randy who is recently retired, has been my biggest supporter and inspiration in our kitchen. He is my taster, my sous chef, and has created some really great dishes himself, which will be added to this blog. It is my hope that you too will be inspired to cook and create your own dishes for your loved ones and enjoy the craft of cooking.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
2 Cups of your favorite dried fruits and 1 Cup of your favorite nuts -pulse/chop together in the food processor (I used Raisins, dried cranberries, dried Apricots and Pecans)
It should look like this.
¾*3/4 Cups Steel-Cut Oatmeal, -Cooked (Best if prepared ahead of time)
¼1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
¼1/4 Cup Flax seeds
¼1/4 Cup Wheat Bran
2 Ripe Bananas, Smashed
Combine the above ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. Set aside.
3/4 Cup Butter, Softened
½1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Cream the above 4 ingredients
½Add 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1-1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
½1/2 Cup All purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
½1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
Add the above ingredients to the creamed mixture and blend well.
Add the fruit mixture and slowly incorporate until well blended.
Using an ice-cream scooper, fill each lined muffin almost to the top. It should fill about 27 muffins. Bake 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until inserted, sharp knife comes out clean.
-Susie Tronti
*To make ¾3/4 Cups Steel Cut Oats, Boil 1 Cup Water, Add 1/3 Cup Steel Cut Oats and ½1/2 Teaspoon salt and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 more minutes.

Salmon with Lemon, Wine and Garlic Reduction over Linguini

Salmon with Lemon, Wine and Garlic Reduction over Linguini
1 Pound Linguini Pasta, cooked to directions on package.
Start boiling your pasta and cook it while preparing the rest of the meal.
1-1/2 Pounds Salmon
¼ Cup Olive Oil
¼ Cup Butter
Melt the Butter with the Olive Oil in a large pan. Meantime, lightly sprinkle Susie’s White Spice Rub onto each piece of Salmon, both sides. Turn the pan to medium high and carefully place the Salmon in the pan. You can see the sides of the Salmon cooking and when you see that half of the sides are cooked on the bottom, turn the Salmon over to cook the other side. Salmon Cooks fast so make sure not to over-cook and dry it out.
1 Tablespoon Honey
Juice and Zest of One Lemon
1/3 Cup White Wine
1 Teaspoon Finely Chopped Garlic
¼ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
Combine the above Ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Once the Salmon is cooked set it aside and add the above (blue) ingredients to the pan and let simmer.
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
1 Cup Chopped Roma Tomatoes
¼ Cup Chopped Kalamata Olives, or 1 Tablespoon Capers
Add the above ingredients to the simmering sauce and continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced by half.
½ Cup Heavy Cream
Once the sauce has reduced, Pour the heavy cream into the sauce and simmer for about 3 minutes.
Toss in the Pasta with the sauce and incorporated well.
Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves, finely chopped –Add to the Pasta Mix at the end.
Parmesan Cheese for Garnish
-Susie Tronti