Jalapeño Corn Bread Muffins… by Gloria

The other night, I was craving something a bit sweet and a bit savory. I’d been meaning to try jalapeño corn bread for quite a while, so I figured it was the perfect thing to whip up. I used this recipe and tweaked it a bit by adding some whole kernel corn and made the bread into muffins instead. To top it off, I added a dollop of butter and a drizzle of blackstrap molasses.





Ginger Garlic Salmon with Julienned Asparagus… by Gloria

As I mentioned in a previous post, salmon is not my favorite fish. Therefore, I find it pretty ironic that this is my second salmon recipe post. My boyfriend has been trying super hard to get me to like it because it’s so good for you and I have to admit, I enjoyed this salmon steak way better than the typical filet. Asparagus is always a nice accompaniment to fish and we really enjoyed this. I hope you do too! Here is my recipe for Ginger Garlic Salmon with Julienned Asparagus:

The Asparagus:

  • Julienne the asparagus by cutting lengthwise into long strips
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to pan
  • Once hot, add asparagus and a sprinkle of sea salt

The Sauce:

  • Chop up 2 table spoons of fresh ginger and 2 cloves of garlic
  • Add a generous drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt and some fresh ground black pepper
  • Pulse quickly in a food processor
  • Set aside

The Salmon:

  • Take 2 salmon steaks and rinse thoroughly under cold water
  • Pat dry and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt
  • Lay flat on baking pan and brush on the sauce
  • Place in broiler for approximately 6 minutes
  • Flip over and brush the other side with the sauce
  • Broil for another 6 minutes or until fish is cooked





Pappardelle con Piselli e Salmone… by Gloria

I am not a huge fan of salmon by any means. In fact, it’s one of the only fish that I’m not fond of. However, my boyfriend loves it so I decided to cook this up for him over the weekend. I have to say that the flavors balanced out so well that even I enjoyed it! Here is my recipe for Pappardelle with Peas and Salmon. I hope you enjoy it!

Saute’ shallots in olive oil.
Add peas (i use the frozen ones).

While peas are cooking:
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add pasta.
Cook for 8-10 minutes for al dente perfection.
I used fresh Lemon Pepper Papardelle which complemented the dish so nicely

Next, take 2 pieces of salmon and gently brush with a bit of olive oil, sea salt and fresh black pepper.
Broil for 5 minutes on each side.
Once ready, remove skin from salmon (this should come off rather easily)
and flake into small pieces.

Add the salmon and some cream to the pan with peas (I use Italian “panna” instead of heavy cream- you can find it in most Italian gourmet food shops) and let cook for a few minutes.

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with peas, salmon and cream.
Toss to coat the pasta for a minute or two over medium heat

Place pasta onto a serving dish and garnish with a generous amount of freshly grated lemon zest (this gave the pasta such an amazing flavor!)

Buon Appetito!

 
 
 
 





Drunken Berries and Cream… by Gloria

~drunken raspberries with homemade whipped cream and blueberries~

Summer’s end is always bittersweet, but there is something inviting about the brisk Fall evenings that lie just around around the corner. This year, the unofficial end of Summer, also known as Labor Day Weekend, was hardly the sunny, festive weekend it usually is. The sky was cloudy and the rays of sunshine that usually accompany the overcrowded bbq’s was replaced by a light drizzle instead. Although our outdoor festivities turned into an indoor gathering instead, this yummy dessert helped to make the day just a little sweeter. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

~raspberries soaked in grand marnier~

~the ingredients: fresh blueberries, raspberries soaked in grand marnier, homemade whipped cream with fresh vanilla bean~





In Vino… by Gloria


Last week and this week have been a total blur. In all the chaos, sometimes it’s important for a girl to make time to stop, unwind, and enjoy a nice glass of wine. Now, i must confess, I have always been a red wine girl, with the occasional pinot grigio thrown into the mix (on a hot day). However, I must say that I’ve recently succumbed to rose’. Yes, it’s pink and I’d always associated any pink wine with (gasp!) white zinfandel (my apologies to the zinfandel lovers!). And I have to be honest- I never thought I’d give it a try but it was last summer, while I was staying here that my friend Jacqueline and I purchased a few bottles from here and enjoyed the cool, refreshing, and slightly sweet wine poolside. It instantly became our new favorite for hot summer days. Check out a couple places where I love to buy/enjoy a glass…or two.

photos  1,2,3,4 taken at: Vine/Wine 

photo 5 taken at: Uvarara





Flax Seed Apple Muffins… by Gloria

I was under the weather all weekend. Lucky for me, my boyfriend was totally awesome and made me endless amounts of tea with honey. By Sunday evening, after some long napping, I was finally feeling better. The restlessness was starting to kick in, so I managed to peel myself out of bed to make these healthy, yummy, muffins which went perfectly with, you guessed it…another cup  of tea.

Flax Seed Apple Muffins

1- 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/3 cup organic flax seeds

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp baking powder

2 apples peeled (1 sliced finely, the other grated)

1 egg (I used a farm fresh one from my boyfriend’s mom’s chickens)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1- 1/2 cups milk

~Mix egg, milk, and vanilla, then add the apples.

~In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients until well blended

~Combine all ingredients into one bowl and mix until moistened

~Fill oiled muffin tins 3/4 way and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 18 minutes





Mom’s Chicken Rollatini… by Gloria

~ mom’s recipe: chicken rollatini stuffed with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus~

After a fun filled weekend of outdoor parties and BBQ’s, I was excited to have a super chill Monday night cooking dinner at home.This recipe from my mom, is one of my favorite’s. We enjoyed this along with an italian potato salad comprised of young potatoes, white vinegar and olive oil- served chilled along with a crisp, fresh salad. 

~ the stuffing: bread, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper~





I scream, you scream…by Gloria

~banana split at my favorite old time ice cream parlour, eddie’s sweet shoppe~

I love ice cream so much that I’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog entry to it. For me, ice cream is equivalent to a summer love. The kind that you’d have during college and when winter came back around, you could do without it. Once the warm weather hits, that’s when my love of ice cream re-ignites. Literally, I could eat it every day be it in the form of a shake, a cone, or plain ol’ bowl… I’m dying to know…what’s your favorite flavor???

~ homemade coffee ice cream with whipped cream, marshmallow and hot fudge~

~homemade raspberry ice cream with marshmallow and homemade whipped cream~





Oreo Cake Pops… by Gloria

I first tried oreo cake pops last week at my boyfriend’s cousin’s house and they were so delicious I knew I had to find out how to make these little treats. This past weekend, I decided to give these non-bake cake pops a go- and although they are not quite as simple as they seem, the result was a sweet and chewy dessert that did not disappoint. You can have a little fun with them by adding your own twist such as a few colored sprinkles or a drizzle of white chocolate.





A Raisin in the Sun… by Gloria

I love those nights when I come up with the bright idea of doing something that I think will take one hour, but in actuality, ends up taking three. Last night, I decided I was going to bake (whole wheat) cookies. I had had a super long day, and sometimes, cooking totally helps me unwind. Last night, however, it was not the case. I found this recipe that I had been meaning to try and at about 8:30 pm, the baking began. I managed to wrap up at about 10:30 and the clean up took me well into midnight. Needless to say, these little raisin-filled bits of sunshine were more difficult and time consuming than they appear, but definitely worth it.





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