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Come and take a step back in time with me…Mid ’90’s it was. My parents offered me a trip to join them in France only if I paid the air fare, and they would take care of everything else. Who could not pass up an offer like this? I took it!

As most of this story is a chapter in a book that I have written and not yet published, I will tell you about part of our trip when we stayed with friends in Italy. And, of course this has to do with food…

We arrived at Alfredo and Luciana’s house late, and Luciana had lunch ready for us. A simple soup of tortellini in chicken broth. So here is the easy comfort food lunch we had that day, which we make for dinner on cold nights, and tonight is cold!

Ingredients
64 oz. low sodium chicken broth
Dash of white pepper
1 package of fresh chicken prosciutto tortellini
Olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
A couple of healthy pinches of Parmesan cheese

In a soup kettle, add the chicken broth.

Broth in the soup kettle

In another soup kettle add enough water to cook the tortellini. Add a drizzle of olive oil to keep the tortellini from sticking together.

Tortellini added to the pot with olive oil

Cook this based on the instruction on the package. While this is cooking,

Cooking tortellini

heat the chicken broth. When the tortellini is cooked, drain and add to the broth.

Add tortellini to the broth

Do not boil this but simmer gently. Serve by topping with cheese then the green onions.

Dinner is served!

Serve with a good crusty sour dough bread! Enjoy! BTW – tonight’s photos were taken by my husband who was really having a good time not only cooking but taking the photos. I was told to get out of the kitchen and not to touch the camera!

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Want something different to do with salmon? Well, the other day while perusing one of my Mother’s old cookbooks, I came across her recipe for salmon croquettes tucked away between the well worn pages. Start this one earlier in the day so that you have time to let this sit and the flavors to permeate through the mixture before making the croquettes.

Ingredients
1 lb. fresh salmon, I am using Coho
4 cups of water
1 cup of Chardonnay
2 TBS Old Bay Seasoning
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups of Progresso garlic bread crumbs
1/2 onion chopped finely
3 green onions finely chopped
1 tsp dill weed
Dash of salt and a few grinds of pepper
1 1/2 TBS butter and extra virgin olive oil

Place the water, Chardonnay and the Old Bay Seasoning into a skillet. Heat this up to boiling.

Water, wine and Old Bay

While waiting for this to boil, wash off the fish and remove any fish scales that might be apparent. When the mixture boils, turn the heat down to low then add the fish with the pan, skin side down.

Add the salmon

Let the fish cook in the liquid for approximately 10 minutes.  Carefully remove this from the pan and place skin side up on a plate and let this cool. When cooled, slide off the skin and discard. On the salmon, you will notice a brown coloration under the skin.  I took most of that off too!  After this is done, flake the fish in a large mixing bowl. Then add the eggs, bread crumbs, the onion and green onion, dill weed and salt and pepper. Using your hands combine and then cover and let this sit in the refrigerator for an hour or more, so that the flavors meld together. Then using a 1/2 cup measuring cup, scoop into the mixture and form into patties, or the croquettes.

Croquettes are ready to cook

Lay each of these on a plate until ready to cook. While this recipe always served our family of five, if there are only two of you, allow two per person and freeze the rest. Next we will fry these up in butter and olive oil. Use about 1 1/2 TBS of butter and an equal amount of olive oil.

Croquettes starting to cook

Turn them over

When done drain on paper towel

Serve these with jasmine rice and a couple of slices of lemon! Don’t forget your green vegetable!

Dinner is served!

Enjoy!

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Can you imagine flank steak that melts in your mouth? And flavors that explode in your mouth? Well here is a recipe that explodes with flavor and melts in your mouth. The secret? Marinating the meat all day! Now let’s go off to the kitchen!

Ingredients
1 1/2 – 2#’s of flank steak
3 heaping soup spoon of hoisin sauce
6 capfuls of cooking sherry
1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
2 green onions, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 1/4″ thick pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
wooden skewers – about 2 dozen

First, lay out the flank steak on your cutting board.

Lay out the flank steak

Slice this across the grain in strips about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Cut the flank steak across the grain

Place the meat in a ziplock bag.

Next, get your ingredients for the marinade ready.

Marinade ingredients

Combine the hoisin sauce, sherry, soy sauce, green onions, minced garlic and ginger in a bowl. The hoisin is a bit sticky so stir this up well as it will stick to the sides of the bowl.

Marinade

Pour this mixture into the bag of meat, zip the bag and then shake the bag really well to coat the meat. Set this in your refrigerator and turn the bag a few times during the day.

One half hour before you are ready to cook, place the skewers in a pan of water to soak. You do this so that they do not burn up on the grill. Also, take the meat out of the refrigerator. After the half hour, thread the meat on the skewers.

Skewer the meat

Next get your grill ready. Because the meat is thinly sliced these will cook rather fast. Once the grill is nice and hot, start adding your skewers

Set the skewers on the grill

Turn the skewers to cook evenly

Turn the skewers

until they are done!

until the meat is done!

Serve these with rice, or potatoes, and don’t forget a fresh steamed vegetable!

Dinner is served!

And, dinner is served! One note: This dish does not require any salt. So taste this before getting that shaker out! Enjoy!

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We had snow for most of the morning yesterday. Not enough for a snow day. Where I live in the Sierra Foothills snowplows are not in the mix here. It is too hard to get the equipment to where I live. With the extreme cold yesterday, high temp of 39 degrees and wind chill into the 20’s for some part of the day, I thought about how we could warm up inside…Hot Sour Soup came to mind. It takes a bit of prep work, but well worth it.

Ingredients
2 lean pork loin chops, boned
3 slices of fresh ginger root
5 dried shitake mushrooms, re-hydrated
2 pieces of wood ears (a black fungus), re-hydrated
1 extra firm tofu
1/4 cup of bamboo shoots
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp. chili oil
2 eggs lightly beaten
4 TBS cornstarch
3 TBS water
8 cups of chicken broth
2 green onions

We are going to get all the ingredients ready first. Once these are all ready to go, making the soup takes no time at all!

Getting it all together

First, cut the pork into thin slices,

Slice the pork into thin strips

and then those slices, you cut into thirds.

Then cut each slice into three strips

Slice the fresh ginger into 3 slices and trim off the skin. Next take the dried shitake mushrooms and the wood ears

Place shitake mushrooms and wood ears into a bowl and soak in hot water to soften

and stick them in a bowl of hot water. Put something on them to hold them down in the water to soften. Next cut the tofu into slices

Slice one cube of tofu into strips

and then those slices into thirds.

Then cut the tofu slices into thirds

Do the same with the bamboo shoots.

Cut the bamboo shoots into thirds

Take the next seven ingredients and combine them into the measuring cup and stir to combine. Beat your eggs lightly and set aside. Then combine the cornstarch with the water in a separate bowl and stir to combine and set aside. Cut the green onions into little slices to top the soup with, and set aside.

Now take the broth and add to your soup pot. Bring this to a boil. Add the pork, ginger, shitake mushrooms and wood ears to the pot.

Broth with pork, mushrooms and wood ears

Cook for about two minutes. Remove the ginger. Then add the tofu and the bamboo shoots and stir. Then add measuring cup of ingredients.

Add next 7 ingredients

Combine well. Next, re-stir the cornstarch with water. It will feel hard at first, but it will turn back to liquid. Slowly stirring, and I mean slowly, add this to your pot. If you add this too quickly it will form one big glob in your pot – this happened to me the first time I made this! Not pretty! Stir well as you add this and then bring the pot to a boil.

The soup after adding the cornstarch mixture

Turn down to a simmer and let this cook for a bit until the liquid in the soup becomes somewhat clear. Turn the heat off, and while stirring the soup add the eggs. Serve in a soup bowl and top with the sliced green onions.

Dinner is served!

Enjoy the heat of the heat of this soup along with the sour!

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