salmon marinade

2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
splash of olive oil
2-3 tbsp orange juice
Salt & Pepper

Combine in ingredients zip top bag, add fish and marinate for up to 1 hours.  Cool at 425 for 15 min.

vegan meatloaf by Jill McKeever

1 1/2 cups Soy Curls™ dust and small crumbles
1 1/4 cup veggie broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
10-oz. extra-firm tofu, drained
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons organic ketchup, plus more for topping
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried cracked rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large mixing bowl, soak curl dust and crumbles in veggie broth, soy sauce, and liquid smoke for 8 minutes.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook garlic, celery, and onion for 3 minutes, then add 1/4 cup water to prevent browning, cook another 3 minutes, until onion is translucent. OR sauté in olive oil, do not add water if you do this. Remove from heat. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Once curls are rehydrated, crumble tofu over them; stir in oats, mustard, ketchup. Add spices and cooked veggies. With a clean hand, mash, squeeze and stir until well mixed. Spread meatloaf evenly into a silicone 8×4-inch loaf pan.

Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven; drizzle top with as much ketchup as you like. Return to oven. Continue baking another 25 minutes. Allow cooling 15 minutes before cutting into it. This loaf is moist after baking. A night in the fridge firms it up perfectly. If you have the time, make it a day ahead. Slice it up and reheat it either in the microwave or toaster oven.

Cold leftover meatloaf is excellent! Hopefully, you will have leftovers to enjoy the next day.

Makes 6 servings

NOTE: I used 14 oz tofu that had been frozen

Ruthie’s Apple Cake recipe by Bonnie Stern

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
4 to 5 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
2 tbsp coarse sugar, optional

With an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a bowl until light. Beat in oil. Beat in orange and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture and stir until combined.

In a third bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, apples and nuts.

Spread about half of the batter in an oiled and parchment lined 9 inch spring-form pan. Spoon apples on top of this batter. Drizzle remaining batter on top of the apples. The batter on the top layer may not cover the apples completely. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. If the cake is browning too much, cover loosely with foil and reduce oven heat to 325 degree F. Makes 8 to 12 servings.

Recipe from “Friday Night Dinners” by Bonnie Stern.

Pressure Cooker White Rice this ole gal

  • 2 “rice” cups (12 oz) Jasmine, White or Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups (16 oz) Broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • Place rice in steamer basket and rinse rice using cool water until the water runs clear.
  • Add rinsed rice and Broth or Water to your Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
  • Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.  Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes.

  • When Beep sounds, allow a 10 minute Natural Pressure Release.
  • Add salt and butter, if desired.

Directions for cooking all types of rice in the Instant Pot

White rice, short-grain (such as Arborio, sushi rice,Valencia): Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear. In the pressure cooker, combine 1 cup rice, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt. Cook on high pressure for 3 to 5 minutes; then let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover the pot with a dish towel, and put the lid back on top of the towel (loosely—don’t lock it in) or place a plate on top of the dish towel. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes before serving.

White rice, long-grain (such as basmati or jasmine): Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear. In the pressure cooker, combine 1 cup rice, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt. Cook on high pressure for 8 to 10 minutes; then let the pressure release naturally. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover the pot with a dish towel, and put the lid back on top of the towel (loosely—don’t lock it in) or place a plate on top of the dish towel. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Brown rice, short-grain: In the pressure cooker, combine 1 cup rice, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt. Cook on high pressure for 22 to 24 minutes; then let the pressure release naturally. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover the pot with a dish towel,and put the lid back on top of the towel (loosely—don’t lock it in) or place a plate on top of the dish towel. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Brown basmati or other long-grain: In the pressure cooker, combine 1 cup rice, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon fine salt. Cook on high pressure for 20 to 22 minutes; then let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover the pot with a dish towel, and put the lid back on top of the towel (loosely—don’t lock it in) or place a plate on top of the dish towel. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Dutch Baby from NYTimes

3 eggs
½ cup flour
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter
Syrup, preserves, confectioners’ sugar or cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine eggs, flour, milk, sugar and nutmeg in a blender jar and blend until smooth. Batter may also be mixed by hand.
Place butter in a heavy 10-inch skillet or baking dish and place in the oven. As soon as the butter has melted (watch it so it does not burn) add the batter to the pan, return pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the pancake is puffed and golden. Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake five minutes longer.

Shrimp Poke Bowl from main & vine

2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
1 Tbsp. canola oil
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. sriracha
½ tsp. lime juice
4 cups cooked brown or white rice, cooled to room temperature
3 cups assorted vegetables, (i.e. thin sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, radish, seaweed salad, edamame, green onion, sliced jalapeno, etc.)
1 avocado, cubed
Pickled ginger
Toasted sesame seeds

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Pour ½ of the mixture over shrimp and allow to marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. Set aside remaining soy mixture.
  2. Meanwhile mix together mayonnaise, sriracha and lime juice; refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. Remove shrimp from marinade; add to pan and cook 2-3 minutes tossing occasionally until shrimp just turns pink. Remove from heat and allow to cool; dress with reserved soy marinade. Store refrigerated.
  4. When ready to build a bowl add 1 cup of rice, top with ¼ of the shrimp, about ¾ cup of desired vegetables, ¼ of avocado cubes, and desired amount of pickled ginger and sesame seeds. Drizzle with spicy mayo.

fresh tomato & corn pie, my version

tomato and corn pie from smitten kitchen.com

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons or 3 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, plus 2 teaspoons melted
3/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 3/4 pounds beefsteak tomatoes
1 1/2 cups corn (from about 3 ears), coarsely chopped by hand (my preference) or lightly puréed in a food processor, divided
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil, divided (skipped this, no harm was done)
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
7ounces coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (1 3/4 cups), divided

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 3/4 tsp salt in a bowl, then blend in cold butter (3/4 stick) with your fingertips or a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal. Add milk, stirring until mixture just forms a dough, then gather into a ball.

Divide dough in half and roll out one piece on a well-floured counter (my choice) or between two sheets of plastic wrap (the recipe’s suggestion, but I imagined it would annoyingly stick to the plastic) into a 12-inch round (1/8 inch thick). Either fold the round gently in quarters, lift it into a 9-inch pie plate and gently unfold and center it or, if you’re using the plastic warp method, remove top sheet of plastic wrap, then lift dough using bottom sheet of plastic wrap and invert into pie plate. Pat the dough in with your fingers trim any overhang.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. If your kitchen is excessively warm, as ours is, go ahead and put the second half of the dough in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. Whisk together mayonnaise and lemon juice.

slice tomatoes crosswise 1/4 inch thick and, if desired, place on towel and sprinkle with salt.  let sit for 30 min or more. Spread 1 tbsp dijon on crust.  Spread a small amount of cheese on crust then Arrange half of tomatoes in crust, overlapping, and sprinkle with half of corn, basil, chives, salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and one cup of grated cheese. Repeat layering with remaining tomatoes, corn, basil, chives, salt, and pepper. Pour lemon mayonnaise over filling and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Roll out remaining piece of dough into a 12-inch round in same manner, then fit over filling, folding overhang under edge of bottom crust and pinching edge to seal. Cut 4 steam vents in top crust and brush crust with melted butter (2 teaspoons). Bake pie until crust is golden and filling is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes, then cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Do ahead: Pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Reheat in a 350°F oven until warm, about 30 minutes.

An idea: Want to slab pie this and serve it to a crowd? I agree, it would be brilliant. This is how I’d approach it: Make 1 1/2 batches of the crust (slab pies require more crust for the same amount of filling) and arrange the filling in one layer instead of two in a parchment-lined 15x10x1-inch pan. Increase the amount of butter you brush the top with to a tablespoon or two and the baking time to about 45 minutes (this is an estimate, you should take it out when it is golden and the filling is bubbling). Be sure to remove the tomato seeds; that extra wetness could make for a slab pie mess.

corn chowder with chile, lime and cotija from smitten kitchen.com

8 medium/large ears corn, husks and silks removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, preferably Spanish, chopped fine
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
1 tablespoon mild chili powder or 1 teaspoon of a hotter one
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups  vegetable or chicken stock or broth
2 15-ounce cans small red or black beans, drained and rinsed (or one of each) (3 1/2 cups)
1 cup whole milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or cayenne to taste
1/2 to 1 cup (120 to 235 ml) heavy cream

FINISH

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled Cotija, feta or ricotta salata cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 lime, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Chili powder or a chili-lime seasoning such as Tajín
  • Baked tortilla chips (optional)

Make the soup: With a sharp knife, cut kernels from 8 ears corn (you should have about 6 cups); transfer half to a bowl. Chop the other half into pulpy bits on a cutting board or blend them in a food processor until half-pureed. Add to bowl. Firmly scrape any pulp remaining on cobs with back of knife into bowl with corn, unless you’re me and had weirdly dry stalks, yielding no corn “milk.” Set corn aside.

In a large (5 quarts is ideal) heavy pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium. Add onion and cook until tender and beginning to brown at the edges, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeño and chili powder and cook together for 2 minutes more. Add flour and stir into onion-garlic mixture until it disappears. Stirring constantly, gradually add stock. Add beans, corn, and 1 cup milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 13 minutes, until corn is tender. Add salt (I used about 1 tablespoon Diamond kosher salt total here) and freshly ground black pepper or cayenne to taste. Add cream to taste (we found 1/2 cup sufficient, but it will be less creamy than traditional) and cook for 3 minutes more.

To finish: Combine mayonnaise, sour cream or crema, cheese, and juice of half a lime in a bowl; stir to combine. Cut second half of lime into wedges.

Ladle soup into bowls and dollop in center with 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) of mayo-cheese mixture. Squeeze lime juice over to taste, sprinkle with chili powder and chopped cilantro and serve, baked tortilla chips on the side if you wish.