Category Archives: Sunny Sicilian

Recipe: Salmon Bites

If you have the time,  I encourage everyone to take on the challenge of Julia Child’s infamous duck stuffed with meat, in pastry. But for most people, that is out of the question;  you have 15 minutes to get a meal on the table, and if it’s exotic / fabulous / memorable, that’s a bonus.

That’s why I like to come up with a recipe like Salmon Bites.  Super easy, quick as can be, but packing quite a ta-da factor.

The idea is simple:   sautee tiny squares of salmon that have been heavily coated in spice blend. or a straight spice.  You get an intense burst of flavor with each bite, but the salmon can take it and doesn’t get lost. Read the rest of this entry

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Recipe: Confetti Brown Rice

By now, we all know what we *should* be eating, right? Whole wheat bread vs white bread; plain yogurt vs flavored; steel cut oats vs regular oatmeal; and brown rice instead of white. But do you know why?Brown Rice

For the most part, it has to do with eating foods that are as unprocessed as possible, to keep them close to their natural state. But I knew there had to be more to it, so after some Googling, I quickly found the answers about brown rice:  nutrition, plain and simple!  By retaining the outer husk of the rice, it kept the fiber and up to 4 times certain minerals.

I was sold, a brown rice convert. Now there was just this small problem. How do I put it? I wasn’t crazy about the taste. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Sicilian Orzo with Roasted Veggies

I admit, I don’t have a formal background in cooking, but growing up around good cooks who were always willing to try something new, being married to a fussy eater, and spending several years living in Europe, built a foundation that has paid off for me now (there was also the period of obsessively watching The Food Network, but we won’t talk about that now).

 If I ever doubted my culinary skills, I doubt them no longer after something that happened at my weekly Wednesday Farmer’s Market at The Nutrition Center in Great Barrington.  

Dinner to go at the Great Barrington Farmers Market

Dinner to go at the Great Barrington Farmers Market

Here is the scenario:  I sell my entire line of blends, salts, peppers and miscellany at these markets. Since my blends tend to be unusual, I figured out quickly that a great way to show people how to use the products is to cook for them.  Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Sicilian Mozzarella Appetizer

Sicilian Mozzarella appetizer with Sunny Sicilian blend

Sicilian Mozzarella appetizer with Sunny Sicilian blend

This easy appetizer is gorgeous and easy to prepare, but the “surprise” factor comes from the spice that is sprinkled on the plate, under the mozzarella. When you pop a morsel into your mouth, the combination of cinnamon, orange and fennel spice hits your tongue first; then the coolness of the mozzarella soothes it, followed by the refreshing c-r-u-n-c-h of the red bell pepper. Read the rest of this entry

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