Thursday, April 28, 2011

Over Easy Eggs Topped With Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Baby Spinach Confetti

Brunch today . . .

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An easy way to dice an avocado is to slice it in half, remove the stone, slit into cubes, and gently scoop pieces out with a spoon.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easy Seared Tuna With Cucumber, Corn, And Celery Salad

Seared tuna is so easy to make on a busy week night. It cooks fast. It's tasty raw, like below, or cooked through.

Don't we all have those crazy week nights! Today, it's mid-week and we're driving our kids to their separate lessons on the same night. Thankfully, my daughter's piano teacher lives near a Whole Foods so I can stop in to pick up something fresh for dinner since there's isn't anything else pre-made at home.

Seared Tuna
Season a tuna steak with salt and pepper. Preheat toasted sesame oil, or olive oil, in a saute pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, place a nice fresh tuna steak in the pan. Sear about one minute on each side, depending on the thickness, and it's done! To make it less rare, adjust cooking time. The inside temperature is easily gauged by watching the grayed cooked edges on the side. When making rare tuna, be sure to buy good quality sushi tuna.

Remove the tuna steak and let it rest while preparing a salad or other side dish. When ready to serve, slice it against the grain. Top with fresh herbs of your choice if you want.

Cucumber, Corn, and Celery Salad
This salad was very nice and light with the tuna. My kids really love cucumbers and corn. I added the celery for a little extra crunch. After washing the English cucumber and celery stalk (organic), I simply shaved the cucumber with a potato peeler then sliced the celery. I added about a half can of drained no salt sweet corn (organic). I dressed it simply with rice vinegar and pepper to taste.

To finish, I sprinkled a little more rice vinegar over everything, including the tuna.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Goodies

These adorable Easter cut out cookies, with frosting naturally dyed from fruit, are from Spring Brook Farm. The farm dates back to 1713 and has a charming store where they sell their own produce, milk, meat, and fruit as well as flowers, beautiful baked goods, and assorted gifts. I love stopping by whenever I get a chance.

Here are naturally dyed jelly beans and eggs from Whole Foods. They're really good!

Naturally dyed jelly beans and eggs
We love, love, love maple syrup and all things maple so I also picked up these sweet maple cookies from Spring Brook Farm also. They're gushing with a maple cream filling and bursting with maple flavor.

I wish I could tell you how the pretty Easter cut out cookies tasted, but the dogs ate them! I accidently left them on the chest after I took photos and that was that.

And I wish I could share an Easter recipe but I was sick all day and didn't cook!

So, yes, the dogs ate the cookies and I was too sick to cook. No one seemed to mind because, fortunately, we had a great Easter dinner at my sister-in-law's on Saturday. But still, I was planning on cooking a light dinner and missed filling our home with those wonderful aromas.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!