Pan-Seared Copper River Sockeye Salmon, Pink Peppercorns
Blistered Shishito Peppers
The celebration continues! Taste With The Eyes is 4-years-old and we’re splurging with Copper River Salmon. The most expensive fresh salmon is only available for about four weeks of the year, from mid-May through mid-June, when the King salmon swim up the Copper River in Alaska to spawn. At our local Bristol Farms Market, Copper River King Salmon was selling for $50/lb.! At $50/lb. the 8 oz. filet in the photo above would have cost $25. Market factors such as commercial harvest, supply and demand, plus the cost of oil have pushed the price from $40 last season to this all time high of $50.
Even for the crème de la crème of salmon, this price is out of range for most people (myself included). In fact, after speaking with the fishmonger at the market, I learned that they were unable to sell their entire shipment of Copper River King at that price, and some had tragically gone to waste. The good news was that Copper River Sockeye sales went way up, as folks were introduced to this smaller, more plentiful species of salmon. Some say that sockeye has the truest pure salmon flavor and is preferred by aficionados.
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Branzino Sotto Sale, Salmoriglio
Whole Salt-Baked Mediterranean Sea Bass
with an olive oil-lemon-garlic herb sauce with red chiles
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Heart Healthy Spinach Salad
Tahitian Lime Vanilla Vinaigrette
Honey Mandarin, Avocado, Roasted Almond
What are you wearing on Feb. 4?
We, the Ladies of Alpha Phi, suggest something red!
Feb. 4 is National Wear Red Day
Please join us along with the Alpha Phi Foundation, the American Heart Association, and other fine organizations in supporting women’s heart health.
Beginning on National Wear Red Day—Friday, February 4, 2011—millions will help spread the critical message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear—It’s the #1 Killer of Women.” The Red Dress, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, was created by The Heart Truth in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. Everyone can participate in the national movement by wearing their favorite red dress, shirt, tie, Red Dress Pin, or another red accessory.
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Heart Healthy Chanterelle Scramble with White Truffle Oil
Cantharellus formosus, the Pacific golden chanterelle, from Oregon
gorgeous golden-orange color
a distinctly fruity aroma
a mild peppery flavor
funnel shaped with ridges instead of gills
- Sauté finely chopped onion in olive oil.
- Add cleaned sliced chanterelles, sea salt & fresh ground pepper, and sauté until lightly cooked all the way through.
- Add minced garlic, cook for about a minute more.
- Add a splash of dry white wine.
- After the wine has completely evaporated, add egg beaters or beaten fresh egg whites.
- When the eggs are barely cooked through, transfer scramble to a plate.
- Lightly drizzle with White Truffle Oil and a bit more sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
When we were fourteen years old, my girlfriends and I formed a little song & dance group. We called ourselves The Chanterelles. After school and all summer long we would just practice in Wendy’s basement, for no particular performance.
We were so into Motown.
Knew every word to every Supremes song, my baby love! Went crazy seeing The Temptations in concert at the (long gone) Mill Run Theater-in-the-Round in Niles, Illinois. I was in love with Melvin Franklin, the bass singer with the Temptations. His signature line “and the band played on…” delivered in his deep deep sexy voice sent my fourteen-year-old self into fits.
(that’s Melvin on the far left)
Our Favorite Double Album: Diana Ross & The Supremes Greatest Hits
Our Favorite Song to Sing Along: Ball of Confusion by The Temptations
Our Favorite Dance Routine to: I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
(artist shots borrowed from wikipedia here and here)
It wasn’t until almost a decade later that I found out that we had named our group after a fungus.
Project Food Blog
Voting for the current challenge ends at 6 PM Pacific Time, Thursday October 21st.
If you are a fan of my latest entry, Asian Pizzette, it’s not too late to vote here!
Extra-Fluffy Egg Whites/ Petite Peas/ Fresh Mint/ Fruity Olive Oil
Thank you so much for your kind words and congratulations on the 3rd Anniversary of Taste With The Eyes. I hope you had a chance to leave a comment on the Blog is 3! Celebrating with King Trumpets and Shishito Peppers! post for an opportunity to win a copy of the truly remarkable Charlie Trotter’s Vegetables. (It’s not too late! Simply leave a comment on that post by June 24th). Trotter has a passion for vegetables and his ingenious pairings and presentations are works of art.
GIVEAWAY – CHARLIE TROTTER’S VEGETABLES
Now, about this light and lovely pea & mint omelette…
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