It’s that Morel time of year!

Growing up on a farm in Northern California, on Sundays we always had “Supper” rather than dinner.  The family would all get together, usually at my grandparents house and have a wonderful late lunch.  It was the one day, my father was not working all day on the farm.  In today’s culture families are so read out, we don’t have this opportunity.  My home town of Colusa, California was small, but our family was big.  There were aunts and uncles and cousins everywhere.  We would come together on holidays and weekends for huge potlucks.  I remember one outside at one of my uncles farms where there were over a hundred people that were all related.

Today, rather than have a late dinner, I took a break and made “supper”.  I am sure my style of supper without fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy is different from the way I grew up.  But here is Sunday Supper, with Salmon poached with peas and fresh morels.  Sided with asparagus from yesterday’s Farmers Market in Poulsbo.  This was very easy and quick to prepare.  The Parsley garlic butter was left over from a couple of days ago.  Enjoy!

Poached Wild Salmon With Peas And Morels

Ingredients

2 SERVINGS

  • 2 6–8-ounce center-cut wild king salmon fillets (each about 1 1/2-inch thick)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces fresh morels; sliced, stemmed shiitake; or other mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shelled fresh (or frozen, thawed) peas
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or 2 pea tendrils

Preparation

Place salmon, skin side down, in a large high-sided skillet. Add wine, 2 Tbsp. salt, and cold water to cover salmon by 1/2″. Cover pan and bring liquid to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, uncover, and gently poach salmon until just cooked through and barely opaque in the center, about 6 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer salmon and 2 Tbsp. poaching liquid to a plate; tent loosely with foil.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup salmon poaching liquid and peas and simmer until peas begin to soften, 2–3 minutes. Add cream and bring sauce to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Using a spatula, transfer salmon, skin side up, to paper towels. Gently peel off and discard skin. Invert salmon onto serving plates and spoon mushroom sauce over. Garnish with chives.

It’s that Morel time of year!

John L. Scott App for finding the home you’ll love

Everyday I am learning something new about real estate working on my own.  Today was introduced to the coolest app for finding your perfect home or even for comparison shopping.

On your cell phone or iPad type in the browser jlsapp.com/dianakingsley and you will see all the houses around where ever you are.

You do have to download the app and open it.  You set your search criteria and find your next home.   This is coolest GPS tool!

Download my John L. Scott Real Estate GPS Home Search app for your iPhone, iPod, iPad or Android device now at jlsapp.com/dianakingsley
Love this idea for the freedom of looking when and where you want.  So you are out on Sunday afternoon ride or bike ride or motorcycle ride and you like the area you drive through.  Pull up this app and see what property is selling for in the area.
I think you will all like this one.
John L. Scott App for finding the home you’ll love

Granddaughters are the BEST!

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Having raised three sons on my own and NO girls, it is so much fun to have granddaughters.  They are all here next weekend for four days, so we are baking cookies, each in their apron made by Grandma, going to Peter Pan and then off to the Nutcracker Ballet in Seattle.   Made dresses for that too!

Granddaughters

Here are the dresses for Claire (4), Leah (9), and Holly (6).  We should have a great time.  Hope to make lots of fun memories for my girls.  I think adventures are much better than presents!

Granddaughters are the BEST!