Steel Cut Oats in the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker


3/4 cup steel cut oats

1 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup 2% milk (although I am sure whole milk tastes better)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

@ 2 tablespoons of raisins

Optional ingredients once oats are cooked:  Brown sugar & cinnamon


Place all the ingredients (from raisins and above) in the rice cooker, hit porridge setting and around 40-45 minutes later I had perfect steel cut oats

Top with brown sugar and cinnamon as desired


Easy Tasty “Scratch” Chocolate Brownies


These brownies are terrific and super simple.  They can go into the oven in 15 minutes with little cleanup!


  • 1/3rd Cup of Butter of 2.5 ounces (cut into a few pieces)
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional
  • 1 oz powder sugar optional (but makes the brownies even prettier and tasty)


  • 7X7 square pan preferred but ok in 8X8 but brownie will be much thinner
  • parchment liner piece of paper or grease bottom well


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over almost boiling water (or use a double boiler pot if you have one).  Make sure the water does not touch the bowl.
    • Leave until melted on own, then stir together
    • Remove from heat
  • Stir sugar into the butter and leave for 5-10 minutes to cool
  • Beat eggs into bowl with butter and sugar
  • Add the flour and the pinch of salt. and stir being careful not to overmix
  • Add nuts and stir if desired.
  • Cut a piece of baking parchment paper or waxed paper for bottom.
    • If desired butter the bottom of the parchment
  • Pour mixture into the lined baking tin and level the top by tilting the pan or using a spoon
  • Cook 25-35 minutes until firm around the edges but still slightly soft in the middle
    • Do not overcook – 28-30 minutes for a 7X7 should be perfect, shorter if larger pan.
    • Test with toothpick
  • Sprinkle powder sugar over brownies
  • Cool on a cooling rack carefully lifting the paper and brownies onto the rack.
  • Cut into 9 – 12 squares
  • Enjoy

Roasted Fresh Corn and Tomato Salsa


This recipe makes about 3 cups and is best prepared a few hours in advance and chilled in the fridge.


  • 2 fresh ears of corn (remove husks and as much silk as possible)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted butter melted
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes – cut in quarters, remove as much seeds as possible and tough core, then slice in small pieces around a 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/4 small red onion –  diced very fine pieces
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper – remove the seeds and ribs, then dice very fine pieces
  • 1 garlic clove – peeled and finely chopped or use a tiny bit of crushed garlic from a jar
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves (fresh) –  diced in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup of black beans – rinsed and drained well from can
  • 1/2 ripe avocado – diced in small pieces
  • 1/2 lime – juiced into mixed ingredients at the end
  • sea salt and ground pepper to taste


  • Cook Corn
    • Pre-heat oven to broil
    • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil and then lay on a cooling rack on pan (ok to skip cooling rack but it does help the corn cook better)
    • Using a brush, coat the corn with butter
    • Lay corn on cooling rack if using
    • Place in oven on shelf about a third down from broil heating element for 20-25 minutes – turn every five minutes until corn is lightly brown.  Once corn is cool take a knife and remove corn from ear.
  • As corn is roasting place all the ingredients (but lime, salt and pepper) into a large bowl and stir
  • Then when ready add cooked corn, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste stirring well all ingredients.
  • Cover bowl and place in refrigerator at least 30 minutes but preferably 2-3 hours before serving.

Serve with chips or turn into a meal over rice with some roasted shrimp or other protein.

Roasted Corn Before Cutting Off Cob


Apple Date Kale Salad


Hard to believe how good this salad is. I took this from the web but cannot find the original website.  It was served with a piece of salmon cooked in a frying pan.  To save on the calories, I lightly oil the fish, added a fish rub and baked for about 15-20 minutes at 375 in my toaster if making just 1-2 pieces.  If 4 pieces I cook in my oven.

Salad – serves 4.


3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)

2 tablespoons of good olive oil (for salad); more for oil if adding fish.

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 large bunch of kale  1 large bunch,  wash & remove the center rib and slice thinly the leaves

1/4 cup of dates (small dice)

1 honey crisp apple (very small dice) – I like to peel my apple.

1/4 cup finely grated pecorino cheese

3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds.  I toasted these for 2 minutes on a piece of foil in my toaster.

Fresh ground black pepper.


Whisk/shake lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt in a jar.

Pour over kale, toss, and let stand for 10 minutes

As kale is marinating, dice your figs and apples.

Add fruit, grated cheese, and almonds to kale.

Season with pepper, toss well, and let sit a few more minutes before serving.

Serve over salmon or serve just the salad.



4   5-6 oz pieces of salmon good cut

1 tablespoon of oil

fish rub or just use salt and pepper

Preheat oven or toaster to 375.

Spread oil and rub on fish.

Bake 15-20 minutes until desired doneness.



Tasty Honey Mango Grilled Salmon Recipe


TIME:  At least 2 1/2 Hours if using  wood planks.  However prep time is no more than 10 minutes plus watching the grill.  This is an easy recipe and the planks will add great flavor and texture on the bottom.  If not using the planks, you will at least need one hour of marinating time plus cooking time.

This recipe came from a friend’s wife and it is outstanding.

If using wood planks start soaking them now for at least 2 hours.  Less is a problem according to the fish mongers at Whole Foods.  My research on line and at looking at the planks toss them when done.  Trying to reuse is unlikely going to result in the same type of taste you are looking for from this recipe. 

The better the cut of salmon, obviously the better the outcome.  I will try to post the recipes for the corn soufflé (made by my brother-in-law if he will share it) and the steak by my husband.


One 3.5 to 5.0 pound salmon fillet

4 generous tablespoons of honey

3 generous tablespoons of dijon mustard

1 tablespoon of course grain mustard

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (@ 1 1/2 lemons) plus additional whole lemon for slices when grilling.

3-4 tablespoons of fresh herbs of preference – recommend at least some dill and parsley.  Tarragon will work great too and/or try to buy a bundle of fresh herbs used for poultry roasting.  Remove all stems and chop fine.

1 fresh mango optional for bonus flavor – use about a half of mango cut into small chunks.


Mix all the ingredients in the bowl until well blended and use half of it to brush over the salmon.

Marinate in the fridge at lest one hour (or longer).  The longer the better.

if using cedar planks but some lemon on the top of planks (that have soaked for at least 2 hours!) under the salmon.  Add additional lemon slices on top of fish if you want more lemon flavor.

Continue to use the marinade via brush method when grilling the salmon.

We grilled for about 20-25 minutes on a 350-375 temperature on the grill.  Doneness is a preference.  At 20-25 minutes your fish should be more on the done side.  Smaller cuts will likely take less time.

If there is any mustard sauce left over, you can heat on stove until bubbly an use to top the fish.

Simple Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze served with Sweet Potatoes – Easy



2-4 pieces of 6 ounces of salmon fillets

Sauce sized for 4 portions
1/4 teaspoon of salt (adjusted for taste)
1/4 teaspoon of pepper (adjusted for taste)
3 tablespoons brown sugar (glaze)
1 tablespoon of low sodium soy (glaze)
4 teaspoons of grain or dijon mustard (glaze)
1 teaspoon of rice vinegar (glaze- try not to skip ingredient)

2-4 sweet potatoes scrubbed and dried
dash of olive oil


For sweet potatoes preheat oven or toaster to 400

Prick dried potatoes with a fork in a few places for each potato

Rub a little bit of oil on each potato

Place on a tray or cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil

Loosely cover potatoes and rotate half way through for a total of 55-60 minutes.

These can be done successfully in a toaster in a small pyrex (just make sure to line with foil)

For salmon preheat oven or toaster to 425

Sliver with knife once or twice across short side about half way down fillet

Place in a foiled line baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper  (to your taste)

Bake uncovered at 425 for 10 minutes

In small pot prepare the sauce over medium low heat

Add all the ingredients brown sugar, soy, mustard, vinegar bringing to a boil (will happen quick in small pot)

Brush / pour sauce over fish.  Broil 6-8 inches from heat for 1-2 minutes.  Do not turn eye away while in the broiler.  Fish should fall apart when touched with a fork.