Delicious & Easy Salmon En Papillote (parchment paper)😋

 

If you enjoy eating salmon as we do,  you’ve probably tried many different ways to cook it too. We wanted to try a new way of cooking it that keeps the salmon moist and flavorful. Steaming it in parchment paper turned out to be just what we were looking for. The salmon is tender and flaky with subtly flavored herbs & citrus.

Easy & Delicious Salmon En Papillote (parchment paper)

Delicious steamed salmon cooked in parchment paper
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 384kcal

Equipment

  • 3 pieces parchment paper, each 18" long
  • 1 - 2 Large rimmed baking sheet
  • large toothpicks or bamboo sticks, to secure parchment paper

Ingredients 

  • lbs salmon
  • 2-3 medium lemons, sliced into 1/4" rounds
  • lemon zest
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled & thinly sliced
  • ½ large sweet onion, peeled & thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup EVOO divided
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (or any seasonal vegetable that you & your family like) thin stalks & cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, can substitute with 2-4 tsp dried dill to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut salmon into 6 fillets
  • Cut (3) 18" long parchment papers and fold each one in half. Place a few lemon slices on the right side of the fold.
  • Place 2 salmon fillets on top of the lemons for each parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt, pepper & lemon zest. Add sliced onions, garlic & dill on top.
  • Place the asparagus pieces next to the salmon (about 4-5 stalks for each packet). Lightly sprinkle the vegetable with salt.
  • Lightly drizzle EVOO all over the salmon & vegetables. Fold parchment over and crimp then apply toothpicks or bamboo sticks to seal.
  • Place sealed parchment packets onto the rimmed baking sheet and cook for 12 minutes or until internal temperature is between 125° - 130°. Serve promply.

Notes

This recipe has been adapted from Well Seasoned Studio.
If you have thinner salmon fillets begin checking for doneness in 10 minutes.
I used fresh string beans since I was out of asparagus so you will need to cut the string beans into bite-size pieces in order to be tender. I did not cut them and my string beans weren't as tender as I would have liked.
I'm making this again for New Year's Eve so the leftovers will be used on New Year's Day in a creamy bow-tie pasta with peas. (Recipe coming soon)

Nutrition

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 1167mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg

Please note: Although the Nutritional Facts are provided, we are not nutritionists and therefore cannot verify the accuracy of these calculations. Please verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.

This recipe has been adapted from Well Seasoned Studio.
If you have thinner salmon fillets begin checking for doneness in 10 minutes.
I used fresh string beans since I was out of asparagus so you will need to cut the string beans into bite-size pieces in order to be tender. I did not cut them and my string beans weren't as tender as I would have liked.
I'm making this again for New Year's Eve so the leftovers will be used on New Year's Day in a creamy bow-tie pasta with peas. (Recipe coming soon)
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Cannoli, Cannoli, Cannoli – We love Cannoli in any shape or form!

 

If you enjoy cannoli as much as we do give ours a try. You won’t be disappointed!  You can place your order by text or phone call to 910-444-1916. Leave a message if we can’t pick up, we’re busy baking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now Accepting Cannoli & Cannoli Cupcake Orders

 

Twiins in the Kitchen are excited to announce we are now accepting orders for our Cannoli and Cannoli Cupcakes, in the Leland, NC area.

We both missed our local Italian bakery on Long Island. We thought they made the best cannoli and pastries in our area. After repeatedly hearing from friends & family how delicious our cannoli are we decided it was time to offer them to our local community.

Our cannoli cream is naturally gluten-free and comes in 2 sizes, mini and large. We offer our mini cannoli with regular or gluten-free shells. Cupcakes are also available in regular and gluten-free. Large shells are regular only at this time. Just choose your favorite garnish and enjoy. Order early for the holiday season.

Did you know that a single cannoli is actually “cannolo” in Italian while the grammatically plural is cannoli? Here in the US, we usually use cannoli for the singular and cannolis for the plural. However, any way you want to say it they are a delicious dessert for any occasion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Family Thanksgiving Menu – November 24, 2022

 

For us, Thanksgiving is a special time when we reflect on past traditions, family, friends, and how our lives may have changed throughout the year. We are thankful for our health, wonderful husbands, all of our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends & followers.

Our family Thanksgiving menu hasn’t changed much from years past served by our Mother and Grandmother.  Penne Alla Vodka replaced our traditional lasagna or baked ziti to start things off followed by the roasted turkey with sausage stuffing. My family loves the stuffing with chopped apples but Teresa’s family prefers it without…what do they know?🤣

Being of Italian heritage, Thanksgiving wasn’t just about the turkey; the meal also had to have a pasta dish! I always made baked ziti on Thanksgiving and one year Gary picked up the ricotta & mozzarella for me the day before. I didn’t look at the brands because he knew which to buy so when I took out the ingredients to start making the ziti I was shocked as both main ingredients were the right brands but were fat-free instead of whole milk! There was nothing I could do so I went about making the baked ziti with the fat-free ingredients. When we all sat down for dinner, my nephew Joseph said, “Aunt Barb, this isn’t your baked ziti!” The rest of the family agreed with him.  To this day everyone remembers how disappointed they were when the texture they loved was noticeably different. They’re a tough crowd! It was a disaster except for Gary…he ate it with no complaints.

Our family holidays were filled with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends, and FOOD! We hope you will try some of our favorites to add to your holiday menu and create wonderful memories with your families & friends.

  HAPPY THANKSGIVING  🦃 

 

Penne Alla Vodka

 

 

Sausage & Herb Stuffing, Cranberry Orange Relish

 

 

 

Candied Sweet Potatoes


 

 

Broccoli/Spinach Pies

 

 

 

 

Asparagus Patties

 

 

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Roll

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Keto Meatball Parmigiana – Twiins Style

 

The Best Keto Meatball Parmigiana - Twiins Style

  • Servings: Yields 16-18

I have been longing for a Sunday pasta & meatball dinner for a few months. Since I started doing Keto I substitute hearts of palm sheets for lasagna noodles or use zucchini or spaghetti squash. These make a wonderful conversion however, the meatballs are not keto... I've been switching out the breadcrumbs for Pork Panko on several dishes that call for breadcrumbs and to my surprise, the Pork Panko works well. 😋 😋

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ lbs ground beef 80-85% lean/20-15% fat (or 2¼ lbs of  ground beef, veal, and pork mixture)
  • 3/4 cup Pork Panko or crushed pork rinds (packed)
  • 10 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3-4 large handfuls of grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 1 cup+ 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped (or 2 Tablespoons dried)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • EVOO (for frying)
  • 8 oz whole milk mozzarella

Directions

  1. Place ground meat in a large mixing bowl, and break up with a fork.
  2. Add Pork Panko, onion, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper and combine well.
  3. Make a well in the center of the meat mixture and place all the eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, and parsley.
  4. With a large fork scramble the eggs, cheese, and parsley in the well, then start to combine into the entire meat mixture. You can do this best with your hands that are scrupulously clean or with gloves…your preference.
  5. Once well combined (don’t over-mix) use an ice cream scoop to get even-sized meatballs,(about a small cupped handful of meat mixture) and roll into a ball then place on parchment or waxed paper. Continue making meatballs until all meat has been formed. An ice cream scoop should yield 16-18 meatballs.
  6. In a large skillet pour enough EVOO to about 3/4 inches in depth. Let the oil get hot, then working in batches, brown all sides (Don’t overload, allow each meatball some breathing room, or they get steamed & not browned).
  7. When meatballs are browned and crisp, remove them to a paper towel-lined bowl or tray. Repeat until all meatballs are cooked.
  8. Cook meatballs in tomato sauce for 20 minutes. (Skip the next step if you are not making it parmigiana style.)
  9. In a casserole dish, lightly coat with tomato sauce then place meatballs in the dish, sprinkle with grated cheese, and slices of mozzarella. Microwave on medium just enough to melt the cheese (about 3-5 minutes depending on your microwave). Serve with a big salad or your favorite keto pasta and enjoy!

Notes: The texture is a little meatier than meatballs made with soaked Italian bread but they are just as delicious. I like using Skinny Pasta (konjac noodles) or Palmini hearts of palm noodles in place of real pasta.

 

 

 

 

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Keto Stuffed Zucchini

 

We have been making the original, non-keto version for many, many years using breadcrumbs, however, since breadcrumbs are not a keto food I substituted with Pork Panko, which I found in my local grocery store.  It’s a delicious, easy-to-make meal that is so tasty. Stuffed zucchini is a winning dinner whether you use Italian sweet or hot sausage or bulk country sausage. Leftovers can be eaten for lunch the next day.

Keto Stuffed Zucchini

Keto version of delicious sausage stuffed zucchini.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 452kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large skillet (to cook zucchini for 8-10 minutes)
  • 1 Large rimmed baking sheet
  • 1 large spoon (to scoop out cooked zucchini)

Ingredients 

  • 4 large zucchini (Sliced in half lengthwise. Do not cut off the ends.)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (sweet or hot) (remove casings)
  • ½ large onion (diced)
  • 2 large garlic cloves (smashed)
  • cup Panko pork rinds (packed)
  • ¼ cup Pecorino-Romano cheese (grated)
  • 8 oz whole milk mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (homemade or jar, with no sugar added)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a large skillet, cook halved zucchini in boiling, salted water for 8-10 minutes. Drain. Scoop out insides, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Drain and mash the scooped-out zucchini. Set aside.
  • Place shells onto an ungreased large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Remove casings from sausage and cook in the same skillet for 5 minutes, breaking the meat into a crumble while cooking. Add the chopped onions and smashed garlic. Saute 3 minutes until tender. Add the mashed zucchini, Panko pork rinds, and 3/4 of the grated Pecorino-Romano cheese.
  • Spoon mixture into shells. Spoon tomato sauce on top to cover lengthwise. Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese melts. Enjoy!

Notes

Pork Panko makes a great substitute for any recipe calling for breadcrumbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1080mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 881IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 294mg | Iron: 2mg

Please note: Although the Nutritional Facts are provided, we are not nutritionists and therefore cannot verify the accuracy of these calculations. Please verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.

Pork Panko makes a great substitute for any recipe calling for breadcrumbs.
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Keto Cauliflower Frittata

 

Barbara is on a healthy keto diet so naturally, she wanted to turn Grandma Tessie’s Cauliflower Frittata into a healthy keto dish. This is just as good as Grandma’s original but it’s keto, low-carb, and gluten-free. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or a side for dinner, plus it’s delicious and very healthy.

We recommend Penzeys Tuscan Sunset Salt Free Italian Seasoning for this recipe because it’s the best blend of herbs we’ve come across, is delicious, and doesn’t overpower the dish. If you’ve never used Penzeys spices before, please give them a try. We do not get paid by Penszeys but we really do love their herbs and spices.

Keto Cauliflower Frittata

Delicious Keto version of Grandma Tessie's Cauliflower Frittata. A great keto breakfast and gluten-free.
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 132kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Frittata Pan
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 3/4 cup size measuring cup
  • 1 very large skillet
  • 1 9" pie pans or serving dishes
  • 1 measuring teaspoon

Ingredients 

  • 1 small head of cauliflower florets only,
  • ½ large sweet onions sliced medium to thin
  • 2-3 Tablespoons EVOO as needed
  • ¼ cup Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese grated
  • ½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 medium garlic cloves smashed
  • ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 1 - 1½ tsp Penzeys Tuscan Sunset this is a salt-free Italian-style seasoning. Regular Italian seasoning can be used in place of Penzeys but Penseys Tuscan Sunset is delicious and mild.
Makes: 9inch round1inch height

Instructions

  • Wash and pat dry the cauliflower head then cut the florets and discard stems.
  • Slice onions lengthwise and set aside.
  • Smash garlic cloves and set aside.
  • In a bowl, add the Parmegiano-Reggiano & Pecorino Romano grated cheeses, eggs, and Tuscan Sunset seasoning. Beat well then set aside.
  • In a very large skillet, add 2 Tablespoons of EVOO until hot (medium heat). Add the onions and caramelize to a golden brown.
  • Once caramelized, add a bit more EVOO then add the raw cauliflower florets with the smashed garlic. Season with pink Himalayan salt & black pepper to taste. Cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes until cauliflower is cooked but not mushy. Remove from heat.
  • Heat the larger bottom part of the frittata pan then add 1 Tablespoon of EVOO plus a little to coat the top frittata pan. When hot enough add the cauliflower & onions to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • On a medium-low flame, add the egg mixture. Place the oiled frittata cover on top and cook for about 5 minutes. Flip the pan over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Remove the larger pan that's on top then slide the frittata from the upper pan into a 9" pie plate or serving dish. Garnish with some grated cheese and a sprig of fresh parsley if desired.
  • Cauliflower Frittatas can be frozen and then thawed before heating up in a microwave or oven.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1pie slice | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note: Although the Nutritional Facts are provided, we are not nutritionists and therefore cannot verify the accuracy of these calculations. Please verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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