Oh how I love California. Not sure what makes it so wonderful.... hmmmm, maybe the scenery, the hills, the insanely blue skies, the amazing, makes me realize, "how I hate Texas heat" weather, no mosquito's, no humidity, wearing a sweater in July, 60 degree morning runs, the beaches, Irish coffee, eating crab for breakfast, having dinner every night with family and friends or, most of all, hanging with some of the best cousins on the planet. Mostly my first cousin because in both of our busy worlds, we oddly enough try to take a deep breath and play catch-up with each other every summer. For me, it's like eating a truffle. I rarely get to eat them and when I do, it's intoxicating to the last bite. That's like my time with my cousin. We rarely get to see each other and when we do, I savor every minute of it. And each year, we say goodbye wondering when the next time will be. Our trips to San Fransisco are not only fun, but full, joyously full, of good, family fun. Hanging out with high school girls and getting acting lessons from another, all the while getting in our "ready position" for an evening of badminton. And what a better way to watch the Olympics until midnight, outside, fire burning, all snuggled up cheering for Team USA. It's a vacation made in heaven and in return, cook to my hearts content all the while sipping wine with my closest friend as the the smaller cousins run about outside, in 75 degree weather, knowing that possibly, quite possibly, they too can have the same kind of relationship with each other as I do with mine.
Corn pasta or regular pasta, cooked to package instructions, saving 1/2 cup of pasta water
1 pound Atlantic salmon, skin removed (have butcher remove pin bones as well)
2 zucchini, shaved (shave with potato peeler)
1 pint tomatoes, halved
(combine the next 4 ingredients together, mixing well to combine)
3 tbs finely chopped oregano
5 tbs garlic, minced
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
Additional olive oil for drizzling
Kosher salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with Pam. Arrange salmon on backing sheet and season with salt and pepper. Place in oven and bake for about 10 - 12 minutes or until center is cooked through. Meanwhile, heat large pan with olive oil. Add tomatoes and shaved zucchini, tossing to coat. Saute for about 3 minutes then add oregano/garlic mixture to pan. Add reserved pasta water, toss to coat and saute for an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
Remove salmon from oven. Chop salmon and set aside. In a large serving bowl, add pasta, vegetables and chopped salmon. Mix well incorporating all ingredients. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil.