In tongue & cheek fashion Sonja Morgan reminds us that we can always find a good designer shoe deal with her new discounted shopping app Link: http://www.sonja-morgan.com/app/

 
(photo by jonathn baskin)
 

Historian David Patrick Columbia Reflects Back on his articles in Quest on Sonja Morgan over the years starting 1994. Her Philanthropy, Marriage, Daughter, Business, and Real World of Entertainment


 

Sonja Morgan Magazine Covers Part 2

 

Maple-Bourbon Roasted Turkey with Gravy

Maple-Bourbon Roasted Turkey with Gravy

You are about to indulge yourself into one of my favorite recipes, that came from my dear friends the Beekman Boys. Their cook book in addition to the 100+ recipes that the two have adapted from their own families’ archives, includes blank recipe cards and specially designed pockets in the book to collect them so that when the book is given as a gift (perfect for holidays, housewarming, and weddings) the recipient not only gets a set of new recipes but also hand-written versions of their family’s own classics.

Yields: 12 servings
Time: 3 hr 15 min
Prep Time: 45 min
Temp: 325

Ingredients:
1 (14-pound) Turkey, rinsed and patted dry (neck and giblets reserved)​​​ ​
1/4 cup(s) Coarse Salt
1 tablespoon(s) Sugar​
2 teaspoon(s) Ancho Chile Powder
1 Orange​, 1 Lime​
1 small Yellow Onion, halved​
2 Bay Leaves​
3 love(s) Garlic unpeeled​
3/4 cup(s) Maple Syrup​
2 tablespoon(s) Molasses
2 tablespoon(s) Light-Brown
1 tablespoon(s) Worcestershire Sauce
2 cup(s) Bourbon​Butter (Optional) for buttering foil​
1/3 cup(s) All-Purpose Flour

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Tuck wing tips under turkey by bending them back and pushing them under wings. In a small bowl, combine salt, sugar, and chile powder. Carefully run your fingers under breast and thigh skin to loosen, then rub meat with about one-third of seasoning. Rub remaining seasoning in cavity of turkey and all over skin. Next, pierce orange and lime with a fork, and stuff citrus in cavity, along with onion, bay leaves, and garlic. Using kitchen string, tie legs together.

2. In a small skillet, stir maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer; let cook for 5 minutes.

3. Set turkey breast side up in a large roasting pan fitted with a rack. Put turkey neck and giblets in bottom of pan and add bourbon. Pour all but 1/3 cup of maple-syrup mixture over turkey. Cover pan with lid or buttered aluminum foil. Roast turkey, covered, for 1 hour 30 minutes.

 

4. Uncover pan and brush turkey with reserved maple-syrup mixture. Return turkey to oven and continue to roast, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh meat registers 165 degrees F, 40 to 50 minutes. Lift turkey from pan, allowing any juices in cavity to drain into pan, and transfer to a platter or cutting board. Tent turkey with foil and let rest for 30 minutes.

5. Discard neck and giblets and pour juices from roasting pan into a gravy separator or a large measuring cup. Remove fat, reserving 3 tablespoons. If needed, add enough water to pan juices to measure 4 cups.

6. Place reserved turkey fat in a large saucepan over low heat. Gradually whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour has browned, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in pan juices and cook, whisking constantly, until gravy is creamy and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Go check out their site: http://www.beekman1802.com

Sonja Morgan’s Statement on Senate DOMA ruling

 

I had every faith that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy would come around. It was just a matter of time. I have been saying that to everyone I came in contact with who was frustrated. I said “just have faith and hang in there.” See, there is justice sometimes!

The court said that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was unconstitutional and ruled against a provision that denied benefits to legally married gay couples. I learned alot about how this feels by being involved in the LGBT community through my charity work over the years. This essentially began for me as an artist since a young girl modeling, acting, and at The Fashion Institute of Technology and then throughout my career in Fashion, Art, Entertainment, and Media.

Above: Sonja is a proud supporter of NOH8

I know the saying “Love Hurts” but when Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion with the support of 4 other Judges he said “DOMA divests married same-sex couples of the duties and responsibilities that are an essential part of married life and that they in most cases would be honored to accept were DOMA not in force.”

Further Justice Kennedy said that the law “places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage.”

No one should be treated second-tier in America. No one. Love heals. Love does not hurt. Love makes us stronger and that makes our country stronger.

Justice Kennedy went on to say “Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways,”

No one in America should be singled out. It’s humiliating. Have we not learned our lessons from the past? We are equal.

I learned more about this and how it feels among same sex couples when I became involved with MENY (Marriage Equality NY). I recieved a call from Brian Silva asking me to get involved and I gladly did and spoke at the MENY March to Brooklyn alongside other supporters.

Above: Sonja expresses her wish to help prepare the Beekman Boys nuptials in Star Magazine

I personally felt the pain in the community for too long. I really thought NY had missed the memo when all these other states were ahead of us. I knew if Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg got on board with the support of some important friends of the community such as Caroline Kennedy who was the 100,000 signer of a protest that the rest of the Nation would take notice. I was very proud of our Country when President Obama came forward after MENY passed. Proud indeed and I got up and spoke about it at an Off Broadway Pride Event.

We are headed in the right direction and our Country still stands far above all because we stand for freedom and independence. Now, can we can talk about our children and instilling future independence? My umbrella of charities has been for decades and remains Children, Artists, Animals, and the LGBT.

Sonja and Marley take to the runway for Celebrity Catwalk Benefitting Rescue Animals

On Saturday June 1 RHONY filmed Sonja Morgan as she walked the runway for Paws in the City: A Fashion Show of Furry Proportions, taking her beloved dog and fan favorite Marley at the fashion event at the Calumnet Gallery in Chelsea. Fellow Real Housewives of New York co-stars Ramona Singer and Heather Thompson also took part, along with adoptable dogs decked out in finery from Animal Care & Control of NYC and Rescuzilla.

Above: Sonja struts her stuff on the runway with Marley 

Sonja’s good friend Prince Lorenzo Borghese whom she has worked with on other animal charities in the past such as Bideawee that she hosted in 2012, was emcee on the night. Of the participating models Borghese said, “I was happy to see The Housewives of New York City come out to support the importance of pet adoption on such a steamy hot Saturday night. It was a wonderful evening for an incredible cause.” Sonja said it reminded her of the movie Best in Show if any of you are fans of this satirical film.

So tune in to Season 6 to see the footage from the event for yourself!

Prosciutto/Salmon wrapped Cocktail Pickles by Sonja Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One jar of French Cornichon or Gherkin pickles (cocktail sized)
Thinly Sliced Prosciutto Di Parma
Thinly Sliced Smoked Salmon
Lemon Wedges

This is a quick and easy hors d’oeuvre that I love to serve to children and adults alike. It’s a fun after school snack for kids to make on their own and makes a wonderful presentation to the most elegant and worldly of guests. I show mine here served on a plate made by my daughter at one of those children’s pottery salons. When coupled with fun colored toothpicks and color coordinated French napkins and placemats, you can’t go wrong! These hit the spot when served with Martini’s or Prosecco. I love the sweet and sour combination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap sliced prosciutto or salmon around the pickle, and fasten with a toothpick. Display on a pretty serving plate with lemon wedges. I like these fun, whimsical placemats that are easy to wipe clean and protect my table tops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy, and be sure to catch up with me on Twitter, @Sonjatmorgan, and on my Facebook fan page,http://www.facebook.com/sonjatmorgan.

Send me pictures of YOUR toaster oven recipes!
xo, Sonja

Toaster Oven Recipe – Rack of Lamb & String Beans by Sonja Morgan

This Recipe of Rack of Lamb & String Beans is simple and most importantly it’s delicious.

 

This whole meal can be cooked and ready to eat in under 20 minutes. I had the opportunity of making my debut appearance at The Learning Annex, I presented my prototype toaster oven from Sonja Home Collection along with one of my favorite toaster oven dinners.

Watch below for 99 cents “HOW TO” Tutorial, on How to cook Rack of Lamb & String Beans in a Toaster Oven with a dash of Sonja’s Style. (via Ustream.com)

Holiday Recipe: Maple-Bourbon Roasted Turkey with Gravy by The Fabulous Beekman Boys for Access Hollywood

Maple-Bourbon Roasted Turkey with Gravy

You are about to indulge yourself in one of my favorite holiday recipes. This recipe comes from my dear friends’, The Beekman Boys, newest cookbook, The Heirloom Cook. The cookbook has over 100 recipes that the boys have adapted from their own family archives. It also includes blank recipe cards and pockets in the book to collect your own personal recipes. The cookbook makes a great gift for holiday parties, housewarming parties, weddings, or any occasion! Not only can the recipient get an entirely new set of recipes, but they can also add in some of their family’s own classics.

Yields: 

12 servings
Total Time: 3 hr 15 min
Prep Time: 45 min
Oven Temp: 325  

  
Ingredients

  • 1  (14-pound) Turkey, rinsed and patted dry (neck and giblets reserved)
  • 1/4 cup Coarse Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 small Yellow Onion, halved
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
  • 3/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 cups BourbonButter (Optional, for buttering foil)
  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour

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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Tuck wing tips under turkey by bending them back and pushing them under wings. In a small bowl, combine salt, sugar, and chile powder. Carefully run your fingers under breast and thigh skin to loosen, then rub meat with about one-third of seasoning. Rub remaining seasoning in cavity of turkey and all over skin. Next, pierce orange and lime with a fork, and stuff citrus in cavity, along with onion, bay leaves, and garlic. Using kitchen string, tie legs together.

2. In a small skillet, stir maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer; let cook for 5 minutes.

3. Set turkey breast side up in a large roasting pan fitted with a rack. Put turkey neck and giblets in bottom of pan and add bourbon. Pour all but 1/3 cup of maple-syrup mixture over turkey. Cover pan with lid or buttered aluminum foil. Roast turkey, covered, for 1 hour 30 minutes.

4. Uncover pan and brush turkey with reserved maple-syrup mixture. Return turkey to oven and continue to roast, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh meat registers 165 degrees F, 40 to 50 minutes. Lift turkey from pan, allowing any juices in cavity to drain into pan, and transfer to a platter or cutting board. Tent turkey with foil and let rest for 30 minutes.

5. Discard neck and giblets and pour juices from roasting pan into a gravy separator or a large measuring cup. Remove fat, reserving 3 tablespoons. If needed, add enough water to pan juices to measure 4 cups.

6. Place reserved turkey fat in a large saucepan over low heat. Gradually whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour has browned, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in pan juices and cook, whisking constantly, until gravy is creamy and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.  

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Check out the Beekman Boys’ site and their new book here.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

xo, Sonja

Spring Holiday Floral Arrangement

 

“Cheap and Cheerful”

This is one of my favorite floral arrangements. It rings in the hope of spring and warmer weather with its wonderful colorful theme. At the same time it is so easy, fast and inexpensive to throw together.

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Use any vase you want, but be sure you can fit another glass container inside. Sometimes I use common household items like a sugar bowl or oil/vinegar server.
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Pour candies between the vase and the inside container. You can use jellybeans, or for Valentine’s Day I use the heart candies with sayings on them.

Fill the inside container with water leaving room for the flowers to displace the water and not overflow onto the candies. If the water gets on the candies it makes a sticky mess over time.

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I then add tulips, or daffodils. Tulips last longer, but both are about 7 to 10 dollars a bunch from your local supermarket or NYC deli, and can cheer up a whole room.

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If you want to be extravagant go with white roses, and use red hots for that special someone in your life! If they really deserve it, throw in cashmere socks or a throw. Enjoy!

Toaster Oven Recipe – Sonja’s Mom’s Cinnamon Sugar Rolls

 
 
Great for playdates and great for Mom’s dates!

This recipe brings back fond memories of when my mom would make pies and my siblings and I would fight for the left over circle of dough she pressed the pie pan into. Then we would roll our portions out and spread them with butter, then with cinnamon with the precision that comes with experience. We would wait to see the dark color of the cinnamon as it soaked into the butter, and then fill in the blanks. Finally, we’d sprinkle the sugar while Mom held us back on the quantity.

This long time favorite, that I now make with my own daughter, is so simple, yet so satisfying to the finest palates. I have served it to royalty, celebrities and family alike with tea service or just a cup of tea and they always comment on how delicious they are.

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It’s also great for those sexy breakfast’s in bed! Serve with fresh Goya peach nectar stirred into prossecco and you have Bellini cocktails! Cold bubbles to the head and hot cinnamon treats to the stomach are sure aphrodisiacs.

Easiest make your own pie crust with ingredients you have at home:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and then pat together in a ball.

(p.s. if you want to make a pie, you can mix these same ingredients above in a 9 inch pie pan and pat it into the bottom and up the sides, prick with the fork, bake for 15 minutes in the a 400 degree preheated oven, and you are ready to go with your favorite pie filling!)

Store bought crust once in awhile is OK but full of additives usually, so keep that in mind. I like the one’s in the box in the refrigerator section vs. the frozen ones already in a pan.

http://www.pillsbury.com/Products/Pie

How to make Cinnamon Sugar Rolls:

Preheat oven 350 degrees
Roll out crust on a floured silicone rolling mat, or parchment paper.
Spread lightly salted whipped butter on your crust. Whipped is much easier then pats cut off the stick.

You can use a butter knife or any of the below pictured frosting spreaders. I like the one with the bend because it allows you to spread evenly across the crust.

Sprinkle cinnamon until absorbed and then lightly the sugar.
Cut 2 1/2 inch wide strips
Then roll them into little logs 1 1/2 inch thick logs. See plated in picture above.

Place in toaster oven on the middle rack and bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes. You will know its time when you smell the cinnamon and their tops are golden brown. I even like them “burnt” in spots. So don’t worry about turning them around for toaster oven temperature imbalances.

Toaster Oven Recipe White Fish with Asparagus


 

This Recipe of White Fish with Asparagus is simple, but has the ability to be served elegantly. This whole meal can be cooked and ready to eat in under 20 minutes. We have Dr. Brent Ridge of The Fabulous Beekman Boys helping us to make sure we are making all the right moves in my kitchen.

Watch below for a “HOW TO” Tutorial, on How to cook White Fish & Asparagus  in a Toaster Oven with a dash of Sonja’s Style.

“Easy to cook, with an easy clean up”- Ms. Sonja Morgan

This is a great luxurious meal that can be made for 1-4 people using only your Toaster Oven in less then 20 minutes.

“Be sure to always keep it healthy with a  mouth watering presentation by plating your fish with multi-colored vegetables. Many of my recipes on this blog show you how to “steam” your veggies in the toaster! Enjoy.”

Toaster Oven Recipe – Mac n Cheese With Truffle Oil

 

“Comfort Food with a Touch of Affordable Luxury”

All you need is:

  • a box of Elbow Macraroni
  • a can of Evaporated Milk, or
  • carton of Half n Half
  • a zip lock of shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • and as preferred Truffle Oil/cubed Ham
  • 4 to 6 ramekins

This recipe is so easy with minimal clean up, can be served to the most discerning guests (everyone needs comfort food) and kids love it, too. They can help!  After boiling the macaroni in a lightly salted pot of water, scoop a small amount of macaroni into the bottom each ramakin after from a strainer spoon. This avoids the big pasta strainer step completely.

Then pour a bit of the half n half or condensed milk over the macaroni. I use whatever I have. I use milk as well if I have too. This is where you add salt, pepper and even cubed ham if you like.  Then sprinkle some of the cheese, layer more of macaroni making a nice mound.

Add lots of cheese of top to make a nice crust to your liking,

then add a bit more   half n half or condensed milk around the macaroni and cheese to be 

sure it won’t be dry. I like to fill till i see some liquid almost a third from the top. Put your Ramekins in the toaster oven, or your regular oven at 35o til brown on top and bubbling.


Though this is a simple and easy recipe it serves beautifully, and elegantly and warrants a nice place mat and napkin to set it off. You can use French Crockery or just plain ramekins as I have here, and  I like to top it off with truffle oil for adults.  My 10 yr old enjoys it like that  as well! Aren’t we fancy?! P.S.  my shirt is from the Souk in Morocco in case you follow RHONY.


 

My Holiday Arrangement

“Red, White, and Warm”

I love this arrangement and make it for my home every year in November just before Thanksgiving. I start with these curly twigs that I always find at the corner deli, along with Magnolia tree branches, and $10 bunch of white lilies or I splurge on white Casa Blanca lilies.

Lastly, I put the red flower that’s always at the deli called Red hypericum berries. The best is when I have time to go down to the flower market on 17th Street in NYC, its a wonderful experience if you ever get the chance I highly recommend it to bring out your creative side.

When choosing, always go with 1, 3, or 5 stems. The woody stems last till Feb when the spring stems come out. The great thing about the magnolia branches is that the leaves fall off and display fabulously in a crystal bowl, in your favorite flea market find or your Cache Pot pictured above. As the lilies expire you can replace them with fresh ones among the twigs and just refresh the water.

When you are down to the twigs and Hypericum berries, cut the berry stems short and arrange with roses and pine for another holiday arrangement. This particular arrangement consists of

5 Green curly stems
3 Magnolia stems
5 Casa Blanca lilies (or you can use one bunch of the asia lilies at the deli)
5 Stems Red Hypericum berries

Quest 400 List 15th Annual Party

 
On my way to the Quest 400 List 15th annual party at Doubles the exclusive club at the Sherry Netherland on Fifth Avenue. Always fun!

My daughter and I were honored to be featured on the 400 List. The day we were photographed I saw CZ Guest and Peter Duchin. We we’re being photographed the same day. It was very exciting indeed

I did my own hair make up as usual and I’m wearing a Plein Sud leather jacket Lycée lace skirt Zac Posen blouse, Hermes scarf tied to my Hermes Birkin bag. Manolo Blanik shoes.

Lysse is an interesting brand I have come across that makes leggings but I also have been enjoying their skirts.

Here is a link to Guest of a Guest to read more about the event, the list of families and who attended the party. Always one of the best parties of the season and the fastest way to catch up with everyone.

 

My friend Kipton Cronkite

Richard Johnson of The NY Post and R. Couri Hay

Inside the beautiful venue

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Champagne anyone?

 

Sonja Morgan joins cast of longest running comedy Off-Broadway to flex her bawdy sense of humor on stage in Sex Tips for Straight Women From A Gay Man

 

 

Autism Speaks Sixteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge

 

Cici Vicious & Sonja Morgan: Toaster Oven Broiled Sirloin Steak and Toasted Parmesan Romaine Hearts


Click here to check out the video with Cici Licious!

Ingredients:

2/3 pieces Sirloin Steak on the bone
1 Large Onion
2 Romaine Hearts of Lettuce
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preparation:

1.  Cover your toaster oven trays with aluminum foil. Make the foil bucket “Sonja Style”

2.  Place steaks inside and salt and pepper to taste. Place on upper rack. Broil at 450* for 10 minutes or longer depending on how well done you like your steak. Feel free to use your own marinade or spices!

3.  Cover another tray and place the romaine lettuce inside another foil bucket “Sonja Style”. Sprinkle shreaded cheese on top. Place on bottom rack. Romaine may take longer than the steak depending on how well done you like your steak.

4. When the steak is brown, the cheese is melted, and it smells delicious, you will know it’s time to check!

Plate the Toasted Parmesan Romaine separately from the steak, onions, mushrooms or any other veggie.


Enjoy another delight from behind the glass door!

“Can’t Go Wrong With a Cache Pot”

This beautiful cache pot (pronounced cash po) is inexpensive and elegant and can be a wonderful family tradition. I pick up orchids from Home Depot for $19.99 and pop them in! Sometimes I splurge and put two orchids in, but then I have to remove them from their containers and put them together in another. This takes some finagling, but it works.

When the orchid bloom expires, you can pick up flowers from your corner deli, put them in an inexpensive container inside the cache pot.

If you live in the country move the orchid to the greenhouse or a screened sunny window till it blooms again. Then cut foliage from your garden or back yard and place inside the cache pot. Voila! Then when your orchid blooms again put it once again in the cache pot.

I use cut pine branches, holly branches with their leaves, fall leaves on their branches that have turned yellow, red, and orange, rosa rugosa and their berries which are called rose hips. Any perennial you have will work, even pachysandra. I throw fruits and veggies on their stems in the arrangement. I like cherry tomatoes, a cluster of crab apples, or calamondin oranges. It’s not what you use it’s how you use it!

Flowers with feathers added for fun!

When my Christmas cactus is blooming in the green house, I take that and drop it in or in the city I buy one at the corner deli for $14.99.

Sonja Morgan to be honored for her contributions to New York City at special event

 

TV personality, spokeswoman, businesswoman and philanthropist Sonja Morgan is to be honored at Inspired In New York organised by The Von Boozier Twins. The event will take place at the opulent venue The Griffin in the West Village (50 Gansevoort Street, New York). This honor which will be given to Sonja by Honorable Councilwoman Inez Dickens for her contributions as an innovator and trendsetter in the arts, media and entertainment industries along with a proclamation from the state of New York.

The invite only event is expected to welcome the crème de la crème of the entertainment world and New York’s finest, many of whom are friends of Sonja or who have consulted her expertise in the past who wish to support and honor her many accomplishments.

For more information or to gain media access, request, interviews
contact GEM Public Relations at: (347) 748-4474

Toaster Oven Potato Chips

These are a healthy alternative to store-bought chips that you can make in your toaster. I first had these as a young model in Milan at BICE. They are very simple to make, elegant for adults, and fun for kids to eat. This is one recipe I do not suggest children making, as it involves peeling the potato. You would find these at any Cipriani restaurant around the world. They are delicious without salt or anything but feel free to experiment with your favorite toppings. I serve them with icy cold vodka shots and sour cream.

Ingredients:

  • One large Idaho or starchy potato
  • Spray Canola Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt

Directions:
-Peel potato with a common peeler


-Slice the potato into thin chips using a mandolin slicer or use a cheese grater. The cheese grater makes half chips.


-When using the mandolin be careful of the last bit of potato, and use the special instrument to protect your fingers


-Place potato slices thinly in a canola sprayed tray and spray chips with canola as well.

– Lightly Salt chips or sprinkle Rosemary if you like.
-Bake for 30 to 40 minutes on 450 degrees or until crispy. May need to rotate the tray as the back gets hotter than the front.


*Foil is reusable

Enjoy, and be sure to catch up with me on Twitter, @Sonjatmorgan, and on my Facebook fan page.

Send me pictures of YOUR toaster oven recipes!
xo, Sonja

Toaster Oven Roasted Red Peppers and Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

 
Here are two new light fresh recipes that you would normally do on your grill outside. But, if you’re stuck in your home, pop it in your toaster oven and pretend you’re having a BBQ. Kids love to help doing this. It’s easy and fun, makes a great presentation and it’s light on the waist line!

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes, halved horizontally
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


Directions:

  1. Preheat toaster oven to 450° F.
  2. Place tomatoes cut-side up on a baking sheet. Top with Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Spray with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 large red or yellow bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil


Directions:

Preheat the toaster oven to 450 degrees.  Remove the stem and seeds from each pepper and cut them in quarters and spray them with oil. Place the peppers on a sheet pan and place in the toaster oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the skins are completely wrinkled and the peppers are charred, turning them twice during roasting.  Set aside for 30 minutes, or until the peppers are cool enough to handle.  It’s all in the presentation, so choose your plate, napkin and placemat with intent!

Toaster Oven Recipe – Chicken Parmigiana by Sonja Morgan

 

This recipe of Chicken Parmigiano is the perfect choice for a busy Thursday night. This whole meal can be cooked and ready to eat in under 20 minutes.

Watch below for a “HOW TO” Tutorial, on How to cook Chicken Parmigiano in a Toaster Oven with a dash of Sonja’s Style.

“It’s all the play dates’ favorites”-Ms. Sonja Morgan

**Tips**

– Wait for the cheese to start to bubble; that’s how you can tell when is the perfect time to take the meal out of the oven.

-To add a little bit more excitement, this dish would go nicely with some hot spaghetti.

This recipe can be done in under 20 minutes and will cost you less than 20 dollars to make. Chicken Parmigiano is one of those meals that you can serve to your kids for lunch on a Sunday afternoon, or a special someone during a candle lit dinner and wine. Without even turning on your oven.

Toaster Oven Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon by Sonja Morgan

 
Healthy, Elegant and Satisfying.. Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon

This is yet another simple, elegant and delicious toaster oven recipe – Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon. I love the contrast of the sweet and salty flavors. This recipe is very easy and any busy housewife will enjoy it. It’s ready in under 10 minutes! Salmon is also an amazing source of protein, which is high in omega-3 oils. Research shows omega-3 oils help prevent heart disease and curb appetite.

I love preparing this dish with my daughter. It’s simple enough for kids to make, yet elegant enough to serve to the fussiest of adults. The sweet and salty flavors serve as a wonderful contrast to the buttery salmon.

Ingredients:
Salmon, 4 to 6 pieces per tray
Soy or Teriyaki sauce
Maple syrup Grade B*

*A lot of people think that Grade A Maple Syrup is better. The jury’s still out on this, but I like Grade B better! Grade B is produced later in the season and has a better maple flavor and more minerals. Grade A might be better for putting on your pancakes in the morning, but Grade B is definitely better for a recipe like this.


Directions:
-Cover a toaster oven tray with tin foil. Fold up the edges, forming a “bucket”, to place the salmon in so the sauces dont seep out.
-Cover the bottom of the tray lightly with soy or teriyaki sauce.
-Place the salmon on top.
-Drizzle more soy or teriyaki sauce across the top of the salmon pieces. Add a touch of maple syrup.
-Cook in toaster oven at the highest temperature on the top rack for 10 minutes, or the top of the salmon begins to caramelize. Be careful not to over cook the salmon. Remember, the fish will continue to cook a bit after you take it out of the toaster oven.
-Take the salmon off of the tray with a spatula and plate it! This dish is great when served with rice and spinach.

Enjoy! Be sure to catch up with me on Twitter, @Sonjatmorgan, and on my Facebook fan page. Send me pictures of your toaster oven recipes!
xo, Sonja