Monthly Archives: May 2012

dinner in the [porter] house!

So after a grueling day of laying around by the pool, it was that time again… dinner!
Tonight was a special night of grilling and the star of the show was a gorgeous, thick porterhouse steak. The porterhouse is cut from the rear end of the short loin, and are made up of a strip steak and filet mignon. To not strip away from its meaty goodness, this super cut of meat was dressed only with kosher salt and some fresh pepper [not usually my go-to] and grilled to perfection.
As a side, the market had some beautiful fresh corn. So seasoned with my very own homemade garlic oil, freshly grated pecorino romano and some spicy stuff [shhhh it’s a secret] and these little gems were tossed onto the grill in some aluminum foil till tender!
After grilling the steak, it took a ten minute nap and then onto the plate with its date for the evening. Juicy and succulent with the perfect grill marks, while the corn was sweet, briny and a touch spicy!
Wonder what tomorrow will bring… probably no grilling since rain is in the forecast… sigh… Well I’m sure it will be tasty!

at a low simmer…
-R

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adult slurpies…

Another gorgeous weekend is upon us… temps in the 80’s and feels like summer! What better way to enjoy it than by the pool getting some sun noshing on kettle chips and slurping down fresh mango-ladas! Yep I get bored with the same old story when it comes to drinks, so I thought how can I make things interesting and give my own thumbprint to it…
A quick run to the market and back home with fresh mangos, juice, creme de coco, and of course the star… RUM!
After measuring out everything [yeah ok who are we kidding], tossing in some sliced mangos and ice cubes, a quick whirl in the machine and a gorgeous light orangey concoction quickly made its way from glass to straw to belly…
Ahhhhhh I love pre-summer days…

at a low simmer…
-R

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the simple pleasures in life…

What a fantastic start to the weekend… a great bottle of wine, Cowgirl Creamery cheese paired with fig jam, an aged Manchego and Serrano ham, all served with an artisanal loaf from Amy’s Bread! And to think that was a precursor to dinner… Yikes where did we stuff it all?

at a low simmer…
-R

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Variety is the spice of… well in this case dinner!

Tonight was a nod to Spain… Tapas to be exact! It’s a great way to experience a number of small edibles as a ‘main course’ without creating one specific meal. I love doing a tapas dinner and the funny thing is, it usually takes less time [and prep work] than a typical dinner.
The tapas menu tonight consisted of grilled bread brushed with olive oil and rubbed with garlic. To top off this ‘toast’ was a rich and slightly gamey Spanish cured meat with slow roasted plum tomatoes rested gently on top. For the tomatoes, four plum tomatoes were halved and seeded, drizzled with truffle oil, minced garlic, salt and a light splash of syrupy aged balsamic vinegar. Roasted on 250* for almost two hours and the sweetness and caramelized flavors all came out!
The second tapas consisted of rock shrimp cooked in a garlic infused olive oil with crushed red pepper for heat! I used my cazuela to cook, as well as serve these gorgeous little babies… The cazuela also served wonderfully as a vessel for dipping excess bread into the garlicky, oily goodness! To accompany this amazing meal… an incredible albarino to wash everything down.
You don’t need to take a trip to a restaurant or even a foreign land to experience such wonderful delights… just a trip to your local specialty food market and your very own kitchen…

at a low simmer…
-R

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whoops forgot the cornbread…

So tonight was a Southern themed meal! On the menu… baby back ribs with a side of homemade slaw.
The ribs were glazed in a smokey bourbon sauce. Slow cooked on the grill [wrapped gently in foil and turning once] till cooked through and tender. These meaty little guys were fall of the bone good!
The side was full of vibrancy and zip! Shredded savoy cabbage amd carrots, mayo, champagne vinegar, salt, crushed red pepper and for a special something… dried cranberries. Creamy, tangy and full of flavor!
This dish may make an appearance again quite soon for a weekend meal…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Summer is in the air… finally

It turned out to be a perfect afternoon, after a rainy start to the day! What better way to celebrate than with a crisp glass of blanc de blancs, fresh cut kiwi and raspberries. I have to pace myself though… something delicious is on the way for dinner!

at a low simmer…
-R

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table for one…

Since I was on my own for dinner I tossed around a few ideas of what I could whip up for one, but then thought to myself why not take the night off. So that is just what I did… relaxed with a great bottle of wine and ordered some Chinese take-out! Delicious and simple sesame chicken with brown rice [prepared extra spicy] paired with a crisp and fruity Sauvignon Blanc…
Mmmmm I could get used to taking the night off once in a while!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Some people ‘plank’, I prefer flank…

Tonight for dinner, I decided a little rain wouldn’t dampen my culinary adventure! I was in the mood for a nice flavorful piece of meat… So I marinated a flank steak in soy sauce, sesame oil, scallion and some additional flavor bumps! On the grill for eight minutes and it was perfect. Succulent and full of punch!
As a side, I thought it would be great to go out of the box… I sliced up fresh watermelon and tossed it with sliced scallions [stuck with the marinade theme], feta cheese and drizzled with a great finishing oil to pull everything together! The watermelon was sweet and juicy, the feta perfectly briny, while the scallion offered just enough bite and drove everything home…
Boy I’m stuffed!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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hearty and healthy!!

Sitting out on my patio listening to my wind chimes, I was interrupted by my stomach growling for nourishment.
What should I chow down on this sunny and warm day? Then it came to me… lightly toasted pumpernickel bread with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, sliced cucumbers, long slivers of avocado, and for added crunch and texture… mixed slaw veggies. All these gems are added to the lightly toasted bread with just a schmeer of light doctored-up mayo or any other spread. This combination is hearty and filling… Now lets start up that margaritaville machine!

at a low simmer…
-R

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rolling with the ‘flava’…

After a long day of prepping our yard for the upcoming summer season it was decision time for dinner. It was actually tougher than expected! We decided on the city, but quickly changed our minds since the rumbles in our belly would not wait until 8:30 on this warm and romantic night.
Light and flavorful was what we yearned for, and what better choice then sushi! A few selections from the vast menu and we were off… Crispy lobster rolls, crabmeat and avocado rolls, you name it… we tried it [and enjoyed them]!

at a low simmer…
-R

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