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let the festivities begin…

Excuses mean squat… Therefore rather than apologies for being absent here I’ve decided to start off with a bang…Cinco de mayo lit a fire under my… or perhaps those were the jalapeños in the quesadillas we consumed???

Anyway you slice it, dinner was simple, classic fare that satisfied the hungriest bellies… and to wash it all down… mango margaritas!

So if you’ll excuse me I have some more drinks that require some tending to and a quesadilla that needs some loving…

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spicy dinner for a chilly night!

With a recently found liking for sockeye salmon, I thought about mixing up our weeknight dinner and preparing a refreshing recipe that my cousin mentioned to me…
I rubbed some extra virgin and then seasoned one and a half pounds of sockeye with a mixture of kosher salt, cumin, paprika, chipotle chili powder, freshly ground pepper and onion [or garlic] powder [1 teaspoon of each, except 1/4 teaspoon of the chili powder]…
The fish was set in the fridge for a bit to soak up the lovely spicy flavors, while I prepared some steamed haricots verts to enjoy as a side. These were nothing fancy, steamed and then tossed lightly with some olive oil and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
To cook the salmon, I heated a grill pan on high and once smoking, in went the fish [skin-side down] and cooked for roughly 8 minutes [cooking time varies depending on heat, as well as your likeness for doneness]… Once finished cooking a squeeze of fresh lime juice elevated this dish nicely! It was then onto our plates and then into our bellies…
I have been converted and think anyone who tries this will be too so I say… give it a go!

-R

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a good roasting!

With today being quite the dreary Sunday [both because it’s the day before the beginning of the week and also because it was gray outside], I decided to do as much cozying up as possible… couch, wine and movie]. To accomplish this feat, a simple roast chicken dinner seemed the easiest thing to come out of the kitchen!
Seasoned with some olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice and herbs de provence… this meaty bird was nestled into the oven for an hour and half to get its tan. During the last thirty minutes of cooking, our fragrant meal was treated to a splash of white wine to elevate the already flavorful treat! Once finished cooking, the chicken rested for a few minutes before getting plated and filling our bellies with satisfying warmth…
Till our next dining experience!

-R

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What the… *UCK!!

Sunday turned out to be chillier than I expected so thought it would be a perfect day to heat up the kitchen and our bellies with a full roasted duck. This task takes time and care; first the majestic duck needs to be fully dressed in salt and pepper, then poked multiple times on both sides with a sharp knife being careful to only prick the skin and not the meat. With the oven set at 300 degrees, the duck goes in for five hours… YES five hours! But remember, sometimes good things are worth the wait! Every hour on the hour, the duck is poked and turned on its belly until the full five hours have expired [also from the cooking process, you end up with quite a bit of duck fat that you can use to cook with]. This dish not only looks delish, but also tastes just as good.
As a side, I decided on roasted potatoes. For added flavor to the potatoes, I drained almost all of the duck fat and then added them to the bottom of the pan with a little salt to roast and absorb the yummy duck flavor!
To sweeten up the dish, warmed apricot preserves with some honey drizzled across the duck. Glistening, gorgeous and golden… this duck was destined for greatness!

at a low simmer…
-R

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after a week of filling gas tanks, now it was time to go out and fill our bellies…

So after close to two weeks of being home bound, it was time for a nice evening out to dinner… nothing fancy, just a trip to our new favorite Asian-fusion resto in the area!
With a great, chilled bottle of white in tow and some large appetites to fill, we were on our way!
The menu at this resto is vast with many delicious choices, however the decision was pretty much made once we decided on venturing over there that a ‘stone hot pot’ was in our very near future…
These mini, cauldron-like bowls offer a decent sized portion of rice, scallion, shredded carrot, onions, shiitake mushrooms and a protein of your choice, all topped off with an egg [which literally from the heat of this bowl cooks in front of your very eyes]!
Slightly saucy, full of flavor and never lacking… this was just what we needed on this brisk November night…

at a low simmer…
-R

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crisp and delicious!

After another Saturday full of decorating for the upcoming Halloween holiday, the decision of what would end up on our plates, bit more importantly… in our bellies!
One can only deal with Chinese takeout or pizza that much [I mean don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of good Chinese and a fantastic bottle of wine] but tonight I wanted something a bit lighter, full of intense flavor and still satisfying…
A chef salad was the perfect way to go! Crisp and cold lettuce tossed gently with red onions, green olives, hot peppers, plump grape tomatoes and rolled provolone, ham and turkey in an olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing…
Mmmm what a perfect decision that was and some leftover to have alongside tomorrow nights dinner!! I just love double duty dishes…

at a low simmer…
-R

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