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this little piggy went right into my belly…

Realizing it has been such a long time since I’ve enjoyed that fatty, porky goodness of pork belly, a trip to the market and an overnight bath in a fragrant marinade yielded one hell of a dinner!
I seasoned up this beautiful slab with hefty handfuls of salt. While letting the salt permeate into the belly, I prepped a marinade full of healthy veggies and yummy seasonings… and of course wine was invited to this party!
Once the marinade was ready it was poured into a baking dish. The belly was then cozily tucked into the baking dish and surrounded by its luxurious bathing liquid… After a long nights sleep, it was time for a five hour bath until completely tender and a quick tan under the broiler to darken and crisp that fatty skin!
To enjoy this meal, the belly was nestled on a bed of nutty farro that I cooked with sautéed onions and garlic in some chicken stock until fully absorbed… the farro was swirled together with some chopped parsley to finish the story…
Fatty, crisp, sweet, sour, nutty and tender… I can go on and on!

at a low simmer…
-R

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not your usual ‘pie’…

Tonight we took a trip across the pond… a hearty shepherds pie was on the menu!
A gorgeous, meaty boneless leg of lamb was cubed up, salted and dusted in some flour… Into a hot cast iron pot coated with olive oil went the lamb! Cooked until all sides were beautifully browned and then put to the side while some carrots, celery and leeks were tossed in to soften up. Once softened, in went some garlic, tomato paste and then a hefty bottle of Guinness to start up this party! After the beer reduced down, the lamb went back into the pot, along with some fresh herbage and homemade stock. Then on went the lid and it was time to simmer everything for an hour until slightly thickened…
While the ‘stew’ was cooking away, it was time to prep the potatoes… yukon golds got a peel, dice and bath… after cooked, they took a ride through the food mill and then some mash was born!!
Once the stew was done thickening, the lid came off and in went a bag of frozen peas… cooked just until the peas were warmed thorough, it was then time to assemble this ‘pie’…
The ‘stew’ was layered in the bottom of a baking dish, while being tucked in by a fluffy blanket of the mash. Under the broiler until browned and bubbly, then it was time to eat!!
Piping hot and full of tummy-warming goodness… this is definitely a winning dish and perfect for a hungry crowd!

at a low simmer…
-R

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pretty in pink…

As a precursor to a delicious meal, I decided to make a nice, delicate little appetizer to enjoy…
I gently sliced pink pearl apples, which are sweet and slightly tart. They have a gorgeous vibrant pink flesh and are available sparingly in one of my favorite gourmet markets for a very brief timeframe so I had to get my hands on some!!
These slices of beauty were layered on a grilled slice of sourdough bread, followed by some applewood smoked bacon, arugula and topped with extra sharp cheddar. Under the broiler for just a moment until melted and bubbly and it was time to slice into and devour!
Salty, crunchy, tart and sweet… a perfect combination in a perfect bite!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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no boxed meals here…

Tonight was a play on an old comfort food… amped up mac and cheese! For mine, I incorporated shards of four different Italian cheeses. The players in this food game were asiago, pecorino romano, parmesan and provolone.
I started by rendering some pancetta [then set aside], then cooked an onion that I diced in the pancetta fat and a few tablespoons of butter. Once softened, I added some flour and whisked till it was a grainy texture. Then I slowly added some milk and stirred till it began to thicken. Once the mixture started to boil, I reduced the heat and cooked for a few extra minutes. For a little spicy kick, an addition of some cayenne pepper and then all of the cheeses. Everything was stirred till melty. Lastly, the pasta shells that were cooking got tossed into the cheese mixture, as well as the pancetta that was set aside…
Onto a plate and thrown quickly under the broiler to brown and crisp everything up, and then dinner was served!
Salty from the pancetta, gooey thanks to the cheeses, and just a touch of heat from the cayenne brought everything together…

at a low simmer…
-R

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