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the big day, full of big flavors!!

The last few days have been filled with preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday… numerous runs to the market, prep work of some appetizers, as well as the big important part… the turkey!
The appetizers were endless… fresh mozz and tomato, stuffed mushrooms, marinated artichokes, along with a variety of others…
The main course was equally as vast! A nineteen pound turkey that was seasoned with my special ingredients [as well as ALOT of butter], fluffy stuffing, sautéed carrots, mashed potatoes, various sweet potato dishes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower sautéed in garlic and oil, as well as quite a few more…
After a quick cleanup and resting period, it was time for dessert… where oh where was one to put these?? Homemade pumpkin pie, coconut custard, a pecan cheesecake, cakey pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, cream puffs and an apple pie…
Stuffed is not a word to describe exactly how I’m feeling now, but once a year it’s acceptable and allowed!

at a low simmer…
-R

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I’m addicted to ‘quack’…

So tonight a duck breast was calling out my name… it was pleading for me to give it a good rendering [trying to make it sound dirty… this is food porn]…
After scoring the fat cap, salting abundantly and letting it bathe and brown for a bit on the cooktop in its own fatty goodness, it was time for a toss into the range to finish off cooking and then a quick power nap to reincorporate all of its juicy delights!
While resting away, I reduced some Saba until syrupy to drape over this rich, meaty breast.
Served alongside some sautéed cauliflower and we were in business…
Crispy, fatty skin… succulent breasts… what more could you ask for? Well perhaps a second helping…

at a low simmer…
-R

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An exotic evening in India!

Recently, I had a hankering for some Indian cuisine, so I decided yesterday that I would make cauliflower and chickpea simmered in a tikka masala sauce. Simple and easy, but a must do-ahead… The chickpeas need to be soaked overnight and then cooked till softened. For this dish, however I only partially cooked the chickpeas since they were getting braised in the tikka masala sauce. As for the cauliflower, I blanched and shocked the veg in super salty water and then pan-fried with some olive oil and garlic before adding the sauce, and the awaiting chickpeas. This dish came together and became almost stew-like in appearance…
As a side, vegetable samosas that were baked, not fried. Full of flavor and a superb compliment to the cauliflower and chickpea tikka masala!

at a low simmer…
-R

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it’s getting steamy in here…

Tonight I decided to prepare a slightly healthier meal. Grilled chicken marinated in a ginger sauce served with steamed cauliflower, carrots and peas with mushrooms.
The dish is a very quick cook, but definitely hits the flavor full-on! The chicken which I have pounded thinly at the butcher takes roughly eight minutes to grill [love having an indoor grill when it’s too chilly outside]. As for the veg, it all depends on the type you are serving. Some take a few, while others can take a bit longer! You want them to remain crisp, and definitely not cooked to death…
All in all for a meal I normally do not prepare, this one definitely came out delicious and healthy! It’s better than a packaged product that appears healthy, but is full of additives. This will definitely makes its way on our plates again…

at a low simmer…
-R

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now that’s a tasty burger!

With spring quickly approaching, and mild temperatures gracing our days as of late, I am getting my ‘grill-on’… Whether it’s chicken, fish, steaks or even vegetables there is always a way to elevate what you are preparing!
I decided tonight was perfect for a nice, juicy burger. So how to change it up a bit was my challenge… Once I stepped into the market, I muddled around to try and find small elements to make a regular burger, well, better… First thing I grabbed… a mesclun salad mix, instead of regular butter lettuce to top the burger off, next a nice sharp cheddar to replace plain old american cheese, and my last pick… thinly sliced pancetta which would take the place of sliced bacon and offer a wonderfully extra salty kick!
As a side… a crispy broccoli/cauliflower salad made up of shredded cabbage and carrots, raisins/craisins, as well as sunflower seeds tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing!
What a satisfying and flavorful dish. Looking forward to many more spring and summer meals like this!

at a low simmer…
-R

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