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tall, dark and…

On such a chilly night, the only thing I could think of having to warm myself up was a thick, luxurious, spicy hot chocolate.
Shards of chocolate were gently melted in a shallow pan of simmering milk and cream… everything was constantly whisked until completely smooth.
Once everything was melted, a nice hit of cayenne was added in to really bring home the spicy element!
Poured into tall mugs, this sultry and silky concoction was a perfect way to close out the evening… the cayenne gave a gentle poke in the back of our throats, while the chocolatey mixture soothed it all out!
Looking forward to the next wintery evening to enjoy another…

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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food brings the family together…

Another weekend has come and gone, well ok there are a few more hours technically. This was a wonderful weekend spent with family, last night a wonderful Italian feast and this evening take-out and catching up. The worst part of both nights you ask, that they ended too soon! It’s always so wonderful to spend time with those we love and unfortunately it’s never enough. Laughing and catching up is always a highlight and something that we wish would happen more often. Yes, our daily schedules may not always allow for consistent hangout time, but family is always forever! We are looking forward to the next adventure, whether at home or out and about, but most importantly… together…
Now onto tomorrow nights dinner, codfish oreganta! Light and flakey fish baked with a bright and flavorful breadcrumb topping. My topping is garlicky and has a beautiful and fresh citrus kick. The flavors explode in your mouth and compliment the fish beautifully!
As a side, I think glazed carrots with a spicy kick should do the trick! Maple syrup and cayenne should coat nicely and make for a wonderfully smokey and sweet supporting star.
Tomorrow’s assignment? Valentine’s Day dinner… What will it be??? Stay tuned it’s only two days away… but for now it’s time to watch ‘worst cooks in america’!

at a low simmer…
-R

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