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Sunday never tasted so good!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper Sunday supper… With snow on the ground and the perfect winter chill in the air, I thought something braised was the key!
Everything started by generously salting a bone-in pork butt and then browning it in some extra virgin. As soon as the pork was browned on all sides, I set it aside and in went sliced onions and celery until softened and fragrant. Once close to transparent, in went a good handful of minced garlic, bay leaves, fresh thyme, along with a big drink of Saba and homemade stock to let the pork swim in.
The lid to my cast iron pot went on and it was off to bake in the oven at 375 for two hours, which felt like days, as the scent of sweet, acidic goodness wafted throughout the entire.
To serve, slices of the pork were dazzled by the grape-like, onion syrup. Each bite was like cutting through butter and made it terribly difficult to not sop every morsel with some crusty bread! The few leftovers remaining are going to make a killer lunch sandwich tomorrow.

at a low simmer…
-R

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a feast for Sunday dinner…

The craving for something filling and ‘feast-like’ crossed my mind while meandering through the market… with winter in full effect this past week, I thought something reminiscent of a family gathering style would do wonders for a Sunday supper!
After picking up a fresh turkey breast, some carrots, fennel, celery and herbs… all that was left to do was start to prep up this soon to be masterpiece.
Slathered in a homemade buttery ‘sunscreen’ coating and rested on a bed of sliced carrots, onions, fennel and celery [all puréed together after cooking] it was going to be just a few hours of cooking until this meal would be ready for eatin’…
While cooking this ‘bird’, I thought some interesting cornbread muffins would be a great compliment instead of biscuits! These weren’t just your typical boring cornbread muffins, but one with a kick. One large jalapeño, some diced red onion, garlic, corn, red pepper and of course cornmeal all were stars in what would become a great treat!
Lastly, this meal would not be complete without some mashed, garlicky potatoes! Yukon gold potatoes were cooked to perfection and then mashed together with some butter, milk and of course salt and pepper.
Each bite brought me back to having the family here for the holidays and enjoying everyone’s company!

at a low simmer…
-R

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meat and potatoes…

So what better way to warm up on a chilly night than with a hearty bowl of beef stew piled high atop creamy and oh so delicious yukon gold mashed potatoes!
I started by browning the meat [tossed with flour and seasoned with salt]… once browned the meat was set aside and some new olive oil went down into the pot! Then in went six carrots and celery, along with four leeks that I chopped up. Some more salt and a bunch of stirring helped soften the veggies and also scrape off the yummy goodness that formed on the bottom of the pot! After the veggies were smelling amazing, in went some chopped garlic [go crazy] and a can of tomato paste… some additional stirring ensued until the paste almost melted away and just offered a beautiful richness in the pot!
Next came one of my favorites… two bottles of Guinness [stirred and reduced]. Once reduced, the meat went back into the pot and was covered with a quart of chicken stock, four bay leaves and a bundle of thyme!
Brought to a boil and reduced to a simmer, this lovely concoction cooked away for a little over an hour…
The last thing to do?? Plate over some velvety yukon gold mashed potatoes and enjoy like ravaged beasts!

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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my cure for the common cold…

What better way to nurse a lingering cold then with a homemade batch of chicken soup!
I diced up an onion, celery and carrots and tossed them all into a large pot! Everything was sautéed in some olive oil [along with salt to taste] until just the onions and celery were translucent and the carrots slightly softened… then I smashed the hell out of, and minced up some garlic and added that in as well to cook off some of the rawness…
Into the pot went roughly one quart of water and one quart of homemade chicken stock which was brought to a boil. Once boiling, in went some cooked chicken breast chunks, the heat was reduced to a simmer, the lid went on and the soup was then cooked for about a half hour…
After simmering down, it was off the heat and to the table [or in our case island]. Piping hot and full of get better goodness, this soup was sure to jump start the immune system and help us on the road to recovery!

at a low simmer…
-R

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rollin’ with the flavor… AGAIN!

Tonight’s dinner was a fun favorite that usually is ordered as part of take-out Chinese, but this evenings nosh was served up from scratch.
The all mighty egg-roll, the perfect mix of hearty veggies and chicken encased in a crunchy shell.
The ingredients were simple… red onion, red pepper, celery, garlic and ginger, shredded carrots and savoy cabbage, chunks of seasoned chicken and creamy sliced avocado.
After a quick sauté of the red onion, celery and red pepper, I tossed in the ginger and garlic until incorporated, then cooked the chicken alongside everything! Once cooked, I mixed in soy sauce and sesame oil to taste…
Once this fragrant combo was done, they were sealed up snuggly in egg-roll wrappers… One little bit of advice, don’t over stuff the egg-roll, otherwise you will have cracks and it won’t hold together when frying.
After a quick fry just to get that beautiful golden outside and it was time to eat!

at a low simmer…
-R

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soups on!

As a cool, brisk day set in this Sunday afternoon the thought of a filling and hearty soup appeared a logical dinner choice!
Since I had lentils, carrots, celery, onion and garlic… lentil soup seemed a good idea. A simple soup that offers layers of textures and flavors and takes minutes to prepare [cooking time not included]!
A quick chop and sauté of all the veggies, a hit of crushed red pepper, a quick pick and rinse of the lentils, some chicken stock [or water and bouillon if you don’t have stock], salt if needed and that’s it! For an added extra, I tossed in some cubes of turkey ham. Everything is brought to a boil and reduced to a simmer and cooked until perfection has been achieved…
These hearty bowls of soup warmed us up on this chilly evening!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Now here’s locally grown!!

Today was a great day!! This morning started with a fantastic game of tennis and then the afternoon was spent at the in-laws for a pre-birthday celebration.
Right before leaving, I received a great package of homegrown produce including celery, onions, cucumbers and scallions! This is one amazing garden chock full of a variety of different veggies, and I have been lucky enough to receive different goods on many occasions… Now the master plan begins… What delish recipes will I create with these wonderful home grown produce!

at a low simmer…
-R

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gettin’ my grill-on!!

So today I decided early on in the spirit of summer officially starting tomorrow [just couldn’t wait till tomorrow], I was going to make barbecued chicken with homemade potato salad…
I marinated the chicken [which I had the butcher de-bone but leave the skin on], in a bourbon barbecue sauce for a good long time… The sauce was a touch smokey with a wonderful rich sweetness. Onto the grill till cooked and then set to rest and recoup their juices… It would soon be time to plate and dig in, but this barbecue chicken dinner wouldn’t be complete without my homemade potato salad.
For the potato salad it’s super simple… diced potatoes, shredded carrots, chopped celery and onion, good mayo, salt and pepper [and perhaps something special to add a little extra kick]. I made this salad early on in the day to let the flavors all marry together.
Wow what a meal… succulent barbecued chicken that had the perfect spices and flavors paired with a creamy delightful potato salad [as well as a fantastic white wine]…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Wrap and roll!

After thumbing through my cookbooks this past weekend and a trip to Whole Foods that proved lacking on satisfying my craving for a hearty chicken salad… I decided to make an old favorite! Chicken salad with a curry mayonnaise dressing. All the ingredients, right in the pantry and a shortcut for the chicken this go-around, a cooked rotisserie chicken from the market.
I tore the meat from the bones, did a quick pass through with my knife and set it aside. For the dressing… mayo, salt, fresh ground pepper [I know I know I cringed too, but sometimes you just have to do it] a splash of champagne vinegar, curry powder, chutney, craisins, finely chopped celery and scallion. After a quick purée, I poured this silky concoction over the chicken and tossed away! This is one marriage [of flavors that is] that will NOT end in divorce…
I like to prep this dish early in the day so the chicken can soak up the flavors, or better yet the day before!
Served in a whole wheat wrap alongside a fresh, light salad and dinner was ready! Simple, easy and over-the-top delicious…

at a low simmer…
-R

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