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cinco of my own…

This cinco de mayo was just for UNO… with an under-the-weather other half, two meals were prepared… one for me and one him!
In typical fashion for cinco de mayo, what better to do than whip up something for this festive occasion. The thought of chicken fajitas topped with some homemade guacamole came to mind!
I started sautéing an onion and poblano peppers until slightly softened, but still crisp [which I then set aside]. In this same pan, I pan-fried some marinated chicken that I sliced into strips. Once cooked through, I added back in the onion and peppers, along with some black beans and gave a quick toss!
A healthy heaping of the chicken mixture went into a warmed flour tortilla, as well as some grated monterey jack cheese and guac…
To enjoy this beautiful dinner and bring everything together, a squeeze of fresh lime juice. The lime juice gave a citrusy freshness that paired perfectly with the crisp, slightly spicy poblanos and deliciously seasoned chicken…
So happy I have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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simple saturday supper…

So with Saturday night upon us, the question always arises… ‘What’s for dinner’. After a pretty exhausting day, and little desire to get dressed up to go out, I decided dinner would be home cooked!
A rich pasta ‘bake’ from one of my fave home cooks, Nigella Lawson… after looking through her newest cookbook, the whole wheat pasta with brussels sprouts, cheese and potato really stood out. I have made a dish like this in the past with some slightly different ingredients, but decided to give it a go…
The process is as simple, as simple can be… in one pot of boiling, super salty water the pasta, brussels sprouts and potato are cooked together. A slight amount of the pasta liquid is reserved before draining.
While the pasta is cooking, I cubed up some gruyere cheese and measured out some fresh ricotta. This lovely, creamy mixture was tossed with the drained pasta, brussels sprouts and potatoes.
After everything was coated, it was into a baking dish, drizzled with some oil, sage and a heavy hand of grated pecorino. Baked for roughly thirty minutes, then a slight resting period and it was time to eat!
The flavors all complimented one another and made me question… how could this possibly serve anymore than two??

at a low simmer…
-R

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good ole’ grandma…

Tonight I had a real craving for something that reminds me of my grandmother… nothing fancy, but super delicious, fried shrimp in homemade sauce. Now this was something she would make because I love shrimp [even though she’s allergic and can’t eat]…
So as a nod to her, I decided to satisfy my craving and recreate her ‘peasanty’ classic!
After a quick breading and rest in the fridge to setup, it was into some super hot oil just to brown the shrimp. Once browned, into some homemade sauce to finish cooking off and flavor the sauce even more.
To serve up this spectacular comfort food, a sprinkle of freshly grated pecorino cheese, some toasty sliced Italian bread utilized as the spoon in this whole story to scoop up every last ounce of delightful goodness!
My grandmother taught me many things growing up, one of them… making amazing food!

at a low simmer…
-R

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my ‘clam’ to fame…

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve taken a dinner journey on the deep blue sea, so tonight was just that…
While walking around the fish counter at the local specialty food market, there was a beautiful bounty of rock hard, tight lidded little neck clams just begging to become a satisfying dinner!
Since it’s only two of us, instead of appearing glutinous, three dozen seemed an ok portion to purchase for the meal masterpiece.
Once home, a quick added scrub and then a thirty minute soaking [these little necks are pre-cleaned, but I take no chances] to expel any potential hidden grit…
To get this party started, a nice glass of white wine for the chef, some chopped up garlic, butter, red pepper [as I always advise it’s personal preference regarding spice level], salt and of course wine for steaming the little necks! Getting my little necks drunk makes this dish even more stellar…
Once all of my little necks pop open, it was time to shuck them out, and then toss them back into the pot full of liquidy broth, along with the tagliatelle pasta I cooked. Some freshly chopped parsley, a heavy handful of pecorino and rapid tossing and it was time to plate this luxurious dish up…
The bursts of flavor were intense, slightly spicy thanks to the red pepper, a wonderful freshness from the parsley and a slight saltiness from the cheese…

at a low simmer…
-R

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south of the border…

So tonight was a nod to a summer favorite… guacamole! It’s been what feels like a while since I’ve made a fresh, creamy batch. Since we couldn’t [well I guess we could have] just eat a bowl of freshly made guacamole, I thought why not make a whole meal around it!
So marinated skirt steak fajitas and arroz con crema seemed to be the perfect idea… To top the fajitas, sautéed onions and peppers and fresh squeezed lime juice.
For the arroz con crema… I prepared some rice. Once the rice was done, in went two cups of heavy cream, chopped roasted poblano peppers [just tossed on the grill until charred, covered with plastic wrap and then peeled], pozole, cilantro, monterey jack and cojita cheeses. Everything was stirred until combined, melted and creamy!
To build up these skirt steak fajitas… a spoonful of the arroz con crema was spread on a tortilla, along with the sautéed onions and peppers, the grilled skirt steak, a dollop of the guacamole and a squeeze of the lime juice.
Each bite was full of so many different flavors… creamy, citrusy, sweet, savory! Guacamole thank you for an exciting meal…

at a low simmer…
-R

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S[mash]ing good!!

So tonight, in order to be certain not an ounce of Thanksgiving deliciousness went to waste, I literally tossed everything that I had left together and whipped up my idea of an open-faced twice baked Thanksgiving potato!
The last of the leftover succulent turkey breast and remaining mash got a stir with some rendered bacon, scallions and a hefty helping of shredded cheddar…
This light and airy concoction was cooked off till the top was browned, the edges crisp and golden and the cheese melted and gooey…
Fluffy, cheesy and full of goodness… all that was missing was… well nothing actually!
It’s not the typical meal I would throw together, but it was better to make use of what I had, rather than throwing it out…

at a low simmer…
-R

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a twist on pizza…

After much thought, I decided that a French bread style pizza was perfect for tonight’s dinner…
Rather than mozz and sauce, broccoli rabe sautéed in oil and garlic covered in a mildly flavored provolone was the way to go!
The b-rabe was cooked the usual way I prepare it, then layered evenly on toasted bread. On top of the b-rabe went some sliced provolone; tossed into the oven until the cheese melted and we were ready to dive into this meal…
Crunchy and light bread, garlicky and spicy [from that hit of crushed red pepper] b-rabe, with a slight bite from the provolone…
This dish was filling and satisfying, while not overly stuffing us!

at a low simmer…
-R

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nothing to ‘wine’ about here… it’s all good!

After a long day of finalizing Halloween decorating, the only thing I could muster up the willpower to do for dinner was crack open a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, sit down with some cheese [direct from Sicily], a warmed loaf of bread and call it a night.
The slightly salty and sharp bite from the cheese was a fantastic compliment to the crisp, almost fruity wine…
What a wonderful meal this turned out to be, and with absolutely no effort… just complete satisfaction!

at a low simmer…
-R

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now that’s a ‘good egg’…

Tonight I decided what better thing to make for dinner, than breakfast. I started out by cracking a few eggs, adding some fresh thyme, salt, pepper and a dash of heavy cream. Everything got whipped together and poured into a nonstick pan with just a touch of olive oil cooking spray. I then slowly cooked the soon-to-be omelet on medium-low heat until puffed and browned, flipped it over to the other side and let that cook for a few more moments until just done. Before removing from the pan, I added some provolone cheese, folded the omelet in half and let the cheese melt. Once melted, I slowly slid the fluffy omelet onto my plate, added some homemade hash-browns and we were in business!
What a filling and satisfying dinner! Melty, gooey cheese and a fresh herbiness in the light-as-air omelet, paired beautifully with the crunchy potatoes what more could you ask for… maybe the same thing tomorrow morning??

at a low simmer…
-R

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dessert first…

Tonight was one fun-filled night! We spent time with family and enjoyed a night full of making [and of course consuming] some sweet and savory desserts, as well as some fantastic wines and cheeses, and a number of delectable eats…
I got to play the role of sous chef and received a wonderful lesson from Kristina, an amazing wiz in the pastry kitchen. On the dessert menu, I helped whip up a batch of velvety ice cream with a special savory element tossed in, in addition to a texture filled mascarpone mousse!
The ice cream was served shooter-style with an addition of candied bacon to finish everything off… the mousse was layered on top of a gorgeous squared cut piece of cake…
I don’t know how I was expecting to stick to this healthy eating plan I’m following, but we’re all allowed to cheat once in a while!

at a low simmer…
-R

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