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sweet treats for special ladies…

What better way to celebrate the women in your life than with baked goods… so for this special day, a classic British dessert… the Bakewell Tart. A buttery shell encased the lovely sweet frangipane filling and raspberry jam slathered base, while the flaked almonds offered a slightly extra nutty crunch. It is, and always will be my favorite of puddings so why not share it with the ones you love! Wrapped tenderly in a sheet of parchment these sliced gems were tucked gently into a precious pink bag and secured with a colorful ribbon…

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let the festivities begin…

Excuses mean squat… Therefore rather than apologies for being absent here I’ve decided to start off with a bang…Cinco de mayo lit a fire under my… or perhaps those were the jalapeños in the quesadillas we consumed???

Anyway you slice it, dinner was simple, classic fare that satisfied the hungriest bellies… and to wash it all down… mango margaritas!

So if you’ll excuse me I have some more drinks that require some tending to and a quesadilla that needs some loving…

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crispy, juicy and HOT!!!

Sunday suppers seem to creep upon us quicker than ever, almost as quick as summer has passed by…
Tonight, an incredible classic dish needed to make an appearance on our table… classic fried chicken! This dish was a do-ahead however.
After breaking down the chicken into manageable pieces, they were brined overnight. Today they were dipped into a buttermilk concoction and then dusted in a flavorful, spicy flour mixture.
Cooked in a fragrant herb and garlic infused oil, these previously boring beauties turned into sultry goddesses.
Once golden and crisp [and of course cooked through], a tower of divine luxury was built on a plate then decorated and spritzed with wedges of lemon.
Each crunchy bite brought back memories of childhood when my mother would spend hours in the kitchen preparing the ultimate and perhaps most intoxicating fried chicken… she taught me well!

at a low simmer…
-R

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B-L-Totally Awesome!

So this past holiday weekend was a full-on baking extravaganza, chock full of bread loaves, buns and crumbles… The loaves and buns were whipped up using one of my favorite British cookbooks.
Since there was an abundance of homemade Sherston loaves in the house, I decided to slice up some heavenly chunks and do classic BLT’s for dinner!
After toasting up these lovely slices, a smear of mayo acted as the glue for building up these hearty sandwiches! Thick rings of juicy red tomatoes, crisp and cool leaves of romaine, along with salty, applewood smoked bacon brought this masterpiece together…
The juicy tomatoes oozed their gorgeous, sweet nectar and dripped down my lips as I savored each and every bite! Since one sandwich disappeared so suddenly, I am not embarrassed to say that an additional BLT made its way onto my plate and then into my belly…

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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‘Q’ is for quiche…

With the continued cold temperatures and brisk wind in the air, I decided tonight I would make one of my all time comfort foods… Quiche.
The beauty when making a quiche is you can’t really get it wrong, just add some of your favorite ingredients and you have yourself one hell of a ‘pie’!
To create my heavenly ‘pie’ I started by rendering pancetta until crispy, once done I sautéed a diced onion, followed by chopped green peppers in the rendered fat with these crispy pancetta critters. Once this three-way came together, I added small chunks of split breast chicken that I roasted earlier…
These darlings then were eased into a pie crust and topped with a blend of shredded monterey jack and extra sharp cheddar cheeses. Then a mix of five extra large eggs, a cup and a half milk, along with salt and crushed red pepper were poured over the cheese and chicken mixture…
This ‘pie’ was now ready for a 375 degree oven. The timer was set for forty-five minutes and it was the waiting game for this amazing ‘pie’ to make its appearance! Once cooked and slightly cooled I sliced a hearty piece and quietly savored every bite.
Deliciously simple and simply delicious is all I can say about this classic comfort food…

at a low simmer…
-R

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going vintage for the weekend…

To start off the weekend right, I decided to sit back and relax with a nice vintage cocktail, an old fashioned… silky, almost smokey bourbon created the perfect backdrop to this classic concoction! An orange slice was muddled with a small touch of agave nectar, bitters, cherry juice and a rotund little cherry. Gently stirred with a good bourbon topped off with a stemmed cherry and we were in business….

at a low simmer…
-R

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Summer and sandwiches…

What better way to enjoy a hot summery afternoon than with a meaty delicious Italian classic sandwich…
Full of Italian ham, salami, provolone, shredded lettuce, sliced red onion and doused with a flavorful oil and vinegar dressing all tucked into a fresh baked roll!
The sandwich was crunchy from the lettuce and red onion, tangy courtesy of the dressing, slightly sweet from the ham with a complimenting bite from the sharp provolone.
Normally I cannot finish an entire sandwich, but there was no way I was letting this one slip by… it had no chance!

at a low simmer…
-R

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who says you can’t have both??

Tonight in celebration of the upcoming holiday week, I decided to do a classic, no-frills American dessert with a bit of volume turned up… ice cream sandwiches!!
Rather than a traditional and somewhat expected vanilla ice cream wedged in between two flimsy cake-like cookies, I opted for more of a cookie-on-cookie action… that’s right a crushed Oreo cookie ice cream slammed between two delightful chocolate chunk cookies. Mmmm two of my favorites in one dessert!! The sheer taste of freshly baked cookies with chunky chocolate chips revealed a true creamy surprise of a childhood favorite Oreo cookies in an ice cream form as I bit down. Sometimes the simplest combinations make the best flavors.

at a low simmer…
-R

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