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one [roasting pan] wonder…

After a long day of running errands and battling the cold weather, it was home to prep up something for a scrumptious dinner! I needed something satisfying and filling, while not taking hours and hours to prepare. Simple enough was one of my fave dishes, from one of my fave home-cooks… Nigella Lawson. It was a chicken, chorizo and potato ‘bake’. This dish is literally a ‘one pot’, rather ‘one pan’ meal! Simple ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen pantry and can be put together in mere minutes.
Into a deep roasting pan went some good extra virgin which coated both sides of a healthy portion of chicken thighs, chopped up fresh chorizo, large diced red onion and cubed yukon gold potatoes! A sprinkling of dried oregano, a scatter of salt, a grating of the zest of a clementine and it was into the oven on 425 for one hour. As the ‘bake’ cooked in the russet beauty from the oil and chorizo, the scent of oregano, citrus and spices wafted throughout.
After the cooking time was up, out appeared a bronzed, crisp chicken, seductively aromatic chorizo, browned potatoes and wilted red onion. No sooner did I take this breathtaking beauty out of the oven, that we were plated up and diving in!
This is one of my go-to recipes, and chances are if you try this it will become one of yours as well!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Chewy [spicy] treats…

So with a snowy, wintry day upon us it was yet another perfect day to do some baking!
On today’s baking sheet… soft ginger cookies with pieces of crystallized ginger baked in. A simple cookie mixture that created a beautiful cracked, vintage looking edible.
This whole batch began by sifting flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, canola oil, molasses, dark brown sugar and one extra large egg were mixed together. Once combined, the flour was added into the wet ingredients. After folding in the crystallized ginger, scoops of the dough were rolled out in turbinado sugar, lightly flattened and baked until cracked and gorgeous.
Chewy, spicy and a perfect pairing with a cup of tea… the best way to endure a cold winters day!

at a low simmer…
-R

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A warming Sunday supper!

So on this rainy and cold Sunday, I felt the desire to whip up something hearty and as expected… delicious!
Bangers and mash, something near and dear to my heart [as is my shepherd’s pie] seemed to be the perfect dish to make. So it was off to the market, were I picked up some girthy [would make anyone blush and take a second look] bangers! The name alone says it all…
Once home a quick prick [no pun intended] and it was time to brown these gorgeous, plump delights. As soon as they were browned, the bangers were set aside, while I sautéed some onions for a luxurious gravy to cascade over the finished dish. To the onions, a few tablespoons of flour and some chicken stock to slightly thicken the whole idea.
The bangers were added back to the onion gravy and simmered until fully cooked! While the bangers were getting to know their saucy counterpart, I was also in the process of making some of my kick-ass mashed p’s…
After a quick QC of the mash and gravy for seasoning, it was time to plate and basically inhale! Each mouthful made you want to shove another banger, dripping with that onion gravy and creamy mash, into your mouth… however we all need to practice some restraint at times! Ok maybe restraint didn’t happen during this meal…

at a low simmer…
-R

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the winter blues… turned vibrant green!

To move the focus off of this last [hopefully] winter storm that is upon us, I decided that something light, summery and refreshing was perfect for dinner…
After a quick dash to the market; fresh basil and pignoli nuts made their way into my bag, along with some cozy snow time treats.
Once home, I plucked the basil leaves from their stems, gave them a quick rinse under the tap and set everything aside to dry off a bit.
While the fragrant basil leaves were drying, into a food processor went some pecorino to get pulsed up until grated.
To bring everything together and make an amazing pesto, into my food processor went the basil leaves. Everything was pulsed up, along with a quite a few cloves of smashed garlic, the pignoli nuts [that I toasted lightly], some of the freshly grated pecorino, salt and pepper.
While pulsing everything, a steady drizzle of high quality olive oil really pulled [literally] everything together!
The vibrant green pesto was lovingly tossed with delicate tagliatelle and an extra sprinkle of the grated pecorino…
Each mouthful transported me from the cold and windy nonsense going on outside, to what summer has to offer us in the not so distant months to come!

at a low simmer…
-R

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looking forward…

It may be bitterly cold outside, but it is toasty warm inside. So with a hot cup of silky hot chocolate [all dolled up with a creamy dollop of whipped cream] in hand, I decided that in preparation for the new year and the idea of making many new and exciting recipes, I dug out some of my favorite old cookbooks and read up on some recipes that have not made it to my dinner table yet.
In addition, I thought of perhaps attempting a slight format change in regard to postings… rather than just talking about dinners and desserts, evenings out, etc., I am going to try and share candid shots of interesting elements that may appear when I visit specialty food markets, favorite kitchen supply stores, wine stores, farmers markets, as well as talking about seasonal fruits and veggies [and a recipe that goes along with each].
This will all be a gradual process, but the thought of trying to move in an exciting new direction makes me yearn to share even more with those who have all been there since the blog went live!
So with that I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and look forward to sharing with and hearing from everyone in 2013!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a true Italian classic…

So since today was such a cold and snowy day, I decided that something with a bit of spice was perfect for dinner! Originally I had other dining ideas, but figured that can be done tomorrow… To warm us up this evening, I made some luxurious bucatini amatriciana!
I started by rendering some pancetta, once crisp they hung out on the side… then in the same pot and using the pancetta fat, it was time to sauté onions and a healthy handful of crushed red pepper. After the onions became translucent, into the pot went a can of San Marzano tomatoes that I passed through the food mill, along with a can of tomato purée. After seasoning appropriately, back in went the rendered pancetta and I let the sauce simmer down a bit…
While simmering, I threw some bucatini into boiling, salted water and cooked till al dente. As soon as the pasta was just right, into the pot of sauce it went for a vigorous spin to coat perfectly, finished off with freshly grated pecorino and then it was to the island to devour!!
Spicy from the crushed red pepper, salty from the pancetta and all around delicious… I love recreating these classic restaurant dishes when dining out during the week isn’t an option!

at a low simmer…
-R

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tonight we went for seconds…

For a lighter weeknight meal, I decided on some grilled chicken breast on bed of crunchy romaine with dried cranberries and shredded cheddar.
The chicken was moist and full of flavor, while the romaine cold and crisp! The dried cranberries were both sweet and tart, the cheddar offered a slight bite.
This is definitely a meal where seconds are allowed, and perhaps even encouraged!

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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crisp and delicious!

After another Saturday full of decorating for the upcoming Halloween holiday, the decision of what would end up on our plates, bit more importantly… in our bellies!
One can only deal with Chinese takeout or pizza that much [I mean don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of good Chinese and a fantastic bottle of wine] but tonight I wanted something a bit lighter, full of intense flavor and still satisfying…
A chef salad was the perfect way to go! Crisp and cold lettuce tossed gently with red onions, green olives, hot peppers, plump grape tomatoes and rolled provolone, ham and turkey in an olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing…
Mmmm what a perfect decision that was and some leftover to have alongside tomorrow nights dinner!! I just love double duty dishes…

at a low simmer…
-R

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far east… far out taste!!

What a better way to spend our Saturday evening, but with great friends and Asian fusion cuisine!
The restaurant was upbeat and stylish, the waitstaff friendly and very knowledgable about all the dishes on the menu.
To start things off, we all shared a number of different appetizer dishes. Cold sesame noodle salad, tempura crab cakes, fire cracker shrimp, beef satay, steamed dumplings and lastly a chicken lettuce wrap. WOW talk about options and amazing flavors.
For dinner I treated myself to my all time favorite dish, sesame chicken, but with my usual extra spicy kick! It arrived hot and crispy with just enough sweetness to offset the heat. Served with the best brown rice dish I have tasted in a long time. Not your ordinary brown rice… It’s nuttier and more rustic, a perfect paring against my dinner. Glad I took home some leftovers… now I can dream the night away knowing that my leftovers are waiting patiently till tomorrow at noon. Yum!

at a low simmer…
-R

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