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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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Freshly baked beauty…

With a stormy day forecasted today and a very sick other half, I felt the need to stay put…
After playing chauffeur to the doctor, once home I decided to make a loaf of bread, from my favorite ‘bread man’ Paul Hollywood, that I haven’t made in quite some time. This loaf is absolutely gorgeous when baked, but just so simple to prepare…
A combination of bread flour, salt, yeast, olive oil and water was kneaded in my mixer until pulled together and completely incorporated. Once smoothed and slightly elastic, the dough was set to rise in a lightly oiled bowl. The first rise took roughly three hours… After that rise, the dough was ‘knocked back’ and formed into a cylindrical shape. The dough was placed on a sheet tray and covered for a second rise. For this rise, I allowed the dough to nap for another three hours to develop an even stronger flavor.
Upon completion of its second rise, a spritz of water, dusting of flour and four deep slashes prepared this beautiful ‘bloomer’ for its bake. The scent of fresh bread baking wafted throughout the house and made the urge for a warm slice inevitable! As soon as baking finished off, a crusty golden and luxurious loaf emerged, and so did a slice to make certain it was as delightful as I expected…
Tonight this enticing bloomer will get a nice toast and slather of Nutella for some naughty goodness!

at a low simmer…
-R

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smells like a sausage and pepper stand here!

Following a trip to the market for some of life’s essentials, I ripped into the produce aisle, as well as the meat department…
While at the meat counter, I picked up some well-endowed chicken sausages… thinking to myself chicken sausage with peppers and onions would be a great Monday night meal! From the meat department, I made a dash to produce and looked for the perfect peppers to pair this meal up with, and decided on some beautiful cubanelle peppers.
As soon as I made my way back home, it was prep time; slicing up an onion and the peppers, and mincing up some garlic. The prep-work was now complete and it was time to toss the chicken sausages into the sauté pan to get browned, crusty and even more delicious! Once browned, the chicken sausages were set aside, while the veg were added into the pan and cooked in all the lovely crispy bits leftover from the chicken sausages until fragrant and softened! For even more flavor bumps, a healthy dash of white wine and some salt got to play a part in this whole production…
As soon as the wine was reduced, the chicken sausages were added back into the mix with all the flavors and before we knew it, it was time to eat!
Couldn’t decide whether to pile everything high in between some freshly baked bread or just dig in from the plate, but the bread obviously won our hearts!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a fall meal that’s fall-off-the-bone good!

Well today was officially one of the chilliest days this Fall season has offered thus far… So a hearty, slow cooked meal seemed highly appropriate!
Braised short ribs were the obvious choice and they truly satisfied.
These meaty delights were salted and seared till all sides were a gorgeous crusty brown… once the short ribs were browned they got a quick rest, while in the same pot went a slew of puréed veggies which were cooked till browned. After the veggies browned, tomato paste and a bottle of red wine were added. Once everything was incorporated and slightly reduced, the short ribs were nestled back into the pot, a bundle of fresh thyme and bay leaves were added, as well as some water. Next it was time to put a lid on it and bathe in the oven for three hours. Those three hours felt like an eternity, but the outcome was totally worth the wait!
Fall-off the bone meatiness coupled by a rich saucy goodness and this meal was an absolute winner in my book!

at a low simmer…
-R

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just love rubbing my meat…

The rain held off… just until it was time to throw some beautiful ribeyes on the grill!! I rubbed my beautiful ribeyes with a spectacular homemade dry rub and let them soak everything in overnight. The rub is one that I absolutely adore… super simple, but packed with flavor! The rub is made from brown sugar, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper [you can elevate the spice level to your liking]. Cooked over a super hot grill for ten minutes [turning once and depending on thickness] and a quick rest… As a side, a light arugula salad mixed with sliced olives, garbanzo beans and oranges.
These juicy steaks were sweet yet spicy, had beautiful grill marks and a perfect crustiness! I could grill all the time…

at a low simmer…
-R

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