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quite the cookie!

After a grueling day of shopping for Christmas presents and finishing decorating around the house, it was finally time to sit down, turn on the television and relax. Before doing that, I decided to make us some classic espresso coffees served with some beautiful, homemade Italian biscotti!
The biscotti were crunchy, nutty and a bit tart. Simply made, all that it took to make were pistachios, dried cranberries [or honestly any dried fruit you like], some lemon or orange zest, flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, butter, salt and eggs.
The most difficult part of baking these tasty little lovelies, wasn’t the cooling process, but the fact that these cookies were twice baked so it felt like the waiting game was just that…

at a low simmer…
-R

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rice and roll…

Between market runs for Thanksgiving necessities and starting our Christmas decorating, who had the time to cook! A nice evening out was just what we needed anyway… great company is what made it even more impressive and exciting!
On the menu, but more importantly on our plates was a phenomenal array of Japanese fare… sushi rolls, tempura this- teriyaki that, along with delightful desserts made the evening picture perfect.
Looking forward to our next evening out… definitely sooner, rather than later!

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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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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