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sticky and sweet!!

With the holidays in full effect, it’s time to celebrate all things sweet!
Tonight we are heading off to a holiday party and I’ll be the bearer of good gifts, sticky toffee pudding.
This recipe takes a little time to make, about an hour and a half + tons of butter and plenty of boozy goodness [to add to the holiday cheer], but believe me its worth the calories [and heck it’s the holidays]!
I’m including the full recipe since baking is a science and you should stick to the steps to get it right. I highly recommend trying this dessert, it’s sticky, dense, buttery and sweet! It’s guaranteed to leave the partygoers cheering for more!

Ingredients
For the ‘pudding’:
2 cups medjool dates [pits removed]
3/4 cup spiced rum
3/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3.5 cups flour
1 tbls baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch salt
2 cups light brown sugar [lightly packed]
1 stick butter [at room temp]
3 extra large eggs

For toffee sauce:
3 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup cognac
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350*.
Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
To make the ‘pudding’:
Combine dates, rum and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for five to seven minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Let liquid cool, and then purée in a food processor. Set aside
While the purée is cooling, sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Combine the brown sugar and butter in a standing mixer on medium-high. Beat until combined. Next, beat eggs in one at a time. Then carefully mix in the flour mixture in thirds on low speed. Lastly, stir in the cooled purée.
Pour batter into the baking dish and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes [cake tester should be clean].
For the toffee sauce:
Make this while the ‘pudding’ is baking. Combine the butter, sugar, cognac and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking consistently. Cook until it thickens to a slightly saucy consistency, roughly 15 minutes.
For the finale, Remove the pudding and let cool for ten minutes. Using a skewer poke holes in the pudding about every inch or so [go crazy].
Pour half of the sauce over the cake and let it soak in for at least 20 minutes.
When serving [should be warm], drizzle some more sauce and finish with a nice dollop of freshly made whipped cream!

at a low simmer…
-R

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filled with flavor…

So I forgot that I had bought a beautiful, purply eggplant… in order to not waste this voluptuous veggie, a ricotta filled rollatini was an obvious choice for the making!
For the filling, milky ricotta, eggs, shredded mozz, freshly grated pecorino, salt, pepper and chopped parsley… Everything got a big stir and then was set aside while it waited for its big moment!
The eggplant was dusted in flour and dipped quickly in egg; out of its egg bath and it was into piping hot oil for a quick fry until browned.
Once cool enough to handle, each slice of eggplant was filled with a heavy dose of the creamy, ricotta filling and then tightly rolled. After rolling, each rollatini was gently place into a baking dish and nestled snuggly together.
To blanket these little pudgy beauties, my homemade tomato sauce and some extra [and I do mean extra] shredded mozz…
Into the oven and baked until bubbly, crispy and golden! Once out of the oven, there was no turning back and there was not a hint of guilt for the double helpings that were had…

at a low simmer…
-R

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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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say cheese[cake that is]…

After a fantastic holiday weekend full of spending time with family and friends, unfortunately reality is kicking back in…
To prepare for another week, what better way to gear up than with a slice of velvety caramel pecan cheesecake in a graham cracker crust!
Two packages of cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs, pecans, caramel and a graham cracker crust [store bought or homemade, there are no judgements here!] are all that is needed to create this delightful masterpiece…
For the pecan caramel base, chopped pecans are stirred into a sultry caramel sauce and poured into the graham cracker crust… The cream cheese and sugar are whipped until combined, then the vanilla and eggs are added in and blended together. This creamy mixture is gently eased into the crust and then baked in a 350 degree oven until set. After cooling down and then chilling in the refrigerator, it was time to slice and enjoy…
Sweet, creamy, nutty and buttery… this slice of heaven is well deserved and for me guilt-free!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Breakfast baking!

So when I woke up this am, I had a hankering for some warm, fresh muffins! What better to make a batch of than pumpkin muffins… After a surprise treat a few days ago of these same muffins from a dear friend who lives in my neighborhood, I just had to make a batch!
All it takes is flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice [be forewarned this stuff is NOT cheap], baking soda, sugar, eggs, olive oil [I got this little tip from my friend], orange juice and of course pumpkin!
All of the dry ingredients are sifted [minus the sugar] into a bowl, while the sugar and the wet ingredients are added to the standing mixer.
The wet ingredients were beaten until combined; then the dry was gently added in and mixed on low speed until just incorporated. Then a few go-arounds with the spatula to ensure we were good and nothing was unmixed!
Two lined muffin pans got ice cream scoopfuls of this heavenly scented batter, a quick smack on the counter and it was into the oven for a half hour. During the baking, the house filled up with an incredible scent of fall spiciness… the muffins were done once a toothpick came out clean!
Who could wait till they cooled down? Not us, we broke them open, while still warm and steaming…
Thank goodness this batch made twenty-four because we’re hooked!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a homestyle classic that always delivers!!

Tonight, thanks to a dreary day, felt like a perfect night for some homey, comforting cooking in the kitchen. I decided to make a hearty meatloaf dinner full of everyday ingredients that everyone has in their pantries… salt, pepper, eggs, breadcrumbs, olive oil, water and of course good ground meats. My meatloaf is a three-type meat blend of ground sirloin, lamb and veal, which I always get from the local meat purveyor.
Everything was added to a large bowl and gently combined… once thoroughly mixed, it was time for a long bake in the oven until cooked.
As a side dish, I normally would whip up [literally] some mashed potatoes. I wasn’t feeling that, but instead craved broccoli rabe sautéed in lots and lots of garlic and oil! So that craving became a reality on the plate…
The meatloaf was moist and flavorful, while its counterpart slightly spicy, but plenty garlicky!
I am so glad that there was enough so that tomorrow there is some for a meatloaf sandwich…

at a low simmer…
-R

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this cake is the ‘apple of my eye’…

After a wonderful early morning trip to the apple orchard, we came home in tow with three massive pumpkins, some minis, along with an abundance of different apples!! Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Macoun and Senshu were those that caught our eye and were placed into our baskets…
What better to do than snack on one on the drive back home… the Honeycrisp obviously won out, while the juiciness from each bite was reflected down our cheeks and in some spots on our jackets! That however is the fun of it all.
Once back home, there was absolutely zero hesitation; baking was about to occur… The island was prepped, the pan was greased and yes it was time!
The flour, sugar, salt, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and oil were combined, then gently folded into the wondrously fragrant batter, the stars of this cake… a mix of those freshly picked apples which were peeled and diced up!
The batter was eased into the greased pan and thrown into the preheated oven… after baking for a little over an hour it was cooling time.
Now this moist and flavorful [ok so I snuck a tiny piece from the inside] cake will tease us until a real slice is enjoyed later!
I just don’t know how we will be able to wait till tonight for a real piece??

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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no nuts here…

So with a bunch of quickly ripened bananas, I thought what better to do than whip up a banana bread… not being an enormous fan of nuts however this ‘bread’ would be ‘fixed’ before even being born…
Four ripe bananas behaved badly and got a good mashing; they were then mixed in with some french sour cream and a healthy dose of vanilla. While they were starting to get along, I whisked [by hand since the recipe calls for it… bleh] two eggs [I use extra large] and sugar… this was whisked until it became fluffy and a pale yellowy color… After adding the banana mixture into the eggs, I gently added in the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, salt and some spicy cinnamon…
The voluminous batter was then poured lovingly into a slightly greased loaf pan, gently tapped to remove any air bubbles and shot right into the pre-heated 350 degree range for about an hour. The scents of this intoxicating concoction drifted throughout the house and was attempting to put me under its spell… sweet bananas, spicy cinnamon… oh how difficult it was to contain myself!
At last, once golden and cooked through, the bread was placed in the corner [like an unruly child] to cool off. After cooling down, but still slightly warm, what better way to enjoy a slice of this sexy treat [yes I’m sorry there is no way this is just a ‘bread’] than with a light dusting of powdered sugar and a soothing cup of tea…
Hmmmm perhaps I have to seek out close-to-ripe, instead of unripened bananas from now on at the market…

at a low simmer…

-R

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warm and gooey on the inside!!

While watching the news this morning, towards the end of the broadcast they happened to show a brief segment featuring one of my FAVORITE restaurants in NYC! The executive chef was on whipping up a stuffed French toast dish that looked sinful [and I’m all about sin]…
So I thought to myself I haven’t made stuffed French toast in quite a while and figured why not! So I made some minor tweaks to make it my own, as well as an adults only maple syrup…
I had a loaf of hearty bread that I picked up over the weekend and we all have the basics at home to make a super luxurious custard base to soak everything in.
I sliced up some thick pieces of the bread, made an incision and filled with peanut butter and raspberry jam. I placed the slices into a custard of heavy cream, cinnamon, good vanilla and eggs… I also added a little boozy stuff to the mix [there’s always booze at my party]!
Off to soak up and chill out in the fridge for a couple of hours [turning once] and it was time to butter a pan and toss these bad boys on to tan…
A dusting a powdered sugar and some homemade boozy maple syrup and we were in business! Buttery on the outside, warm and oozing on the inside with the perfect kick from the boozed up, hot maple syrup… You’re not finding this at your local diner!

at a low simmer…
-R

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