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Pie for a birthday dinner!

For a special day, a special dinner is required… so for this birthday dinner, a luxurious lobster pot pie was necessary!
Gorgeous chunks of succulent lobster meat were added to a creamy concoction of chicken stock, cognac, onion, fennel, corn, peas and parsley.
Nestled into a rustic, homemade and flaky crust, this beautiful delight was baked off for an hour until the crust was browned and the filling bubbly!
Once ready, a beautifully large helping of this gorgeous pie was served up with steam and all…

at a low simmer…
-R

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under the sea…

Tonight I ventured out of my comfort zone regarding dinner… I am quite adventurous in regards to trying different [sometimes strange] dishes, but one of the areas I am skeptical to delve into is seafood [shellfish is another story]…
I have never been a huge fan, but try once in a blue moon to incorporate these savages of the sea into our meals, and today was the day!
After picking up a beautiful piece of swordfish, it was now the decision of what the hell to do with it… first things first, a seasoning of s&p on each side. While the seasoning penetrated the swordfish, I diced up an onion, fennel and minced some garlic. Once everything was softened, a can of plum tomatoes went into the pan and received quite some destruction! The sauce was coming together, but in many of my dishes some wine needed to make an appearance, along with some chicken stock. As everything started to really get to know each other, a quick taste happened, an extra dash of salt came into play and lastly some briny capers joined in the fun. The chunky sauce now was told to play the waiting game.
Now the swordfish, after sitting aside, was gently placed into a screaming hot cast iron skillet and cooked for roughly four minutes on each side. The center was becoming a beautiful white color and the exterior a gorgeous brown…
As soon as cooked through, it was time to plate and then enjoy! The swordfish was rested high atop the beautiful sauce, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh lemon juice and a hint of lemon zest.
The flavors were incredible and brought everything on the dish to life. Slightly salty from the capers, sweet from the fennel and onion, meaty from the swordfish, while a bit of zip from the fresh lemon… could we be converted?

at a low simmer…
-R

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a feast for Sunday dinner…

The craving for something filling and ‘feast-like’ crossed my mind while meandering through the market… with winter in full effect this past week, I thought something reminiscent of a family gathering style would do wonders for a Sunday supper!
After picking up a fresh turkey breast, some carrots, fennel, celery and herbs… all that was left to do was start to prep up this soon to be masterpiece.
Slathered in a homemade buttery ‘sunscreen’ coating and rested on a bed of sliced carrots, onions, fennel and celery [all puréed together after cooking] it was going to be just a few hours of cooking until this meal would be ready for eatin’…
While cooking this ‘bird’, I thought some interesting cornbread muffins would be a great compliment instead of biscuits! These weren’t just your typical boring cornbread muffins, but one with a kick. One large jalapeño, some diced red onion, garlic, corn, red pepper and of course cornmeal all were stars in what would become a great treat!
Lastly, this meal would not be complete without some mashed, garlicky potatoes! Yukon gold potatoes were cooked to perfection and then mashed together with some butter, milk and of course salt and pepper.
Each bite brought me back to having the family here for the holidays and enjoying everyone’s company!

at a low simmer…
-R

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tonight the bird ruled this roost!

So for one of our first fall feasts, I decided what better way to dine than with a roasted farm fresh chicken!
After slicing up some carrots, onions and fennel, I gingerly rested them in the bottom of the baking dish. On top of this veggie pillow went our beautiful chicken which I seasoned generously with salt, rubbed some low calorie butter on, squeezed fresh lemon juice around and sprinkled some flecks of fresh thyme across… for a bit of added browning encouragement I drizzled some olive oil on the exterior skin!
In the cavity went the whole lemon that I squeezed around the chicken and veggies, as well as a bundle of fresh thyme. Into the oven for roughly an hour and a half, then a quick after cooking rest and it was time to eat up!
Served alongside some velvety yukon gold mash, this meal reminded me of how much I enjoy the wondrous cooking we can all experience when fall hits, there is a slight chill in the air and our Sundays are just filled with relaxation…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Piggin’ out!

Finally after a full day of waiting, my dry rubbed pork roast was ready for its close-up! Yesterday, I made a dry rub of dry mustard, rosemary, garlic, salt, crushed red pepper and brown sugar. I rubbed my meat on both sides and gave it a sleeping pill till today…
So today I sautéed sliced fennel and onion, chopped celery and garlic. Once everything was softened, I added my braising liquids… organic apple juice, apple cider vinegar and some white wine. I brought everything to a low simmer and then added a thyme bundle, some bay leaves and of course the dry rubbed pork roasts. I nestled the pork roasts into the liquid, put a lid on the dutch oven and into the oven at 300* for between four and a half and five hours. I checked periodically for liquid and the last thirty minutes I uncovered to brown the top of the pork roasts.
Snugged on top of a fresh potato pancake and dinner was served… no knife needed with this meal! The pork literally fell apart as you plucked a piece with the fork. The tang from the vinegar and sweetness from the apple juice really offered a wonderful balance to the spice from the mustardy dry rub.
Wow I was so excited to try this after pulling out of the oven, that I unfortunately forgot to snap a picture, but hopefully everyone was able to visualize!

at a low simmer…
-R

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little packages, big flavor…

So tonight I wanted something different for dinner. It wasn’t an easy decision, but as I looked around I saw pierogies sitting sadly by themselves… I thought this is a quick and easy meal to throw together, and certain to be delicious!
I sliced up one Spanish onion, as well as a bulb of fennel. Fennel is my go-to veg when I want to add a slight sweetness to a dish [and always like to keep one on hand]. After sautéing the onion and fennel, I started to brown the pierogies and stirred everything together to marry the flavors. The pierogies were crisp and hot, while the onions and fennel, soft and sweet! A small dollop of creme fraiche on the side and we were ready to dive in.
A perfect quick dish for any strapped for time couple or family!

at a low simmer…
-R

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