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Something to spice up the night [or at least dinner]…

Tonight it was necessary for a quick dish to be thrown together, so what simpler to do than bucatini tossed in amatriciana sauce.
This super spicy [if you’re like me] bucatini hug is made of the simplest of ingredients, but the end result will have you dreaming about it while sleeping!
Everything started with a rendering of some diced pancetta; once browned and crisp, the pancetta was set aside in a bowl and the chopped onions and crushed red pepper were sweated away in the rendered fat. While the onions were getting their workout, I got mine by passing two cans of San Marzano tomatoes through a food mill. This pulpy purée if you will was added into the sautéed onions and crushed red pepper, some salt tossed in and set off to simmer for a while!
The dish came together beautifully with a quick, rough stir of the pasta, a hand of grated pecorino and a drizzling of finishing oil…
The heat factor was just enough to make your tonsils feel the heat, but not too much to make you sweat. Love having this dish recipe in my arsenal!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Party platter… for two!

It has been a while since a beautiful platter of creamy, fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, vibrant basil and salty prosciutto has made an appearance across our vast island…
So I decided that would be just what we would be enjoying tonight! The silky, milky fresh mozz and salty prosciutto came from my favorite Italian specialty shop, while the basil and tomatoes from our local market.
I sliced the tomatoes and fresh mozz just thick enough, and dotted the platter with the basil and prosciutto… To finish off the platter, some fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper.
Two hearty loaves of Italian breads got sliced up [one seeded, one seedless… that’s how we roll in this house] and it was time to enjoy!
A gorgeous, rich finishing oil and balsamic reduction were used to just drizzle across these little beauties and enhance the flavors, yet not steal the show…

at a low simmer…
-R

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you say tomato… I say soup!

So yesterday was the weekly CSA basket pick-up… once I got mine and saw the abundance of tomatoes in it the decision was simple… roasted garlic tomato soup!
First I chopped the tomatoes up and smashed a few garlic cloves… everything then was tossed with olive oil, fresh pepper and some salt. Into the oven for a little over an hour on a low temp helped extract the sweetness of the tomatoes and provide a toasty element, while turning the garlic into something, well magical!
Once roasted, it was into the food processor and pulsed, pulsed, pulsed… then into a cast iron pot, along with some homemade stock to help thin out this story, a thyme bundle and then set to simmer for a bit.
After its bath, it was into a bowl, garnished with some rich finishing oil and a sultry dollop of creme fraiche… ahhh heavenly!!
Even though the temps were warm and the humidity up, there was no better way to enjoy those gorgeous, tasty and colorful gems! Now to wonder what next weeks basket will offer…

at a low simmer…

-R

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enjoying the fruits of summer…

Creamy, juicy, salty, sweet… those were some of the flavors experienced with tonight’s dinner! Rotund tomatoes sliced thickly were separated by chunks of luxurious, buttery fresh mozzarella which lined there way down a crisp white platter. For some added freshness and flavor, basil cut from my planters and Italian prosciutto purchased at my favorite local purveyor!
Everything was drizzled with a super sexy and delicious finishing oil.
I just love simple ingredients that can pack an exciting punch.

at a low simmer…
-R

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Some people ‘plank’, I prefer flank…

Tonight for dinner, I decided a little rain wouldn’t dampen my culinary adventure! I was in the mood for a nice flavorful piece of meat… So I marinated a flank steak in soy sauce, sesame oil, scallion and some additional flavor bumps! On the grill for eight minutes and it was perfect. Succulent and full of punch!
As a side, I thought it would be great to go out of the box… I sliced up fresh watermelon and tossed it with sliced scallions [stuck with the marinade theme], feta cheese and drizzled with a great finishing oil to pull everything together! The watermelon was sweet and juicy, the feta perfectly briny, while the scallion offered just enough bite and drove everything home…
Boy I’m stuffed!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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