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spicy dinner for a chilly night!

With a recently found liking for sockeye salmon, I thought about mixing up our weeknight dinner and preparing a refreshing recipe that my cousin mentioned to me…
I rubbed some extra virgin and then seasoned one and a half pounds of sockeye with a mixture of kosher salt, cumin, paprika, chipotle chili powder, freshly ground pepper and onion [or garlic] powder [1 teaspoon of each, except 1/4 teaspoon of the chili powder]…
The fish was set in the fridge for a bit to soak up the lovely spicy flavors, while I prepared some steamed haricots verts to enjoy as a side. These were nothing fancy, steamed and then tossed lightly with some olive oil and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
To cook the salmon, I heated a grill pan on high and once smoking, in went the fish [skin-side down] and cooked for roughly 8 minutes [cooking time varies depending on heat, as well as your likeness for doneness]… Once finished cooking a squeeze of fresh lime juice elevated this dish nicely! It was then onto our plates and then into our bellies…
I have been converted and think anyone who tries this will be too so I say… give it a go!

-R

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What the… *UCK!!

Sunday turned out to be chillier than I expected so thought it would be a perfect day to heat up the kitchen and our bellies with a full roasted duck. This task takes time and care; first the majestic duck needs to be fully dressed in salt and pepper, then poked multiple times on both sides with a sharp knife being careful to only prick the skin and not the meat. With the oven set at 300 degrees, the duck goes in for five hours… YES five hours! But remember, sometimes good things are worth the wait! Every hour on the hour, the duck is poked and turned on its belly until the full five hours have expired [also from the cooking process, you end up with quite a bit of duck fat that you can use to cook with]. This dish not only looks delish, but also tastes just as good.
As a side, I decided on roasted potatoes. For added flavor to the potatoes, I drained almost all of the duck fat and then added them to the bottom of the pan with a little salt to roast and absorb the yummy duck flavor!
To sweeten up the dish, warmed apricot preserves with some honey drizzled across the duck. Glistening, gorgeous and golden… this duck was destined for greatness!

at a low simmer…
-R

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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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it’s a wrap!!

So tonight I decided on making lettuce wraps filled with sautéed ground turkey, diced jalapeños, chopped cubanelle peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes…
The scents were intoxicating, the flavors vibrant and the textures varied! The crispness of the lettuce, the slight heat from the jalapeños and the sweetness from the tomatoes made this meal just come together beautifully.
This meal was so simple and quick to prepare, but had the taste of one that would have taken hours to prepare!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a hot pot I can warm up to!

After a day of Halloween preparation, whipping up dinner was just not in the cards… instead a serious craving for sushi was!
So we pulled a nice bottle of wine out of our wine fridge, hopped in our car and off we went!
Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by a hostess and whisked to our seats… The decor was modern and very enticing. One if the most unique elements that we noticed was a conveyor belt of sorts which trailed sampler sizes of sushi, sashimi and other appetizing little pleasures! You picked what intrigued you and paid based on the plate design…
Tonight instead of selecting from the belt, we ordered some well known appetizers [Negimaki and Harumaki], along with some sushi. In addition, we tried a ‘hot bowl’ as a main as well!
This ‘hot bowl’ was absolutely mind-blowing… seasoned rice on the bottom layered with a sliced breaded pork cutlet, topped off with a raw egg which cooks from the heat of this ‘hot bowl’… this was like nothing I have ever experienced, but have to say may have quickly become one of my new favorites!
It’s been a while since we’ve ventured out for sushi, but this may have been the night that changed it all again…

at a low simmer…
-R

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