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this kind of flakey is acceptable!!

As a cold front approached and garnered the potential for some flurries in the night sky, I took it upon myself to make sure flakes showed up! My flakes, however were in the form of buttery golden topped buttermilk scones.
With a recipe consisting of pantry and crisper staples… flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, butter and shortening, soon some gorgeous scones would be pulled from my oven… After sifting all of my dry ingredients, it was time to cut in the chunks of butter and shortening. As soon as my mixture began to gain a crumbly existence, it was dampened with some tangy buttermilk, stirred lightly until combined [not overworked] and then turned out onto my workspace to be brought together into a wobbly [nobody’s judging], lengthened ‘disk’. From this disk the scones were gently plucked out one by one, layered on a baking sheet, brushed with an egg wash and baked off…
Once puffed and bronzed, it was off to cool and then be slathered later with some scarlet-colored rhubarb jam and enjoyed with a hot cup of tea.

at a low simmer…









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finger… err thumbprint [cookies that is]…

Following a morning of battling the elements and snow blowing our property, then enjoying some warming peppermint hot cocoa’s it was onto the age of question… what’s for dinner, but more importantly what’s for dessert!
So again with the holidays in our near reach, and loads of creamy butter in every refrigerator in this house, it seemed fitting to whip up some thumbprint shortbreads with raspberry preserves and coconut!
Light, buttery and slightly sweet/tart circular luxuries… packing these up to send off to the hubbies’ office tomorrow seemed like the proper thing to do! Well maybe a few will go missing… I’m certain I’ll be able to find them later when everyone is fast asleep and enjoy with a hot cup of tea!

at a low simmer…















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refreshing dinner on a hot day…

With this oppressive heatwave still upon us, there was no way I was turning on the range or even the grill for that matter! Instead I thought it best to make some fresh pesto and have a refreshing sandwich night full of yummy things.
After making the pesto, it was time to assemble these pockets of delight… A healthy spread of the pesto adorned the lightly toasted ciabatta, followed by some spicy arugula, slices of fresh mozz and of course some phenomenal prosciutto di parma!
With the lid closing down snuggly and making this vessel ready for the feeding, there was not much more to do than succumb to it’s will…
A slight bite from the arugula, saltiness from the prosciutto, creamy from the fresh mozz and just an overall freshness from the pesto made this sandwich the perfect compliment to an über hot July evening!

at a low simmer…





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home cooked for hump day…

With hump day upon us, what better way to lift our spirits than with a super delicious, home cooked meal!
After a trip to my favorite specialty food market and a chat with the fish monger… turned out that he had just received a shipment of some gorgeous monkfish… so that is just what I planned my meal around.
Once home, I wrapped my succulent fish in a pancetta hug and let it chill out in the fridge until it was time to cook! No salt, no pepper… just the pancetta was needed to infuse this filet with all the flavor it needed.
To cook, a searing hot cast iron pan was lightly coated with olive oil and the fish gently placed into it and cooked for three minutes. A quick turn and then it was into the oven for ten minutes on 425… out came a perfectly cooked monkfish with crispy pancetta.
As a side to this meal, some beautifully roasted sweet potato to play against the saltiness of the pancetta.
Light and flaky, full of wondrous flavors… I definitely recommend getting your hands on monkfish [or other firm white fish] and giving this dish a whirl!

at a low simmer…





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a raving roast!!

With the warmer weather quickly approaching, I decided it best to get my oven related cooking out of the way since soon enough I will be doing less of it…
So to satisfy this method, I thought a succulent roast beef served on top of creamy, garlicky yukon gold mash! This luxurious dish began with a heavy salt of the roast and a quick roll in some flour. A light spanking of my meat to remove the excess flour and it was into a searing hot cast iron pot with some olive oil to brown!
Once browned, my hunk of meat was set aside while I tossed in sliced onions and baby portobello mushrooms to sweat down and gather all of that salty, meaty flavor…
The meat was returned to the pot and was given a heavy drink of pinot noir, along with a quart of chicken stock, a bundle of thyme and two bay leaves… As soon as everything came to a boil, the lid was popped on and the pot shot into a 325 degree oven for a long nap [three hours to be precise]… The end result… a buttery, fork tender roast in a seductive sauce!
Who knows perhaps this will be made again during the summer months; it’s just that good!

at a low simmer…









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spring warmup!

So after realizing we are in for a pretty warm couple of days [especially tomorrow], I decided that grilling was the perfect way to truly welcome in Spring!
A trip to the local butcher this morning, yielded some beautiful, thickly cut steaks. I can almost smell the fragrant, smokey goodness that the grill offers once the meat hits those searing hot grates! My mouth is already watering in anticipation… dinner can’t come soon enough!!

at a low simmer…

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kissing the ‘toad’…

So tonight we took a culinary journey ‘across the pond’ and paid homage to my family roots…
For an interesting dinner, we enjoyed ‘toad-in-the-hole’… may sound unappealing to those unfamiliar with this lovely dish, but don’t worry no toads were harmed in the making of this meal.
The dish is quite simple to prepare, basically everything that would be in your pantry and freezer. To make the batter, 2 cups of flour, salt, six eggs and 1 1/2 cups milk are all combined and set aside. Then sausages [can be any you like] are panfried and browned. The batter is poured into a pretty hot pan of oil, the sausages then nestled into the batter and everything tossed in the oven to bake until puffy, crisp and golden. To go along with the ‘toad’ a beautiful, homemade onion gravy.
The flavors are wonderful and rich, yet not heavy at all, but rather almost light as a cloud!

at a low simmer…






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another meat and potatoes meal…

Tonight for dinner I made pan-seared filet mignon with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes.
The filet mignon was simply seasoned with salt and pepper. Each piece was placed into a searing hot pan coated with some olive oil. Roughly three minutes on each side and then it was into the oven for eight more minutes. Once out of the oven the filet mignon rested to gather all the delicious juices.
To go along with the filet mignon, roasted fingerling potatoes. Just a quick toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, then it was into the oven until browned and crunchy!
The juicy, meaty filet mignon oozed sensuous flavors, while the fingerling potatoes eagerly soaked up every last drizzle of meaty nectar that tried to make a run for it across the plate!
There are not enough descriptive words to explain how this dish hit the spot, but I think you get the idea…

at a low simmer…









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far east… far out taste!!

What a better way to spend our Saturday evening, but with great friends and Asian fusion cuisine!
The restaurant was upbeat and stylish, the waitstaff friendly and very knowledgable about all the dishes on the menu.
To start things off, we all shared a number of different appetizer dishes. Cold sesame noodle salad, tempura crab cakes, fire cracker shrimp, beef satay, steamed dumplings and lastly a chicken lettuce wrap. WOW talk about options and amazing flavors.
For dinner I treated myself to my all time favorite dish, sesame chicken, but with my usual extra spicy kick! It arrived hot and crispy with just enough sweetness to offset the heat. Served with the best brown rice dish I have tasted in a long time. Not your ordinary brown rice… It’s nuttier and more rustic, a perfect paring against my dinner. Glad I took home some leftovers… now I can dream the night away knowing that my leftovers are waiting patiently till tomorrow at noon. Yum!

at a low simmer…




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a [tasty] freebie friday treat…

Today was a great day! Hot and humid, but great none-the-less… So to shake the heat, I decided to go to my favorite Starbucks that I always visit for a ‘Refreshers’ drink special they were offering free for a limited window of time. I actually am no stranger to these fantastic drinks, but rather have been grabbing one everyday for at least a week or so. My favorite is the ‘Very Berry Hibiscus’… there are floral notes to this fantastic drink and has crushed/whole blackberries throughout that give this drink that perfect tanginess. I will not lie, but I actually opted to purchase the largest available drink because it is just that good! I decided I could just go back a bit later and take advantage of the freebie… and that is just what I did. The second time around, I opted to venture out of my comfort zone and try the ‘Cool Lime’ which has a minty hint, with a soothing lime flavor. Honestly I will stick with my ‘very berry’ version going forward as I wasn’t a huge fan of the lime offering… These smart little beverages are made with a ‘green coffee extract’ which I had never heard of until getting these drinks! Shockingly there is not a single note of coffee flavor in these drinks. If you’re not a coffee lover because of the flavors, I implore you to try these drinks out and guarantee you will not be disappointed!

at a low simmer…
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