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green soup and ham…

Since I’m still taking it easy when it comes to food, I decided that a nice homemade split pea soup was the perfect meal.
After rinsing off some vibrant split peas, I cut up one onion and two cloves of garlic. The onion and garlic were sautéed in some olive oil until softened. Once softened, in went one quart of water, along with one quart of chicken broth, a bouillon cube and of course the stars of the dish… the split peas.
The soup was brought to a boil and then set to a simmer until the split peas began to open and thicken the soup. After tasting for seasoning, in went some cooked ham for an added smokey flavor and then it was time to plate, rather bowl up this warming goodness!
To top off this soup, homemade croutons made with some Italian bread, olive oil and a touch of sea salt.
The soup warmed us up on this chilly night, while soothing our tummies and giving us the nutrition we needed!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Hump day = YUM day!

Today was truly a ‘hump day’… lack of sleep made for a difficult day to push through. One thing that will never suffer… dinner!
So for tonight I decided to make a great oil and garlic pasta dish. For the sauce, my infamous [ok ok maybe in my, and everyone else who has ever eaten its opinion] oil and garlic is pretty simple, but I add different elements from your average dish to make it ultra special. The basics are oil, minced garlic, salt and crushed red pepper. Heated through until fragrant and the extra secret ingredients added… the sauce rests until ready to be combined with the pasta… Tonight’s pasta selection were gorgeous tagliatelle nests! Cooked in salty boiling water till just al dente, then tossed gently into the oil and garlic. To finish bringing everything together… some fresh grated pecorino romano and chopped parsley. In order to assure that no oil and garlic went to waste, some super rustic Italian bread to sop it up!

at a low simmer…
-R

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