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just like mama used to make!

What a better way to start my Monday dinner week, but with a hearty bowl of fresh pasta.
After raiding my pantry I found the perfect ingredients. I mixed together sun-dried Sicilian tomatoes, chopped garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice. A quick sauté of everything in a homemade spicy infused olive oil, and behold an… aromatic dish that was just begging to be eaten. Not before topping this dish off with fresh chopped basil and grated pecorino.
Now that’s a stick to your ribs pasta dish that would make any true Sicilian mamma proud!

at a low simmer…
-R

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lickin’ my chops…

Lamb chops, sautéed spicy eggplant and a radicchio salad topped with shattered Parmesan crisps… YUP that was dinner!
The lamb chops were marinated overnight in garlic, lemon zest/juice, crushed red pepper and minced rosemary. They were tossed onto the indoor grill thanks to the rumbling of thunder and bolts of lightning fluttering in the air. Still perfectly cooked and absolutely delightful, succulent and full of flavor!
For the eggplant… they were diced and then sautéed in garlic, olive oil and rosemary. This brought out the sweet flavors and helped make the eggplant extra special…
The radicchio helped cleanse off our palates and offer a lovely balance between the rich lamb and slight bite from the eggplant.
What a wonderful meal to start of the week!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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summery indulgence…

What better way to enjoy the summer months, than by eating the fruits that come along with it… So I decided to rinse off some juicy little blueberries that were picked up from a local farm and top them off with a mascarpone cream and crushed amaretti cookies. The sweet blueberries were a wonderful highlight against the tangy [although sweet in its own right] mascarpone cream, while the amaretti cookies gave a wonderful crunch and texture to an already divine sweet treat!

Hmmm maybe I should make more for dessert…

at a low simmer…

-R

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