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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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crisp and delicious!

After another Saturday full of decorating for the upcoming Halloween holiday, the decision of what would end up on our plates, bit more importantly… in our bellies!
One can only deal with Chinese takeout or pizza that much [I mean don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of good Chinese and a fantastic bottle of wine] but tonight I wanted something a bit lighter, full of intense flavor and still satisfying…
A chef salad was the perfect way to go! Crisp and cold lettuce tossed gently with red onions, green olives, hot peppers, plump grape tomatoes and rolled provolone, ham and turkey in an olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing…
Mmmm what a perfect decision that was and some leftover to have alongside tomorrow nights dinner!! I just love double duty dishes…

at a low simmer…
-R

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what came first… the burger or the egg?

As summer nears to an end, I cranked up the grill for some juicy burgers. These burgers however took on a different approach… some top a burger with lettuce, onions, pickles and tomatoes, while others just believe in a ‘vanilla’ burger… as for myself, I can go for all of those toppings, but tonight I decided a fried egg would also be a perfect element to cut through the meaty goodness!
A simple salt and pepper seasoning on the egg, a quick pan fry and it was time to rest this yolky beauty on this gorgeous piece of meat!
The building blocks of this perfect burger were simple and gracious… a single slice of cheese, slices of applewood smoked bacon, grilled onion and then… the star, the breathy fried egg.
Meaty, bacon-y goodness was almost sweetened by the creamy yolk that rushed down from the top of the burger like a volcano oozing lava…
What a perfect precursor to a Labor Day weekend feast!

at a low simmer…
-R

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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…
-R

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BLT… everything’s better with bacon!!

So tonight was one of those nights when a simple sandwich could curb my hunger… what better sandwich than a BLT!
For my BLT I used a thick, butcher-cut applewood smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, a crisp red leaf lettuce, good mayonnaise, as well as a dense and hearty multi-grain loaf cut in thick slices.
A decent smear of mayo was added on each interior side of the toasted bread. Next, I began to pile everything to make the perfect sandwich!
The crispness of the lettuce, juiciness from the tomatoes and smokey, bacon[y] goodness in each bite. Brings me back to childhood and the excitement of these tasty treats…

at a low simmer…
-R

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from rice to wraps [well burritos]…

So tonight for dinner I thought what would be a good change-up to the norm, then it hit me… burritos served with a cilantro and lime rice, ground turkey seasoned with tons of Spanish flair, shredded Manchego cheese, black beans and lettuce! Everything was wrapped into the perfect little package, cut on a bias and plated alongside homemade guacamole.
The rice [which in my opinion was the star] was simple… fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt to taste. The flavors were a touch floral and slightly tangy, but paired so well with all of the elements in the burrito!
To wash everything down… a crisp glass of Albariño… [ok who am
I kidding… definitely not a glass]

at a low simmer…
-R

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purple beauties!

I was craving eggplant today! Perhaps it was the fact that I was running out of the caponata we had made, or maybe it was the gorgeous bounty that was available at the market? Regardless, it was a mission that would be accomplished today!
So after picking up two hefty, purple beauties it was time to decide on how to prepare them… I could make it as an addition to a summery pasta dish, in a vegetarian stir-fry, or my personal fave… FRIED! Well I think you all know where this is going; no not parm, but definitely something tasty. So I picked up some gorgeous brioche rolls from one of my favorite NYC based purveyors, as well as fresh mozz and roasted red peppers from my local Italian specialty food market!
Once home, it was time to slice, then dip and bread each sliver of eggplant. Into the fridge they all went to set up and then it was eventually time fry these bad boys… Of course some serious QC was required during the cooking process to make certain everything was seasoned wonderfully and absolutely delicious! [think more made it in my belly, than onto the awaiting tray]…
To serve… the brioche roll was opened gently, a slice of fresh mozz, a lettuce leaf, roasted red peppers, and lastly the star… two slices of the eggplant! Sweet from the roasted peppers, creamy thanks to the mozz, crunchy from the lettuce, as well as herbaceous from the breadcrumb.
Why do I see a midnight snack happening later…

at a low simmer…
-R

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