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one [roasting pan] wonder…

After a long day of running errands and battling the cold weather, it was home to prep up something for a scrumptious dinner! I needed something satisfying and filling, while not taking hours and hours to prepare. Simple enough was one of my fave dishes, from one of my fave home-cooks… Nigella Lawson. It was a chicken, chorizo and potato ‘bake’. This dish is literally a ‘one pot’, rather ‘one pan’ meal! Simple ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen pantry and can be put together in mere minutes.
Into a deep roasting pan went some good extra virgin which coated both sides of a healthy portion of chicken thighs, chopped up fresh chorizo, large diced red onion and cubed yukon gold potatoes! A sprinkling of dried oregano, a scatter of salt, a grating of the zest of a clementine and it was into the oven on 425 for one hour. As the ‘bake’ cooked in the russet beauty from the oil and chorizo, the scent of oregano, citrus and spices wafted throughout.
After the cooking time was up, out appeared a bronzed, crisp chicken, seductively aromatic chorizo, browned potatoes and wilted red onion. No sooner did I take this breathtaking beauty out of the oven, that we were plated up and diving in!
This is one of my go-to recipes, and chances are if you try this it will become one of yours as well!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Stacked with flavor…

A long day, yielded the will to make a delicious eggplant parm supper! After making a trip to a fresh vegetable market and picking up some plump purple lovelies, it was time to head home and start the prep work for what would be a delightful supper…
Everything started by making a big pot of sauce; it was then off to slicing the eggplants and then dusting each in flour, dipping in egg and a quick coating in breadcrumbs and it was then time to start frying.
After all was crisp, it was time to build up and create the perfect marriage… a layer of sauce, then eggplant, some grated pecorino and mozz, basil and then repeated…
A quick bake in the oven and it was time to sit down, sip a glass of wine, slice into and then enjoy!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Guilt-free goodness…

With a craving for something healthy, yet decadent and delicious, I turned to a recipe from a dear friend whose website is chock-full-of informative ideas on leading a healthy lifestyle…
So the apple cinnamon protein muffins were the perfect way to go! Full of healthy ingredients: oat flour, pumpkin purée [not the sweetened kind], good vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, kosher salt, egg whites, stevia [I ran out and used Splenda for baking], whey powder, coconut oil and crisp granny smith’s!
The process of combining everything is pretty simple and only requires some pulsating in a food processor… Apples get the first few pulses until mostly puréed, but still slightly chunky. Then everything else is added in and given a whirl until brought together!
Spread out into a non-stick sprayed muffin pan, shot into a 350* oven and roughly twenty-five minutes later little devilishly good treats emerged… minus any potential guilt! So I ate one, and then another… who knows I may be making another batch before the day ends.
***Please note if you’re seeking cake like muffins you will need to incorporate baking powder/soda***

Please check out my friend’s website for the full recipe and also to give her your support… http://dariamcdermott.com

at a low simmer…
-R

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farro[SO] yummy!

Since the weather took a turn from warm and summer-like, to a slight bit cooler it seemed fitting to make a hearty, warming meal for dinner…
After raiding my fridge and pantry, it was easy! A nutty farro dish with an Asian flavor base to it! Shredded carrots, diced onions, some minced garlic and ginger, chopped porcini mushrooms and sautéed shrimp all came together with a hint of sesame oil, a few tablespoons of soy sauce and a dash of hoisin…
The dish literally takes no time to prepare, but the incredible depth of flavor would make you think otherwise!

at a low simmer…
-R

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simple saturday supper…

So with Saturday night upon us, the question always arises… ‘What’s for dinner’. After a pretty exhausting day, and little desire to get dressed up to go out, I decided dinner would be home cooked!
A rich pasta ‘bake’ from one of my fave home cooks, Nigella Lawson… after looking through her newest cookbook, the whole wheat pasta with brussels sprouts, cheese and potato really stood out. I have made a dish like this in the past with some slightly different ingredients, but decided to give it a go…
The process is as simple, as simple can be… in one pot of boiling, super salty water the pasta, brussels sprouts and potato are cooked together. A slight amount of the pasta liquid is reserved before draining.
While the pasta is cooking, I cubed up some gruyere cheese and measured out some fresh ricotta. This lovely, creamy mixture was tossed with the drained pasta, brussels sprouts and potatoes.
After everything was coated, it was into a baking dish, drizzled with some oil, sage and a heavy hand of grated pecorino. Baked for roughly thirty minutes, then a slight resting period and it was time to eat!
The flavors all complimented one another and made me question… how could this possibly serve anymore than two??

at a low simmer…
-R

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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…
-R

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good ole’ grandma…

Tonight I had a real craving for something that reminds me of my grandmother… nothing fancy, but super delicious, fried shrimp in homemade sauce. Now this was something she would make because I love shrimp [even though she’s allergic and can’t eat]…
So as a nod to her, I decided to satisfy my craving and recreate her ‘peasanty’ classic!
After a quick breading and rest in the fridge to setup, it was into some super hot oil just to brown the shrimp. Once browned, into some homemade sauce to finish cooking off and flavor the sauce even more.
To serve up this spectacular comfort food, a sprinkle of freshly grated pecorino cheese, some toasty sliced Italian bread utilized as the spoon in this whole story to scoop up every last ounce of delightful goodness!
My grandmother taught me many things growing up, one of them… making amazing food!

at a low simmer…
-R

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not your typical bucket of chicken!

Today was an interesting kind of day, so I thought I’d try and reflect that in dinner… so I sort of went out of my comfort zone a touch and did a combination of breakfast and dinner in one!
A while ago I remember going through one of my food mags and seeing a write up on chicken and waffles… sounded a bit awkward to me, but thought maybe someday I’d try. Well that someday was today!
I started by marinating my chicken [I used boneless breasts from the butcher] for about six hours in a concoction of buttermilk, super spicy chili powder [I used a teaspoon, but base on your spice level] and salt [I saved some marinade separate for later].
Once done marinating, I dried off the chicken slightly, dipped them into flour that I seasoned [salt and pepper], back into some the extra buttermilk that I had saved from earlier, and then back into the flour… from there it was a light spanking to remove excess flour and then into the hot pot of oil for roughly ten to twelve minutes until browned and golden.
While the chicken was cooking, my Belgian waffle maker was getting a workout, turning out fluffy, golden pocketed squares of heaven!
To finish this dish, two waffles were the bedding for a chunky, crisp chicken breast… drizzled with maple syrup and some über-firey hot sauce!
Crisp chicken, light and airy waffles, sweet maple syrup and spicy hot sauce brought this dish all together… I definitely recommend giving this dish a shot!
Sweet and savory in one… who would say no?

at a low simmer…
-R

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filled with flavor…

So I forgot that I had bought a beautiful, purply eggplant… in order to not waste this voluptuous veggie, a ricotta filled rollatini was an obvious choice for the making!
For the filling, milky ricotta, eggs, shredded mozz, freshly grated pecorino, salt, pepper and chopped parsley… Everything got a big stir and then was set aside while it waited for its big moment!
The eggplant was dusted in flour and dipped quickly in egg; out of its egg bath and it was into piping hot oil for a quick fry until browned.
Once cool enough to handle, each slice of eggplant was filled with a heavy dose of the creamy, ricotta filling and then tightly rolled. After rolling, each rollatini was gently place into a baking dish and nestled snuggly together.
To blanket these little pudgy beauties, my homemade tomato sauce and some extra [and I do mean extra] shredded mozz…
Into the oven and baked until bubbly, crispy and golden! Once out of the oven, there was no turning back and there was not a hint of guilt for the double helpings that were had…

at a low simmer…
-R

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this cake is the ‘apple of my eye’…

After a wonderful early morning trip to the apple orchard, we came home in tow with three massive pumpkins, some minis, along with an abundance of different apples!! Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Macoun and Senshu were those that caught our eye and were placed into our baskets…
What better to do than snack on one on the drive back home… the Honeycrisp obviously won out, while the juiciness from each bite was reflected down our cheeks and in some spots on our jackets! That however is the fun of it all.
Once back home, there was absolutely zero hesitation; baking was about to occur… The island was prepped, the pan was greased and yes it was time!
The flour, sugar, salt, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and oil were combined, then gently folded into the wondrously fragrant batter, the stars of this cake… a mix of those freshly picked apples which were peeled and diced up!
The batter was eased into the greased pan and thrown into the preheated oven… after baking for a little over an hour it was cooling time.
Now this moist and flavorful [ok so I snuck a tiny piece from the inside] cake will tease us until a real slice is enjoyed later!
I just don’t know how we will be able to wait till tonight for a real piece??

at a low simmer…
-R

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