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Pie for a birthday dinner!

For a special day, a special dinner is required… so for this birthday dinner, a luxurious lobster pot pie was necessary!
Gorgeous chunks of succulent lobster meat were added to a creamy concoction of chicken stock, cognac, onion, fennel, corn, peas and parsley.
Nestled into a rustic, homemade and flaky crust, this beautiful delight was baked off for an hour until the crust was browned and the filling bubbly!
Once ready, a beautifully large helping of this gorgeous pie was served up with steam and all…

at a low simmer…
-R

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dinner on the whim…

So tonight I decided to make something that was both delicious and good for us!
In a pan, I started by browning up some organic chicken sausage that I whipped from the casing… once slightly browned they were put to the side [until they were needed for later] and then with oils from the sausage, a quick speed date of minced garlic and chopped sun dried tomatoes occurred! It quickly turned out that these frisky guys were looking for an extra addition to their evening… so in went some buttery, plump cannellini beans! As soon as everyone got to know each other, a dash of crisp white wine helped loosen everyone up and let their hair down… an addition of a little chicken stock came to the party and everyone simmered away…
While the trio was melding together, some lonely whole wheat penne took a bath in some super salty boiling water, and then got a wink from the threesome to join them for some tossing around! After a quick stir, some parsley joined in and offered up its fresh self and dinner was served…
Creamy, buttery, vibrant and luxuriously flavorful… this was the perfect meal for any night of the week!

at a low simmer…
-R

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my ‘clam’ to fame…

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve taken a dinner journey on the deep blue sea, so tonight was just that…
While walking around the fish counter at the local specialty food market, there was a beautiful bounty of rock hard, tight lidded little neck clams just begging to become a satisfying dinner!
Since it’s only two of us, instead of appearing glutinous, three dozen seemed an ok portion to purchase for the meal masterpiece.
Once home, a quick added scrub and then a thirty minute soaking [these little necks are pre-cleaned, but I take no chances] to expel any potential hidden grit…
To get this party started, a nice glass of white wine for the chef, some chopped up garlic, butter, red pepper [as I always advise it’s personal preference regarding spice level], salt and of course wine for steaming the little necks! Getting my little necks drunk makes this dish even more stellar…
Once all of my little necks pop open, it was time to shuck them out, and then toss them back into the pot full of liquidy broth, along with the tagliatelle pasta I cooked. Some freshly chopped parsley, a heavy handful of pecorino and rapid tossing and it was time to plate this luxurious dish up…
The bursts of flavor were intense, slightly spicy thanks to the red pepper, a wonderful freshness from the parsley and a slight saltiness from the cheese…

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 little piggy went right into my belly…

Realizing it has been such a long time since I’ve enjoyed that fatty, porky goodness of pork belly, a trip to the market and an overnight bath in a fragrant marinade yielded one hell of a dinner!
I seasoned up this beautiful slab with hefty handfuls of salt. While letting the salt permeate into the belly, I prepped a marinade full of healthy veggies and yummy seasonings… and of course wine was invited to this party!
Once the marinade was ready it was poured into a baking dish. The belly was then cozily tucked into the baking dish and surrounded by its luxurious bathing liquid… After a long nights sleep, it was time for a five hour bath until completely tender and a quick tan under the broiler to darken and crisp that fatty skin!
To enjoy this meal, the belly was nestled on a bed of nutty farro that I cooked with sautéed onions and garlic in some chicken stock until fully absorbed… the farro was swirled together with some chopped parsley to finish the story…
Fatty, crisp, sweet, sour, nutty and tender… I can go on and on!

at a low simmer…
-R

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dishing it up!

So tonight I decided on a simple pasta dish for dinner…
To start this delightful meal, I sautéed some beautiful chicken sausages until nicely browned. Once these were cooked, I pulled them aside and in the same pan heated some olive oil, along with chopped garlic and crushed red pepper. After everything became fragrant, I added in a can of chickpeas that I had smashed up… this mixture simmered for a few minutes and then the sausage was added back in!
For the finale, I tossed this creamy concoction with some beautiful ribbed pasta and finished everything off with freshly grated pecorino and chopped parsley!
The flavors were fresh and vibrant, a touch spicy, but absolutely popping!
The only sad part would be that this left not much for leftovers… guess it will be a pb&j for my lunch tomorrow [not that I’m complaining]…

at a low simmer…
-R

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one pudgie lil’ piggie…

So tonight I felt like a thick, hearty pork chop! Not just any ‘chops’, but nice, thick-cut ‘chops’ stuffed with ground sausage, garlic, provolone, prosciutto and parsley. This beautiful stuffing was generously packed into each side pocket…
To start cooking, I began with a screaming hot cast iron skillet and a touch of olive oil. Into that pan went my beautiful ‘chops’ to get an insanely gorgeous sear! Once both sides were seared, it was into the oven for about forty minutes until the stuffing was cooked through. To prevent drying out the ‘chops’, a nice dash of white wine went into the pan and tight seal of foil on top.
After the cooking commenced, a quick transfer to our plates and all that was left to do was dig into these mammoth cuts of meat… boy not only were those ‘chops’ stuffed!

at a low simmer…
-R

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this dish was ‘saucy’ like me…

So today I pondered what would be a good dish to prepare for dinner. After looking through the freezer, the decision was easy… Shrimp Francaise!
To prepare the shrimp, I dredged them in flour, gave them a spank and then dipped them into some egg. Into a hot pan with melted butter they went to cook up. Once browned on each side, in went the juice of two lemons and white wine to thicken everything up and get saucy with those shrimps! To put the finishing touches on this meal, I topped everything off with some crushed red pepper, julienned lemon rind and fresh minced parsley…
All that was left to do was eat… and that is just what we did! Citrusy, herby, spicy, slightly buttery and a hint of crispness from the wine… it was like a night out at our favorite Italian restaurant minus the drive!

at a low simmer…
-R

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you can do more with wine than just drink…

So tonight was pasta night… pappardelle to be exact, tossed in a luxurious garlic, butter and wine sauce with fresh minced parsley…
For the sauce, it was easy… chopped garlic, crushed red pepper, olive oil, butter and a good white wine…
Once the pasta was cooked, into the sauce to quickly combine and then a hefty hit of the fresh parsley and into our pasta bowls!
The parsley offered a fresh, clean balance to the velvety sauce. It’s just too bad that the pasta was only enough for one meal… no leftovers this time around!

at a low simmer…
-R

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‘scampi’ly clad…

What better way to finish off an incredible weekend than with an equally incredible [and shockingly simple] dinner!
Dinner literally took about fifteen minutes to cook and plate… beautiful, succulent shrimp were the key players in this dish, sautéed in an olive oil, butter and wine sauce.
I diced up a small [cannot emphasize small enough] red onion, minced some garlic and threw a healthy hand of crushed red pepper into and olive oil and butter bath to sweat it out. Once nicely sweaty and ripe smelling, I tossed in the shrimps and cooked until perfectly pink and tender! Once cooked, I pulled them out and let them hang around while I added some white wine, lemon juice and lemon zest to reduce down and slightly thicken the sauce. After reducing and cooking off, I added the shrimp back into the sauce, stirred in some chopped parsley and simmered gently to coat and heat through!
Served with some slices of bread to sop up everything and we were good to go!

at a low simmer…
-R

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