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birthday wishes do come true!!

So once a year the birthday boy gets his wish for a special dinner… I will go to the ends of the earth to make whatever is requested… this year was tagliatelle with white wine and clams!
So in order to satisfy this wish, I made my way to the seafood counter and bought up four pounds of little neck clams. Once home those dirty ‘necks’ got a good scrubbin’ in the sink. Once cleaned it was off to chill out in the fridge until time a visit to the steam room!
Garlic infused olive oil, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, a beautiful dry white, some pellegrino, butter, freshly grated pecorino and minced parsley all bring this birthday story together…
The scent of the ocean wafted throughout my kitchen and honestly made me want to ‘dive’ right into that pot!! Fresh clams elevate this dish from delicious to superb, and make the sauce over-the-top! It is truly like nothing you can ever get from a can [not that I am against a shortcut, just not when it’s a birthday request]…

at a low simmer…
-R

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tequila tuesday…

When I woke up this AM, I knew this day was going to be an exciting one for some reason… then after checking my emails and twitter feed, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that today is ‘National Tequila Day’! WOW was my rising thought ever coming true, and quicker than I could have hoped…

So in honor of this ‘holiday’, there was nothing better to do than think of the best drink idea to start off with! To be quite honest, I am a HUGE fan of a good margarita, minus the salted rim [hey it’s my own preference] and I started to recall a kick-ass concoction that I made not too long ago [also previously posted]… As luck would have it, I had ALL of the necessary ingredients to whip one up! One spicy margarita was on the horizon.

After enjoying that spicy, not to mention POTENT little guy I needed something cool and refreshing so a traditional lime margarita was up next. Nothing fancy, just some big limes that I juiced, agave nectar [or you can use simple syrup] and of course GOOD tequila. I put everything into a shaker and pour over ice. For a little something special, instead of a typical [and expected lime wheel], I created some ribbons of the zest and stirred it into the finished cocktail.

And for the finale, to go along with dinner a crisp, bubbly and electrifying blood orange margarita. Blood orange juice is mixed with tequila in a shaker and poured over ice. To bring some tingling to this drink, I added some pellegrino and stirred it right in. OK so you’re probably asking yourself, was dinner eaten yet?? NOPE, but I needed to do a taste-test to make sure it was good…

MMMM… this was a GREAT day!

at a low simmer…

-R

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