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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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A warming Sunday supper!

So on this rainy and cold Sunday, I felt the desire to whip up something hearty and as expected… delicious!
Bangers and mash, something near and dear to my heart [as is my shepherd’s pie] seemed to be the perfect dish to make. So it was off to the market, were I picked up some girthy [would make anyone blush and take a second look] bangers! The name alone says it all…
Once home a quick prick [no pun intended] and it was time to brown these gorgeous, plump delights. As soon as they were browned, the bangers were set aside, while I sautéed some onions for a luxurious gravy to cascade over the finished dish. To the onions, a few tablespoons of flour and some chicken stock to slightly thicken the whole idea.
The bangers were added back to the onion gravy and simmered until fully cooked! While the bangers were getting to know their saucy counterpart, I was also in the process of making some of my kick-ass mashed p’s…
After a quick QC of the mash and gravy for seasoning, it was time to plate and basically inhale! Each mouthful made you want to shove another banger, dripping with that onion gravy and creamy mash, into your mouth… however we all need to practice some restraint at times! Ok maybe restraint didn’t happen during this meal…

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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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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sometimes bitter can be good!

In order to detox a bit from this past holiday weekend, there was a staple element missing… wine!
So tonight on the menu was a big hearty salad of bitter greens, italian olives, black beans and juicy grilled chicken. The greens were crisp, the beans plump, the olives slightly briny, while the chicken tender and cooked on the grill with just some olive oil spray…
Dining this way is extremely filling, not to mention by mixing things up with meats, poultry or just some crisp veggies, this can make a quick, delicious and healthy meal!
I’m a huge fan of salads to begin with and could eat them all the time! So making them in order to get back on track is a good thing in my opinion…

at a low simmer…
-R

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a side dish that stole the show!!

I’m cuckoo for couscous, so tonight as a side dish I made Israeli couscous mixed with red, green and yellow peppers.
Hearty, homey and best of all easy to prepare; these little beads take on the flavor of almost everything you incorporate with it. So, I started by sautéing the peppers in a tiny amount of olive oil, then added some hot chicken stock and the little pearls of goodness. Brought everything to a boil, reduced to a simmer and covered until the little balls swelled up and turned into some really big, plump balls! Stirring occasionally, and before I knew it, I was shoveling those yummy orbs of delight into my mouth…

at a low simmer…
-R

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a perfect reason for a glass of vino…

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than outside amongst the sun and birds relaxing by our pool with a crisp, refreshing glass of wine…
Plump, gorgeous red seedless grapes are the perfect seductive accompaniment to the zip of the light and fruity wine…
As I sit, I’m left to ponder what delightful dish should come out of the kitchen this evening… it almost feels like it should be something hearty and homey… perhaps some gorgeous, thick filet mignon accessorized with fresh greens or a puddle of yukon gold mash? Hmmm or perhaps both…
To be able to pass the hours along with not a care in the world is just what everyone should be able to do on a weekend!

at a low simmer…
-R

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bursting [literally] with flavor…

So tonight for dinner, I utilized the beautiful pint of heirloom tomatoes that arrived in my CSA basket! Once I noticed them peeking out at me, I couldn’t contain myself and had to sneak a taste of one of those plump little jewels! Wow the flavor was intense, almost candy-like… and what better way to enjoy them than in a garden fresh pasta dish!
I dry roasted the tomatoes and then tossed them into a pan with some garlic and olive oil until the tomatoes gently finished bursting, letting a ‘sauce’ develop. Into the sauce went some cooked whole wheat pasta, chopped basil leaves [from my garden], a pinch of crushed red pepper and some freshly grated pecorino romano… a vigorous stir and it was time to plate and garnish!
Sweet from the tomatoes, spicy from the crushed red pepper and slightly salty from the pecorino… This was such a light and delicious meal, there was practically nothing left for someone’s lunch tomorrow… I might be in trouble!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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