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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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What the… *UCK!!

Sunday turned out to be chillier than I expected so thought it would be a perfect day to heat up the kitchen and our bellies with a full roasted duck. This task takes time and care; first the majestic duck needs to be fully dressed in salt and pepper, then poked multiple times on both sides with a sharp knife being careful to only prick the skin and not the meat. With the oven set at 300 degrees, the duck goes in for five hours… YES five hours! But remember, sometimes good things are worth the wait! Every hour on the hour, the duck is poked and turned on its belly until the full five hours have expired [also from the cooking process, you end up with quite a bit of duck fat that you can use to cook with]. This dish not only looks delish, but also tastes just as good.
As a side, I decided on roasted potatoes. For added flavor to the potatoes, I drained almost all of the duck fat and then added them to the bottom of the pan with a little salt to roast and absorb the yummy duck flavor!
To sweeten up the dish, warmed apricot preserves with some honey drizzled across the duck. Glistening, gorgeous and golden… this duck was destined for greatness!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a feast for Sunday dinner…

The craving for something filling and ‘feast-like’ crossed my mind while meandering through the market… with winter in full effect this past week, I thought something reminiscent of a family gathering style would do wonders for a Sunday supper!
After picking up a fresh turkey breast, some carrots, fennel, celery and herbs… all that was left to do was start to prep up this soon to be masterpiece.
Slathered in a homemade buttery ‘sunscreen’ coating and rested on a bed of sliced carrots, onions, fennel and celery [all puréed together after cooking] it was going to be just a few hours of cooking until this meal would be ready for eatin’…
While cooking this ‘bird’, I thought some interesting cornbread muffins would be a great compliment instead of biscuits! These weren’t just your typical boring cornbread muffins, but one with a kick. One large jalapeño, some diced red onion, garlic, corn, red pepper and of course cornmeal all were stars in what would become a great treat!
Lastly, this meal would not be complete without some mashed, garlicky potatoes! Yukon gold potatoes were cooked to perfection and then mashed together with some butter, milk and of course salt and pepper.
Each bite brought me back to having the family here for the holidays and enjoying everyone’s company!

at a low simmer…
-R

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flavors that spiraled out of control…

For our Sunday night supper, I decided on a maple glazed, spiral ham served alongside sautéed haricots verts and fanned potatoes…
Since the ham was fully cooked and only required being heated through and then glazed, I focused more on my sides.
The haricots verts were blanched and shocked in salted water, then tossed into olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper and sautéed ever so slightly…
For the potatoes, I made sliced into each almost fully through. A drizzle of olive oil, some salt and pepper, a light dusting of garlic powder and it was into the oven for thirty minutes until the potatoes split and began to fan apart!
Onto the plate went some slices of the ham, the haricots verts and the potato. The ham was salty and sweet, the haricots verts spicy and garlicky, while the potato… crisp on the exterior and creamy on the interior.
This hearty meal was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend!

at a low simmer…
-R

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latke love…

So to join in on the holiday festivities of some friends, I decided to create a light meal of latkes and homemade applesauce.
The latkes were a combination of potatoes [grated in the food processor], salt, freshly ground pepper, eggs and flour. These needed to be seasoned appropriately to make sure they didn’t taste like cardboard. Everything was combined by hand and then spooned into a hot, non-stick pan with butter. Each latke was cooked until browned and then flipped until the other side was also browned. Total cooking time was roughly five minutes per side… Once browned, the latkes were placed into the oven on a low temp to keep warm.
For the applesauce, I used four Honeycrisp apples that I peeled and cored. Into a cast iron pot they went, along with four tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a pinch of salt, some freshly squeezed lemon juice and orange juice, a secret spice [sorry can’t tell you that, but you can add some cinnamon] and a teaspoon of vanilla… The pot went into the oven covered for about an hour and a half until the apples were softened and could be easily mashed…
After everything was said and done, it was time to sit down and enjoy! This special meal was well received…

at a low simmer…
-R

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hot potato!

After another day of playing catch-up, I decided to make potatoes, stuffed chock-full of goodness as a dinner…
It all started with baking off four gorgeous potatoes… which once were cooked, had their flaky, fleshy interior scooped out and tossed with shredded cheddar, chopped chives and salt. Instead of using milk, I added creme fraiche to help smooth the filling all out!
After incorporating everything I refilled the empty little potato skin vessels, topped with more shredded cheddar and it was back into the oven until browned and bubbly…
Before plating, an additional sprinkle of chives for color and flavor and it was time to dive in! Creamy, slightly salty, gooey and just plain delightful… this was just what we needed to satisfy our bellies!

at a low simmer…
-R

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now that’s a ‘good egg’…

Tonight I decided what better thing to make for dinner, than breakfast. I started out by cracking a few eggs, adding some fresh thyme, salt, pepper and a dash of heavy cream. Everything got whipped together and poured into a nonstick pan with just a touch of olive oil cooking spray. I then slowly cooked the soon-to-be omelet on medium-low heat until puffed and browned, flipped it over to the other side and let that cook for a few more moments until just done. Before removing from the pan, I added some provolone cheese, folded the omelet in half and let the cheese melt. Once melted, I slowly slid the fluffy omelet onto my plate, added some homemade hash-browns and we were in business!
What a filling and satisfying dinner! Melty, gooey cheese and a fresh herbiness in the light-as-air omelet, paired beautifully with the crunchy potatoes what more could you ask for… maybe the same thing tomorrow morning??

at a low simmer…
-R

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