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dinner wasn’t the only thing stuffed!

So tonight, I decided to cook up a pork loin stuffed with prosciutto, provolone and arugula…
After a quick fill and roll, a bondage-like trussing of twine finished off the prep-work for this lovely porky goodness!
A drizzle of good quality olive oil for some tanning encouragement, as well as a substantial splash of white wine and it was into the oven for a good bake…
The scents of the pork, as well as the stuffing wafted through the house and made the process of waiting even that more difficult! The end result though… well that was nothing short of delicious.

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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a twist on pizza…

After much thought, I decided that a French bread style pizza was perfect for tonight’s dinner…
Rather than mozz and sauce, broccoli rabe sautéed in oil and garlic covered in a mildly flavored provolone was the way to go!
The b-rabe was cooked the usual way I prepare it, then layered evenly on toasted bread. On top of the b-rabe went some sliced provolone; tossed into the oven until the cheese melted and we were ready to dive into this meal…
Crunchy and light bread, garlicky and spicy [from that hit of crushed red pepper] b-rabe, with a slight bite from the provolone…
This dish was filling and satisfying, while not overly stuffing us!

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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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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Summer and sandwiches…

What better way to enjoy a hot summery afternoon than with a meaty delicious Italian classic sandwich…
Full of Italian ham, salami, provolone, shredded lettuce, sliced red onion and doused with a flavorful oil and vinegar dressing all tucked into a fresh baked roll!
The sandwich was crunchy from the lettuce and red onion, tangy courtesy of the dressing, slightly sweet from the ham with a complimenting bite from the sharp provolone.
Normally I cannot finish an entire sandwich, but there was no way I was letting this one slip by… it had no chance!

at a low simmer…
-R

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no boxed meals here…

Tonight was a play on an old comfort food… amped up mac and cheese! For mine, I incorporated shards of four different Italian cheeses. The players in this food game were asiago, pecorino romano, parmesan and provolone.
I started by rendering some pancetta [then set aside], then cooked an onion that I diced in the pancetta fat and a few tablespoons of butter. Once softened, I added some flour and whisked till it was a grainy texture. Then I slowly added some milk and stirred till it began to thicken. Once the mixture started to boil, I reduced the heat and cooked for a few extra minutes. For a little spicy kick, an addition of some cayenne pepper and then all of the cheeses. Everything was stirred till melty. Lastly, the pasta shells that were cooking got tossed into the cheese mixture, as well as the pancetta that was set aside…
Onto a plate and thrown quickly under the broiler to brown and crisp everything up, and then dinner was served!
Salty from the pancetta, gooey thanks to the cheeses, and just a touch of heat from the cayenne brought everything together…

at a low simmer…
-R

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On a bed… of greens…

A nice crisp salad with grilled chicken breast was on my mind all day, but I never had the opportunity to put one together or even grab-and-go… So I marinated some chicken breast and tossed it onto the grill, while putting together a quick salad full of garbanzo beans, shards of sharp provolone [picked up a decent size chunk at the Italian specialty store] and sweet cherry tomatoes…
All the layers of flavor… salty, pungent and a sharp bite from the provolone, sweet from the tomatoes, creamy from the snap of biting into the garbanzos and earthy from the mixture of spicy, bittery greens. The grilled chicken cut through the salad with ease and offered a perfect contrasting element to this light and delicious meal!

at a low simmer…
-R

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not from your corner deli…

So tonight’s blockbuster wasn’t a movie, but rather an Italian sub sandwich! Filled with a wonderful sopressata, pistachio filled mortadella and sharp provolone! To add my little thumbprint, I included some fresh, peppery baby arugula and of course applewood smoked bacon [bacon is invited to every party I create] for a little fatty kick. A crisp ciabatta roll gently hugged all of the meaty goodness and oozy cheese into their places. As a side a wonderful, creamy pasta salad that was chock full of thinly grated carrot and diced celery and pepper. Lightly dressed with some mayonnaise, salt and a hint of crushed red pepper and dinner was served.
With all of this delicious food, some serious workouts are going to remain an indefinite necessity…

at a low simmer…
-R

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