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home cooked for hump day…

With hump day upon us, what better way to lift our spirits than with a super delicious, home cooked meal!
After a trip to my favorite specialty food market and a chat with the fish monger… turned out that he had just received a shipment of some gorgeous monkfish… so that is just what I planned my meal around.
Once home, I wrapped my succulent fish in a pancetta hug and let it chill out in the fridge until it was time to cook! No salt, no pepper… just the pancetta was needed to infuse this filet with all the flavor it needed.
To cook, a searing hot cast iron pan was lightly coated with olive oil and the fish gently placed into it and cooked for three minutes. A quick turn and then it was into the oven for ten minutes on 425… out came a perfectly cooked monkfish with crispy pancetta.
As a side to this meal, some beautifully roasted sweet potato to play against the saltiness of the pancetta.
Light and flaky, full of wondrous flavors… I definitely recommend getting your hands on monkfish [or other firm white fish] and giving this dish a whirl!

at a low simmer…
-R

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just feeling a little nutty…

Feeling in the mood for a snack, I thought what better to do than whip up some roasted nuts!
Cashews, pecans and almonds were tossed with some canola oil, brown sugar, karo syrup, spicy chili powder, salt and minced rosemary. [You can play with how savory, spicy or sweet works for you]
Everything went onto a baking sheet and into the oven for twenty minutes [tossing once while cooking].
Once cooled [ok hard to do] it was time to enjoy!

at a low simmer…
-R

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‘Q’ is for quiche…

With the continued cold temperatures and brisk wind in the air, I decided tonight I would make one of my all time comfort foods… Quiche.
The beauty when making a quiche is you can’t really get it wrong, just add some of your favorite ingredients and you have yourself one hell of a ‘pie’!
To create my heavenly ‘pie’ I started by rendering pancetta until crispy, once done I sautéed a diced onion, followed by chopped green peppers in the rendered fat with these crispy pancetta critters. Once this three-way came together, I added small chunks of split breast chicken that I roasted earlier…
These darlings then were eased into a pie crust and topped with a blend of shredded monterey jack and extra sharp cheddar cheeses. Then a mix of five extra large eggs, a cup and a half milk, along with salt and crushed red pepper were poured over the cheese and chicken mixture…
This ‘pie’ was now ready for a 375 degree oven. The timer was set for forty-five minutes and it was the waiting game for this amazing ‘pie’ to make its appearance! Once cooked and slightly cooled I sliced a hearty piece and quietly savored every bite.
Deliciously simple and simply delicious is all I can say about this classic comfort food…

at a low simmer…
-R

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another meat and potatoes meal…

Tonight for dinner I made pan-seared filet mignon with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes.
The filet mignon was simply seasoned with salt and pepper. Each piece was placed into a searing hot pan coated with some olive oil. Roughly three minutes on each side and then it was into the oven for eight more minutes. Once out of the oven the filet mignon rested to gather all the delicious juices.
To go along with the filet mignon, roasted fingerling potatoes. Just a quick toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, then it was into the oven until browned and crunchy!
The juicy, meaty filet mignon oozed sensuous flavors, while the fingerling potatoes eagerly soaked up every last drizzle of meaty nectar that tried to make a run for it across the plate!
There are not enough descriptive words to explain how this dish hit the spot, but I think you get the idea…

at a low simmer…
-R

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south of the border…

So tonight was a nod to a summer favorite… guacamole! It’s been what feels like a while since I’ve made a fresh, creamy batch. Since we couldn’t [well I guess we could have] just eat a bowl of freshly made guacamole, I thought why not make a whole meal around it!
So marinated skirt steak fajitas and arroz con crema seemed to be the perfect idea… To top the fajitas, sautéed onions and peppers and fresh squeezed lime juice.
For the arroz con crema… I prepared some rice. Once the rice was done, in went two cups of heavy cream, chopped roasted poblano peppers [just tossed on the grill until charred, covered with plastic wrap and then peeled], pozole, cilantro, monterey jack and cojita cheeses. Everything was stirred until combined, melted and creamy!
To build up these skirt steak fajitas… a spoonful of the arroz con crema was spread on a tortilla, along with the sautéed onions and peppers, the grilled skirt steak, a dollop of the guacamole and a squeeze of the lime juice.
Each bite was full of so many different flavors… creamy, citrusy, sweet, savory! Guacamole thank you for an exciting meal…

at a low simmer…
-R

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tonight the bird ruled this roost!

So for one of our first fall feasts, I decided what better way to dine than with a roasted farm fresh chicken!
After slicing up some carrots, onions and fennel, I gingerly rested them in the bottom of the baking dish. On top of this veggie pillow went our beautiful chicken which I seasoned generously with salt, rubbed some low calorie butter on, squeezed fresh lemon juice around and sprinkled some flecks of fresh thyme across… for a bit of added browning encouragement I drizzled some olive oil on the exterior skin!
In the cavity went the whole lemon that I squeezed around the chicken and veggies, as well as a bundle of fresh thyme. Into the oven for roughly an hour and a half, then a quick after cooking rest and it was time to eat up!
Served alongside some velvety yukon gold mash, this meal reminded me of how much I enjoy the wondrous cooking we can all experience when fall hits, there is a slight chill in the air and our Sundays are just filled with relaxation…

at a low simmer…
-R

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you say tomato… I say soup!

So yesterday was the weekly CSA basket pick-up… once I got mine and saw the abundance of tomatoes in it the decision was simple… roasted garlic tomato soup!
First I chopped the tomatoes up and smashed a few garlic cloves… everything then was tossed with olive oil, fresh pepper and some salt. Into the oven for a little over an hour on a low temp helped extract the sweetness of the tomatoes and provide a toasty element, while turning the garlic into something, well magical!
Once roasted, it was into the food processor and pulsed, pulsed, pulsed… then into a cast iron pot, along with some homemade stock to help thin out this story, a thyme bundle and then set to simmer for a bit.
After its bath, it was into a bowl, garnished with some rich finishing oil and a sultry dollop of creme fraiche… ahhh heavenly!!
Even though the temps were warm and the humidity up, there was no better way to enjoy those gorgeous, tasty and colorful gems! Now to wonder what next weeks basket will offer…

at a low simmer…

-R

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finger[licking]… err ‘ling’ good

So tonight, to compliment grilled chicken breasts, I prepared roasted fingerling potatoes in a garlic and rosemary infused olive oil. The olive oil is super simple to create and extremely versatile. It can be used for dipping a hearty loaf of bread, a lovely finishing oil for roasted veggies and even tossed through a salad instead of using a heavy dressing!
I used an entire head of garlic, a few stems of fresh rosemary, a substantial dose of crushed red pepper and of course for everything to swim in… a good olive oil.
This time I minced the garlic and rosemary, added the remaining ingredients then onto the stovetop on a super low flame for everything to draw the flavors out… It simmered for almost an hour to ensure every flavor is pronounced and permeates the house!
Once the oil was ready, I tossed the roasted fingerlings, which I cut up, into a good pour of the oil, stirred them about and seasoned with salt.
The flavors were so amazing and it’s unbelievable how simple it is to make…

at a low simmer…
-R

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