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Summer Sunday supper!!

With Sunday supper on my mind, and finally some sunny [yet über humid] weather upon us I felt the need to marinate some sexy flank steak and then toss onto the grill! To serve up alongside, a beautiful tossed salad with a homemade balsamic dressing and some beautiful grilled asparagus.
The salad was just a mix of crisp romaine, sliced roasted red peppers, a diced shallot and homemade stuffed mozz! As for the asparagus, just a toss in some homemade infused olive oil and salt.
Once grilled and rested, the steak and sides were ready to eat up and enjoy… thrilled that there is a bit of leftovers for some lunch tomorrow!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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combo meal in one…

Who says you can’t have your pizza and salad, and eat it too! Tonight I was craving a simple chopped salad full of walnuts, cranberries and pungent blue cheese chunks, but at the same time I really wanted pizza! So I thought why not take those two cravings and marry them into a pizza salad! The hot thin crust with a light touch of sauce became the bed for my luscious salad, and as soon as I took the first bite I knew leftovers were not in my future… and boy oh boy was I right, other than the few crumbs left on my plate it was clear this dish was mine and only mine.

at a low simmer…
-R

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slowly getting back into gear…

After an absolutely exhausting week following the storm, tonight I’m finally cooking up a real meal! Luckily, since we have a generator, I was able to move one whole refrigerator and freezer worth of food to my backup in the basement when we lost power last week.
So for our first Sunday dinner since the storm hit, we are having filet mignon across a dressed up radicchio salad. Yes it might seem minimal, but this past week, and weekend has been extremely tiring… I could only muster up the strength to prepare a light dish. As I always say though, simple can always be delicious!
Served with a beautiful, crisp Sauvignon Blanc and we were in business. Hopefully I will be able to get to the market and do a serious run there and pick up fresh veggies, herbs, etc this coming week! For now I hope you still are inspired by and enjoy what you see…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Soggy outside, but a crispy dinner inside…

Today was a gloomy, wet day which lingered into the evening… to perk everything up a home cooked meal was the perfect remedy!
Boneless, crispy skin-on chicken breast served on a bed of wilted radicchio salad that was tossed with applewood smoked bacon.
I seasoned the chicken with just salt and seared them in an smoking hot cast iron skillet to crisp up the skin. Into the oven to complete the cooking process and it was time to move on to the wilted radicchio salad…
The radicchio was sliced up and tossed around in a pan of the rendered bacon fat until just wilted, but still had a slight bite to it.
The chicken was crispy on the outside; moist and flavorful on the inside, while the wilted radicchio salad was slightly bitter and had a hint of saltiness and smokiness from the bacon…
This dinner shed a bright light on an otherwise dark and soggy day!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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crisp and cool al fresco dining…

After a night full of delectable desserts, what better way to end the weekend than with an absolutely stellar weather day, a glass of wine [ok ok more than a glass] and grilling some beautiful pieces of meat!
Homemade corn relish, a vibrant green salad chock full of healthy add-ins, along with some thick, meaty goodness…
The relish was sweet and spicy, the salad… earthy and crisp, while the meat… well how better to describe than juicy and succulent with an intense meaty flavor that literally oozed with each perfect mouthwatering bite!
I’m looking forward to many cool, fall evenings of grilling and enjoying the outside weather, and being able to share them with all of you!

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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far east… far out taste!!

What a better way to spend our Saturday evening, but with great friends and Asian fusion cuisine!
The restaurant was upbeat and stylish, the waitstaff friendly and very knowledgable about all the dishes on the menu.
To start things off, we all shared a number of different appetizer dishes. Cold sesame noodle salad, tempura crab cakes, fire cracker shrimp, beef satay, steamed dumplings and lastly a chicken lettuce wrap. WOW talk about options and amazing flavors.
For dinner I treated myself to my all time favorite dish, sesame chicken, but with my usual extra spicy kick! It arrived hot and crispy with just enough sweetness to offset the heat. Served with the best brown rice dish I have tasted in a long time. Not your ordinary brown rice… It’s nuttier and more rustic, a perfect paring against my dinner. Glad I took home some leftovers… now I can dream the night away knowing that my leftovers are waiting patiently till tomorrow at noon. Yum!

at a low simmer…
-R

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plump and juicy…

Tonight I used the gorgeous, plump tomatoes that I received in my weekly CSA basket!
Just a simple tomato salad made up of sliced red onion, some salt and olive oil… that was it!
The chunky tomatoes played beautifully against the red onion and provided a lovely sweetness to the light spice from the red onion…
How I hope next weeks basket has much of the same!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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finger licking… well you know the rest!

So all good things must come to an [brief] end… vacation has been wonderful and full of adventures! We are now returning to reality as the evening hours set in, but our August vacation is only a few short weeks away.
Tonight I decided on a quick grilled dinner… chicken wings in an Asian marinade, served with grilled corn and a salad with greens plucked literally from the in-laws garden [can’t get more locally grown then that]!
This meal could have fed an army, but tonight just two devoured this feast. It also offered up my three favorite S’s… sticky, sweet and spicy! For the corn, it was simple… onto the grill and once cooked tossed into a bath of grated pecorino romano and some spicy stuff to melt together! The salad was equally simplistic, greens tossed with fresh cut mango.
Just because a vacation is ending, doesn’t mean a dining send off suffers.

at a low simmer…
-R

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not your everyday salad…

To go along with a night of grilling, a refreshing and colorful heirloom tomato salad. Not much was needed to make this salad spectacular… just some olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh basil from the garden! The tomatoes were juicy and vibrant. Each bite was a burst of excitement and made you yearn for another… Maybe it’s time for a nice walk, and then perhaps some homemade ice cream sandwiches on gorgeous brioche rolls from Balthazar bakery. Hmmm there is no question that there will be ice cream sandwiches…

at a low simmer…
-R

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