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refreshing dinner on a hot day…

With this oppressive heatwave still upon us, there was no way I was turning on the range or even the grill for that matter! Instead I thought it best to make some fresh pesto and have a refreshing sandwich night full of yummy things.
After making the pesto, it was time to assemble these pockets of delight… A healthy spread of the pesto adorned the lightly toasted ciabatta, followed by some spicy arugula, slices of fresh mozz and of course some phenomenal prosciutto di parma!
With the lid closing down snuggly and making this vessel ready for the feeding, there was not much more to do than succumb to it’s will…
A slight bite from the arugula, saltiness from the prosciutto, creamy from the fresh mozz and just an overall freshness from the pesto made this sandwich the perfect compliment to an über hot July evening!

at a low simmer…
-R

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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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my ‘clam’ to fame…

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve taken a dinner journey on the deep blue sea, so tonight was just that…
While walking around the fish counter at the local specialty food market, there was a beautiful bounty of rock hard, tight lidded little neck clams just begging to become a satisfying dinner!
Since it’s only two of us, instead of appearing glutinous, three dozen seemed an ok portion to purchase for the meal masterpiece.
Once home, a quick added scrub and then a thirty minute soaking [these little necks are pre-cleaned, but I take no chances] to expel any potential hidden grit…
To get this party started, a nice glass of white wine for the chef, some chopped up garlic, butter, red pepper [as I always advise it’s personal preference regarding spice level], salt and of course wine for steaming the little necks! Getting my little necks drunk makes this dish even more stellar…
Once all of my little necks pop open, it was time to shuck them out, and then toss them back into the pot full of liquidy broth, along with the tagliatelle pasta I cooked. Some freshly chopped parsley, a heavy handful of pecorino and rapid tossing and it was time to plate this luxurious dish up…
The bursts of flavor were intense, slightly spicy thanks to the red pepper, a wonderful freshness from the parsley and a slight saltiness from the cheese…

at a low simmer…
-R

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nothing wrong with being [or in this case eating] a tart!

Sometimes a sweet treat is in order… what better way to satisfy than with a decadent french chocolate tart dressed with shelled pistachios!
The buttery pastry shell was flakey and light, the dark chocolate slightly sweet and creamy, while the pistachios offset everything with a nice saltiness…
This was truly one of the best desserts I have had in quite sometime… hmmmm perhaps I should start having desserts more often…

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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