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love in every bite…

With Valentine’s Day being on a Saturday this year, it was perfect to do something a bit different from years past… This meant making the entire experience a dual effort!
The day started by preparing our chocolatey dessert. Chocolate bowls were made, a chocolate sponge cake baked off, black cherries steeped in a sugary sauce and a creamy whipped topping all ready to be consumed later in the evening by the fireplace!
Our dinner was simple yet delicious; filet of beef wellingtons! It began by seasoning and searing the filets. Then red onions were sautéed in some luxurious European butter and cognac. This was then puréed into a slightly chunky ‘paste’. Each filet was then given a spread of dijon mustard, a nice dollop of the red onion paste, placed onto puff pastry and then covered over with a top layer of pastry. A brush of egg wash, tiny slit in the top and it was off to the oven for twenty-five minutes… When the wellingtons finally emerged, they were golden, puffy and full of lush flavors!
The day, as well as cooking/baking went off without a hitch… a day of romance, wonderful eats, champagne, snow and a fireplace! What more could we have wished for?

-R

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Sunday never tasted so good!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper Sunday supper… With snow on the ground and the perfect winter chill in the air, I thought something braised was the key!
Everything started by generously salting a bone-in pork butt and then browning it in some extra virgin. As soon as the pork was browned on all sides, I set it aside and in went sliced onions and celery until softened and fragrant. Once close to transparent, in went a good handful of minced garlic, bay leaves, fresh thyme, along with a big drink of Saba and homemade stock to let the pork swim in.
The lid to my cast iron pot went on and it was off to bake in the oven at 375 for two hours, which felt like days, as the scent of sweet, acidic goodness wafted throughout the entire.
To serve, slices of the pork were dazzled by the grape-like, onion syrup. Each bite was like cutting through butter and made it terribly difficult to not sop every morsel with some crusty bread! The few leftovers remaining are going to make a killer lunch sandwich tomorrow.

at a low simmer…
-R

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the winter blues… turned vibrant green!

To move the focus off of this last [hopefully] winter storm that is upon us, I decided that something light, summery and refreshing was perfect for dinner…
After a quick dash to the market; fresh basil and pignoli nuts made their way into my bag, along with some cozy snow time treats.
Once home, I plucked the basil leaves from their stems, gave them a quick rinse under the tap and set everything aside to dry off a bit.
While the fragrant basil leaves were drying, into a food processor went some pecorino to get pulsed up until grated.
To bring everything together and make an amazing pesto, into my food processor went the basil leaves. Everything was pulsed up, along with a quite a few cloves of smashed garlic, the pignoli nuts [that I toasted lightly], some of the freshly grated pecorino, salt and pepper.
While pulsing everything, a steady drizzle of high quality olive oil really pulled [literally] everything together!
The vibrant green pesto was lovingly tossed with delicate tagliatelle and an extra sprinkle of the grated pecorino…
Each mouthful transported me from the cold and windy nonsense going on outside, to what summer has to offer us in the not so distant months to come!

at a low simmer…
-R

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here’s the real touchdown!

On a day when everyone is glued to the tv and eating snacks, hot wings and pizza, I on the other hand have zero interest in that. Instead, I decided that with a fresh coat of snow on the ground, why not make a juicy, succulent roast beef…
A five pound, slightly marbled beauty was seasoned with salt and pepper, topped with red onions [had on hand and wanted to get rid of, usually I use a large Spanish onion], drizzled with some champagne vinegar and then packaged tightly in aluminum. This soon to be meal was already looking amazing!
Into an oven safe dish with some water up the side, and it was time for a three hour nap in the oven…
As the three hours passed, the scent of onions and roast beef wafted throughout the entire house… there was no escaping the intoxicating aroma!
Once pulled out of the oven, a quick rest and it was finally time to slice and enjoy…

at a low simmer…
-R

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naughty and nice…

I can hear the sleigh bells in the distance and see the occasional mistletoe overhead… So I decided it’s the perfect time to make little treat bags to hand out to all our favorite friends.
These treat bags include homemade spicy, chocolatey brownies decorated two ways… one drizzled with white chocolate + sprinkles and the other… simply coated in a white dusting of powdered sugar snow.
In addition to the brownies, linzer tarts filled with raspberry jam in the shape of snow flakes. To finish off these little dreamy cookies, some powdered sugar to dress it for the occasion.
Once everything was bagged up, it was time to write out the name tags, seal off the bags and deliver! Now it’s time to fill the sleigh [ok ok SUV] and make deliveries in the AM…

at a low simmer…
-R

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