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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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Breakfast baking!

So when I woke up this am, I had a hankering for some warm, fresh muffins! What better to make a batch of than pumpkin muffins… After a surprise treat a few days ago of these same muffins from a dear friend who lives in my neighborhood, I just had to make a batch!
All it takes is flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice [be forewarned this stuff is NOT cheap], baking soda, sugar, eggs, olive oil [I got this little tip from my friend], orange juice and of course pumpkin!
All of the dry ingredients are sifted [minus the sugar] into a bowl, while the sugar and the wet ingredients are added to the standing mixer.
The wet ingredients were beaten until combined; then the dry was gently added in and mixed on low speed until just incorporated. Then a few go-arounds with the spatula to ensure we were good and nothing was unmixed!
Two lined muffin pans got ice cream scoopfuls of this heavenly scented batter, a quick smack on the counter and it was into the oven for a half hour. During the baking, the house filled up with an incredible scent of fall spiciness… the muffins were done once a toothpick came out clean!
Who could wait till they cooled down? Not us, we broke them open, while still warm and steaming…
Thank goodness this batch made twenty-four because we’re hooked!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a pie doesn’t always have to be for dessert!

So a chicken pot pie seemed like a great warming meal to make tonight. Large chunks of chicken breast, diced carrots, chopped onions, peas, homemade chicken stock, salt, pepper, flour and puff pastry brought this dish together!
I started by roasting the chicken in the oven for about forty-five minutes. Once cool enough to handle, I removed the skin and then cut the chicken into decent, yet mouth-sized chunks. For the filling, onions were sautéed in some butter until softened. Then flour was rained in and stirred until completely smoothed out! Next, I added hot chicken stock and stirred continuously until thickened. From this point, the carrots, peas and chicken were added in and stirred until coated with this luxurious sauce..
The filling was then added into oven-safe bowls, topped off with puff pastry and brushed lightly with an egg wash to help everything brown beautifully while baking. Fresh ground pepper and fleur de sel offered a lovely final touch to the puff pastry!
After baking in the oven for about an hour, out came a piping hot, bubbling, golden pot of flaky delight… Lastly, it was time to crack into the top of the shell and scoop out the steaming hot, creamy filling and start to devour!
This was one satisfying meal, but I sure could have went for seconds…

at a low simmer…
-R

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