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getting ‘curried’ away!!

So for tonight, something super aromatic and flavorful made its way onto our plates and into our bellies!
A curried pork dish served on top of coconut rice…
The dish started by sautéing a paste made up of ginger, garlic, onions and crushed red pepper flakes in some canola oil. Once highly fragrant, into the mix went some cubed pork loin cooked till slightly brown. As soon as the pork was browned, silky coconut milk was swirled in, along with a sachet of cardamom pods, star anise and lemongrass, then the lid placed on and a steam bath was had! After roughly forty-five minutes, the lid was removed and some brown sugar, salt, soy sauce and some shredded coconut was stirred in. This was all simmered until practically no liquid remained and the pork was as tender as could be…
As soon as everything was ready to be plated, we were just as willing to dive in with our forks! Sweet, spicy and a bit tangy… this dish had it all!

at a low simmer…
-R

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it’s still a bit brisk[it] outside…

So for a weekly Sunday supper, the dish started with a beautiful beef brisket that I seasoned with salt and dusted lightly with flour. This hunk of meat went into my cast iron pot to get a beautiful crunchy crust!
Once the brisket was browned, I pulled it out and placed it to the side while two Spanish onions got their own workout in the same pot and sweated it out… as soon as the onions were ready to ‘hit the showers’, the brisket went back into the pot and joined them, along with a bottle of root beer and some homemade BBQ sauce.
With the brisket partially submerged, on went the lid and it was time for a long relaxation period until the meat was tender and fall-off-the-bone[less]!
The brisket was shredded up, tossed back into the pot and mixed with the onions and sauce…
To go along with our shredded brisket ‘burritos’, a side of arroz con crema! Such a simple rice dish to prepare, but the flavor is out of this world… you combine four-five cups of prepared rice, diced poblano peppers [I roast mine on the grill], panfried corn [grilled during the summer months] and one cup of heavy cream. This all is stirred until it starts to ‘thicken’, then in goes shredded monterey jack and cojita cheeses. Lastly chopped cilantro is quickly incorporated and it’s on to eating! [I tend to not add salt… I know I know, but the cheese I feel offers enough]…
Piled high into the center of a light tortilla, dolloped with a hefty helping of homemade coleslaw and then a final tight roll! It was time to bite into this fragrant and tangy ‘burrito’. The flavors burst in our mouths and the coleslaw balanced out the slight heaviness of the brisket; this was just a wonderful Sunday evening dining experience!

at a low simmer…
-R

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last years dinner is this new years day delight…

After preparing food for a New Years Eve party last night, I realized there was quite a bit of extra remaining… So what else would be for dinner tonight then some fantastic leftovers…
Chicken rollatini and stuffed artichokes were just one of the vast edibles that made our New Years Eve bright, while also illuminating the culinary path for tonight’s dinner!
The chicken rollatini were succulent, lightly breaded cylinders, stuffed full of amazing flavors. The beautiful, pointy artichokes were buttery and tender, with each leaf begging to be cleaned gently…
With each sensual bite, we were yet again transported back to that spectacular evening we shared last night!

at a low simmer…
-R

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this little piggy went right into my belly…

Realizing it has been such a long time since I’ve enjoyed that fatty, porky goodness of pork belly, a trip to the market and an overnight bath in a fragrant marinade yielded one hell of a dinner!
I seasoned up this beautiful slab with hefty handfuls of salt. While letting the salt permeate into the belly, I prepped a marinade full of healthy veggies and yummy seasonings… and of course wine was invited to this party!
Once the marinade was ready it was poured into a baking dish. The belly was then cozily tucked into the baking dish and surrounded by its luxurious bathing liquid… After a long nights sleep, it was time for a five hour bath until completely tender and a quick tan under the broiler to darken and crisp that fatty skin!
To enjoy this meal, the belly was nestled on a bed of nutty farro that I cooked with sautéed onions and garlic in some chicken stock until fully absorbed… the farro was swirled together with some chopped parsley to finish the story…
Fatty, crisp, sweet, sour, nutty and tender… I can go on and on!

at a low simmer…
-R

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pulling out all the stops!

So for a hearty Sunday supper, I decided something cooked low and slow was in order… a succulent pork shoulder caught my eye at the market so the decision was easy… pulled pork draped over a sweet, chunk of cornbread!
Seasoned only with salt, I started by simply browning the pork on all sides in a heavy pot. Once browned, into the pot went two bottles of root beer, along with a bottle of BBQ sauce! I used a pretty large bottle since this was a large hunk of pork shoulder, as well as two bottles of the root beer since I wanted to make sure there was enough liquid to cover about half of the shoulder…
The lid was popped onto the pot, and then into the oven for three hours on 350 degrees [turning the shoulder once halfway through cooking process]… for the last thirty minutes, the lid came off to help concentrate the liquid down and make it almost syrupy!
After everything was finished cooking, it was time to shred! The shredded shoulder was then tossed back into the sauce and stirred until completely coated… [I picked constantly while shredding, but shhhhh!!! don’t tell anyone].
Once it was time to eat, I couldn’t control myself! The flavors were incredible… salty and sweet, slightly spicy and almost gingery. The cornbread played a perfect balance to this whole story and made me want more than seconds [don’t judge!]
This is going to make one hell of a sandwich tomorrow for lunch…

at a low simmer…
-R
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layers of perfection…

So to finish off a fantastic weekend full of good food and celebrations, what better to do then crank out an equally fantastic dinner!
I am a lover of anything parmigiana [and typically anything fried], so instead of a traditional parm dinner… the thought of a twist popped into my head!
So I sliced up some beautiful purply eggplant and breaded them, let them chill out for a bit to set up and then bathed them in some hot oil till completely golden, crispy and gorgeous [of course there was the need to taste along the way]!
To create this ‘deconstructed’ if you will eggplant parm, ripe tomatoes were chopped, basil chiffonade and fresh mozz sliced just thick enough to cause a melty glue to seal up this whole story.
Layer upon magnificent layer, this meal was built… a drizzle of oil and into the oven until melted and golden!
Sweet from the tomatoes, a wonderful freshness from the basil, crunchy and textured from the breadcrumb, tender and complexly flavored from the eggplant and oozing from the hot mozz!
What an exciting way to end this weekend…

at a low simmer…
-R

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green with envy!!

Tonight I was craving something I haven’t had in what feels like ages… broccoli rabe!! Beautifully green and full of garlicky delight. Instead of making this into a side dish, this played a major, money-making roll in bringing dinner to an exciting level…
A semolina loaf was the capsule that held a tender, crispy chicken cutlet married with the brilliant, tender broccoli rabe and warm, milky just made fresh mozzarella from my favorite Italian specialty food store…
Everything was built lovingly and picture perfect to resemble a hearty sandwich you would expect to have served at a great sandwich shop! Lucky for me this sandwich shop serves wine!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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