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that’s how the ____ crumbles!!

After enduring a rainy day, I decided to lift my spirits and make a refreshing crumble for dessert tonight. On a trip to the market, vibrant rhubarb peeked out of the wicker baskets and with their long stalks practically reached out for me!
Once home a nice cleaning, a quick chop and then a toss into a pan with sugar, vanilla and butter. As soon as everything was coated, it was cooked until the rhubarb became almost a glossy pink. Into miniature pie dishes went the filling, while to tuck these beauties in, a tasty crumble made up of flour, butter, brown sugar, salt and vanilla sugar. The crumble mixture was combined by hand until it achieved an almost oatmeal-ish texture, but where the butter still was somewhat together…
The crumbles went into the oven for roughly thirty-five minutes until the topping was golden and the insides were slightly bubbling… the rhubarb bubbling out and cascading down the sides made the excitement for digging in even more appealing!
The crumble was crispy and buttery, while the rhubarb filling had a lovey balance of sweet, but let the minute tartness steal the show…

at a low simmer…
-R

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an old childhood favorite…

A craving filtered through the house earlier for some delicious, creamy rice pudding… not just any old rice pudding, but an old family recipe passed down.
It starts with your typical ingredients that are expected in rice pudding, but with some extra special ingredients that can only stay with me…
The cooking process takes time and is not one to rush… a great deal of elbow grease and willpower is needed, but the end result… well that is nothing short of magnificent!
Creamy, smooth, slightly sweet and full of exotic, intoxicating spices… bite after bite of this chilled, textural wonder makes enjoying just one bowlful almost an injustice.

at a low simmer…
-R

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uh oh… my soup bowl has a ‘leek’

As the evening set in and the air became a bit brisk, the idea of soup for dinner ran through my head…
This past Sunday, I was given a beautiful leek and thought making a potato and leek soup was the perfect way to use this mildly flavored veggie!
To start cooking up this soup, I rendered some pancetta. Once browned, the pancetta was put aside, while the chopped leeks and some minced garlic got a quick sauté in the pancetta fat. After cooking till softened, in went a quart of chicken broth, some water, along with five peeled and cubed yukon gold potatoes. Everything was brought to a boil, then reduced down to a simmer. As soon as the potatoes were fork tender, I puréed them with an immersion blender and then added in a touch of cream, as well as some shredded extra sharp cheddar for a bit of richness…
Back into the soup went some of the pancetta for texture and flavor. Once heated through, it was time to eat!
Creamy, velvety, slightly crunchy and perfectly seasoned… this soup warmed us completely! Seconds were definitely in order…

at a low simmer…
-R

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dessert first…

Tonight was one fun-filled night! We spent time with family and enjoyed a night full of making [and of course consuming] some sweet and savory desserts, as well as some fantastic wines and cheeses, and a number of delectable eats…
I got to play the role of sous chef and received a wonderful lesson from Kristina, an amazing wiz in the pastry kitchen. On the dessert menu, I helped whip up a batch of velvety ice cream with a special savory element tossed in, in addition to a texture filled mascarpone mousse!
The ice cream was served shooter-style with an addition of candied bacon to finish everything off… the mousse was layered on top of a gorgeous squared cut piece of cake…
I don’t know how I was expecting to stick to this healthy eating plan I’m following, but we’re all allowed to cheat once in a while!

at a low simmer…
-R

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summery indulgence…

What better way to enjoy the summer months, than by eating the fruits that come along with it… So I decided to rinse off some juicy little blueberries that were picked up from a local farm and top them off with a mascarpone cream and crushed amaretti cookies. The sweet blueberries were a wonderful highlight against the tangy [although sweet in its own right] mascarpone cream, while the amaretti cookies gave a wonderful crunch and texture to an already divine sweet treat!

Hmmm maybe I should make more for dessert…

at a low simmer…

-R

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