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light and filling…

As summer starts to dig its heels into long hot days, I thought a light dinner was in order. A simple, delicious mix of fresh multi-grain bread that I toasted was decorated with slivers of creamy avocado, sharp cheddar, sliced chicken breast, ripe red tomatoes and a touch of mayo. It may sound simplistic, but every last bite was filled with flavors that screamed summer is hear to stay… And you know what, I’m ok with that.

at a low simmer…
-R

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Something to spice up the night [or at least dinner]…

Tonight it was necessary for a quick dish to be thrown together, so what simpler to do than bucatini tossed in amatriciana sauce.
This super spicy [if you’re like me] bucatini hug is made of the simplest of ingredients, but the end result will have you dreaming about it while sleeping!
Everything started with a rendering of some diced pancetta; once browned and crisp, the pancetta was set aside in a bowl and the chopped onions and crushed red pepper were sweated away in the rendered fat. While the onions were getting their workout, I got mine by passing two cans of San Marzano tomatoes through a food mill. This pulpy purée if you will was added into the sautéed onions and crushed red pepper, some salt tossed in and set off to simmer for a while!
The dish came together beautifully with a quick, rough stir of the pasta, a hand of grated pecorino and a drizzling of finishing oil…
The heat factor was just enough to make your tonsils feel the heat, but not too much to make you sweat. Love having this dish recipe in my arsenal!

at a low simmer…
-R

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B-L-Totally Awesome!

So this past holiday weekend was a full-on baking extravaganza, chock full of bread loaves, buns and crumbles… The loaves and buns were whipped up using one of my favorite British cookbooks.
Since there was an abundance of homemade Sherston loaves in the house, I decided to slice up some heavenly chunks and do classic BLT’s for dinner!
After toasting up these lovely slices, a smear of mayo acted as the glue for building up these hearty sandwiches! Thick rings of juicy red tomatoes, crisp and cool leaves of romaine, along with salty, applewood smoked bacon brought this masterpiece together…
The juicy tomatoes oozed their gorgeous, sweet nectar and dripped down my lips as I savored each and every bite! Since one sandwich disappeared so suddenly, I am not embarrassed to say that an additional BLT made its way onto my plate and then into my belly…

at a low simmer…
-R

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Party platter… for two!

It has been a while since a beautiful platter of creamy, fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, vibrant basil and salty prosciutto has made an appearance across our vast island…
So I decided that would be just what we would be enjoying tonight! The silky, milky fresh mozz and salty prosciutto came from my favorite Italian specialty shop, while the basil and tomatoes from our local market.
I sliced the tomatoes and fresh mozz just thick enough, and dotted the platter with the basil and prosciutto… To finish off the platter, some fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper.
Two hearty loaves of Italian breads got sliced up [one seeded, one seedless… that’s how we roll in this house] and it was time to enjoy!
A gorgeous, rich finishing oil and balsamic reduction were used to just drizzle across these little beauties and enhance the flavors, yet not steal the show…

at a low simmer…
-R

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it’s a wrap!!

So tonight I decided on making lettuce wraps filled with sautéed ground turkey, diced jalapeños, chopped cubanelle peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes…
The scents were intoxicating, the flavors vibrant and the textures varied! The crispness of the lettuce, the slight heat from the jalapeños and the sweetness from the tomatoes made this meal just come together beautifully.
This meal was so simple and quick to prepare, but had the taste of one that would have taken hours to prepare!

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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you say tomato… I say soup!

So yesterday was the weekly CSA basket pick-up… once I got mine and saw the abundance of tomatoes in it the decision was simple… roasted garlic tomato soup!
First I chopped the tomatoes up and smashed a few garlic cloves… everything then was tossed with olive oil, fresh pepper and some salt. Into the oven for a little over an hour on a low temp helped extract the sweetness of the tomatoes and provide a toasty element, while turning the garlic into something, well magical!
Once roasted, it was into the food processor and pulsed, pulsed, pulsed… then into a cast iron pot, along with some homemade stock to help thin out this story, a thyme bundle and then set to simmer for a bit.
After its bath, it was into a bowl, garnished with some rich finishing oil and a sultry dollop of creme fraiche… ahhh heavenly!!
Even though the temps were warm and the humidity up, there was no better way to enjoy those gorgeous, tasty and colorful gems! Now to wonder what next weeks basket will offer…

at a low simmer…

-R

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what came first… the burger or the egg?

As summer nears to an end, I cranked up the grill for some juicy burgers. These burgers however took on a different approach… some top a burger with lettuce, onions, pickles and tomatoes, while others just believe in a ‘vanilla’ burger… as for myself, I can go for all of those toppings, but tonight I decided a fried egg would also be a perfect element to cut through the meaty goodness!
A simple salt and pepper seasoning on the egg, a quick pan fry and it was time to rest this yolky beauty on this gorgeous piece of meat!
The building blocks of this perfect burger were simple and gracious… a single slice of cheese, slices of applewood smoked bacon, grilled onion and then… the star, the breathy fried egg.
Meaty, bacon-y goodness was almost sweetened by the creamy yolk that rushed down from the top of the burger like a volcano oozing lava…
What a perfect precursor to a Labor Day weekend feast!

at a low simmer…
-R

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not your everyday ‘salad’…

Tonight was a great night! A visit from a wonderful friend who we haven’t seen in quite a while yielded a night of laughter, great food and drinks. Originally planned was a grilled meal, alongside an edamame and tomato salad. Unfortunately do to a long passing storm, grilling was pretty much out of the question however the salad not so much!! Simple to put together and beautiful for the eye to see… grape tomatoes, a red onion and shelled edamame. That’s it!!
Refreshing, light and full of flavor this salad could be a meal on its own!

at a low simmer…
-R

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BLT… everything’s better with bacon!!

So tonight was one of those nights when a simple sandwich could curb my hunger… what better sandwich than a BLT!
For my BLT I used a thick, butcher-cut applewood smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, a crisp red leaf lettuce, good mayonnaise, as well as a dense and hearty multi-grain loaf cut in thick slices.
A decent smear of mayo was added on each interior side of the toasted bread. Next, I began to pile everything to make the perfect sandwich!
The crispness of the lettuce, juiciness from the tomatoes and smokey, bacon[y] goodness in each bite. Brings me back to childhood and the excitement of these tasty treats…

at a low simmer…
-R

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