03/14/14
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Acqua Pazza with Sea Bass

TUESDAY Acqua Pazza with Chilean Sea Bass “This classic Neapolitan fish preparation is both delicate and full of flavor.  The term aqua pazza {“crazy water” in Italian} refers to both the dish and the poaching broth, which is stained red from tomatoes and aromatic with garlic and herbs.  It’s one of those satisfying dishes, like San Francisco’s cioppino, Continue reading → «Acqua Pazza with Sea Bass»

03/10/14
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Prosciutto~Wrapped Chicken with Charred Green Beans & Scallions

MONDAY Prosciutto~Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Anchovy Butter  |  Charred Green Beans & Scallions I should know by now, after thirteen years into this horse “habit”, that things rarely go according to plan.  Yet, when plans go awry {like they did this weekend}, I am still surprised.  I won’t bore you with all of the horrific Continue reading → «Prosciutto~Wrapped Chicken with Charred Green Beans & Scallions»

02/23/14
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Surf & Turf with Creamy, Buttery Cauliflower Puree

FRIDAY Grilled NY Strip Steak  |  Pan Seared Sea Scallops  |  Creamy, Buttery Cauliflower PureĆ©  |  Gremolata  This dinner is certainly not standard Friday fare for us.  Prime steak…lusciously large sea scallops…those two items alone could land your grocery bill into dangerous, unwanted territory.  But, after a long week of traveling in both Shanghai and Continue reading → «Surf & Turf with Creamy, Buttery Cauliflower Puree»

02/17/14
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Chicken Wings & Katsu Sauce

MONDAY Oven~Baked Chicken Wings  |  Katsu Sauce  |  Jasmine Rice  |  Steamed Broccoli “Sometimes we cook purely for the pleasure of it, understanding the provenance of our ingredients, choosing them with great care, thoughtfully taking them on the journey from shop to plate.  We seek out the perfect recipe and take our time, lovingly preparing Continue reading → «Chicken Wings & Katsu Sauce»

02/11/14
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Chicken Salad with Almonds & Oranges

MONDAY Chicken Salad with Arugula, Marcona Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds & Oranges When I serve a salad as the main course for dinner to my clan it has to be substantial.  And by “substantial” I don’t necessarily mean in size {although my football/baseball playing high school son eats his weight around here} but rather in flavor…it Continue reading → «Chicken Salad with Almonds & Oranges»

02/11/14
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Chicken Thighs with Sherry & Mushrooms

SUNDAY Pan~Fried Chicken Thighs with Sherry & Mushrooms  |  Brown Rice  |  Garlicky Spinach One of the easiest ways I prepare “fried chicken” is using this method.  Chicken thighs {bone~in and skin~on} are seared, skin side down, in a very hot skillet for a bit and then finished in the oven.  The result is incredibly Continue reading → «Chicken Thighs with Sherry & Mushrooms»

02/5/14
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Braised Beef Short Ribs

TUESDAY Braised Beef Short Ribs  |  Mashed Potatoes  |  Skillet~Roasted Brussels Sprouts “Nothing creates a sense of well~being like a barely simmering braise or stew cooking quietly on the stove or in the oven.  The warm aromas wafting in the air are deeply comforting.  Dinner is cooking.  A simple and economical cut of meat is Continue reading → «Braised Beef Short Ribs»

02/4/14
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Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions

SUNDAY {Super Bowl} I am not going to muddle this simple recipe with a bunch of verbiage.  Suffice it to say that this is peasant food at its best.  Sausages, vegetables, herbs, a bit of olive oil & some heat for a good hour will deliver a soul satisfying meal.  Its range spans from sausages Continue reading → «Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions»

02/1/14
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Cobb Salad & Dry Poaching Chicken Breasts

THURSDAY As I mentioned yesterday, I have fallen a bit behind this week.  One thing leads to another and here I sit on Saturday morning chatting with you about our dinner on Thursday night.  I know I could have let this one slide…you probably would never have noticed the missing post…but this salad deserves its Continue reading → «Cobb Salad & Dry Poaching Chicken Breasts»