03/20/14
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Shredded Egg Salad & Avocado Bruschetta

TUESDAY Shredded Egg Salad  |  Smashed Avocado Bruschetta I prepared this salad {dry, without any dressing} around lunchtime Tuesday, happy to be getting a jump on dinner when I had a few moments to spare as the afternoon was packed with activities.  My plan was to be able to come home, fluff and minimally dress Continue reading → «Shredded Egg Salad & Avocado Bruschetta»

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»

03/9/14
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Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Basil

For me this is hardly a recipe, but rather a recollection of something I “threw” together one very hot evening a few years ago and, go figure, it has become one of our favorite dinners.  Pasta with basil and tomatoes is a well~documented culinary marriage but this particular memory is all mine.  It all started Continue reading → «Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Basil»

03/5/14
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Chicken Skin Popcorn with Rosemary Butter

This is not the popcorn you have come to know.  It is nothing like the movie theater variety, or the microwave version.  It is not the popcorn you find yourself retrieving from that cute little cart on wheels during happy hour, or at a reception, or at a backyard “event”.  What it is…divinely decadent and Continue reading → «Chicken Skin Popcorn with Rosemary Butter»

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»

02/7/14
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Celery Soup

WEDNESDAY Jane Grigson’s Celery Soup  |  Buffalo Chicken Wings It is just about 5:30pm on a very wet Friday evening.  Rain…glorious rain…has been coming down, steadily, for hours.  Not a shower, mind you, but a thoroughly soaking rain streaming down from a sky the color of battleship gray.  It has eluded us for months, this Continue reading → «Celery Soup»

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»

01/27/14
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Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

SUNDAY Rosemary Chicken Lasagna   Not too long ago, I came upon this lasagna recipe over at the Feasting at Home blog and I knew it would find its way to our dinner menu sooner rather than later, if for nothing more than to satisfy my curiosity.  As I have recently mentioned, I have an Continue reading → «Rosemary Chicken Lasagna»