Spaghetti with …

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One of the many awesome things about living in Walkerville is there are several great restaurants which are easily walkable to. One of my favorites is Vito’s Pizzeria.  When we go I typically get the steak or seafood feature while Matt goes for something I never make, mainly because I hate tomatoes, spaghetti with tomatoRead more

Sauce or Salsa

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I had tagged a recipe for a salsa in one of my Mexican cookbooks. But the salsa did not contain the typical salsa ingredients.  No tomatoes in a salsa??  WHAT???  Well what ended up being created, while called a salsa in the cookbook, I would consider a sauce.  A very complex sauce that takes yourRead more

Coconut Curry, yes please!!!

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More fish? Why not!  Since I am in a self-proclaimed fish kick why not embrace it.  This time I am making halibut!  Halibut is a lean mild fish.  It is pretty firm but also very tender.  It is often used in fish and chips (delicious), but I didn’t fry the halibut for this next recipe.

Ahi Tuna – super fast, super tasty!

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I seem to be in a bit of seafood kick right now. In my last post I made a super easy clam recipe and really hope some readers do try that recipe.  Not only is it good but it’s a sense of accomplishment to use an ingredient which can be intimating.  This next recipe usesRead more

Everyone should make clams!!

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Lately I have been noticing I have been buying and making clams a lot more. I really enjoy clams.  They are pretty versatile and they don’t take long to cook.  Plus there is something kind of fun about pulling your food out of a popped open shell!  As an Italian girl even though I don’tRead more

Chasing Summer

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Summer is my favorite season.  Mostly because I REALLY don’t like winter.  I hate the cold, I hate the long dark days.  Summer is so much cheerier and fun.  Especially having a yard with a pool makes summertime that much more enjoyable.  So with summer this year wrapping up I decided to make a very summeryRead more

Easy Panini

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I really enjoy those long, several day process recipes. I look forward to spending that time in my kitchen and after working on something for days and days to finally taste the result.  Oddly equally also really like those quick and easy recipes.  The ones that you can throw together in minutes.  This next recipe isRead more

Is duck the “new” thing?

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Duck and duck fat seem to be the new “hot” thing right now. And when I say hot I mean literally hot, remember this post when I burned myself with scorching hot duck fat?!  I wanted to make more use of the duck fat I have so I decided cook potatoes in duck fat.

Tomato Time

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I am not a tomato person. I have never liked tomatoes, which includes tomato sauce (even on pizza) and ketchup.  But in my wanting to grow my knowledge in all things culinary I decided to make something very tomatoey – gazpacho! 

Rosemary makes Risotto!

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In an effort to make use of all the pancetta I have, read about making pancetta here, I decided to think up some creative ways to try incorporate it. The first thing I thought of was risotto.  I had never made risotto before so it seemed like a good time to try!

Baking Empanadas

just like Mexico!
just like Mexico!

I am no fan of baking.  But in my quest to continue to learn and improve my skill I make sure to include baking recipes.  Why don’t I enjoy baking?  If I had to guess it’s because I really don’t like sweet foods, so I don’t find joy in making sweet foods.  I was reallyRead more

Beets taste like dirt.

Thinks I love in this picture: Japanese knife
Things I don't love in this picture: beets
Thinks I love in this picture: Japanese knife Things I don't love in this picture: beets

As my cooking and skills in culinary continue to increase I have decided to evolve in my blog posts.  Going forward I have decided to no longer post about each and every recipe I make in my cookbook project, instead I will only blog about those exceptional recipes. Those I really want to share andRead more

Another Fresh Roll

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I usually try to follow the directions to the recipes I make as close to exact as I can.  For whatever reason this next recipe I failed at doing that.  BUT luckily for me, Matt and the kids, who all ate this next recipe, it still worked out!

Stretching out my legs-sssssss

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Part of the awesomeness of going through my cookbooks and tagging a recipe and then opening that book again about 6 months later is it’s a total surprise to see what I will be cooking.  I have cooked some things I would normally shy away from (because I made it a rule that I can’t opt out ofRead more

Long process with tasty reward

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This next recipe had been an ongoing process for about a month.  Reason it took so long is because it involved curing meat!  Something completely new to me but given my love for cured meats I was extremely excited when I opened up the next cookbook and saw what I was going to be doing!

Confit this!

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A few months ago my friend Pam and I took a cooking class at The Chef Next Door in Walkerville.  One of the dishes featured was duck confit.  For those of you who were like me about 6 months ago and don’t know what confit means meat cooked in it’s own rendered fat.  It soundsRead more