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Sunday Night Paella, Italian Style

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So, this was an experiment of meaty, epic proportions — and it was pretty good too! I was a little concerned about the shrimp being overcooked, but it wasn’t at all. Good job, paella recipe from the cookbook I forgot I had!

I changed a few things — I added garlic, red bell pepper, fennel and oranges. I used sweet Italian sausage instead of chorizo, mainly because I had sweet Italian sausage in the freezer and I didn’t have any chorizo. If you do this, you may want to add a few red pepper flakes for . . . → Read More: Sunday Night Paella, Italian Style

Squid Bread Salad with Smoked Chile Vinaigrette

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So, squid. Yeah but wait, come back, this was really, really good! Seriously! And at about $4.50/pound (cleaned even at Whole Foods), this is a great entry in the Cheap Fish Project. As a person who loves deep-fried calamari (I have a standard calamari clause while dining out — if it’s on the menu, we’re splitting it to start, no discussion), I was very intrigued to try squid (aka: calamari) in other preparations.

This was very easy and the vinaigrette is fabulous! I found this interesting wine-soaked manchego cheese at the store while buying my squid, . . . → Read More: Squid Bread Salad with Smoked Chile Vinaigrette

Lemongrass Roasted Chicken with Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce

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I found this recipe both delicious and frustrating. The flavor was very good and the meat eventually turned out great, but I made a recipe error early on and from there, nothing seemed to work as it was supposed to. Mainly, my cooking time was off. I believe this was because I forgot to take the chicken out of the fridge for about an hour before I started roasting it.

It ended up okay, because I just turned the oven up a bit (allowing the skin to get more golden and crunchy too) and gave it . . . → Read More: Lemongrass Roasted Chicken with Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce

Crockpot Minestrone: Because it's not Spring Yet…

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I used the recipe “Super Quick Minestrone” by Michael Chiarello as the base recipe for this. Of course, since it was cooked it the crockpot, it wasn’t super quick. It was moderately lengthy. But so, so, good. Especially as we were in the 30’s last night and I had to put flannel sheets back on the bed. Hello? April? Are you there? Jeez.

Anyway, I added mushrooms and oregano and started with dried beans here. The house smelled wonderful while this was cooking. But really, when you start with pancetta, garlic and olive oil would you . . . → Read More: Crockpot Minestrone: Because it's not Spring Yet…

Happy Easter! Make S'meeps

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I saw this last week on Serious Eats. Brilliant!

It’s pretty self-explanatory.

pic Yeah, I made high-end s’meeps with the fancy-pants chocolate…so what?

Get graham crackers, chocolate & marshmallow peeps. Assemble.

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Toast. I did mine for 4 minutes in the toaster oven.

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Remove from oven.

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Put top layer (un-toasted) of graham cracker on. Smoosh down.

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Eat.

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Grumpy-cat is not amused by s’meeps.

Completely unrelated, I played around with some possible new house colors . . . → Read More: Happy Easter! Make S'meeps