Guanciale and Roasted Tomato Pasta

In Arugula, Bacon, Cheese, Garlic, Herbs, Onion, Pancetta, Pasta, Recipe, Sun Dried Tomato, Tomato
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Once a year, whether it needs it or not (who am I kidding....it ALWAYS needs it), I spend some time totally emptying my freezer to assess its contents and craft a plan for how I'll eventually move all the goodies stored therein from the deep freeze to my belly.

Today was not that day.

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The Mean Shandy

In Drinks, Lemon, Recipe
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I'm not in the habit of sharing many drink recipes here, but every now and again I come across one that I like so much that I can't resist sharing it with you all.  For the most part I'm a wine and beer drinker, though in the cold winter months I can occasionally be found sipping a small batch bourbon, and when summer rolls around I'm always on the hunt for the latest seasonal drink.

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Potato Poppers

In Butter, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Lemon, Potatoes, Recipe, Side Dish
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 I've always been a freak for twice baked potatoes (really...it's embarrassing), so when I saw this twist on the classic in my latest Cooking Light Magazine, I couldn't resist.  I had a bunch of baby potatoes in my crisper left-over from a potato salad I made for the the 4th and everything else I needed on-hand as well, so these were a breeze to pull together.

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Flour's Chunky Lola Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Coconut, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Oats, Pecan, Recipe, Snacks
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As I was with Sarabeth's "Chocolate Chubbies" that I posted here some time ago, I am grateful for the quirky name that Flour Bakery adopted for these cookies.  Having the word chunky in the name helps me to keep my intake of these dandies in-check as it is a constant reminder of the risks inherent in letting yourself go with a tin full of these on the counter.  Enough said.

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Chocolate Pecan Brookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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A brookie....what the hell is a "brookie", I can hear you asking?

Well, in my parlance, a brookie is a cookie with the texture of a brownie.

Get it?

I decided to whip these up the other day because I needed a BUNCH of cookies in a hurry for an event I was hosting at my home.  Rather than cook up multiple batches of much larger cookies, I decided to pull out my #70 portion scoop (about 1/2 ounce, 1 tablespoon) and cranked out about 4 dozen of these gorgeous little "brookies" in no time.

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Halibut with Charred Tomatoes and Dill

In Dill, Fish and Seafood, Halibut, Herbs, Main Course, Recipe, Tomato
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This inspired dish comes to us courtesy of my friends at Cooking Light Magazine.  Culled from its "Summer Cookbook 2014" edition, it is a recipe that couldn't be easierto make or more delicious!  I used halibut here because I'm such a fan, but any meaty mild fish would work well.

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Ham and Peas Pizza

In Cheese, Chefs, Cookbooks, Main Course, Mint, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pea, Pizza, Proscuitto, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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This recipe is from Jim Lahey, the owner of Sullivan Street Bakery and Co. Pizza in NYC.  In addition to the success he enjoys as a baker and restaurateur, Jim became an internet sensation a few years back when his "no knead" bread recipe tore through food blogs like a wild-fire.  Those of you who have been with us a while may recall our experience with his awesome homemade loaf which has become my go-to scratch bread recipe.

Well....Jim has taken his no-knead approach to bread and applied it to the realm of make-at-home pizza, and has recently released a cookbook with all the gory details entitled My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home .  With so many great pie recipes in the book I struggled for a bit to decide which to try first, and ultimately chose the one shown on the cover of the cookbook, his Ham and Peas pizza.  I figure that if it's good enough for the cover, it's good enough for me!

 

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Double Strawberry Cheesecake

In Cake, Cheese, Chefs, Dessert, Fruit, Recipe, Strawberry
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I made this gorgeous Melissa Clark dessert a few nights back to cap off  a special "thank goodness EVERYONE is finally done with school" meal.

It was a huge hit!

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Roasted Potato Salad

In Bacon, Cilantro, Onion, Potatoes, Recipe, Salads, Side Dish, Vinegar
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I first came across this salad over a year ago on my friend Stacey's awesome blog, Stacey Snacks.  I filed it away in Evernote where it has sadly resided unused ever since.  I first reached for it a couple weeks ago when we gathered friends together for a BBQ to celebrate Jordan's graduation and it was such a hit that I made it again just the other day when my folks were in town as a side to one of my favorite steak dishes.

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Chocolate-Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Nuts, Oats, Recipe, Snacks, Walnut
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Ever go to a top-notch bakery and buy a huge, delicious chocolate chip cookie and wish that you could make one just like it at home?

Well now you can.

These behemoths, from the famed Tartine Bakery in San Francisco are the ultimate bakery case cookie.  Fully 3" wide, they are packed with chewy-earthy oats, crunchy walnuts and decadently rich bittersweet chocolate.  The addition of molasses gives them a depth of flavor that brown sugar alone can't quite match, and their generous size will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth at your table.

 

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"Oui, Chef" exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my kids a few things about cooking, and how their food choices over time effect not only their own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, passing on established familial food traditions, and starting some new ones. Read more...
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