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Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies (5/60 Dish)

Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies

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This is one of those dishes I call a  “5/60 Dish“, which, especially for a home cook, are the most rewarding in terms of the ratio of time and effort to final delicious result.
It simply means that it will only require 5 minutes of preparation and 60 minutes of total time, from the start of prepping to having the dish plated and ready to enjoy.
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Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies

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Roast Cornish Hen With Hearty Veggies

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Gnocchi With Creamed Leeks And Grape Tomatoes

Gnocchi With Creamed Leeks And Grape Tomatoes

Gnocchi With Creamed Leeks And Grape Tomatoes

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I always  wondered why leeks are such an underrated vegetable ?
Leeks look good, taste good, are healthy, available year-round and very cheap economical 🙂
When I was a kid, braised leeks were a common side dish on most restaurant menus. I have NOT seen leeks on any menu for years 😦
So as usual, if I have a specific food craving, I have to take care of it myself. To up the ante, instead of just featuring leeks as a side dish, I made it an equal partner to the gnocchi in this dish.
And what a great dish it is !
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Gnocchi Recipe:
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Ingredients:
1 lb Russet potatoes,   cooked, peeled, mashed
A/P flour,   sifted – as needed
2 Eggs,  whole, whisked
Kosher salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1 0z Butter
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Method :
Add eggs, seasoning and flour to potatoes, mix lightly until smooth.
Shape into gnocchi.
Make light indentations with a fork.
Cook a sample in simmering salted water. If too soft, add flour. If too dense, add egg.
Cook gnocchi in simmering water until gnocchi float. Remove with slotted spoon into a strainer. Saute in melted butter.
Serves four.
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Gnocchi With Creamed Leeks And Grape Tomatoes

Gnocchi With Creamed Leeks And Grape Tomatoes

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Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ……..Shrimp And Potato Salad

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So  here I was on a Thanksgiving afternoon, coming home at 4.30 pm, hungry but absolutely not  in the mood to do the turkey thing just for Bella and myself.
But you see, being alone has the distinct advantage that tradition and customs can be ignored at will in ones own four walls, especially when the one you live with, Bella in my case, is even less into tradition but a sucker for ANY good food, as long as there is meat or seafood involved.
So after our walk, a decision what to prep for dinner was due.
A quick glance at the contents of the freezer and fridge revealed shrimp, cooked potatoes, cucumber, mayo, avocado, grape tomatoes and pomegranate.
Ten minutes later, myself comfortable in my TV chair and Bella by my feet, a tasty (and huge) plate of shrimp salad in my hand, we truly enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner with not even a bit of a longing for turkey and its trimmings 🙂
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Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ........Shrimp And Potato Salad

Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ……..Shrimp And Potato Salad

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Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ........Shrimp And Potato Salad

Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner ……..Shrimp And Potato Salad

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Movie Time – Pizza Roll Time

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Yesterday  evening, looking  forward to binge-watch the final four episodes of season one of “The Crown” on  Netflix, I got settled into my favorite chair, with a bucket of peach iced tea on ice next to me and a dish of pizza-rolls in the oven.
Twenty minutes into the first episode, the rolls were ready. Another fifteen minutes of cool-down time and  voilà , a large tray of great snacks, nurturing me for the rest of the evening through episode 10, until the end of season one.
Great evening, happy as a lark, tired, relaxed, full and content.
I probably gained five lbs, but, such is the price of indulgence 🙂
(To be repeated next year for season two of “The Crown”).
2.30 am – time to take Bella for a one-hour walk around the lake………..
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Pizza Dough Recipe:

Ingredients :

A/P flour,   2 cups (plus more for kneading)
Water,   3/4 cup, warm
Active dry yeast,   1 envelope
Sugar,   1 teaspoon
Olive oil,   3 table spoon
Kosher salt,

Method :

Pour  water into small bowl, mix in yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. Brush large bowl lightly with olive oil. Mix 2 cups flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons oil, knead until dough forms a sticky ball. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth. Dust with flour as you work the dough. Transfer to prepared bowl; turn dough in bowl to coat with oil. Cover bowl with moist towel. Let dough rise until doubled in volume.Punch down dough. Pull dough until desired thickness and shape is achieved. If this is too difficult, roll the dough with a rolling-pin. However, in my opinion, the pizza will turn out superior if the dough is pulled.

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Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

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Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

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Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

Movie Time/Pizza Roll Time

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Goan Chicken Curry

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This  is the very best chicken curry – at least for me and my own, personal taste.
While it is neither typical Indian, nor Indonesian or Malay, it is a bit in the style of Goa. Goan food is much influenced by the Portuguese, so the ingredients and seasoning often differ a bit from the usual Indian suspects. In the 70’s I spend a few months in Goa, living in cheap housing right on the beach. If one was able to forgo typical western luxuries such as A/C, running water and fork and knife, living on $ 3.00 a day was possible most of the time.
Those were the days of free love, cheap booze and even cheaper “tobacco”, so life was a constant,carefree blast. And to top it all off, the food, even as it was dirt-cheap, was always great, tasty, in abundance and available around the clock. (Important because of the “tobacco”) 🙂
Although I don’t have any recipes from that time and place of food I actually ate then and there, I am always reminded of my time in Goa when I prep and eat the curry featured here.
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Goan Chicken Curry

Goan Chicken Curry

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Goan Chicken Curry

Goan Chicken Curry

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Goan Chicken Curry

Goan Chicken Curry

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Grilled Chicken Salad – Grilled Chicken On A Higher Level

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I believe  this salad does not need a fancy introduction – just look at it and plan when, not if, you will prepare this beauty 🙂

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

juicy perfection……..

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Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup Recipe # 1001

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Chicken-noodle soup is probably the most unglamorous yet also one of the universally most loved dishes. Who doesn’t remember the comforting warmth it provided when ones Mom utilized it for that all-curing remedy (along with Vicks’VapoRub) during childhood and later as a grown-up the go-to comfort dish that made everything feel good again ? 🙂
As for me, no week goes by without chicken noodle soup showing up at least once, sometimes twice. If I prepare it for guests, I usually make a boneless version. For myself (and Bella), I always prepare the soup with bone-in chicken. For me, holding a leg or drumstick or wing in my hand and pulling the meat off with my teeth is a big part of the pleasure of eating chicken noodle soup. Here now is the version I had for today’s lunch……
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Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup - Recipe # 1001

Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup – Recipe # 1001

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Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup - Recipe # 1001

Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup – Recipe # 1001

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Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup - Recipe # 1001

Chicken, Noodle & Vegetable Soup – Recipe # 1001

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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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Lusting  for something creamy, cheesy and light, yet packing a hefty flavor-punch ?  Well,  you have arrived 🙂
This great concoction satisfies on so many levels. The lightness of the gnocchi, creaminess of the sauce, freshness of the spinach, the sharp punch of the ripe gorgonzola and the slightly acidic burst of the tomatoes…….
What else can I say about this lovely dish ? Simply put – Yummy taste and great looking to boost 🙂
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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

Gnocchi Gorgonzola Gratinati

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When Life Gives You Avocados……..

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Somebody : “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
Hans : “When life gives you avocados, make avocado spread” 🙂
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So, I had this huge Florida avocado sitting there for a few days and today I felt like having a quick and tasty snack…………..
Coarsely mash avocado, add grape tomatoes, olive oil, lime juice, chili paste, kosher salt, garlic paste, a few drops of  maggi seasoning  and chopped cilantro, mix and serve on/with whatever tickles your fancy 🙂
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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Trying  to end 2015 on a healthy note :-).
Well, BS, I just don’t feel like cooking today 😦
Anyway, I could eat this salad for no reason any day, anytime, anywhere…….
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Bon Appetit !   Happy 2016 !
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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

Romaine, Octopus And Bean Salad

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