Cranberry Pomegranate Reduction

In an attempt to add some “zing” to some not-so-exciting dishes, I came up with this super simple reduction.  Using a 1/2 cup per serving, bring Cranberry Pomegranate Juice to a boil, and continue on high for about 10-12 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add Honey, roughly 1-1/2 tsp per 1/2 cup of juice.  Spoon over Pork, Fish, Chicken or “whatever” !

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Jammy Buggars !

Jammy Buggar (British Slang). A lucky individual, favored, charmed, blessed, serendipitous. “He just won the lottery, that Jammy Buggar!”

Lakewood’s latest dining venue has a rather peculiar name, but not peculiar food !  Housed in the old Niko’s & Route 6 spot, we have wanted to visit but didn’t know what to expect.  The Pub in RR has closed, so was this going to be another “British” pub-style restaurant ?  No !  This place could be a new favorite !  Oh, we’ll still be regulars at Deagan’s, but this is equally a great option.  We had the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, the Arugula Salad with Ohio Feta Goat Cheese & Candied Walnuts, and the Westside Wings – all were excellent and very well presented !  Don’t let the name fool you – Jammy Buggars delivers !  How can our city have so many amazing dining options ?  (http://www.jammybuggars.com)

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Risotto con Vongole

Broiled Tilapia, Clam Risotto with Basil, and Tomato, Onion & Celery Salad with Oil & Vinegar – excellent light Summer meal !

 

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Catering

While I have prepared a lot of food for a lot of people for many years, I typically don’t do it in other’s kitchens.  Saturday we had a cookout at Ilsa’s cousin’s in honor of her other cousin returning home to Italy – the end of a long Summer.  Most of the food I prepared in my kitchen, and transported using hot bags instead of preparing on site.  I did grill the Chicken there because that has to be served “piping hot” in my opinion.  Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Rosemary and Lavender, Basil Pesto Rotini, Tuscan Bean Salad with Tuna, and Corn – very simple and very good !

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Spicy Shrimp and Farro

Emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum), also known as farro especially in Italy, is a low yielding, awned wheat. It was one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East.

Spicy Shrimp with Farro, Basil & Garlic, steamed Green Beans and Beefsteak Tomato Slices with Herbed Sea Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil and Vinegar.  Yet another great, light Summer meal on the Patio.

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Eggplant with Garlic & Basil

Saute cubed Eggplant in Olive Oil and White Wine, adding more as needed since the Eggplant will act as a sponge.  About mid-way through the cooking process, add Sea Salt and Garlic.  Finish with Basil and Pepper.

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Urrà il Pesto !

I love making Basil Pesto.  I love using Basil Pesto.  I bought a Cuisinart Mini Prep ($40US) just to make Pesto !  Tonight we had one of our Summer favorites – Basil Pesto Chicken Sandwiches.  Grill or Pan-Sear a seasoned boneless, skinless breast, top with BP and a thick-cut Sweet Onion on a Kaiser Roll.  We had ours with a side of Zucchini from the garden, sauteed with Red Pepper and a Goat Cheese Salad !

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