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 purchased a beautiful black sea bass at the farmers market Saturday.... Yesterday, turned on the grill and decided to cook it... First, marinaded in harissa mxed with olive oil and lemon. 

 

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Purchased some dips and spreads from local Syrian Grocery Store and Bakery close to me.  Spicy hummus, muhammara, babaghanoush, pickled beats, eggplant salad,  gigantes beans, tabouli, tahanni and I made a mint and tomato salad. I also added some tahini to the fish and stuffed it with garlic and mint:  In addition to have the fish propped up with two sliced lemons underneath

 

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Grilled the fish in a hot fire with woods chips for smoke:

 

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Cooked perfectly, so delicious

 

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Served with lettuce wraps:

 

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Nothing but bones... we sat outside and had a great time:

 

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Homemade fettuccine with meat sauce (left over brisket braising liquid). I'm really having fun making my own pasta.

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A few recent dinners included...

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Shepherd's pie, but with a chicken filling. Might've sprinkled the potatoes with a few bread crumbs and more parmesan; next time for more browning.

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Merguez sausage over smothered cabbage, horseradish mustard dip.  Saffron basmati rice pilaf.

Lazy man dinner last night...

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Sheet pan wings and potatoes, rubbed with duck fat and dried herbs. Sautéed asparagus on the side.  When I make a lazy dinner, I like to throw in something a little extra, so...

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Flaugnarde with apples and raisins. Apple brandy to sip.

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Pulled pork and hispi coleslaw on burger buns, sweet potato fries. (Sweet potato fries courtesy of McCain.) 

Coleslaw dressing was the mustard one from Serious Eats. Super easy, really nice.

Watermelon paletas for dessert. 

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Trying hard to not duplicate too many suppers so last night went Chinese with the chicken we were planning on.  We're out of lettuce so went with Daniel's cucumber salad with sesame oil (I bought hot sesame oil by mistake but now we're addicted) soy, garlic, a little rice wine vinegar and cilantro. 

Then roast chicken first marinated in ginger, garlic, soy and honey then roasted with some 5 spice seasoning. This came out freaking great. Deep golden brown with crispy skin. Served with bok choi. Scallion ginger sauce for the chicken that will also be on salmon tomorrow night. 

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Chinese here as well. Why? Because yesterday the supermarket had really good-looking Japanese eggplants which I don't see that often. Anyway: fish fragrant eggplant (best veg dish ever?), poached chicken with fried scallions and ginger/scallion sauce, plus short grain brown rice. 

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Little gems salad, with a very mustardy vinaigrette.

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The first time I ever encountered an artichoke (other than seeing Curly eating one in a Three Stooges episode), after I'd moved from NYC to Santa Barbara last century, it was simply steamed and served with a mayonnaise-y dip. Tonight's dipping sauce included mustard, horseradish. creme fraiche, lemon and spices and herbs -  it was very good. Even though I don't remove the choke before serving it, I take care of Significant Eater's choke issues at table.

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This was gonna be soupy rice, underway with like a 5:1 ratio of stock to rice. It needed even more stock, as this Bomba rice absorbs so much liquid.  So, 4-mushroom almost soupy rice, with a bit of sacrilege chorizo in the sofregit. And I hope to remember I don't need to use 1.5 cups of rice for the two of us. 

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Stunning salad and artichoke.    Husband had a 6" artichoke for lunch.    I had thought it would be shared but it wasn't.    Funny because he hated them when we met.    Later when I balked at buying them just for me, he quipped, "Go ahead.   I'll eat artichokes with you."    And today, he demolished the whole megalith.  

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Finally lots of fresh produce delivered.  Grilled romaine with cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, red onion, feta cheese and reduced blasamic.

Farro penne with lamb sausage, green garlic, oyster mushrooms, chard and tomato. 

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1 hour ago, mitchells said:

Finally lots of fresh produce delivered.  Grilled romaine with cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, red onion, feta cheese and reduced blasamic.

Farro penne with lamb sausage, green garlic, oyster mushrooms, chard and tomato. 

That sounds wonderful. 

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Chili and cornbread

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and this

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This is a vibrant but light red that Chuck loves.   And Sandlands makes such good stuff.

 

 

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Niman Ranch pork chop, apples sauted in Calvados, pan deglaze, crushed potatoes

 

 

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Broccoli di cicco, pan fried with garlic. This stuff is so good, sweet and tender with no blanching necessary.

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Made everyone's favorite ginger scallion sauce, which goes so nicely with chicken. And everything else.

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High heat steam roasted chicken thighs (gets the skin nice and crispy), macaroni salad and broccoli di cicco. On the side, ginger scallion sauce.

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Low heat steam roasted Copper River sockeye.

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Donabe rice with ginger, shitake, radish and hijiki. Sautéed asparagus and sockeye.

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Last night, I was kinda having a little burnt out on cooking minute, and was thinking of ramen for dinner. Yeah, the ramen that comes in a package and all you do is add boiling water.  But, I'll save that for end times, I guess. This didn't take long...

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4-mushroom risotto , under an hour; already had the stock made, so was a fairly easy endeavor.

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And sautéed some zucchini with red pepper flakes and vinegar, while the rice was cooking.

If I only didn't have to clean up.

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