Friday, August 31, 2007

Super Sexy ...

We had a long day at the office yesterday, a long night at the gym and were starving! What to do! Why Mambo!! We opened up a GREAT bottle of bistro style wine - the only way to describe this find "Sexy"! Smoky on the nose and smooth on the palate. I had a feeling when I saw the label that they may be the guys behind another favorite of mine, Plungerhead Zin, which is fantastic - super spicy and loaded with nice jammy flavors, a must for your b-b-q! Anyhow, Mambo is about to become a staple in our house & we are hoping we can grab a case later today! Now, we could not live on wine alone, so we tossed together some cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, sliced garlic, Spanish olive oil and pasta to chow on. For dessert, homemade Fig ice cream from "The Perfect Scoop"! By the way, the ice cream gave the wine a soft vanilla taste ... long flavorful finish! Can not wait to get home tonight and drink more!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Corn & Shiitakes???

We were inspired by this light and easy recipe ~ Sauteed Corn & Shiitake Frittata. We will say this ... needs to be KICKED up a notch. Add more salt, pepper, or hot sauce or maybe a nice sauteed shallot with a little garlic. Good comfort food recipe just needs to be twisted up a little. Served with a simple green salad with plump cherry tomatoes and a warm hunk of bread!

Chocolate & Caramel, Oh My!

This is not the usually dinner that we serve around Chez but instead it is my second challenge with the Fabu DBs. This particular event was hosted by Veronica & Patricia and it was for a Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart. Now, I am not a baker by any means. I can whip up a mean multi-course dinner but when it comes to baking I am usually a flop; therefore, I was pretty darn excited when I was invited to become part of this group. I loved their inspiration and I needed the challenge to get me away from the norm. This was my second challenge & in all honesty, I was scared. Much to my surprise, it was fun and easy! Here are my exact words to the group once I finished it ... "Perfect! I finished my challenge yesterday & I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was! Served it to L. and a guest for dessert. I was doubting it big time, for a few reasons: I don't usually make tarts, I felt the caramel filling was some what suspect, my milk chocolate topping disappointed me (maybe my cream had to high of a fat content? even though my melted chocolate was cooled down, it started melting the whipped cream)and I tried it twice, finally had to use the last batch. I put it in the fridge to cool while we had dinner and I thought for sure I was going to hate it. I told L. and W. to be really honest, that they would not hurt my feelings - L. said he would had preferred Dark (we both love dark), but that it was very good and W. said it was f----- great (sorry for the profanity, but those were his words and he is somewhat reserved)! My thoughts: it looked awesome even though the cream topping was not that pretty and I loved the caramel filling and the crust: but, would had preferred a darker chocolate!" Take a risk and challenge yourself. Enjoy!

Tomato & Goat Cheese Sandwich

Long night & tired ........ grilled up or actually we broiled up some goat cheese and cherry tomato sandwiches and sprinkled them with some Tuscany enhanced salts (we are crazy for these salts Whole Foods sells), simple & delicious! ps.... the noodles from the other night, the next day they are even better served as a cold salad for lunch!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sweet Sweet Prunes

This was dessert tonight! I have to say, I love love love these cute little guys! I discovered them last summer and fell in love. Now, they are back in my life! Not to mention .... they are so good for you!

Soba Soba Soba ..

I found this recipe sitting on my friend's counter and I swiped it! It was really outstanding in my opinion ... sweet, spicy and full of tantalizing flavors! I gave it a 5 out of 5 and L. gave it a 3, too sweet! I did make some adjustments, I cut the honey to 1/4 cup and I used fresh ginger, which I sauteed in the olive oil before adding the chicken. Overall, it is a keeper! PS.......... UPDATE, these are GREAT the next day as a cold lunch time salad!

Sunday Night ...

Back from a wonderful weekend & HUNGRY, what to make with an eggplant, some pasta and a few staples? Why, Spaghettini with Eggplant and Fried Capers served with a nice hunk (bread, not only L.) ;) ~ We also had some of that wonderful homemade butter left, which was unsalted so I gave it a twist by adding some of this Divine smoky salt I picked up a couple of weeks ago.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

We picked up ..

and went to Mammoth for a much needed weekend away! It was kind of planned and kind of last minute. Definitely was nice to get away to some warm weather and it was simply beautiful down there!!! Needless to say I did not pick up a knife or pot and pan all weekend and L. had to eat out! We are almost settled in & will be in the swing of it starting tomorrow! Come back and dine with us then!