Grilled Yumminess

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Yes, it has been forever since I have updated my blog.  No, that doesn’t mean my family has starved.  Unfortunately it does mean that for the last few months of school, my daughter and husband ate nothing better than a ‘mundane’ meal at best.

Now I am in summer mode and doing nothing more than grilling and hanging with my best 4 year old buddy!  This past weekend my parents were up from New Jersey and that means good food and lots of booze!!

On Friday we made Grilled Shrimp and Chorizo with Smoked Paprika Glaze.  It was beyond delicious!  The smoked paprika off-set the fresh shrimp perfectly.  The chorizo and bright cherry tomatoes complemented each other in texture and sweetness/spiciness.  My only change for next time….make more!

To complement this entree we made the Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad.  The potato salad contains no mayo which is perfect for me!! (mayo blugh!)  But some how the herbs and olive oil tossed with the potatoes tasted creamy enough!  I totally omitted the eggs (hard boiled eggs in the summer-no thanks!).  The tarragon was the brightest flavor in this salad.  For this salad I added 2 tablespoons of chopped tarragon.  Next time I will take 2 tablespoons of tarragon and chop those….my way was a bit much but still bright.

So as a promise to all my dedicated readers myself, I will attempt to post more of our Manthei Meals here in Foxboro!!

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Fluffiest pancakes ever!

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I was craving pancakes, well really the bacon that goes with pancakes, so I found a keeper of a recipe for homemade pancakes.  I’m not a huge fan of pancakes, especially those out of a box, but these were scrumptious!!

Cream Cheese Pancakes

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The cream cheese added something different, an almost richer taste.  The only downside to this morning’s breakfast-we made a double recipe!  So unnecessary….12 pancakes would have been more than plenty.  Hopefully the leftovers will taste just as delicious this week!

 

Arturo’s Osteria and Pizzeria

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While visiting my family in NJ, I tried to get my parents to go to Arturo’s everyday.  Somehow we didn’t manage to get there until our last day, but it was well worth the wait.  I had only been there once before but it left a lasting impression!

Arturo’s is a small restaurant with only about 10 tables and a brick oven you can see from any spot.  They pride themselves on being an eatery that uses as much local produce, dairy, and meats in their cooking.  The end result is food that uses minimal ingredients but ones with exceptional flavor.

For me, these kinds of restaurants are the hardest for me to make decisions at.  I always try to choose something off the special menu, but here ALL their specials sounded fabulous.  It was a toss-up between a combination or soup, sandwich, and/or salad.

The salad was light and refreshing, perfect for a 60 degree winter NJ day!  Butter lettuce, Toma cheese, and crunchy apples tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.  The lettuce was so tender and soft and the cheese was semi-soft cow cut into thin strips.

The sandwich was unbelievable served on their homemade leavened bread.  It was topped with fresh tangy goat cheese, peppery mixed greens, and thinly sliced Coppa.  The sandwich had all the right elements-smooth, creamy, chewy, crunchy, tangy, salty!  I might have to start making sandwiches like these at home!

Quick cooking “Thanksgiving”

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So Emma and I just got back from a great vacation to visit my family in NJ.  And last week we had the infamous “bug” going around work, so needless to say I haven’t cooked in almost 2 weeks.  I was craving getting behind the stove, chopping, sauteing, baking, anything!!

So tonight I made Sage and Pecan Pork Tenderloin Cutlets.  They were delicious!!!  Not many times does a recipe meet my expectations, but this one exceeded them!!

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The pork was super easy to make.  Cut the tenderloin into 8 chunks and pound until fairly thing (think 1/4 inch).  The recipe recommended dredging the cutlets in the breadcrumb mixture, then into egg, and back into the breadcrumbs.  Next time, I’ll do flour, egg, breadcrumbs.  The cutlets got so thick and goopy with all the breadcrumbs.  The breadcrumb mixture was so flavorful!  Breadcrumbs, chopped pecans, and rubbed sage.  I threw it all into my miniprep processor and ground it up!  The only thing I would add is more sage next time.  When the cutlets were cooking it smelled like Thanksgiving in my kitchen-the pecans, sage, oil-mmmm!!!

The sauce was the perfect combination of sweet and tangy and just the right consistency.  I didn’t have any red wine vinegar so I mixed 1 part red wine to 3 parts white wine vinegar.  I bought a fairly expensive blackberry preserve but it was totally worth it, especially since all the flavors reduced to a yummy sauce!

I served the pork with the sauce drizzled on top and a few fresh blackberries tossed on there.  On the side we had Alexia roasted rosemary potatoes and glazed carrots.  I made my husband a plate for when he gets home, we’ll see if it lasts!!

Hope you have a Tweet Easter!

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Totally not food related, but…had to share! I made these super cute Easter cards on Shutterfly this afternoon.  Shutterfly was having a promotion-5 free cards (just pay S&H).  The total came to $6.10-way cheaper than buying 5 Easter cards in the grocery store!  Happy Easter family!!!

 

 

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Sunday Roast

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I love Sundays.  The laid back day, coffee drinking until 10, breakfast in our jammies, and the smell of a roast cooking away for hours!

Tonight I made Roast Chicken with Maple Pepper Glaze and Sweet Potatoes.  We always buy a 6-ish pound bird, so Eric will have leftovers for the week.  But I can never time the cooking.  I figured about 2 hours for the bird, but didn’t think about the sweet potatoes!  So I had to take the sweet potatoes out half way through.  (But I threw them back in with the rest of the glaze while the bird was resting.)  So….since I can’t time the cooking just right yet, we ate dinner at 5pm tonight!! EARLY!!

As my daughter said so perfectly “It smells like french toast!”  And it did….the sweet maple syrup, the butter, and the sweet potatoes…mmmmm!!  The skin was beautifully brown and crispy.  The bones pulled right out of the legs and the breast meat was tender.

The only downfall was when the knife slipped and sliced right into my finger! (At least I got out of bath time tonight!!)