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This past weekend NY was hit with a blizzard!!  Fun! Fun!  I love the  first snow-fall of the winter, always have!  As soon as the very first flakes of winter fall from the sky, it almost feels as if it’s the first time all over again.  So this weekend we had plans with our very close family friends to come over with their two children for early dinner on Sunday.  I decided to make what was in the house, so we did not have to go out…  a little of this, a little of that…and here is what i came up with:

Linguine with Cici and Tomatoes

I sauteed an onion in a large skillet with olive oil and a little butter.  I smashed about 7 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, added this to the onions and let slowly brown on low for about 20- 25 minutes or so.  Do not let this burn.  I had Italian parsley  (this is the flat leafed parsley) and fresh basil in the fridge which I chopped up and three in to the onion mixture.  When everything was soft,  light brown and fully cooked, I added a nice splash of red wine, turn up the heat for about 3 minutes or so…stir with wooden spoon, then add about 3 tablespoons of butter.  I had cherry tomatoes in fridge, sliced these and threw them in as well.  Let the tomatoes blister a bit. I then opened a can of cici beans (chick peas), rinsed them in a colander…drain and add to the pan.  Add more fresh parsley and basil…let all of these flavors marry together in saute pan, then add cooked linguine to  pan and warm through.  Add a few tablespoons of peccorino cheese toss and serve!!  So freakin good!!! SOOO goood!!

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quick pasta, steak and veggies

my very dear friend was having a small gathering for her husband’s brithday the other night.  she was going to have some of the items catered and some of the menu she was going to attempt to make a herself.  let’s just say that the kitchen is NOT her room of choice.  she really has no interest in cooking.  she is an amazing eater however!  she really has a tremndous appreciation for food and loves to come to my house and sample whatever new recipe i might be trying or go thru my leftovers. she can eat more than anyone i know and she is as skinny as could be.  lucky dog!  so I offered to help her make a few things…i love to cook, especially  for people I love…so the next day i made her a simple pasta: farfale with mozzarella, grape tomatoes and basil dressed with lots of peppery green olive oil, pecorino and black pepper…i also grilled a few flank steaks on the bbq and allowed them to rest, still hot in a bath of olive oil, balsamic fresh garlic and basil before slicing.  we served them with little rolls and a horseradish mayonnaise.  I also made a tray of oven roasted vegetables.

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