I just returned from a weekend away and, naturally, I have a few things to share because… it’s Monday!
Spice It Up: I fell in love, again, with Maine and most certainly in love, again, with fra diavolo sauce. I don’t know why it’s evaded my cooking repertoire this long but, oh yes, it’s back on. I feasted on this simple seafood version over gluten-free pasta. Filled with clams, lobster, shrimp and calamari, the Seafood Fra Diavolo at Abbondante (Kennebunk, Maine) is the tops. I’ll practice all winter and share my recipe the moment it’s ready for prime time. If you love spice too, don’t miss the recipes in Spicy Dishes for Valentine’s Day.
I Heart Valentine’s Day: More snow won’t break my heart this week. I’m happy to ship these two care packages for you and to bring together a pile of new food gifts at our Valentine’s Day Pop-Up at Forge Baking Company. We’ll have plenty of drink syrups, hot cocoa, cookie mix, hot sauce, candy, preserves and, of course, chocolate available for someone you love (or just yourself). Stop by!
This Could Be Dinner: Instead of slow roasting pork or beef, this recipe for Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus and Chiles looks amazing. The tangles of fennel, citrus and chile between the big spoonfuls of salmon look almost too pretty to eat, but I bet you will.
Homemade Stock: I am so touched to see that the most popular blog post in the last month has been The Gift of Homemade Chicken Stock. I really enjoyed writing it and do gift it regularly. It’s the best savory treat for someone stuck inside during this snowiness called life.
Cookbook News: I returned home after my weekend away to a gigantic package from my publisher. It was filled with a print out of every single page of my first cookbook. I’ll spend the next few weeks editing and pinching myself. It’s such a strange feeling to see it all in print but also feels magical too. I’ll try to snap a few photos to share.
Chocolate Chunk Nut Butter Blondies: Run to the market for everything you need for THESE BLONDIES. I made them last night as a birthday weekend sweet treat to myself – because, why not?! – and they live up to their promise. Serve with tea and repeats of Downton Abbey, for the very best results.
Big hugs to: Douglas Merriam for photographing my dish and to Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons for welcoming me to the Kennebunkport Collection in Maine. I’ll share more from my sponsored visit there soon. As always, remember that all my opinions are true to my experience and remain my own.
So much love, love, love to you,
Photos taken by Douglas Merriam.
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