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 Fresh brioche. Just born.  Pane de casa, fettuccine with peas, lamb stock and butter- under braised lamb shank. Really happy to be home with my delicious boy. Home-food rocks!
 Stuffed and wood-roasted lobsters. Sunday night bliss.  Strategic cooking that began three days ago: since, after making the shrimp scampi pizza, I knew I still has one half of one pizza dough in the fridge, and because I also knew that the following day, I wanted to use the ovens retained heat to braise lamb shanks, using residual heat (no flame and oven door shut) to serve the following night for Jon's welcome home dinner, making pizza (which requires intense heat) helped. Here is the process: marinate lamb shanks in full bottle of red wine- overnight in the fridge.). I used a Barolo-(bought the same bottle to drink with the lamb tonight!) with the wine, in the marinade, are chopped onions, celery, carrots, thyme and rosemary. (Turn shanks once while marinating). The next day, reconstitute some dried porcinis- set aside in hot liquid. take shanks out of marinade (reserve this) and pat dry. Season with salt-pepper and brown severely in thin layer of olive oil. Take shanks out of pan and dump out hot fat. Add to pan 1stick butter or mix olive oil and butter- add to fat, chopped onions, garlic, celery, carrots, mushrooms -sauté until liquid evaporates. Add a couple of tablespoons tomato paste- stir and cook till mixture starts to grab the bottom of the pan-stir in a few tablespoons flour and cook a couple of minutes-stirring- add all of marinade with veg and herbs, lamb stock (use chicken stock as sub) and porcini liquid. Bring to full bubble. Season with salt and pepper. Chop porcinis and add now. Add browned shanks to simmering sauce (meat should be just covered) and simmer till very tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (3 hours on my wood oven). Remove from oven. Allow to cool and remove fat. Reheat now or refrigerate-I code the latter. More to come.

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October 17, 2008 • Comments (0)
One more thing about that most important word “change”…

The word “change” has been used a lot lately, especially politically. Treated as “occupied territory” on slanted slogans that insinuate that if a person (or a group) chooses to go in one direction (or not) they’ll then get to either experience or bypass change. As if change was an option, which it’s not. It’s not the actuality of change that should be the subject of debate, rather it’s the way we, as individuals and as a country, choose to take on the responsibility of shaping the quality of change that matters most and is what’s always up for grabs. So,… continue reading
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October 17, 2008 • Comments (0)
Time to Embrace and Shape the Inevitable; Change

A few weeks ago, as Jon and I got back from our usual morning walk, we looked up at one of our trees and noticed that the leaves on this particular one were, for some reason, the only ones in the neighborhood turning color. Almost to say “I’m ready; let’s get the show on the road!” I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to embrace all change that way? This past year, for me, has been riddled with a wide gamut of change; most profound, a year ago August, after an all-of-a-sudden diagnosis and a five month fight,… continue reading
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