Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut squash is probably my favourite fall vegetable. It's golden orange flesh, sweet and dense. It is just divine roasted with just a splash of extra virgin olive oil. I love chouriço and it's smokey sweet paprika essence matches perefctly with butternut squash. Here I have roasted the squash with chouriço and made a simple risotto with vegetable stock. Hearty, creamy love in a bowl. Perfect as the evenings draw in. If you want to make this risotto even more nutritious, add a handful of curly kale at the beginning of cooking the rice, after you add the wine and add the stock. Finished with Grana Padano, it is absoulutly scrumptious. You can use any Italian hard cheese you like. I happen

Portuguese Lamb Stew with Sweet Potato ❦ Ensopado de Borrego com Batata Doce

This dish is a classic of the Portuguese kitchen. It is from Portugal's Alentejo region, in the south. Lamb is popular all over Portugal, but this comfort dish is made by stewing pieces of lamb until fall apart tender. It is then served atop fried rustic country bread. Mint leaves are the garnish of choice. Traditionally it also contains potatoes, stewed along with the lamb. I added sweet potato instead. Feel free to add regular white potatoes if you prefer. It won't alter the recipe in any way, or change the cooking time. This is the quintessential fall dish. if you love lamb you will adore this dish. Here is a little secret, I am not a fan of lamb, but I totally loved this dish. The marina

Portuguese Duck Rice❦ Arroz de Pato

Arroz de pato, duck rice, is a very traditional recipe from Portugal. The duck is poached in water infused with ingredients to make it fragrant. The poaching liquid is then strained and used to cook the rice. The duck meat is shredded and layered in an oven casserole, topped with your favourite cured meats, like chouriço, and finished in the oven until golden. It is such an easy dish. I have added a few non-traditional touches, which make my recipe even more indulgent and delicious. You can use a whole duck if you wish. It will not alter any quanties for the recipe. It will make a stronger tasting stock. Since duck isn't my favourite, I actually prefer a less pronounced gamey duck flavour, s

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ok...I can hear all my Italian peeps, GASPING... loudly, LOL... Good thing this recipe is so delicious that even they can't resist. Like all things American, this dish goes big...on size and taste. It delivers and doesn't disappoint. Italians wouldn't get so upset if they just let this go for what it is, Italian-American. That's it, end of story. It is freakin' delicious, say that with your best New York Italian accent, lol. As October is in full swing, all I want is a big bowl full of this comforting goodness. Pasta and meatballs all loved up with a rich tomato sauce and covered in cheese...Heaven. Now who can argue with that? Below is the link to my favourite pasta sauce. Enjoy XOXOXO Spag

Pork Chops Stuffed with Prosciutto and Taleggio Cheese

Hello darlings, today I am sharing with you a delicious recipe. For those of you who know know how much I dislike cheese. Well...I dislike most cheese. Except for mild varieties, it is pretty much a no-go. That being said, my husband is a cheese lover! He can eat any cheese, no matter how much "funk" is being emitted from it, lol. Case in point: Taleggio. It is funky, for lack of a better word. I smelled it, I hated it, didn't want to taste it. End of story...except, this time I did taste it. Guess what? It was delicious! I know! Weird? Yes...for me it is, I am not a funky cheese trier,lol. So...being that Carlos loves cheese and I loved this, surprisingly mild, cheese...I thought o

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