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Baked Oysters on the Half Shell, topped with Pecorino Romano Cheese Sauce, Parmesan and Green Onion.



"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

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forza orsi
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JusHappy2BeHere said:

Baked Oysters on the Half Shell, topped with Pecorino Romano Cheese Sauce, Parmesan and Green Onion.




Looks pretty fine. Hard to go wrong with that sauce. There are not many things on earth that don't get better with that on it!
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Next time will be better...

Learned a lot from this go
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

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I tried making strascinati for the first time tonight and it went pretty well. Puglian pasta made just from semolina (durum wheat) flour and water, pressed with three fingers to get the little wells to catch the sauce and rolled to get the outside ridges. We served it with shrimp in olive oil and white wine with arugula, tomatoes, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, and pecorino cheese. Very tasty and really, really fast and easy. About 1/2 hour for my wife to peel shrimp, chop tomatoes, and cook and about 1/2 hour for me to make the strascinati.

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A little sunday afternoon grill work...
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Italian Sausage and Peppers with fettuccine and basil
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

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JusHappy2BeHere said:

Italian Sausage and Peppers with fettuccine and basil

Nice! What's in your sauce on the pasta?
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4 colors of bell pepper and onion seared then deglazed with red wine reduced and then some butter...
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

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I haven't posted in awhile, but this weekend was a score. I love North Italia Restaurant in Houston, and my wife's favorite dish there is their burrata tortelloni, but we're three hours away. We had the craving and so I looked and I managed to find most of the recipe and figure out the rest, so we gave it a shot this weekend. Worked perfectly!

Home made tortelloni stuffed with burrata cheese, olive oil, and salt. Cooked cherry tomatoes in butter, added homemade marinara sauce, topped it with with some grated parmigiano reggiano and some fresh basil from the garden. Served with home made pane casereccio (home made Sicilian style bread made from double-milled durum wheat flour and topped with sesame seeds). We served the bread with our family's olive oil from the most recent harvest that has a particularly good flavor this year. A definite keeper!

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forza orsi said:

JusHappy2BeHere said:

Italian Sausage and Peppers with fettuccine and basil

Nice! What's in your sauce on the pasta?
Basic Alfredo. Butter, Garlic, Cream, Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout in a Brown Butter

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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Good food, good life. Looks super yummy!
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Flash Fried Oysters put back in the half shell, drizzled with garlic butter and parsley, then dusted with Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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JusHappy2BeHere said:

Flash Fried Oysters put back in the half shell, drizzled with garlic butter and parsley, then dusted with Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano


And you settled on Maggianos for your 60th birthday dinner?!? You is crazy!!
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WILLIS said:

JusHappy2BeHere said:

Flash Fried Oysters put back in the half shell, drizzled with garlic butter and parsley, then dusted with Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano


And you settled on Maggianos for your 60th birthday dinner?!? You is crazy!!
That was with the kids. Mrs. Happy and I will be going to Xochi for Cinco de Mayo this evening, and PBS this weekend.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
forza orsi
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JusHappy2BeHere said:

Flash Fried Oysters put back in the half shell, drizzled with garlic butter and parsley, then dusted with Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano


Looks really good. The best flavors, all in one place!
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Fried Boneless Chicken Thigh With Mashed Potatoes and Country Gravy
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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Kitchen Remodel means no cooking for a couple of months.... sigh.... I can't remember the last time I went 2 months without cooking.

but the Smoker still works
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

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Because of COVID we haven't been back here in Sicily for over a year and a half. Finally made it back this past weekend. We went full traditional Sicilian last night. Everything locally sourced or grown here on the property and it was so good. Pasta alla Norma - simple, traditional, locally sourced., and so, so good. A real burst of flavors! The produce here is just better than what we get back in Texas. We made home made busiate for the pasta, added fried eggplant and sauted tomatoes, with garlic and ricotta salata. The olive oil is from our own trees here, the spices from our own garden, lemons from our own trees, and fresh baked bread. The wine is local too. It was a great way to celebrate being back. We've been working on our trees every morning before the heat, hoping for a good harvest this fall.

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Picture of gardens, groves, or grounds? Sounds spectacular.
forza orsi
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WILLIS said:

Picture of gardens, groves, or grounds? Sounds spectacular.
The olives are not pretty. Right now my oil comes from about 50-60 random trees scattered around the property, most on these steep hillsides. They're a beast to harvest, but it's still kind of fun. There are also some almond trees.


I'm trying to get serious about it though. I have about 160 more olive trees that were planted last year and won't produce for a couple of more years. They're in two different fields. Not pretty, but way better than the field of weeds it was before. Right now I import olive oil to Texas produced by my cousins in Sicily, but my goal is to import my own in about 5 years. It was an abandoned vineyard before we bought it, abandoned so long that the owner forgot it was there. After we cleared the land, we found the vines. We cleared them all away, but now they are back, so the second field is currently a vineyard in a field of olive trees. We're going to have to figure out how to deal with the vines. The new trees are doing well and easily visible in the field in the first photo. The ones in the field in the second photo are doing ok but are not as far along for some reason.



The grounds are why we have the place. Below is the herb garden, a view of the grounds to the west, and a view over the pool. Normally the ocean is an amazing blue color and the mountains to the west are gorgeous, but the scirocco winds came from the Sahara (100 miles away) day before yesterday. It was 94 on Sunday and 87 on Tuesday, but the scirocco on Monday,brought 109 with with terrible dust. The dust still hasn't cleared away, so the water is a dusty color here because of the haze.
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Stunning, thanks for sharing. Really beautiful. Where can one find the oils you import?
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WILLIS said:

Stunning, thanks for sharing. Really beautiful. Where can one find the oils you import?

Thanks! As for the oil, we don't have any retail space at this point. The majority is sold locally by word of mouth and hand delivery, but we'll ship anywhere. We've probably shipped to 10-12 states. Moroso's Pizzeria uses it for a finishing oil, and some caterers here use it too. It's made from Nocellara del Belice olives in Gibellina Vecchia, Sicily. The land has been in the family for probably 150 years. The oil is extra virgin, and I know the trees, the farmers, the bottlers, and handle everything myself from Sicily to Waco. You can message me for details on sizes and prices.
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Forza...your homemade pasta skills are mad. Those little funky shapes are tedious indeed. You property looks amazing. Good on you!!!!
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Kitchen Remodel passed city inspection this morning. I will finally get to cook again!!!!!!!

Before

After
Not the real Dining Room Table

And before the Pot Filler came in.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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I thought I saw some plumbing sticking out of that wall ove the range. Nice! That's a kitchen a guy could cook in.
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BaylorOkie said:

I thought I saw some plumbing sticking out of that wall ove the range. Nice! That's a kitchen a guy could cook in.
It will still probably be another week before everything is organized and put away.... half the stuff is in storage....

Now on to the Laundry Room, adding a Powder Room, and the Living Room.... This is going to be a long haul
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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JusHappy2BeHere said:

BaylorOkie said:

I thought I saw some plumbing sticking out of that wall ove the range. Nice! That's a kitchen a guy could cook in.
It will still probably be another week before everything is organized and put away.... half the stuff is in storage....

Now on to the Laundry Room, adding a Powder Room, and the Living Room.... This is going to be a long haul
And such an easy time to do it...
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Last night we tried something completely new, doing a different twist on tagliatelle. I infused olive oil by adding boiling water, saffron strands, and ground turmeric. Then after it absorbed all the saffron & turmeric I added it to the pasta dough, then cut it into tagliatelle. The pasta really had a ton of flavor. Then we went with a butter based sauce to go on it. To make the sauce, we added oil, shallots, ginger, ground coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, pepper flakes and black pepper to the butter. We poured the sauce over the tagliatelle then mixed in freshly toasted pine nuts and fresh mint and parsley from the garden. The combination of the sauce and the infused pasta really had an intense flavor. I don't want that much flavor explosion all the time, but it was really good.

Added a salad of garden tomatoes with onions, capers, and our family's olive oil fromSicily and it was a really good meal.



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forza orsi said:

Last night we tried something completely new, doing a different twist on tagliatelle. I infused olive oil by adding boiling water, saffron strands, and ground turmeric. Then after it absorbed all the saffron & turmeric I added it to the pasta dough, then cut it into tagliatelle. The pasta really had a ton of flavor. Then we went with a butter based sauce to go on it. To make the sauce, we added oil, shallots, ginger, ground coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, pepper flakes and black pepper to the butter. We poured the sauce over the tagliatelle then mixed in freshly toasted pine nuts and fresh mint and parsley from the garden. The combination of the sauce and the infused pasta really had an intense flavor. I don't want that much flavor explosion all the time, but it was really good.

Added a salad of garden tomatoes with onions, capers, and our family's olive oil fromSicily and it was a really good meal.





Your pasta skills are absolutely amazing.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
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JusHappy2BeHere said:

forza orsi said:

Last night we tried something completely new, doing a different twist on tagliatelle. I infused olive oil by adding boiling water, saffron strands, and ground turmeric. Then after it absorbed all the saffron & turmeric I added it to the pasta dough, then cut it into tagliatelle. The pasta really had a ton of flavor. Then we went with a butter based sauce to go on it. To make the sauce, we added oil, shallots, ginger, ground coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, pepper flakes and black pepper to the butter. We poured the sauce over the tagliatelle then mixed in freshly toasted pine nuts and fresh mint and parsley from the garden. The combination of the sauce and the infused pasta really had an intense flavor. I don't want that much flavor explosion all the time, but it was really good.

Added a salad of garden tomatoes with onions, capers, and our family's olive oil fromSicily and it was a really good meal.





Your pasta skills are absolutely amazing.

Thanks. My wife is good in the kitchen. We cook together so this gives me something to do while she does the complicated stuff.
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The first real meal in the new kitchen. Grilled Alaskan Halibut in a Creamy Piccata with crab, shrimp and pico de gallo, on Chinette Plates (Not sure but I think the real plates are still in storage)

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
forza orsi
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JusHappy2BeHere said:

The first real meal in the new kitchen. Grilled Alaskan Halibut in a Creamy Piccata with crab, shrimp and pico de gallo, on Chinette Plates (Not sure but I think the real plates are still in storage)



Nice choice. Very nice presentation. Looks delicious!
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forza orsi said:

JusHappy2BeHere said:

The first real meal in the new kitchen. Grilled Alaskan Halibut in a Creamy Piccata with crab, shrimp and pico de gallo, on Chinette Plates (Not sure but I think the real plates are still in storage)



Nice choice. Very nice presentation. Looks delicious!


Its the Chinette that makes it.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

Mahatma Gandhi
 
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