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Late Night Chef

I love to cook! After work is more or less done, and the night is square on us, I find I can be revived by fresh ingredients and tasty ideas. That's when the late night food fest begins! Friends come by to nosh and chat, and a bottle of wine or two might be cracked! I'm notAnthony Bordaine... but I feel just like I think he does, and we all have fun and talk about our passions.

Check my Blog for the occasional recipe or food story. Follow me for my "Almost Regular" dinner menu feed... Contact me to talk about food and drink and related lifestyles, and thanks for reading!
September 01, 2017 02:18PM

Not cooking too much these days... I feel lucky to be just married to a woman who really loves food. And what delicious food she makes! This past week... Chicken soup from scratch. When this is done right, it's faster and easier than you might imagine. The recipe involves cooking carrots and celery first, then using this with a fresh chicken to make the broth. We found our free range chicken at the Fancy Chicken in Palm Beach County, We used half for a roast, and half for the soup. Start with some olive oil in a heavy stock pot. Sauté some onions and celery. Season your raw chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken skin side down in pot and brown. Add some carrots and cover with water. Bring this to a simmer and cook. When the kitchen smells delicious, perhaps an hour or so, remove the chicken from the stock. Once it's cool, shred the meat from the bones and put it back in the simmering broth. Stir in some fresh parsley and noodles if you like, When the noodles are done, 15-20 minutes, your soup is ready to eat.

April 03, 2017 12:03PM

Every once in a while, I always hope, I get to taste something I've never tried before. Now when you think about it, that's not too hard for most of us to accomplish in a world of food as large as ours... But it was a new flavor to me! My wife, and truest of friends, Camille, is an expert in things middle eastern, especially food. This weekend she introduced me to the flavor of cilantro and mint with scrambled eggs... refreshing! The recipe calls for fresh mint, parsley, cilantro, yellow peppers, and onions which are all chopped fresh and tossed into your scramble at the last moment. Add cheese if you like.

January 08, 2017 10:32PM

Tonight's Dinner: Black bean and pepper spaghetti rigati. It's another hardy bean pasta in honor of cold weather. This one has a pan based sauce of black beans, sweet orange peppers, fresh tomatoes, sliced garlic, and, optionally, bacon or pancetta if you feel carnivorous. Add parmegiano cheese for a decadent finish.

November 08, 2016 12:11AM

Tonight's dinner: This is an old favorite of mine. Now that the weather has turned colder we can bring out the hearty pasta dishes. This one is "Shrimp and Bean Penne". Pan roasted shrimp over a garlic, red onion, orange pepper, carrot, and white bean sauce, with toasted pine nuts. Fresh imported Parmigiano cheese to taste. This is a slightly sweet and savory dish, good with a hearty white or tangy red wine.

November 01, 2016 01:15AM

Tonight's Dinner: Herb encrusted boneless chicken thighs with white long grain rice and fresh grilled haricot vert with garlic and shitake mushrooms.

October 07, 2016 07:40PM

Last night's dinner: Warm Garlic Mushroom Chicken Salad, orange peppers, red onion, organic carrots, served on hearts of romaine with balsamic mayo dressing.

September 01, 2016 10:52PM

When I was a child, I watched many chef's on TV. Among my favorites were the Galloping Gourmet, Julia Child and her many friends... They were all there on the TV hangin' with me in their kitchens. But what I didn't find out until later, was the stuff they don't tell you. The little secret techniques that make it go faster and taste better... How flavors must be absorbed... All those things that someone has to tell you or you'll never know. Like salt on the cutting board when you crush the garlic with the heel of your knife... and that rocking motion that gets the crush really going...

August 02, 2016 08:33PM

Tonight's Dinner: Creamy dark chicken salad with organic orange peppers and blueberries, fresh garlic aioli, served on crisp whole organic romaine leaves as finger food.

June 11, 2016 10:12PM

Check out Grandma Ginger's heirloom recipe for roasted red potatoes in my blog.

June 11, 2016 10:01PM

Tonight's dinner: Tonight my neighbor and friend Franke made me dinner. He does that often and I'm always embarrassed as he refuses most food back, due to dietary restrictions. If one were to judge by the food he cooks it would be hard to imagine its restricted! Tonight's dinner: crisp fried fish and shrimp over a bed of savory polenta with skinny crisp onion rings and two spicy dipping sauces, red and green. Wow! I was going to diet, but now I need an after food nap!

June 11, 2016 10:10PM

My friend Christina's grandma from Ponza Italy, Grandma Ginger, "short" for Egidia has a great recipe for roasted red potatoes. Quarter a pound of the red potatoes into small wedges. Peel 1-2 cloves of garlic and put in whole. Thick cut several onions into 1/8" rings. Salt and pepper. A generous amount of Olive Oil. A 1/8-1/4 stick of butter if you like. Roast in a 1.5" shallow dish covered with tin foil for 45 minutes. Continue to roast with the cover off until the potatoes are nicely done to taste. Let cool and serve. Not a low cal, but a delicious occasional dish. Yum!

Summer Sausage Salad with Aquaponic Tom Thumb lettuce from organic heirloom seeds. Light balsamic vinaigrette and shaved parmigiana with unbelievably expensive cherry tomatoes from whole foods.
Soft boiled egg on a fresh salad of chopped hearts of romaine, thinly sliced cucumber, yellow bell peppers, black seedless grapes, sweet bartlett pears, grated carrot, roasted garlic cloves, walnuts, and fresh grated parmesan cheese, all in a lemon olive oil dressing.
Fresh Asparagus - I prefer them thin so they cook in under 2 minutes and remain crisp!