Simple Quintessential Cuisine

My First Award

I begin this post by expressing my absolute delight and excitement over winning my 1st blog award presented to me from my fellow foodie Erin, the creator of Dinner Dishes and Desserts. 
Erin has a wonderful blog full of great recipes that you’re sure to enjoy. Be sure to check it out!

Many thanks to Erin for presenting me with this award and as part of my acceptance there are some responsibilities that apply which include thanking the person who sent it to me by linking back to their site (this also applies to those I am passing this award onto as well) sharing 7 things about myself and then having the pleasure of passing this prestigious award to 15 others.

1)  In addition to cooking I love to garden. I’m a big proponent of fresh herbs when I cook and love to enjoy  the fruits of my labor in my food.
2)  I’ve been happily married for 27 years
3) I have 2 wonderful children
4) I live in upstate New York
5) Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day
6) I have an addiction to collecting cookbooks to which I am currently looking for a self-help group for but have yet to find.
7) I’ve recently developed a love affair with “Cambozola Cheese”. It’s a combination of Camembert and Gorgonzola and is wonderful with simple crackers. So so yummy!!!!

Now comes the fun part…imparting this award onto 15 other well-deserving foodies…

That’s So Michelle
A Zesty Bite
The Spice Garden
The Pink Apron
The Baking Bookworm
It Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree
Savour the Senses 
The Comfort of Cooking
Ginger and Scotch
Chef Penni
Vegan Witch
The Sizzling Spoon
Mamma Me Gluten Free
Simple Gourmet Cooking
Epicurean Mom

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for continually inspiring me in the kitchen!


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Lemon Risotto With Summer Vegetables

For the better part of the day yesterday I struggled with figuring out what to make for dinner.  It was like I was having what I refer to as “Cooker’s Block”.  I wasn’t in the mood for a major meal and didn’t feel like running to the market, nor was there time to thaw anything so I landed on this risotto.  The wonderful thing about risotto is that it is so versatile.  You can add practically anything to it and every time it becomes a whole new taste experience.  This particular recipe is savory and bright and is quite divine with some good bread and a glass of wine.

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Creamy Cheesy Fusilli With Sausage and Broccoli

I pulled some sausage out of the freezer this morning and decided this afternoon that it needed to meet up with some steaming hot pasta and lots of cheese. Thinking of my health and desiring some color to the dish I added the broccoli. I was aiming for something really creamy and full of flavor. Yes the milk and cornstarch might seem less than typical paired with pasta, but I assure you they provided just the level of creaminess I was looking for. Beyond that, the red pepper provides just the right amount of heat which adds that something extra.  If you’re looking for a quick, simple delicious bowl of pasta this will not disappoint. Give it a try and tell me about it or tell me about your favorite pasta dish.   

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Simple Chunky Guacamole

As with many foodies I look forward to the various holidays that come up because a large part of how I celebrate is through the preparation of a favorite meal. Cinco de Mayo was no exception – I had planned on preparing some homemade guacamole dip.  Initially I was thinking of altering my traditional version, but then came to the conclusion that some things are simply better if left untouched. Unfortunately, luck was not on my side, and I ended up with a nasty cold and the celebration came and went without any contribution from me.  Needless to say I was not a happy girl.  So yes, this recipe is posted later than I would’ve preferred, but when it comes to food I always opt to persevere despite life’s challenges!  All that said, this dip is a definite winner, and its super simple to make and even more delicious when eaten alongside a lime-infused Corona!  Enjoy!

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Sautéed Haddock with Lemon, White Wine and Fresh Vegetables

This is a quick and easy dish that can’t help but make one think of summer. It’s full of fresh vegetables and lots of flavor.  I suppose you could mix in some rice if you’re craving carbs, but I think it stands on its own just fine. Yes, it does have some butter, which some may say takes away from its healthy aspect, but I feel the dish needs the extra richness from the butter to fully round out the flavors.  Another important point; don’t feel like you have to go out and purchase the vegetables listed in the ingredients-by all means use whatever you have on hand, as the seasonings incorporated by this dish together with the haddock, are nothing if not versatile.  

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