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 Aside from the general pleasure of visiting the farmers market, this past weekend there was an added bonus of discovering a new food item..

rapini.

Rapini (commonly marketed in the United States as broccoli raab or broccoli rabe /rɑːb/) is a green cruciferous vegetable. The edible parts are the leaves, buds, and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do not form a large head. Rapini is known for its slightly bitter taste and is particularly associated with Italian, Galician, and Portuguese cuisines. Within the Italian tradition, the plant is associated especially with southern Italian cuisines such as those of Ciociaria, Rome, Naples, Campania, and Apulia.

 So I happened to be taking pictures of the vendors display when I happened to overhear him telling a couple of ladies about rapini. 

 "Its like broccoli, you cook everything," he said. As I put my camera down and stepped forward I said, "...

Summer is literally around the corner, and the temperature these days certainly reflects that. 

Dinner salad season has arrived.

This evening, I decided on a rosemary shrimp salad. To make this warm weather delight you'll need:

3 Rosemary Leaves

 1 Tsp Alaea Salt

 1 Cup Grapes

 1/2 Cup Sunflower Kernels

 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese Crumbles

 2 Tsp EVOO (for cooking) 2 TSP EVOO (for after shrimp has cooked and adding all ingredients together.)

 1 Tsp Ground Ginger

 1 Tsp Ground Cloves

 1 Tsp Sriracha

 .... and 1 1/2 lb large shrimp.

In a skillet with heat on medium low, heat up olive oil. After five minutes, add shrimp. After shrimp has cooked for 5 to 7 minutes, add rosemary, cloves, ginger, sriracha, and half a tsp of alaea salt to mixture. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes. 

After shrimp blend has finished cooking, add mixture to a large salad bowl. Add grapes, goat cheese crumbles, sunflower kernels, as well as remaining EVOO and alaea salt. Blend well, plate.....

.....and enjoy! 

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 Living in the heart of the city, I developed a fondness for grocery delivery. Don't drive but want to get eight honeydew melons for a fruit salad? 

Hello! Grocery delivery.

This week I wanted a couple of specialty items and opted to physically go to the store. (Lol) Anyhow, this evening I made a quick, easy, and delicious meal, Italian Sausage w/ Wheat Pasta & Mozzarella Sauce.

What you'll need:

Wheat Pasta (a little less than half of the package for two people.)

1 lb Italian sausage.

This go 'round, I did not make the sauce from scratch, so, helloo.. I used Ragu, hah!

Two cups, sliced mushrooms.

Two cups, green onion (chopped).

1tsp olive oil.

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.

1/cup shredded sharp cheddar.

4 tsp coarse ground black pepper. 

Boil 1/2 pot hot water (with a pinch of salt) for pasta, and warm skillet on medium low with one tsp of olive oil. Once water starts boiling, add pasta and simmer on medium setting. Once olive oil is hot, add Italian sausage to skillet, cooking on medium lo...

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