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March 2014

Shrimp Scampi w. Fettucini Pomodoro

It was a nice Wednesday on Maui, as a couple with two kids wanted to eat something Italian. Though I am not Italian, I swung a pasta for them..from almost scratch. I did not have the time to make the fettucini from scratch, nor the pomodoro from scratch, though I doctored up some tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes from can, and sautéed onions, mushrooms, lots of garlic in olive oil to kick up the Italiano flavors, a splash of cooking sherry, and grated parmesan. Made them garlic bread, a light salad, and of course sautéed shrimp scampi in infused garlic butter, oregano, Italian seasons, salt and pepper, and cooking sherry. The dinner was a success the family ate it all. So, if you need something Italiano, can do.

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Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives tossed in garlic, olive oil, sesame oil, and some Hawaiian POG

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Cooked Bacon from the oven, I chopped up and put some as a garnish, but also put it in the pomodoro sauce, totally home cooking to the max!

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Stirring the pomodoro with onions, mushrooms, garlic, oregano (fresh), and Italian seasons, the neighbors could smell it!

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Out of sequence this is the beginning of the pomodoro sauce, as I begin the sautéing of the onions, mushrooms and herbs in some light olive oil

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The shrimp in butter infused with fresh garlic, herbs and sherry wine, yes my friends beautiful.

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More shrimp for you, imagine the aroma mmmm!

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Okay enough already, I’m making myself hungry again… but you get the idea, yes, not everything was made from the chef, I had to use some ready made items because of time, and also clients was good with that…remember it will cost more for me to make everything from scratch, if so, then no problem I’ll just be in your house longer 🙂

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Al dente fettucini pasta, believe me, this one was good. If some fancy restaurants boil pasta and sell out, well…I’ll use it if you like.

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Yes the fettucini and pomodoro are in concert my friends, yes.. beautiful. Sorry no presentation photos, I had to hurry and feed the family, and they didn’t want their pictures taken. You know, I believe they may have been in the witness protection program or something…no just kidding my friends, happy life to you, happy eating. Give me an email we’ll cook and have fun.

 

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CHOPPED STEAK

In Hawaii one of the most popular dishes is called simply “Chopped Steak” and for every different individual that cooks, there will be a different take on chopped steak. My version varies depending on my client, does he or she have hypertension? Do they want an all natural cut of beef? Are they allergic to gluten which is prevalent in many soy sauces, by the way soy sauce is a one of the star ingredients, so soy sauce is an issue on occasion. However as I was saying, my version varies. On this particular day, in my test kitchen I tested the dish utilizing beef short rib cuts without the bone, and sliced it thin across the grain. Then seasoned it with sesame oil, soy sauce, cooking sherry wine, garlic, and black pepper.

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In this photo there’s approximately 1 3/4 pounds of thinly sliced short rib meat and the marinade. I let that sit about 2 hours.

Then I sliced up some fresh mushrooms and onions and sautéed that and set it aside. 

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I used 8 oz. of white mushrooms from an 8 oz. pre packed tray from Foodland, and used one medium large sweet round onion.

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I also minced a whole small medium red chili pepper for some heat. I also had garlic in the marinade.

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Then I heated up some oil, and started the cooking process, not too long because the short rib meat is tender when sliced across the grain, and I added a sauce before it was cooked to the skillet, a concoction of soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, water, vinegar and cooking sherry with some green onions minced.

As for the taste, my volunteer tester tasters ate the whole bowl..well after I cooked it in batches first of course.

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Contact: Chef Ron at email: chefsambrano@gmail.com

PAN GRILLED STEAKS

Dinners for two can be as simple as staying home, and letting a personal chef come into your kitchen and casually prepare you both a nice meal. Such as a nice Greek Salad, some nice warm buttered dinner rolls,  and a couple of juicy beef sirloins with a simple homemade blended steak sauce. And for dessert, fresh baked peanut butter cookies. Flatware and glass can be provided for an extra charge, or we’ll use your own plates, flatware and glasses.

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Contact me for more information  email: chefsambrano@gmail.com

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