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One more tremendous dish from the Real Cajun book: kind of a dish where you just go with the recipe suspending your disbelief to great results: you start with something that sounds like a kitchen sync and end up with a delicate flavorful dinner đŸ™‚

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i discovered salmon parmentier a long ago, the days when i was so into the french cooking as to have a subscription to the “Cuisine et Vins de France” magazine. this was the dish from one of the issues. I even covered it on my blog: eatsipride.wordpress.com/2006/12/31/salmon-pa rmentier/

fast forward three plus years: tonight i indeed made it with some codfish…

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Somehow it never occurred to me to steam squid (or shrimp); until now that is – seems like it’s a great way to cook either.
It takes about couple mins to cook squid (cut up into 1/4″ rings) and about 2-3 mins for med shrimp. Just don’t put them together. Since the cooking time is so short it’s no big deal to do it in sequence.
I improvised some pesto mostly from bits and pieces in need to be used: a clove of garlic, a scallion, some pine nuts, half of an anaheim chile, handful of parsley and mint, and some arugula.
And udon is my favorite type of noodles – i like its chewiness. Overall came as a great dinner, in no time!

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Never before i attempted to cook pork chops. Even at restaurants they seem to be always too dry. Until that day when somebody in my party ordered a sausage stuffed pork chop at the Catherine Lombardi restaurant. To my surprise the stuffing was actually a topping and the chop was tasty and juicy (well it didn’t hurt of course that the meat was of a Berkshire pig).
The experience encouraged me to try and reproduce this dish at home. So couple of days ago i got a nice chop and sausage at the Whole Foods.
Couldn’t find any similar recipe so had to improvise. And i didn’t disappoint myself đŸ™‚

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