Red Wine Poached Pear

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© 2013 REMCooks.com

Pears, anyone? Isn’t this a lovely dessert? No, we didn’t “poach” it as in take it illegally. We gently cooked the pears in red wine with sugar. It’s a very simple process yielding a dessert full of flavor although it does take a little time (about 30 – 40 minutes). Regardless, it is well worth it. Your family will thank you and ask why you never made (stole) this before. :) Continue reading

Chile Relleno en Nogada (Stuffed Chile in Walnut Sauce)

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© 2012 REMCooks.com

Chile Relleno en Nogada is a classic, traditional Mexican dish. It is a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with a picadillo made of pork, nuts, fruits and veggies covered with a creamy walnut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranates and parsley. Kinda Pretty isn’t it? Tasty, too. Continue reading

Cream of Red Chile Soup

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© 2013 REMCooks.com

I realize some of you, upon seeing the title, are saying “Cream of what? Richard what are you trying to do to me?” Calm down… Yes, this is a red chile soup. Yes, it has a little heat. No, I haven’t lost my mind. This is simply an unbelievably flavorful soup and your choice of red chiles helps you control the amount of heat to fit your own taste, as well as the flavor profile of the soup. It is a wonderfully warming soup on a cold and blustery day. You really need to give this a try. Yes, you will like it. :) Continue reading

How to Peel Tomatoes

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© 2013 REMCooks.com

Having cooked in various capacities and for over 40 years I tend to take certain things for granted. I think we all do. We don’t mean to do so but we all get so accustomed to doing what we do that we forget someone may not know how to do that which we think is simple.  We forget that someone had to teach us the most basic of things. Hence, the reason for this post. Continue reading

Mussels in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

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© 2013 REMCooks.com

Let’s talk about muscles, errr…I mean mussels. Mussels have the most pronounced flavor of the bivalves (i.e. clams, oysters, scallops, geoducks, mussels). Because of their pronounced flavor many people don’t like mussels preferring, instead, clams, scallops and oysters. We like mussels but we like almost all seafood. This recipe is a wonderful dish and very versatile in its use. Continue reading

Homemade Pasta with Pistachio Pesto

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© 2013 REMCooks.com

Now that we had made this wonderful Pistachio Pesto, we had to make something to go with it. Inasmuch as my food blogging buddies, ChgoJohn at from the Bartolini kitchens and Stefan at Stefan’s Gourmet Blog post a lot of homemade pasta recipes I decided I needed to make a little fresh pasta. So, homemade pasta with pistachio pesto it was. Continue reading