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  1. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Alison Roman's roasted salmon with brown-butter harissa sauce and dilly salad from the New York Times cooking section. I also made salt-roasted new potatoes with roasted garlic aioli.
  2. The house has a roof but does not generally have solid walls. The front of it is completely open to the elements, and the sides are open but gated. This is a picture I snagged from the management company's website to give you an idea. This is the living room. In front of it there are steps down to a swimming pool and there's a cliff beyond that. The kitchen and dining rooms are to the right of the living room and are also open to the elements just like this room. The bedrooms are behind these other rooms and do have walls and locking doors. I'm not cooking because with the open air setup I am expecting lots of little island visitors based on prior experience. Certainly various bugs and lizards, probably iguanas, definitely birds, and maybe some island cats. Hopefully no rats but you never know! :-)
  3. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Crispy cod cake with basil aioli and a celery arugula salad
  4. On Friday I will be returning to St. John. A month after we left in 2017, the island was hit by back to back category 5 hurricanes. The damage was devastating. Many of the restaurants I showed pictures from were completely destroyed and not rebuilt (Zozos, Shipwreck Landing, Waterfront Bistro, Beach Bar--though that one is coming back someday--Jakes...and many others. Caneel Bay was destroyed and rebuilding has not started yet (complicated story). Cinnamon Bay was also destroyed and has not been rebuilt. Power has been restored island wide but about half the island still has no phone or internet. The people that live on St. John have been working hard to restore the island and they have made a lot of progress. I am grateful for the chance to return. The house we rented does have power and internet, so I'm planning on updating this thread with our dining adventures as I am able (connectivity and power depending). I'm not planning on cooking at all, as the house we rented is open air, so the restaurants will be getting our dining dollars. I'm looking forward to some warm sun and good food.
  5. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Spice crusted cod tacos
  6. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Wednesday we had crispy chicken with a warm radicchio-arugula-fennel-cherry tomato salad Last night I made ricotta gnocchi with a garlicky cherry tomato sauce and baby spinach Both recipes are from the cookbook Dinner Illustrated. I find it a very helpful cookbook for busy work nights.
  7. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    @Ann_T I hope all goes well for Moe, and you find some decent food. Hospital food is the worst. Last night, noodle bowl with mushrooms and spinach, topped with slow cooked salmon
  8. I'm not Dave the Cook but I know the answer: carbon monoxide poisoning. You need to install an make up air damper with a powerful vent hood so that the oxygen levels remain correct in your house. Mine is integrated into the hood so it opens automatically whenever the exhaust fan is turned on.
  9. i just renovated both of my kitchens within the past six months. Things I have in my main kitchen now that I did not before and am so very grateful to have: A powerful six burner gas range. A powerful hood that vents to the outside. Additional outlets and more dedicated circuits. Cabinets with drawers that roll out for easy access to stored items. A huge refrigerator. A large window over the sink. Undercabinet lighting. I also like my microwave drawer. I was not going to get one but my designer talked me into it. It's nice to have the microwave off the counter.
  10. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Ii made polenta last night. Topped with wine braised short ribs for the beef eaters Mushrooms for the non-beef eaters
  11. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Tuesday we had cod in a coconut broth with ginger, garlic and lemongrass, and some cilantro rice Last night was pomegranate molasses glazed salmon with a black-eyed pea, walnut and pomegranate salad Both recipes are from America's Test Kitchen.
  12. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    We got 17 inches of snow yesterday. Chicken noodle soup and popovers for dinner
  13. One of my favorite restaurants on Cape Cod used to make a deep fried tempura avocado stuffed with spicy tuna. It was soooo good. I've been meaning to try and make it at home, so am printing out the instructions above. Here is a picture of it. My family was very sad when it came off the menu!
  14. liamsaunt

    Dinner 2019

    Pepperoni pizzas baked in a cast iron skillet for my nephew. I prefer thin crust pizza but he likes the thick kind.
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