Aunt Linda, Leek and Mushroom Flatbread, Honey Ice Cream, Flourless Chocolate Cake and Wine!

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What to do when your favorite aunt comes into to town on a cold and rainy Spring day? Eat, of course!

And we did! Right up until we went to bed. It was sinful but the celebration just couldn’t end.

She lives so far away and comes to town so rarely…

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Mushroom and Leek flatbread at 87 West, seated next to the fireplace was the perfect setting for a cozy chat.

The warmth of the fire took the chill off…

leek and mushroom flatbread PD

Arugula tops off the flatbread and adds nice balance to the creamy rich cheeses.

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Off to my favorite spot, Tartine Bistro for great wine!

Reza, the amazing bartender knows how to pick his wines. He never dissapoints.

Peanut butter accents rich dark chocolate!

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This honey ice cream was a pleasant surprise on warm berry cobbler. Mouth watering delicious!

They make it in house and it is subtle, creamy and delicious!

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Sushi, Scallops, Hearts of Palm and Polenta at Dante!

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Dante was the scene of a fabulous late night supper and wine tasting.

Not only did Dante roll sushi just for us; Sushi is a happy hour hour item and we were well past happy hour! But he was gracious enough to accommodate my lust.

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I find that it is best just to sit back and enjoy. I never order. I just graciously accept what this world class chef puts in front of me.

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Hearts of palm with spinach, portobello and ginger vinaigrette was amazing with crispy fried red onions.

034spinach and hearts of palm with fried red onion Dante PD

Our bartender kept the wines flowing as we took a world tour of reds from Italy to France, California and South America!

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There were Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot, Malbec…..

This was, by far, one of the best dining experiences that I have had in a while.

Dante is a true gem! In Cleveland or otherwise; world class!

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Scallops and polenta are divine!

Meatless Monday! Goat Cheese Purses in Pesto with Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula Salad

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Lots of pesto and olive oil!

I sliced french bread and brushed it with olive oil and broiled for a few minutes to get crunchy, crusty goodness!

I also toasted some pine nuts and served them on the side to garnish everything!

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008meatless monday arugula salad

Arugula dressed with fresh squeezed lemon and olive oil is simple, clean and delicious!
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009meatless monday

015meatless monday asparagus with roasted red pepper and garlic

016meatless monday goat cheese purses

018meatless Monday

meatless Monday

A great bottle of red wine and Brownies a la mode definitely make this a Meatless Monday to remember!

No one feels deprived. Not even the most serious of meat eaters.

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Meatless Monday! Spinach Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic with Eggplant and Fresh Mozzarella

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Meatless Monday! Fried Eggplant and spinach fettuccine is easy and fresh!

Fresh mozzarella puts the finishing touch on thinly sliced eggplant lightly coated in Italian breadcrumbs.

Roasted garlic and roasted cherry tomatoes add rich flavor to spinach fettuccine.

With all this flavor, who misses the meat?

Top with shredded parmesan and enjoy!

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Toss tomatoes in olive oil and roast on 400 degrees until they pop open! and smell delicious!

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042eggplant and mozzerella

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Beautiful beaujolais makes dinner…beautiful!

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Egg and water then bread crumbs go into frying pan with hot oil for a quick, light frying.

Mash up roasted garlic with a fork and mix in about 1/4 cup olive oil to create a “sauce”.

Add salt to taste.
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Just throw in fresh baby spinach to the last few minutes to boiling pasta to add flavor and nutrition.

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Dinner Bells

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Six o’clock and the bells are ringing.

Sammy knows that the bells mean dinner.

Today we had leftovers; Pizza and lots of it so nothing new to post today.

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It’s truly starting to feel like Spring when the sun is shining at 6 pm and you can hear the bells loud and clear without the acoustic muffling power of snow!

Soon there will be dinners on the patio, bells ringing, the sun going down and a glass of wine under the stars!

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