My Pizza and Bidet Experience in Naples

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A long long time ago when I was in the Coast Guard I got transferred to Libya. Before I got to the base in Libya I had to go through Naples where the central command headquarters for the Coast Guard in the Mediterranean area was located. I spent a few days there before I got flown down to Libya.

My first night there a few of the guys that were stationed in Naples (lucky bastards)  offered to show me around to a local “ristorante” and “taverna”.

Our first stop was the ristorante who’s main claim to fame was it’s pizza. The waiter came over and I said that I wanted one with pepperoni and onions. My new friends rolled their eyes and laughed.

I said “What?”

They explained that it only came one way and that’s it. So we just ordered pizza.

I asked where the mens room was and got pointed to the “toilette”. When I got inside there was the funniest looking urinal that I had ever seen. It wasn’t up against the wall. It was on the floor and had some funny looking plumbing sticking up a little ways from the bottom.

So I peed in the “urinal” and finally found the little handle to make it flush and when I bent over and “flushed” it, it squirted me in the face.

When I got back to the table and told my new pals about it they almost fell on the floor laughing. It took a few minutes for them to recover and they explained to me what a “bidet” was.

Way in the back of the ristorante I could see a huge furnace looking thing that was made out of stone and obviously had a fire going on inside of it and a guy was putting raw pizzas in and taking the cooked ones out. Nothing like the pizza ovens that I was used to seeing back in New Jersey. It was explained to me by my “guides” that there was a wood fire burning  in the back of the oven.

Then our pizza showed up and it looked something like this!!

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Besides not looking like any pizza that I had ever seen before it wasn’t even sliced. We all had plates, knives and forks and it was explained to me that we each would cut off our own pieces.

Well, it was delicious! The crust! Wow! I could have made a meal out of just the crust.

I asked, “Where’s the oregano and what are those funny looking leaves”.

That got some more eye rolling and I was told that the leaves were basil and that oregano wasn’t used on pizza there in Naples.

Later on I met a cute “signorina”  at the taverna and she also taught me a few things.

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Salmon Filets with Lime Juice and Cilantro – 20 minutes – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

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Salmon Filets with Lime Juice and Cilantro…

……is quick and easy and a real tasty way to put together a real good weeknight  supper.

When we were living in Mexico we learned to use limes instead of lemons and cilantro instead of parsley. Mostly because lemons and parsley were pretty damn hard to find and limes and cilantro were everywhere.

There was always lots of fresh fish available and this was our favorite way to throw it together. 

it’s easy to do and you will like it.

Rinse off and pat dry the cilantro and coarsely chop it up. Put it in a small bowl and squeeze in the lime juice.

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That juice squeezer that you see in the pic, we brought back with us from Mexico. You can get them here in the states and for limes especially they work real well.

Melt the butter in the microwave and add it to the cilantro.

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Put a skillet on the stove at medium high and eyeball enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom.

Rinse off the salmon filets and pat them dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Some optional additional herbs for the sprinkling are dried dill weed, dried basil, lemon pepper, garlic powder and on and on.

But just salt and pepper work just fine.

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If your salmon filets still have the skin on them put them in the skillet with the skin side up. If they have been skinned put them in with the flatter side, that has a gray stripe, facing up.

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Just about 2-3 minutes a side depending on how thick your Salmon Filets are.

When you can see the white liquid trying to escape from the middle of the  salmon filets  – it means that they are ready.

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Spoon the cilantro mixture on the filets while they are still in the skillet then put them on your serving dish. Then spoon the liquid from the pan on top.

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This Salmon Filets dish is a real good one. Enjoy it!!

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  1. Rinse off and pat dry the cilantro and coarsely chop it up. Put it in a small bowl and squeeze in the lime juice. Melt the butter in the microwave and add it to the cilantro.
  2. Put a skillet on the stove at medium high and eyeball enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom. Rinse off the salmon filets and pat them dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If your salmon filets still have the skin on them put them in the skillet with the skin side up. If they have been skinned put them in with the flatter side, that has a gray stripe, facing up.
  3. Just about 2-3 minutes a side depending on how thick your Salmon Filets are. When you can see the white liquid trying to escape from the middle of the salmon filets - it means that they are ready.
  4. Spoon the cilantro mixture on the filets while they are still in the skillet then put them on your serving dish. Then spoon the liquid from the pan on top.
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Baked Pork Chops Dinner – In One Pan – 30 Minutes – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

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Baked Pork Chops Dinner is all in One Pan and.. …30 minutes, total. Oh yeah, and real good.

I was in the grocery store picking up some wine – of course – and looking around for something a little different for supper. When I spied these real thick, bone in, pork loin chops.

I had a couple little chores to do so I bought what I needed to put together this one pan dinner that would just go in the oven and free me up for a little while.

I bet you find yourself in that kind of crunch sometimes too.

I picked out veggies that would take the same time to cook that the thick pork chops would and heres what the product of my chopping, olive oiling and salt and peppering looked like. I did sprinkle a little paprika on the potatoes and a little grated parmesan on the pork chops.

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You could use a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed or wiped with olive oil. Or, a nonstick one like you see in the pic.

In the pursuit  of quick and easy I got the pre trimmed and washed string beans in  produce and the pre peeled and cut potatoes in frozen . The onion and the pepper were the only cutting up that I had to do.

It went into a 475° oven for twenty minutes and our Baked Pork Chops Dinner all was cooked and ready.

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I didn’t get all my honeydos finished but a nice dinner with my honey and that bottle of Pinot Noir that I had grabbed at the store all made for a real good evening.

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  1. Set the oven at 475F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe with olive oil. Put the pork chops and the veggies on the baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with paprika and the pork chops with grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Put the sheet into the oven and cook for 20 minutes. The veggies should be cooked and crisp on the edges and the pork chops should be firm to a poke or read 155- 160 on an instant read meat thermometer.
  3. Enjoy!!
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Pork Tenderloin Medallions Sautéed in Red Wine with Roasted Red Peppers – 25 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions Sautéed in Red Wine with Roasted Red Peppers?

WOW….

…….that sounds like a tough dish to make. But it’s not. It definatly qualifies as a quick and easy weeknight meal. 

10 Minutes Prep time and 15 Minutes or less cook time and you will have it on the table.

You could sub chicken tenders or breast cut up into medallions for the Pork Tenderloin and beef or chicken broth for the red wine.

You can get roasted red peppers in a jar off the shelf at the grocery store. We make ’em ourselves and keep a small mason jar of them in the fridge. They are real easy to do and real tasty. Here’s how do it==> Roasted red peppers recipe.

Let’s get it going. 

Put a skillet on at medium high.

Whenever I buy pork Tenderloins I always get at least twice as much as I need for that nights supper and remove the silver skin from all of them with a sharp knife. Then the extra goes in the freezer in zip-locs. That’s where tonight’s pork tenderloin came from.

Slice the pork tenderloins crossways into about 3/8″- 1/2″ thick slices.

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Drizzle enough olive oil into the skillet to barely coat the bottom. Put the pork tenderloin medallions into the skillet getting them all spread out . Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Give them one minute a side max.

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Add the red wine, the butter, the roasted red peppers and the garlic. 

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Mix it all together and when the wine has reduced and thickened up a little it’s time to serve and enjoy your Pork Tenderloin Medallions Sautéed in Red Wine with Roasted Red Peppers. Bon Appetit!!  

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I multi tasked and put together some penne pasta aglio e olio as my starch tonight. Gammy is gluten free and paleo so she had spaghetti squash aglio e olio as her side dish. 

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high. Slice the pork tenderloins crossways into about 3/8"- 1/2" thick slices.Drizzle enough olive oil into the skillet to barely coat the bottom. Put the pork tenderloin medallions into the skillet getting them all spread out . Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Give them one minute a side max.
  2. Add the red wine, the butter, the roasted red peppers and the garlic. Mix it all together and when the wine has reduced and thickened up a little it's time to serve and enjoy your Pork Tenderloin Medallions Sautéed in Red Wine with Roasted Red Peppers. Bon Appetit!!
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