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About The Dads: Harris & Dave

We are just two dads that share the most wonderful grown children; Melissa, Leah, and Brenden. We also have two great son-in-laws including Melissa's husband and Leah's husband, Sean. Our kids think we have something special going on that we want to share with you. We're looking to inspire, teach, and share our style in entertaining, cooking, decorating, shopping, gardening and much more! We hope you follow us on our journey and share your experiences with us at The Dads: Harris & Dave!

True to Harris’ Italian roots ~ Cioppino, Italian Seafood Stew!

Add this amazing recipe to your repertoire and impress your friends; great for a dinner party!!!

This is very similar to the French version, bouillabaisse, only this doesn’t have saffron and the base is tomato. Staying true to Harris’ Italian roots was his goal when creating this dish.

The star ingredient is the calamari!  If you’ve not cooked calamari before now, don’t be afraid.  Most fear cooking calamari any way other than breaded and deep-fried but fear not.  You will be surprised how tender and flavorful it is in this dish.  If you watch our video, you will also see how much liquid is released from the calamari as it simmers.  While I do believe in substitutions, we strongly recommend not replacing the star ingredient; you’re going to love it!!!

We recommend serving with garlic rubbed crostinis or a rustic bread as you’ll definitely want something to soak up the delicious broth while eating the shell fish!

Enjoy!!!

(Sorry, there wasn’t a photo of this dish once plated.  with everyone sitting at the table waiting to be served we got distracted!!)

Here in the video, Harris demonstrates how to cook our very special Cioppino! See below for the recipe!

Cioppino

  (Tomato based Seafood Stew)

This recipe will serve 8 or possibly 10

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb – chopped fine
  • 1 large white onion – chopped fine
  • 3 ribs celery – chopped fine
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ pound fresh squid, tentacles cut in thirds, bodies cut into ½ inch rings
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 26 ounce carton (Pomi) fresh tomato, strained
  • 2 lemons (zest only) – 1 peeled in strips and 1 finely grated
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 bottles clam juice (2 cups)
  • 2 lbs. fresh mussels
  • 2 lbs. Cherry Stone clams
  • 1 lb. Rock fish, skinned and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

The dish requires a very large Dutch oven or clam pot.

Place fresh clams and mussels in a large bowl of very cold water with ice to flush out any sand in the shells.  Before adding clams and mussels inspect to be certain all are tightly closed.  If any of the shells are open or cracked, discard, as they are dead and not edible.  Also trim beard of mussels if needed.

 Directions:

  1. Place Dutch oven over medium heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the fennel, onion, celery, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  Season with Kosher salt to sweat the onions.  Cook until translucent, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add squid. Cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The squid will release their juices, which is amazing and will become very tender.
  3. Raise heat to medium-high and add white wine. Cook until reduced, about 20 minutes.
  4. Reduced heat to low and add tomato and lemon strips and cook until very thick, about 45 minutes. Remove lemon strips, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Raise heat to medium-high, add water and clam juice and bring to boil. Add clams, mussels, and shrimp, cover and cook until most of the shells have opened, about 5 minutes.  Add rock fish and cook another 2 minutes until the fish is opaque.
  6. In a small bowl, combine chopped parsley and grated lemon to make Gremolata.
  7. Serve in individual large bowls, placing seafood in the bottom of bowl, ladling over the seafood the broth. Sprinkle with the gremolata and serve.
Knock your socks off Amazing Italian Seafood Stew!

Knock your socks off Amazing Italian Seafood Stew!

Love this recipe? Follow us and share it with your friends! Let us know how it came out and send us some pictures! Questions? Ask The Dads in the comments or e-mail: HarrisandDave@gmail.com

Enjoy!!!

Electric Knife Sharpener, Chef’s Choice Professional Sharpening Station 130

Are you tired or dull knives? We highly recommend the Chef’s Choice Professional Sharpening Station 130. This beauty can sharpen any knife, including a serrated edge knife. I’ve tried just about every knife sharpener on the market and this is the best. Check it out:  Chef’s Choice Professional Sharpening Station 130.

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Excited about getting back to blogging!

Since Melissa and Leah’s careers have taken off, they have not had time to do any posting for us. Yes, as a team Harris and I would provide them with the content but they would do all the actual posting. Well we’re not giving up! The Dad’s plan a return next month!!!

Let us know if there are any topic you’d like us to cover!!!

See you soon,
The Dads’ Harris & Dave

Our Secret Weapon Against Streaks: Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleaner!

We love the sleek look of our glass cooktop stove, but have always struggled to maintain that perfectly shiny mirror finish. Try as we might, cooking oils always seem to leave residual smears and streaks. Or at least they did, until we discovered that Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleaner! Weiman’s a great brand, and their spray cooktop cleaner is easy to use and works great! We are proud to say that our cooktop is finally streak-free! So, here’s a quick tip for those of you who have glass cooktops at home like we do. Try Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleaner! And if you doubt how easy it is, make sure to watch Dave’s demonstration in the video below.

A Rainbow of Leaves: Coleus Plants

Today we wanted to shared with you another one of our favorite garden plants: Coleus Plants. We especially love this plant as it is durable and easy to grow. They are best known for their bright colors, and variety of foliage.

While this plant can survive in full sun, the foliage color tends to intensify in light shade. Also, as your plant grows, pinch the center stems back to help induce bushier growth. You will also want to pinch off the flower stems as they form as that will also encourage more foliage.

Coleus come in a number of shapes and colors, ranging from solid deep burgundies to magenta tipped with lime. With such variety, you can really have fun mixing and matching different varieties together or with other flowers and plants to vibrant effect.

In the video below, Harris shares with you his love for the very hearty and vivacious Coleus plant!

Create stunning landscapes with Dragon Wing Begonias!

Summer has officially started and we are loving all of the bright and beautiful annuals around our pond! Annuals plants, like their name implies, live only a year, but what a joy they are when they are in bloom. Dragon Wing Begonias are fantastic summer annuals because they mature quickly and will give your garden a nice splash of pink or red color. Dragon Wings fill in fast to form a lush garden bed or border that will last clear up to the first frost and always be full of breathtaking blooms! In the video below, Harris shares some more information about Dragon Wing Begonias and how to use them best. So plant some of these beauties and let us know what you think! Just a tip: Dragon Wings do best in areas of partial shade.

Harris’ Tour of The Dads’ English Style Garden!

How have your gardens come together this spring? Harris shares with you some of his ideas for easy to care for English style gardens!

For inspiration, use of Hostas adds for gentle borders or a dramatic effect! Coralbells sport airy flower spikes on wiry stems above low-growing, often dramatic foliage. For us, we feel the use of topiaries is especially wonderful in our historic home, as the art of topiary gardens date back to Roman times.

We feel that our gardens are a reflection of us as yours should be of you. Bottom line, design and plant what makes you happy! But now’s the time to get it done so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer!

 

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