Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 16, 2017

MENU FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 16, 2017
Life is too short to be bored by dinner….
Over the years that we’ve posted our menus I have deliberately avoided any comment of a political nature.  My focus has been the food, not the political outlooks of the various people reading this.
Sadly, I have felt it necessary to say what I believe as loudly and as often as I am able. Despite the good food, there is a pit at the bottom of my stomach that simply will not go away.  I guess too many of us said too little for too long.  No longer.
At my age, I am no longer able to March on Washington (I have), but I strongly support these women – and anyone else standing up for decency, human rights and the United States Constitution.

When Virginia moved in with me, late summer of 1980, her mail of course started coming to my house and she of course saw what came to me. 

She was supporting The Gay Men's Health Crisis, I was supporting NARAL.  As it was in the beginning ...   wwj

Mon. AM    Hearty Barley Soup with Lentils and Red Swiss Chard revisited

Mon. PM     Sriracha Glazed Chicken Legs MS/VB
                   Steamed Rice
                   Glazed Carrots

Tues. AM    Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup revisited

Tues. PM    Pan Seared Tilapia with Chili Lime Butter GM 7/03
                   Sautéed Potatoes IHC
                   Roasted Acorn Squash

Weds. AM   Ditalini with Lentils and Shrimp revisited

Weds. PM   New England Boiled Dinner Revisited
                   Fresh Biscuits, Salad

Thurs. PM   Surprise Me From The Freezer

Fri. AM       Hot and Sour Soup MS/VB

Fri. PM       Roasted Chicken with Figs and Rosemary NYT/VB
                   Steamed Green Beans, Baguette, Salad

Sat. AM      Roast Beef Sandwiches with Tomato and Horseradish Mayo

Sat. PM       Pan Roasted Spare Ribs Treviso Style CIC I 301
                   Pasta with French Tomato Sauce
                   Braised Swiss Chard with Bacon and Hot Sauce BA11/16

Sun. AM     Challah French Toast

Sun. PM      Joyce Goldstein’s German Dinner
                   Classic Sauerbraten OHC
                   Potato Pancakes OHC

                   Braised Red Cabbage with Apple OHC

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 9, 2017

MENU FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 9, 2017

It’s been a cold and rainy type week.  Not too awful for January – except for the photos I keep seeing on Facebook from a dear friend luxuriating in the Yucatan. Thanks Joan!
We just purchased a stationary bike.  We belong to a gym, but it is a 25 minute drive and we both can find unusual and creative reasons not to go.  We did Tai Chi this fall, but it is over until March and even then it is only 1 ½ hours a week.  Killer hours, I might add.
The hope is that we’ll be able to get into a schedule.  Recommended exercise I am told is 30 – 60 minutes most days.  Ugh.  The only sport I’ve every excelled in was horseback riding/competition.  However, I’ve been out of training since 1962 and doubt that this is the time to start up again.
So, it is the stationary bike.  At least I can watch my reruns of Downtown Abby and my PBS Cooking Shows while I pedal away…

Mon. PM     Beef and Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry revisited
                   Salad        


 

Tues. AM    Chicken in Vinegar Butter Sauce Revisited
                   Steamed Rice

Tues. PM    Sara Moulton’s Salmon Baked in a Bag with Citrus,
                           Orange and Olives VB
                   Brown Rice Pilaf with Saffron, Ginger & Dried Cranberries BA 2/13
                   Tossed Salad




Weds. AM   Corned Beef Hash f/I D-4
                   Poached Eggs, Tomato Juice

Weds. PM   Quick Marinated Skirt Steak with Siracha Potatoes and Spinach VB
                   Shredded Zucchini
                   Tossed Salad




Thurs. PM   Surprise Me From the Freezer

Fri. AM       Hearty Barley and Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard BA 2/05

Fri. PM       Mozzarella Stuffed Pork Chops with Tomato Pan Sauce VB
                   Steamed Orzo
                   Sautéed Radishes with Honey
                   Tossed Salad, Baguette





Sat. AM      Blueberry / Corn Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Sat. PM       Lidia’s Ditalini with Lentils and Shrimp VB
                   Tossed Salad, Baguette




Sun AM      Greek Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo MS.VB

Sun. PM      New England Boiled Dinner with Horseradish Sauce and Mustards

                   Fresh Biscuits, Tossed Salad



Monday, January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

MENU FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 2, 2017
The holidays are over.  Now it is back to real life and real eating.  For us and for the cats too. (They enjoyed a bit of the Prime Rib, a bit of the Lobster and a bit of the Shrimp and they have indicated that they would enjoy these on a regular basis). Yuppie cats….
The one good thing about our endless winters in the Northeast is the food. Wonderful braises, stews etc. that would be repulsive on the Fourth of July are so welcome now.  Hardy dishes like Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic (not for the faint of heart), soon an Irish Beef Stew, a Coq au Vin, and perhaps a Sauerbraten.  So, real life in these parts need not be dull, but can be delicious and fulfilling.

Mon. AM    Turkey Potato Soup f/I D-1

Mon. PM     Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic BC-PW
                   Sautéed Potatoes IHC
                   Salad, French Bread

Tues. AM    Pea Soup with Croutons and Sour Cream

Tues. PM    Garlicky Linguini with Crab, Red Peppers, and Pine Nuts BA 1/00
                   Salad

Weds. AM   Pizza with Cherry Tomatoes,  Homemade Sausage, and Basil V/B

Weds. PM   Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic revisited

Thurs. AM  Turkey Meatball Soup f/I (D-2)

Thurs PM    Surprise Me From the Freezer

Fri. AM       Roast Beef Sandwiches on Kaiser Rolls with Horseradish Mayo

Fri. PM       Beef And Snap Pea Stir Fry  MS-VB
                   Brown Rice

Sat. PM       Bistro d’a’ Cotes Chicken in Wine Vinegar BC-PW 177
                   Julia Child’s Potatoes Sauvignon
                   Sautéed Green Beans

Sun. AM     Beef Stir Fry Revisited

Sun. PM      Pork Tenderloin with Plum Chutney BA 8/12
                   Wild Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits f/I D-3

                   Lemon Spinach

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 19 and December 26

WORKING MENUS FOR THE WEEKS OF 12/19 AND 12/26 2016

Mon. AM    Turkey Potato Soup f/I D-4

Mon. PM     Cajun Pulled Pork on Kaiser Rolls
                   Cole Slaw

Tues. AM    Gumbo with Steamed Rice f/I (D-5)

Tues. PM    Roasted Pork Shoulder and Roasted Potatoes Revisited
                   Sautéed Zucchini

Weds. AM   Eggs on a Raft

Weds. PM   French Garlic and White Bean Stew with Spinach BA 2/13
                   Salad, Peasant Bread

Thurs AM   Pasta with White Clam Sauce CCI

Thurs PM    Cider Cured Pork Chops NYT/VB

Fri. PM       Surprise Me From the Freezer

Sat. AM      Onion Frittata with Ricotta and  Fresh Herbs BA 5/11

Sat. PM       Roasted Prime Rib with Pan Sauce
                   Mashed Potatoes
                   Roasted Beets

Sun AM      Fried Eggs with Scrapple

Sun PM       White Wine Braised Ham with Shallows and Baby Carrots BA 4/04
                   Gratin of Turnips and Sweet Potatoes MS/VB
                   Steamed, Buttered Haricots Verts

Mon. AM    Onion Frittata Revisited

Mon. PM     Jacques Pepin’s Gratin  Parmentier ECWJPp
                   Tossed Salad

Tues. AM    Tuna Melts

Tues. PM    Baked Ham Revisited

Weds. AM   Turkey Chili with Rice f/I Door

Weds. PM   Sautee Chicken  Breasts with Butter and Capers MS/VB
                   Lemon Pasta EI
                   Tossed Salad

Thurs. PM   Surprise Me From The Freezer

Fri. AM       Corned Beef Sandwiches

Fri. PM       Pasta with Beef Bolognese f/I (G)
                   Salad

Sat. AM      Cheese Omelets

Sat. PM       Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney MS/VB
                   Wild Mushroom & Celery Root Bread Pudding with
                          Blue Cheese MS/VB

Sun AM      Waffles with Fresh Berries

Sun PM       Individual Crab Imperials, Baltimore Style  CBC
                   Steamed Rice

                   Buttered Asparagus

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 5, 2016

MENU FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 5, 2016

Mon. AM    Soft Scrambled Eggs with Steak and Blue Cheese Butter with Port

Mon. AM    Turkey Meatloaf with Gouda and Mushrooms revisited
                   Ziti with Cheddar Blue Cheese revisited
                   Green Beans

Tues. AM    Split Pea Soup with Turkey

Tues. PM    Eric Ripert’s Salmon with Green Lentils &Red Wine Sauce LBCB/R
                   Tossed Salad, Baguette

Weds. AM   Turkey Soup with Potatoes

Weds. PM   Mustard Horseradish Roasted Chicken Legs on Arugula GM 2/00
                   Warm German Potato Salad

Thurs. PM   Surprise Me From the Freezer

Fri. AM       Barley Lentil Soup f/i-Door

Fri. PM       Steak, Soba, and Bok Chou Stir Fry BA 4/13
                   Salad

Sat. AM      Turkey Chili over Rice f/I – Door

Sat. PM       Yankee Pot Roast – f/i – 5
                   Spätzle with Herbs
                   Tossed Salad

Sun. AM     Pulled Pork on Kaiser Rolls f/i -5
                   Cole Slaw

Sun. PM      Roasted Leg of Lamb
                   Mashed Potatoes with Mustard

                   Honey Butter Sautéed Carrots

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving Working Menu

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2016 WORK SHEET
Weds. Eve.

Crackers and Cheese
Boeuf Bourguignon BCIP FREEZE
Peasant Bread Toast
Tossed Salad



Thurs. AM
Bagels and Cream Cheese
Coffee

Thurs Noon
Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs  FREEZE


Thanksgiving Dinner
Appetizers
Roasted Red Pepper Humus BCMA- Friday
  Toasted Whole Wheat Pita Chips BCMA
Chacuterie/Cheese Platter WWJ
Buffalo Chicken Balls FREEZE
   Blue Cheese Sauce
Madeline Kaman’s Gravlox  MOAC Friday
Rillettes of Pork FSC FREEZE
  Toasted Baguette Slices
Country Pate/Pickles WWJ

Entrees
Sugar Free Brined Roasted Turkey BA 11/04 WED
Pan Gravy
Creole Andouille Stuffing  BA 11/99 TUES
Whipped Potatoes with Horseradish BA 11/12 WEDS
Pear and Parsnip Gratin BCMA MON
Green Beans with Mustard Sauce CCII 415
Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts MS/VB
Cranberry Sauce WJ

Desserts
Pumpkin Pie
Cheese Cake
Fruit Salad Steph
Pecan Pie Urs
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream GM 7/2000 vb FREEZE

Fri. AM
Bagels and Cream Cheese
Coffee


Friday Dinner
Appetizers
Mustard Batons ARMFK  FREEZE
Roasted Red Pepper Humus BCMA
  Toasted Whole Wheat Pita Chips BCMA
Chacuterie/Cheese Platter WW
Buffalo Chicken Balls FREEZE
   Blue Cheese Sauce
Madeline Kaman’s Gravlox  MOAC
Rillettes of Pork FSC FREEZE
  Toasted Baguette Slices
Country Pate WWJ

Entrees
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan BC
Braised Fennel & Black Olives GM 1/86
Creamed Onions or Balsamic Glazed Onions MS/VB
Crown Roast of Pork MS/VD
Wild Rice Stuffing with Fennel and Fruit MS/VB
Celery Root and Apple Remoulade MS/VB
Desserts
Everyday Chocolate Cake FREEZE
Pumpkin Pie
Cheese Cake
Fruit Salad Steph
Pecan Pie Urs
Tart Tatin
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream GM 7/2000 vb FREEZE

Sat AM
Bagels and Cream Cheese
Coffee
Sat. Noon
Classic New Orleans Gumbo with Turkey, Ham, Andouille and Shrimp FREEZE
Steamed Rice

Peasant Bread

Saturday, November 12, 2016

November 7, 2016

MENU FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7, 2016
Life is too short to be bored by dinner…

I am on my way to Thanksgiving.  At this point I have in, or about to go in, the freezer Weds. eve’s Beef Bourguignon (for early arrivals), the Turkey Meatballs for my Escarole Soup for Thursday, my Buffalo Chicken Balls (heaven forbid I should forget to have these on hand), my Rillettes of Pork, my Mustard Batons and buckets of a Classic New Orleans Gumbo (Shrimp, Kielbasa, Turkey, Ham) for Sat. lunch.  Now all I have to do is cook the rest of the food.
And of course, this is the time when I begin to panic that I don’t have enough food for “all these people” and start to add on dishes.  That’s where I get myself into trouble. As in this morning I found a Martha Steward recipe for Celeriac and Apple Remoulade that would be great for the pork (and can be made three days in advance) and a New York Times recipe for “Foolproof” Tart Tatin.  And perhaps another ice cream or too.
I wonder if there is a cure for this self-destructive malaise….

Mon. AM    Turkey Noodle Soup

Mon. PM     Chicken Milanese
                   Pasta with French Tomato Sauce
                   Salad

Tues. AM    Turkey Chili, Steamed Rice

Tues. PM    Poulet Provencal
                   Peasant Bread, Salad

Weds. AM   Eggs and Designer Bacon

Weds. PM   Shabu Shabu with Sesame  Dipping Sauce Fondu
                   Steamed Rice
                   Mustard Batons for Tday/Freezer  AMFK

Thurs.  PM  Surprise Me From the Freezer
                   Mini Buffalo Chicken Meatballs for the Freezer For Tday. BOTB Vol 15

Fri. AM       Pasta Bolognese f/i

Fri. PM       Classic New Orleans Gumbo with Ham, Chicken, Sausage,
                      and Shrimp GM 1/84, Steamed Rice

                   (Freeze the bulk for the Sat. after Thanksgiving)

Sat. AM      Soft Scrambled Eggs, Scrapple

Sat. PM       Pork Rillettes for freezer for Thanksgiving FSC
                   M Jacques Armagnac Chicken with Prunes AMFK 
                   Haricots Verts
                   Peasant Bread

Sun. AM     Blueberry Pancakes f/i

Sun PM       Bone In Garlic Studded Roast Pork with Julia Child’s Applesauce
                   Smashed Red Potatoes with Coarse Mustard and Caraway

                   Roasted Acorn Squash