Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 17, 2016

Life is too short to be bored by dinner….


This is a week of recovery.  Last weekend we drove to Ohio to attend the 50th anniversary of my graduation from Marietta College.  This weekend also was the inauguration of Dr. William Rudd as the new president.
A dear friend of mine talked me into working on “The Committee”.  I was skeptical at first, but as my husband said, “you can’t say no to Chris”.  And I am ever so glad that I did.
The work on the committee was a fair bit of work, but it was a wonderful experience as I came across and connected with so many names from so long ago. Once there, it was as though we had never left – except of course for the gray hair, the extra pounds and the comfortable shoes.
We were, and still are, a great group of people. I am privileged to be a part of it.

Mon. AM Hot and Sour Soup (leftover from Chinese take-out Sun. eve)

Mon. PM Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy
Steamed Rice, Sautéed Spinach

Tues. AM Buttermilk Pancakes with Fresh Berries or Chicken Gravy

Tues. Eve. White Beans with Sausage f/i
Tossed Salad

Weds. AM Turkey Chili f/i, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar

Weds. PM Roast Chicken revisited
Butter Sautéed Carrots

Thurs. AM Pulled Pork on Kaiser Rolls f/i
Cole Slaw

Thurs. PM Slow Cooker Ropa Viega FNTV
Steamed Rice
Tossed Salad

Fri. AM Craig Claiborne’s Corned Beef Hash CC I
Hashed Brown Potatoes CCI
Poached Eggs

Fri. PM Julia’s Poulet en Cocotte Bonne Femme JCI
(Casserole Roasted Chicken with Bacon, Onions and Potatoes)
Tossed Salad, Peasant Bread

Sun. AM Lidia’s Pasta Bolognese f/i

Sun. PM Roasted Loin of Pork with Sherry and Sauteed Red Onions FW 11/97
Martha’s Mushroom and Celery Root Bread Pudding MS/VB
Tossed Salad

October 10, 2016

The last half the menu is blank as we were at a reunion in Ohio.


Mon. AM   Tortellini Soup

Mon. PM   Martha’s Mediterranean Chicken Stew
Cous Cous

Tues. AM Russian Borscht, Fresh Dill, Sour Cream
Pumpernickel Bread

Tues. PM Mustard Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Glazed Carrots

Weds. AM Classic Gumbo f/i

Weds. PM Lamb Curry
Steamed Rice
Baby Peas

Monday, October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016

Life is too short to be bored by dinner…

In addition to the roughly 1000 cookbooks we own, my food magazine collection (Gourmet, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit) goes back about 35 years. True, a lot recipes of the past 15 years are on line – but I still go back to some of the old ones. I think it is the Gourmet of 10/84 that has my standard gumbo recipe and also my no fail Beef Tenderloin with Cornichon sauce is from a Gourmet in the early 80’s.
I enjoy returning to these publications, not only for the recipes but for the glorious, luscious food photography they published. Someone (I don’t remember who) called it Gastro Porn.  And so be it.
Not so much now.  Frequently Bon Appetit looks as though the art director was hired away from Marvel Comics and when the magazine publishes an ad for a full page cover – I think I’m looking at a Penzi’s or William Sonoma catalog. You know – a product catalogue where they throw in a few recipes that flatter the product. 
That’s the difference. Of course magazine needs advertising to support the product. But without the product front and center, there is no magazine. Only advertising – and that’s not what I’m paying for or interested in.
So, call me old and cranky – but give me my Gastro Porn any day….

Mon. AM Spanish Frittata MS/VB

Mon. PM Jacques Pepin’s Beef Gratin Parmentier ECWJP
Baby Peas

Tues. AM Hot Roast Beef Sandwich

Tues. PM Garlic Shrimps with White Beans and Grilled Bread BA 10/10
Tossed Salad

Weds. AM Ham and Munster Panini

Weds. PM Key West Pork Chops CCI
(Pork Chops Baked on a Bed of Spanish Rice with Sliced
 Onion, Sliced Lime and Chili Sauce)

Thurs. PM Martha’s Mediterranean Chicken Stew MS/VB
Peasant Bread, Salad

Fri. AM Tortellini Soup FNT/VB

Fri. PM Lidia’s Steak Maremma LI
(Tuscan Steak)
Compte Polenta FW 10/03
Sautéed Green Beans

Sat. AM Craig Claiborne’s Russian Borscht
Fresh Dill, Sour Cream, Pumpernickel Bread

Sat. PM Mustard Roast Chicken with Roasted Potatoes GDMT
Sautéed Carrots with Rosemary

Sun. AM Pasta with White Clam Sauce CCI

Sun PM Tian of Leg of Lamb Roasted on a Bed of Potatoes with Tomatoes
  Fresh Herbs
Steamed Asparagus with Sea Salt.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 26, 2016

Life is too short to be bored by dinner….

As we near the end of the month, I am finally ready to think about fall. There is something inside me that shifts from craving lobster rolls to looking forward to beef stew.  Perhaps next week I’ll do the Beef Stew with Dijon from the Times or Martha Stewart’s Sicilian Beef Stew with Fennel and Orange (for the slow cooker).
This past week I did a Roast Chicken Provencal which was a wonderful transition dish for the season.  Light, yet rich, and oh so full of flavor.  I’ll reheat this again tonight – yet another case where leftovers are to be treasured.
Friday is Warner’s birthday.  And that calls for beef.  I believe a standing rib – nothing quite so celebratory. With that luscious pan gravy with madeira.  Rich.
And oh yes, the cats want to know why the chicken giblets pack inside a whole chicken no longer seem to have liver.  They’d like to speak to their lawyer about that…..

Mon. AM Roast Beef on a Kaiser Roll with Horseradish Mayo & Pickle f/i

Mon. PM Eric Ripert’s Pan Roasted Salmon w/ Red Wine & Lentils LBC-R
Peasant Bread
Tossed Salad

Tues. AM Pea Soup f/i

Tues. PM New England Boiled Dinner Revisited
Horseradish Sauce, Fresh Biscuits

Weds. AM Rueben Sandwiches on Rye Bread

Thurs. AM Linguini with Clam Sauce CCI

Thurs. PM Daniel Boulud’s Roast Chicken Grand Mere w/ Root
      Vegetables and Two Heads of Garlic DBCBCB
Salad, Peasant Bread

Fri. AM Croque Monsier/Madame BA 5/14

Fri. PM Roast Beef with Madeira Pan Sauce
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Sauted Mixed Onions with Sherry Vinegar BA

Sat. AM Spanish Frittata with Onion and Potato MS/VB

Sat. PM Spare Ribs with Pickle Sauce TLG
Celery Root and Potato Rosti MS-V

Sun. AM Celery Root and Potato Rosti
Poached Eggs

Sun. PM Roast Chicken Revisited

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 19, 2016


Mon. AM Garboure Gratinee f/i

Mon PM Roasted Cod with Red Potatoes and Black Olives MS/VB

Tues. AM Turkey Chili f/i
Steamed Rice

Tues. PM Tuscan Style Spare Ribs with Balsamic Glaze FWSF 181
Sautéed Potatoes IHC

Weds. AM Spaghetti with Fresh Soprossata FW 11/10

Weds. PM Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Peaches & Ginger Sauce BA 8/98
Nicoise Style Orzo FW 7/94

Thurs. PM Beef Bourgonon f/i

Fri. AM Buttermilk Pancakes

Fri. PM Poulet Provencal GM 3/08
Arugula Orzo MS/VB

Sat. AM Pasta Bolognese f/i

Sat. PM New England Boiled Dinner CCI
Horseradish Sauce, Fresh Biscuits

Sun. AM Beef Barley Soup f/i Gumbo over rice

Sun. PM Poulet Provencal revisited
Arugula Orzo

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 9, 2016

Life’s too short to be bored by dinner…
Several weeks ago, we took in new cat.  She and 7 other brother and sisters had been tossed onto the street when a neighbor moved in May.  Warner and a lady from across the street have been feeding them since.  This particular cat made it known that she was interested in a permanent home at our address.
We named her Giada de Laurentiis.  Thought perhaps Julia Child  could use some company after losing her brother, James Beard, a few years back.
It would appear that Julia Child would prefer to remain an only cat.  A mild 16 year old with poor hearing – she has turned into HellCat No. One.  She is hell bent on making Giada’s life miserable.  Even well placed spray water bottles do not deter her. Oy.  It is no wonder I have grey hair…
One fun experience, however, was to watch Giada devour her first shrimp. An act of clear pleasure for her.  If she keeps eating the way she is, she is going to be the size of a small cheetah – and then she can deliver Julia Child a good one across the chops.

Fri. AM Cheeseburgers f/i
Fri. PM Spicy Sweet Glazed Shrimp MS/VB
Steamed Rice, Shedded Zucchini

Sat. AM Spinach and Bacon Frittata MS/VB

Sat. PM Chicken Negimaki  NYT/VB
Cold Sesame Egg Noodles NED 87
Sesame Mustard Kirby

Sun. AM Spaghetti with Fresh Sopresseta FW 11/10
                Left over lemon chicken and Sweet glazed Shrimp

Sun PM Cat Cora’s Small Skewers of Pork over Shredded Salad FNTV

Mon. AM Classic Vegetable Soup BA 7/14

Mon. PM Slow Cooker Carne Guisada(Beef) with Cheese & Tortillas MS/VB

Tues. AM Frittata revisited

Tues. PM Tuscan Style Spareribs with a Balsamic Glaze FWSf 181
Ketchup Potatoes PB
Steamed Corn

Roast Chicken
Weds. AM Vegetable Soup Revisited

Weds. PM  Chicken Curry with Spinach and Peas MS/VB
Steamed Rice

Thurs. PM Chorizo (French Garlic Sausage) & White Bean Stew BA 2/13
Peasant Bread, Salad

Fri AM Chicken Curry Revisited

Fri. PM Tandoori Chicken Wings MS/VB
Steamed Rice, Sauteed Kirby revisited

Sat. AM Chorizo and Bean Stew RevisitedEggs on a raft

Sat. PM Ina’s Mustard Marinated Flank Steak BCFP
Crispy Buffalo Style Potatoes FWSF
Corn Roast Chicken

Sun. AM Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers FW 7/14

Sun. PM Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Peach and Ginger Sauce BA 8/98
Nicoise Style Orzo Salad FW 7/99