Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 28, 2011


We are now into the sweet land of leftovers following our festive Thanksgiving. The troops left Sat. afternoon and it has taken me a couple of days to recover.  Funny that one can’t do things the way one did at 40…..So I’m grateful that I’ve got food to fall back on. For if the truth be known, I’m not up for cooking quite yet.

Also back at the gym.  Didn’t have time to go last week, and frankly wasn’t worried about getting exercise.  This Thanksgiving, as usual, I lost weight…..Unfortunately; I will regain that as I return to normal operating procedures. I’ve talked to other serious cooks who go through the same process.  It’s a function of fatigue, stress and the fact that when one tastes foods for several days one comes up no so hungry.

Mon. AM             Pasta with White Clam Sauce CCI 343

Mon. PM              Pork Goulash
                             Buttered Noodles
                             Rosemount Shiraz 2008

Tues. AM             Onion Soup f/i

Tues. PM              Broiled Scallops with Sweet Peppers and Capers SFCB 46
                             Lemon Pasta E I
                             Roasted Cauliflower
                             Rosemount Reisling 2006

Weds. AM            Cold Cuts Pulled Turkey Sandwich

Weds. PM            Irish Stew SFF
                             Tossed Salad
                            Black Opal Cabernet 2009

Thurs. PM             Grilled marinated London Broil
                              Baby Peas
                             Black Opal Cabernet 2009

Fri. AM                Cold Cuts

Fri. PM                 Irish Stew
                             Rosemount Shiraz

Sat. AM               Cold Cuts

Sat. PM                Potato, Kale and Kielbasa Gratin GM 2/92 103
                            Rosemount Shiraz
                            Black Opal Shiraz

Sun. AM              Cream of Broccoli Soup CCII

Sun. PM                Chicken and Dumplings 
                             Tossed Salad
                             Rosemount Chardonnay 2008

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving - working menu

Subject to change on no notice and for no reason. 

Above is the snowfall of Oct. 30, 2011 at my home.

(prior to Wednesday found on prior menu)

Weds.  PM                   Garlic Shrimp with Peasant Bread Tapas
                          Rack of Lamb with Fig Port Sauce
                          Potato Daube
                          Roasted Acorn Squash
                          Assorted Cookies
                          Shingleback McLaren Vale Cabernet 2005

Thurs AM                   Bagels & Cream Cheese

Thurs Noon       Kick Butt Gumbo

Thanksgiving Dinner
Home cured prosciutto above, country pate below

Over view of the appetizer table

Sausages, all store bought

Non blue cheese board

Blue cheese board with two commercial pates

Spreads and tappas


WWJ personal plate
Appetizers:        Warner’s 2011 Prosciutto du Pomona
                          Warner’s Rustic Pate
                           Selection of home cured pickles
                          Chicken Liver Pate
                          Selection of Dried Sausages
                          Cheese Platter
                          Smoked Salmon with Whole Wheat Bread
                          Crab Spread
                          Pickled Herring
                          Tapas Canapés with Whole Wheat Tortilla Toasts
                          Shrimp in Caper Sauce

Asparagus and Brussels sprouts awaiting cooking

Turkey I (Cajun spiced)
Turkey II

Stove I (yes there is a Stove II)

The hordes down to the shortest

Main Course:     Herb Brined Roast Turkey
                          Pan Gravy with Madeira
                          Cajun Spiced Turkey
                          Andouille and Red Pepper Dressing BA 111/99
                          Mashed Potatoes with Celeriac and Mascarpone
                          Roasted Parmesan Asparagus BCFS
                          Baked Fennel with Tomatoes and Black Olives GM 1/ 86
                          Brussels Sprout s with Caraway Seeds CCI 366
                          Warner’s Cranberry Sauce
                           Penfold Bin 128 Shiraz 2006

Chocolate Cake, frosting still too soft to shape
Adult  Dessert    Warner’s Killer Chocolate Cake
                          Ursula’s Pecan Pie
                          Pumpkin Mouse SPCB
                          Cheese Cake
                          Vanilla Ice Cream – Cuisinart

Kiddie Desserts Orange Pots de Crème YDHTBD
                          Berry Frozen Yogurt – Cuisinart
                          Almond Biscotti
                          Flourless Chocolate Cake
                          Carrot Pumpkin Bars

Fri. AM              Eggs & Bacon/Bagels

Friday PM
Appetizers                   Smoked Salmon  
                          Pate Selection      
                          Sausage Selection
                          Cheese Platter
                          Crab Spread
                          Shrimp with Caper
                          Chinese Chicken Wings

WWJ Friday app plate

Pate opened

Main Course      Patricia Wells’ Beef Stew with Wild Mushrooms and Orange BC-PW
                          Whole Wheat Pasta with Butter
                          Roasted Red Peppers with Cauliflower and Caper Vinaigrette
                          Wolff Blass Yellow Label Cabernet 2007

Desserts             Killer Chocolate Cake
                          Ursula’s Pecan Pie
                          Pumpkin Mouse
                          Hazelnut Ice Cream
                          Cheese Cake

Kiddie Desserts  Mint Chocolate Pots de Crème YDHTB
                          Carrot Pumpkin Bars
                          Peach Frozen Yogurt
                          Almond Biscotti
How many people on a couch?

Notice TV is not on?

Sat. AM             Bagels etc.

Sat. Noon          Pork Goulash a la CIA
                          Lidia’s Whole Wheat Spaezle LCFTH
                          Green Beans with Mustard Sauce CCI
Assorted Desserts

Cookies on Hand        
                          Dark Chocolate
                          Peanut Butter
                          Mom’s Sugar Cookies
                          Almond Biscotti
                          Aunt Jenny’s Pizelles
Sat. PM              leftovers (turkey)
                          Black Opal Shiraz
Sun. AM             Winter Borscht

Sun. PM             leftovers (beef stew)
                          Black Opal Shiraz