Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 23, 2012


It is cold and rainy/snowy here today and looks to be the same tomorrow – especially lousy during the morning commute.  And we’ll be driving into the city at that time for fun filled check ups with the dentist and doctor.  On the bright side, however, we’ve scheduled a lunch at Les Halles…..

Mon. AM Pulled Pork Sandwiches f/i

Mon. PM Turkey Pot Pie, Salad
                  Rosemount Pino Grigio

Tues. AM Lentil Soup with Crumbled Sausages 
                        and Dilitini  IHC 80

Tues. PM Pork Chops Braised 
                        with Dried Cherries BA 3/98  96
Buttered Spaetzle and Sauteed Kale
                  Hardy's Shiraz Cabernet

Weds. AM Poached Eggs with Corned Beef Hash CCI

Weds. PM    Irish Stew with Breast of Lamb GM 3/94 169
Tossed Salad, Peasant Bread
                      Wolf Blass Cabernet

Thurs. AM Spare Ribs with Pickle Sauce TLG
Scalloped Potatoes

Thurs. PM Spagetti Carbonara  IHC 91
Tossed Salad
                        Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet

Fri. PM Irish Stew revisited
                        Wolf Blass Cabernet

Sat. PM For Bill And Ellen
Chinese Chicken Wings  CCII
Zucchini Watercress Soup SPCB
                        Standing Roast of Beef, Pan Gravy with Marsala
                        Pumpkin Gorgonzola Flans AMFT 
                        Parmesan Roasted Asparagus BCFW
                        Grand Marnier Pots de  Crème YDHTBD
                         Noble Pig Pinot Noir 2008  

Sun. AM Lentil Soup Revisited

Sun. PM Pickled Herring
Roast Chicken with gravy
Tossed Salad with Pears
                 Rosemount Pinot Grigio 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 16., 2012


We ate well this past weekend.  The pork roast was wonderful. Moist and full of flavor.  As was the butterflied chicken.  And quite simple to prepare.   Although the recipe did not call for it, I did a sauce from the drippings that was  also excellent.
For lunch today we are doing an” instant” French onion soup.  Of course, we have beef stock in the pantry.  And every so often Warner will sauté about 20 pounds of onion in the big braisier and freeze it in small quantity.  Very useful – speeds up a lot of braises and stews. So for onion soup we defrost the onions and simmer them in the stock and them gratinee them under the broiler. Easier than Campbell’s….And needless to say, a hell of a lot better.

We continue our routine at the gym.  This week I was delighted to realize that I needed a belt to hold up my jeans.  They would literally slide off if not secured. That’s a real motivator! Which is good as some days it is tough to get it together to go out in the cold.  Like the cat, I’d prefer to curl up in front of the space heater…. It has been frigid these last few days, but I suppose we can’t complain as it has been a fairly mild winter to date.  Just how mild I’ll see when I get the Con Ed bill…..

Mon. AM             Minestrone Romagna

Mon. PM              Salmon Fish Cakes with Herb Crusted Potatoes BOTB  Vol 14 21
                             Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad
                             Rosemount Reisling

Tues. AM.            French Onion Soup Gratinee

Tues. PM              Roasted  Loin of Pork Stuffed with Dried Figs and Cherries
                             Risotto Milanese, Sautéed Green Beans
Chateau Saint-Sulpiece Bordeaux 2009

Weds. AM            Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Weds. PM            Roast Chicken, Pan Gravy
                             Lemon Pasta, Baby Peas
                             Greg Norman Cabernet Merlot

Thurs. PM            Emeril’s Kick Butt Gumbo over Rice BOTB Vol 9 155
                                    Penfold Shiraz

Fri. AM                French Onion Soup Revisited

Fri. PM                 Filletof Beef au Poivre 
                             Sautéed Garlicky Potatoes IHC
                             Tossed Salad
                             Greg Norman Cabernet

Sat.  AM              Kick Butt Gumbo revisited

Sat. PM                Patricia Wells Savory Rosemary Madelines TPC 6
                             Julia Child’s Turkey Pot Pie JJCH 273
                             Tossed Salad
                              Rosemount Riesling 

Sun. AM              Steak and eggs over Garlicky Potatoes

Sun. PM               Pate
                             Spare Ribs with Pickle Sauce TLG
Scalloped Potatoes
Sautéed Cabbage with Caraway
Rosemount Cabernet Shiraz