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

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