Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 26, 2012

We survived Thanksgiving and lived to tell the tale.  It’s a great holiday, but a lot of work all of which makes me wish I was an energetic kid of 50 once again….
Then there is the cleanup.  Sheets and towels for 13.  Easily a dozen loads of laundry.  And surely Warner must have done at least 600 loads in the dishwasher.  But it is worth it to get everyone together and catch up on their lives.

The problem this year was that Peter, aged 11, came down with a bug Friday night.  He clearly was an uncomfortable – although  good natured – kid.  Problem was he has been taught to share.  And share he did.  So now both Warner and I are down with a slight touch of the Black Plague (so much for flu shots) and are really miserable.  To this end, although I put together this menu earlier in the week, Warner’s shots will show some changes. I am really not hungry and for the most part don’t want anything more complex than chicken noodle soup.

Mon. AM            Cheeseburgers with Smoke Cheddar

Mon. PM            Braised Ham with Baked Sweet or White Potatoes
                             French Braised Fennel with Black Olives

Tues. AM            French Toast on Challah.  Bacon

Tues.PM             Julia Child’s Pork Roast with Port Sauce
                             Mashed Potatoes au Gratin, Baby Peas

Weds. AM          Turkey Vegetable Soup f/i

Weds. PM           Pork Marengo over Noodles, Sauteed Zucchini
From this point through the end of the week, the menu kind of fell away.

Thurs AM

Thurs PM            Salmon Cakes with Herb Crusted Potato Crusts BOTB Vol 14 242
                             Fresh Tartare Sauce, Tossed Salad

Fri. AM               Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs BA 2/03
                             French Bread

Fri. PM               Princess Alexandra Kropotkin’s Beef Stroganoff  BORC
                             Noodles, Roasted Beets

Sat. AM               Escarole Soup Revisited

Sat. PM               Chicken Thighs Braised with Figs TFSC 60
                             Tossed Salad

Sun. AM             Country Waffles, Bacon

Sun PM            Roast Beef with Pan Gravy
                             Mashed Potatoes
                             Sauteed Brocolli


Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving (Working)

Do understand that this is a working menu and is subject to some change.

We will list what we had for the rest of the week, but it is left overs and take out. My cooking is done, save cranberry sauce Thursday morning. Virginia now carries the brunt, I just keep the dishwasher going.

Monday AM       Cheese omelets with bacon

Monday PM        Pork goulash over noodles

Tuesday AM       Gumbo

Tuesday PM        Chicken Pot Pie

Wed. AM             Pizza

Wed. PM             Chinese Take out (this is as traditional as turkey tomorrow)

Thur. AM            Pizza and/or Chinese Take out

Gravlax f/i
Buffalo Chicken Balls with Blue Cheese Dressing f/i
Phyllo Triangles with Blue Cheese f/i
Crudités with Dip
Prosciutto de Pomona ‘12
Warner’s Bourbon Chicken Liver Mousse
Warner’s Mushroom Pate
Warner’s Country Pate

Herb Brined Turkey BA 11/04 160
Andouille Stuffing BA 11/99 194
Whipped Potatoes with Horseradish BA 11/12   98
Ruby Port Glazed Ham with Dried Fruit Sauce BBSC 165
Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey BBSC 24
Lemon Brussels Sprout Slaw FW 11/12 106
Braised Fennel with Black Olives GM 1/86 78
Creamed Onions
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus BCFW 46

Chocolate Ganach Cake (bought)
Pecan Pie(urs_
Cheese Cake  (Costco)
Applesauce Tea Cake (freezer)
Frozen Key Lime Pie BCFS 138
Ice Creams
Blueberry GM 7/90 123
Vanilla Bean GM 7/2000 121
Pistachio BA 1/99
Jack Daniels Chocolate FSST
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies 2 BOTB Vol
Lemon Madelines MSC 190
Apple Butter Cookies THC 86
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies SLBBQ 226
Chocolate Pepper Cookies MSC 215
Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Bagels and Cream cheeses
Mustard Batons AMFT
Rillettes with Toasts f/i
Tapas Canapés
Cheese, Sausages
Prosciutto de Pomona
Bourbon Chicken Liver Mousse
Warner’s Country Pate
Julia Child’s Double Roast Loin of Pork with Port Wine Sauce FW 12/93 123
Potatoes Savoyard J C I
Green Beans with Mustard Sauce CCII 51
Tomatoes Provencal JCI
Pumpkin Cake FW 2008 371
Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse with Orange JCI

Sat and Sunday    Leftovers.

See you next week

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 12, 2012


Of late I've been rather caught up in the storms, the elections; the start of some dental work that I lost track of what time of year it was – especially with Thanksgiving coming essentially a week earlier.   Ooops.  I’m behind the eight ball, but somehow will catch up…I think.  I have a working menu to start on.  Now I need a head count.  And the same kind of energy I had twenty years ago…..

So this will be a busy week and I need to keep my food rather simple and non labor intensive – or at least as low as possible.  Next week will be leftovers and Chinese take-out on Tues – if Warner is lucky. Then we get into our annual food frenzy. And I’ll swear, as I do every year, that next year we’ll just order pizza….

Mon. AM              Hot Turkey Sandwiches

Mon. PM              Warner’s Pot Roast with Root Vegetables
                             Mashed Potatoes

Tues. AM             Pancakes with Turkey Gravy

Tues. PM              Roast Turkey with Stuffing and Pan Gravy
                             Steamed Rice, Asparagus

Weds. AM            Bacon Eggs and Cheese on a Roll

Weds. PM            Turkey Mole Burritos FW 12/85 26
                             Tossed Salad

Thurs. PM            Flounder Meniere
                             Lemon Pasta EI
                             Tossed Salad

Fri. AM                Turkey Gumbo FW 11/87 132

Fri. PM                 Sautéed Filet Mignon with Black Olives & 
                            Sun Dried Tomatoes FW 9/90 86
                             Sautéed Potatoes with Garlic and Parsley IHC

Sat. AM               Chili f/I, Steamed Rice

Sat. PM                Baked Clams
                             Port Glaze Roasted Game Hens with Couscous Stuffing FCA 187
                             Sautéed Green Beans

Sun. AM              Turkey Gumbo

Sun. PM               Chinese Chicken Wings CCII
                             Pork Goulash CIA CAT 121
                             Sour  Cream, Spaetzle
                             Red Cabbage f/i