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.

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