On The Menu

This week might be loony. We are expecting an epic snowstorm and I have a broken foot, so I am not exactly sure what I’ll be cooking and when. A lot depends on how housebound we are and how my little footie feels. That being said, below are the meals I hope to tackle this week, in no particular order.

Saturday

We currently have birthday dinner plans to celebrate with friends, but that will depend on the weather. The current forecast is for a ridiculous amount of snow and blizzard conditions. If we cannot get out, then I will be getting creative in the kitchen. Likely omelets or my Asian-inspired freekeh bowls, which I did not get around to making last week.

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Sunday
  • Boeuf Bourguignon: A delicious classic. I cannot think of anything better to have while snow is falling and temps are dropping.
  • Boiled potatoes tossed with parsley and butter
  • Simple green salad with a strong, mustardy vinaigrette

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Monday

It’s restaurant week in Baltimore and we are taking advantage with friends, assuming we are not snowed in. Stay tuned.

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Tuesday
  • Ethiopian spiced chicken stew:  Warm. Spicy. Nutritious. This is what slow-cookers and winter nights are made for.
  • Roasted cauliflower:  Cauliflower florets. Olive oil. Salt and pepper. Blast in a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes and you get vegetable candy. Delicious.

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Wednesday
  • Leftovers tonight

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Thursday

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 Friday

Date night! Wheeeee!

On The Menu — 10/02/2015

Week of October 2nd

Let me preface this week’s menu by saying it’s all subject to change. Of course, it always is, but this week is especially fluid given that the ole’ mother-in-law is in town visiting with her new beau. I may need to get out of my kitchen and let waiters bring me food and wine …

Friday
  • Five-spiced duck breasts with blackberries: I like to serve this over a bed of wilted spinach.
  • Sautéed fennel with tarragon and Stilton: thinly slice fennel and saute with a glug of olive oil. Stir in fresh tarragon and toasted hazelnuts, then top with crumbled blue cheese.

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Saturday
  • We are headed to our all-time favorite Thai restaurant in Washington D.C., Little Serow. I have now lost count of how many times we have made the trek to D.C. just to dine at this little tiny gem of a restaurant.

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Sunday

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Monday

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Tuesday
  • Grilled rib-eye steaks: crust with salt and pepper. Grill. That’s all. A squirt of lemon just before tearing in is good too.
  • A fabulous red wine of sorts … decanted and everything. Ooooh. Ahhhhh.
  • Some sort of veggie or salad. Hey, it’s a work day. I’ll figure it out.

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Wednesday

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Thursday

On The Menu — 9/13/2015

Week of September 13th

Sunday:

Autumn has been calling my name recently, hence the hankering for the traditional Sunday dinner below:

  • Roast chicken with plums and shallots
  • Roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic:  This is an easy one — scrub potatoes and toss in a pan with a few good glugs of olive oil. Add chopped fresh rosemary (or any other fresh herbs you like), whole garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Your house will smell divine.
  • Crisp green salad with a simple mustard vinaigrette

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Monday:

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Tuesday:
  • Pan-roasted chicken with feta and figs:  I adore fresh figs. I like them plain, stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, chopped into yogurt, made into jam … oh the pleasures! We had a tiny fig tree that produced 3 figs every season (has since died), but I relished those 3 bites of glory each year. That being said, it’s fig season. Go get some.
  • Grilled broccolini with lemon and pine nuts 

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Wednesday:

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Thursday:
  • Grilled tuna burgers with lightly pickled fennel and mache slaw: I am going bun-less and plan to serve these bad-boys over a slaw of sorts. Gently pickle thinly sliced fennel (cucumbers would also be excellent here and more traditional) in white wine vinegar with a pinch or two of sugar. Toss this mixture with a bit of sesame oil,  mache, toasted sesame seeds, roasted peanuts and some heat — I am partial to Gochugaru, a Korean ground chile flake.
  • Wasabi mayonnaise and pickled ginger,  for serving

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Friday:
  • Crispy-skinned grilled Maryland rockfish: the trick to getting the skin crispy-crunchy is in the preparation. Pat the fish dry and set in the refrigerator, uncovered, sans salt and seasonings for an hour if you can. The skin will dry out and viola, crispy, potato-chippy fish skin. Season the fish once you get it on the grill, skin-side down to start.
  • Grilled eggplant and peppers from the farmer’s market
  • Grilled corn on the cob, also from the farmer’s market

 

Weekly Menu — 11/2/2013

Week of November 2nd

Saturday:
  • Today we are spending the day packing and preparing for our upcoming trip to Europe — yay! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary with a trip to Venice, Burgundy and Paris. I have already researched and booked every restaurant, so plenty of details and pictures will follow upon our return. That being said, tonight’s dinner is up in the air. Will we be dining and dancing? Eating leftovers? Going out? I don’t even know yet …

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Sunday:

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Monday:

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Tuesday:
  • Leftover hanger steak
  • Green salad

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Wednesday:
  • Leftover squash soup
  • Simple French omelets with fresh herbs

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Thursday:
  • We are catching a plane to Venice. Dinner in the air. 

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Friday:
  • Dinner in Venice — wheeeeee!

Weekly Menu — 10/26/2013

Week of October 26th

Saturday:

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Sunday:
  • Coq au Vin
  • Roasted farmer’s market vegetables: squash, cauliflower, shallots, parsnips … whatever looks good

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Monday:

 

  • Asian cabbage salad: shred cabbage and dress with minced garlic, lime juice, sesame oil and minced Thai red peppers.
  • Moo Shu Pork

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:
  • Leftover Coq au Vin (this is even better as leftovers)
  • Arugula salad with lemon juice and olive oil

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Thursday:
  • HALLOWEEN — BOO!

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Friday:
  • DATE NIGHT!