04/19/14

April 20th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

~  Easter Dinner   ~  

Slow~Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic  |  Griddled Asparagus  |  Steamed Fingerling Potatoes with a Creamy Sorrel Sauce  |  Warm Lemon Pudding Cake

MONDAY

Risotto with Lamb, Rosemary & Olives

WEDNESDAY

Pasta Primavera ~  Buccatini with Peas, Asparagus, Fava Beans, Mint & freshly grated Pecorino Romano

THURSDAY

Grilled Salmon with Vodka~Infused Citrus Glaze  |  Miso Roasted Asparagus  |  Brown Rice

FRIDAY

Mushroom, Asparagus & Goat Cheese Spring {Crustless} Quiche  |  Tahini~Lemon Kale Salad

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04/16/14
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Mushroom, Asparagus & Goat Cheese Spring {Crustless} Quiche

MONDAY

Mushroom, Asparagus & Goat Cheese Spring {Crustless} Quiche  |  Farmer’s Mix Kale Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

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“Eating what stands on one leg {mushrooms and plant foods} is better than eating what stands on two legs {fowl}, which is better than eating what stands on four legs {cows, pigs, and other mammals}.”  Chinese Proverb via Michael Pollan in Food Rules

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04/13/14

April 13th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Lamb Bolognese   |   Salad of Miner Lettuce with a Mustard~Garlic Vinaigrette  

MONDAY

Crustless Spring Quiche with Goat Cheese & Chives  *   |   Farmer’s Kale Mix Salad with a Mustard~Garlic Vinaigrette

TUESDAY

Lemon Risotto  *   |  Pan~Seared Sea Scallops   |   Buttery Pan~Seared Baby Artichokes  *

WEDNESDAY

Spring Garlic Soup & Clams   *   |   Miso~Roasted Asparagus

THURSDAY

Beer Braised Short Rib Tacos   *  

FRIDAY

Tuna Salad Sandwiches   |   Tomato Soup

{  *  denotes a new recipe  }

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04/11/14
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Salmon Grilled with a Vodka~Infused Citrus Glaze & Miso Roasted Asparagus

Grilled Salmon with a Vodka~Infused Citrus Glaze  |  Miso Roasted Asparagus  |  Brown Rice

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We don’t eat enough fish.  It’s a fact, both here in my own home as well as in the broader realm of the general American diet.  Despite the well-known health benefits, cited here and here, of a diet which includes foods rich in the Omega~3 fatty acids {such as oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring & trout}, the overall consumption of fish by Americans is on the decline….

But much of that consumption decline seems to be at home, as many restaurants report an increase in the popularity of seafood.

“I actually see a huge increase in both fish and vegetable consumption in the restaurant world,” said David Santos, chef of Louro in New York City. “However, I think that people are eating far less fish at home and that is the cause for the drop-off. Meats tend to be more forgiving and easier to cook than fish. So in these days of cost-effective living, people are definitely more prone to buying that pork loin or that chicken than say, that wonderful local wild striped bass. People know how to cook chicken or pork and beef.” ~ Study:  Americans Eating Less Seafood, by Bret Thorn in Nation’s Restaurant News

Well, if you {like me} are looking to incorporate more of the ocean’s delicacies into your diet, you can begin with this simple & flavor~packed salmon recipe…I promise, you will be hooked! Continue reading «Salmon Grilled with a Vodka~Infused Citrus Glaze & Miso Roasted Asparagus»

04/8/14
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Spiced & Grilled Steak with Parsley~Mint Tabbouleh

SUNDAY

Spiced & Grilled NY Strip Steaks  |  Parsley~Mint Tabbouleh  |  Hummus & Toasted Pita Wedges

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I have never found myself particularly attracted to the cuisine of the Middle East, India, Thailand, Africa or the Mediterranean.  Not because of any dislike mind you but rather ignorance.  Not having been introduced to those foods growing up, my tastebuds were honed on roast beef and mashed potatoes rather than lamb meatballs with barberries, yogurt & herbs.  Don’t get me wrong…I love roast beef and mashed potatoes, but, as I educate myself and look for ways to improve/balance our American diet, I find myself drawn to the cooking of those regions.  If you follow this space regularly, you know that I have fallen in love with Yotam Ottolenghi’s & Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem, A Cookbook.  The more I cook from that volume the more I find myself craving those tastes and smells.  Nigel Slater hit the proverbial nail on the head for me when, in his The Kitchen Diaries he writes {referring to the foods of these warmer climates}:  ”Much has to do with fragrance.  It is what makes me buy an ingredient, it is what brings me to the table.  Mint, garlic, rosewater, lemons…cilantro, cumin, orange blossom water.  These are the scents that make me want to cook, that make me want to eat.”  ~  Kristin  |  The Dinner Concierge

 I wrote that excerpt nearly a year ago regarding this dinner which we enjoyed on a warm spring evening in May.  I still find myself  drawn to “those tastes and smells”, referred to above, particularly when the weather begins to warm up and the sun lures fragrant blooms from their winter retreat.  So was the case this past Saturday morning, when I sat on our sun-drenched deck reading the March 2014 issue of Food & Wine and came upon the article, “Lessons from a Mezze Master”, in which fashion designer, Reem Acra, shares some of her favorite Middle Eastern recipes.  Sitting and basking in the warmth from the brilliant morning sunshine, I could practically taste the cool, crisp flavors of her herb~heavy tabbouleh packed with parsley, mint and lemon.  As for her Hummus with Spiced Beef and Pine Nuts…featuring a topping of ground beef flavored with ground allspice…I knew I could adapt her mezze dish into a meal. The resulting dinner did not disappoint. Continue reading «Spiced & Grilled Steak with Parsley~Mint Tabbouleh»

04/6/14

April 6th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Grilled, Spiced Steak  *  |  Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts & Paprika  *  |  Parsley & Mint Tabbouleh  *

MONDAY

Spaghetti tossed with Kale Pesto  *

TUESDAY

Honey, Lemon & Garlic Baked Chicken Wings  |  Kale Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

WEDNESDAY

Miso Soup with Turmeric  *  |  Honey, Lemon & Garlic Chicken Wings  |  Spiced Strawberries with Yogurt  *

THURSDAY

Mushroom Risotto  *  |  Mixed Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette  

FRIDAY

Glazed Salmon with Vodka~Infused Citrus Sauce  *  |  Miso Roasted Asparagus  *   |  Brown Rice

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04/4/14
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Braised Chicken Thighs with White Wine & Dijon

Braised Chicken Thighs with White Wine & Dijon  |  Brown Basmati & Wild Rice  |  Baby Arugula with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

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The girls and I arrived home at 2:40am Monday morning…almost exactly 5 days {to the minute} from when we left in the darkness and rain the Wednesday before.  The early morning departure for a horse show always carries with it a healthy dose of excitement which infuses a bit of energy into those pre-dawn hours but there is nothing energetic or exciting about our arrival home at that hour.  An overwhelming sense of relief and sheer exhaustion carried us across the threshold into our kitchen which was dimly lit from a large glass vase filled with glowing twinkle lights.  The lingering aroma from roasted peppers and onions {the only remnants of Michael and Max’s Sunday dinner} hung in the air and served as a reminder of our meager dinner of apples, carrots and water which we shared with the horses at several gas stops on our journey home.  Dinner aside, we were so grateful to be home…all together, safe and sound. Continue reading «Braised Chicken Thighs with White Wine & Dijon»

03/30/14

March 30th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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MONDAY

Grilled Ribeye Steaks  |  Chimichurri Sauce  |  Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

TUESDAY

Braised Chicken Thighs with White Wine & Dijon  |  Miso Roasted Asparagus  |  Brown Rice

WEDNESDAY

Chicken Tacos  |  Chimichurri Sauce  |  Crumbled Queso Fresco Cheese

THURSDAY

Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger~Scallion Sauce  |  Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls

FRIDAY

Mushroom Risotto  |  Kale Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette & Golden Raisins Continue reading «March 30th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu»

03/24/14

March 23rd, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

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SUNDAY

Braised Chicken Thighs  *  |  Brown Rice  |  Baby Arugula with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

MONDAY

Greek Pasta Salad  *

TUESDAY

Grilled Citrus Salmon  *  |  Miso~Roasted Asparagus

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Menu on a Monday…a bit late perhaps but, yesterday was worth the catch up I must now play.  A relaxing Sunday…they don’t come around often enough so when the opportunity presents itself I grab hold and enjoy.  Waking naturally, without the rude interruption of an alarm, is a luxury in and of itself and when you add a mug of freshly brewed coffee along with a quiet perch overlooking the Bay sparkling with clear sunshine, well, it all makes for a splendid Sunday morning.  French doors were left open all day and a soft breeze flowed through the house tempering the warm afternoon sunshine.  An island hike, horses and friends filled our unscheduled day that hummed along at a rare, casual pace.  Even our Sunday dinner…a one~pot braise made with items already on hand…came together with relative ease.  With children finishing homework in their rooms, Michael and I once again retreated to the deck, this time with a glass of wine, to enjoy a beautiful sunset.  The water below us, which had sparkled so brilliantly hours before, was now dark and the moonlight was filtered by a bank of fog that crept in just as the sun was setting.  In an attempt to keep the upcoming week at bay, I left my lap top closed and sitting alone on my desk. Continue reading «March 23rd, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu»