February 16th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

Weekly DINNER Menu Sign

SUNDAY

EPIC Ragú Bolognese  |  Tagliatelle Pasta  |  Kale Caesar Salad

MONDAY

Chicken Wings with Katsu Sauce *  |  Steamed Rice

TUESDAY

Sweet Asian Chile Stir~Fry with Pork, Ginger & Tangerine  |  Garlicky Swiss Chard

WEDNESDAY

Celery Soup  |  Baltimore~Style Crab Cakes  *

THURSDAY

Orecchiette with Roasted Tomato & Basil Sauce

FRIDAY

Skillet Steak  *  |  Seared Sea Scallops * |  Cauliflower Purée  *  |  Lemony Gremolata

{  *  denotes a new recipe  }

I fell a bit behind last week in my posting…it all started with the garlic soup I was making on Wednesday {peeling over 40 cloves of garlic!} that turned out average at best.  I think I will give this one another try in the near future with a few changes.  The scallops and cauliflower purée that were on the menu last Thursday evening turned out fantastic!  After the let down of the soup on Wednesday, I decided to bring in a little reinforcement with the addition of steak {how can you go wrong with that?}.  I purchased a New York strip steak, seared it in a skillet on top of the stove and finished it in the oven for perfect, medium~rare meat.  Just a couple of slices, served alongside 2 seared scallops sitting on a bed of the most lusciously smooth cauliflower purée topped with a lemony gremolata made for a very special {and super easy} dinner.  Unfortunately dark gray skies did not make for pretty photographs {especially with such white subjects…scallops and cauliflower}.  I am bringing this winning dinner back this week on Friday evening as a celebration of Michael’s return from a week~long trip to China.  Sunny skies are expected on Friday so be sure to look for this dinner post late next week.  I also made a special bundt cake for Valentine’s Day {Red Velvet with a Thyme~Goat Cheese Glaze} that was amazing {red color was donated from a reduced beet purée instead of chemically~processed red food dye} but again, a very gray day and not the greatest photos.  You can find the recipe for this wonderful cake at Beth Kirby’s Local Milk blog.  The few photos I did take of these culinary adventures are posted on my Instagram page and, if you are curious, you can take a peek here.

Looking forward to this week’s menu…

SUNDAY:  This slow~simmered, wonderfully rich bolognese may be a bit time consuming but well worth the effort. Worthy of a Sunday dinner, this has become our favorite homemade pasta sauce.  Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe…

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MONDAY:  Yesterday,  I received this little treasure in the mail…Nigel Slater’s most recent cookbook Eat:  The Little Book Of Fast Food.  As with all of my new cookbooks, the recipe that appears when I open the book for the first time is the one I make, almost immediately.  My copy of Mr. Slater’s newest book will be christened with Chicken Wings in Katsu Sauce…stay tuned.

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TUESDAY:  This stir~fry was on our dinner menu not too long ago and it is back by popular demand.  Quick~cooking, lean pork tenderloin, sweet tangerines and crunchy Baby Bok Choy are coated in a zesty sauce made with sweet Thai chile sauce, soy sauce and Chinese five spice powder.  Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe…

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WEDNESDAY:  Also recently on the menu, this Celery Soup was a surprise hit.  For this dinner it will be accompanied by Baltimore~style crab cakes.  Crab season here on the West Coast is coming to an end so enjoy while you can!

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THURSDAY:  It is ski week here in our area which means the kids are out of school.  Max and Mallory specifically asked for this pasta dish so here it is.  Super easy and roasting the tomatoes brings out the best possible flavor in off season tomatoes.  Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe.

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FRIDAY:  As I mentioned earlier, this special dinner is making a repeat performance after last week’s rave reviews.  Look for the post later in the week.

 

Have a wonderful week everyone!

K Medium

 

 

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