Monthly Archives: December 2011

Grilled swordfish; citrus/avocado salad; rice; and a great wine match – 30 December 2011

I cooked a recipe/meal from a cookbook from Tsunami in Memphis, given to us by R&E. I had cooked this before. When our friend V gave D several perfectly ripe avocados, I decided to use one in this meal. Good … Continue reading

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Scallion soup; endive and crouton salad – 29 December 2011

I changed this dinner just before I went off to shop. It was going to be more difficult (satay) and would not have gone together well. D wanted to use up the cut-off parts of the Pain de Mie (breakfast … Continue reading

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Pasta with leftover pork tenderloin in pomegranate sauce; chard stems – 27 December 2011

D suggested making the leftover pork tenderloin into a pasta. I was doubtful, but he was right. I cut up the remaining 3 inches or so of meat into lengthwise quarters, then sliced about 1/8 inch thick. It looked like … Continue reading

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Leftover chicken breast with mayo-dijon-lemon sauce; Thai jasmine rice; sugar snap peas with mint – 26 December 2011

D looked through the fridge this morning and found pork from yesterday and chicken from late last week. We decided to use up the chicken tonight and the pork for lunch tomorrow. I reheated the single chicken-breast-slice (I had cut … Continue reading

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Pork loin with pomegranate sauce; green beans with ginger – 25 December 2011

Well, we planned three meals today but should have planned only two. Given we had breakfast at about 10:30 and lunch at 3, we had a hard time getting hungry for dinner. And of course there were the Christmas Cookies … Continue reading

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Vegetable tart; pear salad – 24 December 2011

This was a delicious tart, especially the crust, which was exceptional. The filling was incredibly time-consuming, but a different filling would work and be less demanding. The recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, Jan/Feb 2012. The filling is mainly leeks, sauteed … Continue reading

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Chicken, tomatoes, romaine, and bread, coated and broiled; sugar snap peas – 23 December 2011

I spotted this recipe when looking through the last issue 😦 of Gourmet, from November 2009, for good dinner ideas for Christmas. This caught my eye because of its beauty, and it looked pretty easy. The reviews on epicurious made … Continue reading

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Avgolemono; sugar snap peas with orange peel – 22 December 2011

D made a stock from the chicken carcass, and I suggested he make this soup with it, which is one where the quality of the stock really shows. The soup has mushrooms (or chicken as another option), riso, and finally … Continue reading

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Lamb tagine with aprocots and prunes; sautee mix with red-dyed garlic – 21 December 2011

This was the second real success from my tagine book. More than half have been uninteresting, but this was quite good. Lamb chunks are cooked with onion and garlic and also blanched almonds and a bunch of good-smelling spices; then … Continue reading

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Pasta with chicken, capers, lemon, and parsley; braised greens – 20 December 2011

D suggested this use for the remaining, hard-to-use bits from the chicken. Great idea! I heated the chicken bits in olive oil, and added some lemon juice (we decided some zest would have been a good addition to spike up … Continue reading

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Split pea soup with smoked ham; pear salad; Petit Basque – 19 December 2011

This is an incredibly easy soup, and incredibly delicious, especially for a chilling evening in December. I think it is better when there is more meat on the soup bones, but this one was still quite tasty. I started the … Continue reading

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Mom’s chili; green beans; exceptional wine – 18 December 2011

Tonight I made the chili that Mom used to make every Christmas Eve, to have when everyone was hysterically wrapping presents and generally going nuts. After a simple beginning, the chili simmers for 3-4 hours, while you do other stuff. … Continue reading

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Roast chicken and root vegetables; salad; tree decorating – 17 December 2011

D suggested roasting a chicken for Saturday dinner, while we decorated our tree. He looked up a method in Alice Waters’ Simple Foods book, and it was terrific. He began by salting and peppering the chicken a day in advance … Continue reading

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Pesto; P’tit Basque; pear salad with pecans – 16 December 2011

I got home late after getting all my work done before the campus furlough period. No idea what to cook, so I looked in the freezer to see if there was anything we’d previously frozen that would work for dinner. … Continue reading

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Scotch Broth; P’tit Basque cheese; turnips – 15 December 2011

I managed to use the lamb broth this time. Yay! When I cut up the lamb leg from Costco for the curry, I put all the fat, much with small bits of attached meat, into a pot and boiled it … Continue reading

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Pizza with leftover omelette sauce – 14 December 2011

Since we still had no bread and none in process, I decided this morning that I might as well make a pizza, not having done so (b/c not cooking) in quite awhile. But what kind? What sort of stuff was … Continue reading

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Curry a la ‘F’; salad – 13 December 2011

I finished off the lamb curry I started on Sunday, and we had that after carrying home and setting up the Christmas tree! The curry is from my Scottish friend F, who sent me both the recipe and a bottle … Continue reading

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Panini with treviso and scamorze; salad with pomegranate seeds – 12 December 2011

Last night I started a lamb curry which I intended to finish off tonight (cook another hour, add tomatoes and cilantro) while we brought home the Christmas tree from the Bowl. However, D found they were out of trees but … Continue reading

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Omelette with tomato-mushroom-eggplant sauce; salad with pomegranate seeds – 11 December 2011

D saw me doing the first night of Fiona’s curry and thought it was for this dinner. About 7pm he asked, and found out it wasn’t. He made a wonderful dinner on the spot. He cut up a very long … Continue reading

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Ham with red onion; braised fennel; boiled turnips and steamed turnip greens – 10 December 2011

D got inspired by some veggies at the Grand Lake farmers’ market today and cooked a wonderful winter dinner, using techniques from Alice Waters’ book about simple foods. He braised fennel wedges, and boiled turnips while steaming their greens above … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, mushrooms, hard sausage, and old wine – 7 December 2011

D was home before me tonight, astonishingly; he got too cold at his studio and gave up. Cooked a delicious meal, though – just a simple spaghetti. The sauce was fresh tomatoes, bought in a ‘use me quickly’ bag at … Continue reading

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Eggs baked in tomato sauce, with milk-soaked croutons – 6 December 2011

Wow, this was excellent, and really interesting. Another new recipe from our newest cookbooks from ‘ino in New York. D resurrected the remaining croutons from the 4th, which had been in an airtight (more or less) container with a snap-on … Continue reading

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Gumbo and Piano Music at Two Mile’s Repeal Day party – 5 December 2011

I got an e from Two Mile Wines inviting us to celebrate Repeal Day – the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Couldn’t miss that, now, could we? But oops, I managed, as is usual in unusual dinner situations, to … Continue reading

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Grilled chicken thighs; salad with roasted milk-soaked bread and endive; rice – 4 December 2011

D cooking, still, and really enjoying the two new cookbooks from ‘ino in NYC. I am SO behind… but this single post is on time. D grilled some chicken thighs from Costco, with oil, salt, pepper, and sage on them. … Continue reading

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