Gardening, take 1

SeedlingsI planted seeds for the garden this year. It'll be a scaled-back version of the 2 previous years of gardens, as I lack the huge yard of the NutHouse. I intend to grow 2 varieties (or more) of tomatoes, cucumber, and a mix of hot peppers, as well as some herbs (basil, chives, and mint). I might try sunchokes from the some shriveled roots from last year just to see if they come up.

Menu for the week of March 1: New American (a.k.a. stimulus package menu)

Gnocchi
This week we're focusing on using up food and supplies we already have instead of being spendy (last week's fresh seafood-laden N'awlins menu ended up on the expensive side).

But we're resourceful, so we won't be eating poorly this week.

Paris Photos

Better late than never, our Paris set:

Menu for the week of Feb 22: N'awlins

In celebration of Mardi Gras, we're focusing on N'awlins style food

Sunday: Shrimp, Chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo with dirty rice

Monday: Steamed crab with old bay seasoned btter

Menu for the week of Feb 16

This week's menu followed our weekend away, so we didn't do very much planning or an extensive market shop. I'll call this week "Simple Comfort Foods."

Monday - bread, cheese, and sausage leftovers from winestasting

Tuesday - big salad

Wednesday - taco night!!

Thursday - lox and bagels and latkes (aka Jew food night)

Friday - gourmet burgers

Menu for the week of Feb 9

Our plan for next week is all south of the border - Nicaraguan Gallo Pinto with pollo asado, enchiladas (half suizas style, half Lauriol Plaza-esque seafood enchiladas), gallo pinto leftovers (with fried cheese), and pupusas.

Menu for the week of Feb 2

The theme this week was "Mediterranean coast" - so we had southern French, Italian, and Middle-Eastern dishes.

Monday - Gnocci in a cream truffle sauce. When I finalize the recipe for this, I'll post it. It's heart-stopping in at least two ways.

Tuesday - Spiced, braised (in beer) lamb sausage with hummus

Wednesday - mediterranean dip night with hummus, spicy hummus, tzatziki, and muhummara with pita.

Thus and Friday - Manicotti topped with fresh pesto

Inauguration Week Menu

We celebrated Inauguration Week with Hawaiian and Chicago foods. Yes, we were too wimpy to try to make Kenyan.

Sat - Hawaiian ceviche - Poke, Peruvian-style ceviche, and Poisson Cru

Sun - Miso glazed cod with wasabi mashed potatoes and miso soup (Hawaiian-ish)

Menu for the week of Jan 25, 2009

In order to maximize what we can buy locally, we shop on Saturday morning for as much of our food for the week as is reasonable, at the neighborhood farmer's (-ish) market. To make that work, we try to set up our menu for the week before (sometimes, during) our market run. I'll try to post our menus (with recipes where we have them!)

January 25-30, 2009: Island Week

New Years Eve in Paris

New Years eve in (a very cold) Paris:

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