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Menu for the week of Jan 25: Indian!

Vindaloo with Saag Paneer, rice, and naan

With Jon having just returned from Ukraine, and me about to head off to Austria, we decided that some spicy food was in order. Although the Tandoori Chicken was a bit of a flop, the menu overall worked really well. We had good variety, got a lot of lunches, and had the perfect amount leftover for an easy Friday dinner.

Sat - Vegetarian Indian Salad (no shrimp)
Sun - Lamb Vindaloo and Saag Paneer with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce, Naan, and Rice
Mon - Tandoori Chicken with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce and Naan
Tue - Shahi Paneer with Indian-style Cauliflower, Raita, Naan, and Rice
Wed - Indian Salad with leftover Tandoori Chicken (instead of shrimp)
Thu - (Out)
Fri - Eat ALL the leftovers!

2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 2 (New American Theme)

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce

As a follow-on to Week 1 of the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse, we did a New American-focused menu. Again, we really only incorporated a few of the cleanse recipes, but those we did were really delicious this week! Also, by the end of these two weeks, I have taken off the ~4 pounds of holiday weight I had gained. Hooray!

Sun: Grilled Rib Eye with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Mon: Roasted Root Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce (vegetables roasted ahead on Sunday with the sweet potatoes)
Tues: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Oregano (not a cleanse recipe, and really not a winner…)
Wed: Root Vegetable Salad (with leftovers from earlier in the week)
Thus: A somewhat decent pasta dish (a recipe of Audrey's creation) made from leftover chicken thighs
Fri: Out to Table to finish off the week

2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 1 (Asian Theme)

Lemongrass Chicken with bok choy and black rice

So, I definitely felt the pounds go on this holiday season. In an effort to get those off quickly, and jump start our healthy eating for the year, we incorporated some meals from the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse into our meal plan for the week. We by no means went all-in. Breakfast and lunch remained largely unchanged, and I did fudge some of the recipes to make them more delicious. All in all, it was okay. None of the recipes were really winners, though I recorded many of them because they are healthy.

Sun: Lemongrass Chicken with Coconut Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy
Mon: Soy-braised Short Ribs (admittedly not part of the cleanse diet) with more of the delicious Bok Choy
Tues: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Edamame (with fried won ton wrappers added for crunch) with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
Wed: Cheat and go out to Bluejacket (but we ate healthy, I swear…)
Thus: Chicken, Mango, and Black Rice Salad
Fri: Sushi at home

4-day Cabin Plan

Jon and I have found a great rental "cabin" about 1.5 hours outside of DC (not giving our secret away!). We go there about once or twice a year to unplug and relax. We invariably have a great time.

Each time we go, we plan a menu and bring everything we need to execute it. To help with future planning, here are menu options and shopping lists.

Summer Option

Lunch D1 (optional): Stop at Ashby Inn, Goodstone Inn, or Trummer's On Main.

For the Record: Komi 5/28

  1. House-made brioche with smoked trout roe and greek yogurt
  2. Cured salmon with squid ink toast and raw pacific mexican whitefish with green tomato
  3. Raw scallops two ways - with coconut milk and with crumbled pistachios
  4. Burrata with asparagus and lemon breadcrumbs
  5. Egg ravioli with ramps and dried tuna flakes
  6. One-bite spanakopita
  7. Smoked fois gras with pea purée
  8. House-made half smoke with spicy tomato chutney, half sour pickle and beer
  9. Warm date stuffed with marscspone topped w olive oil and sea salt

Fresh Chickpeas - Another Delicious Sign of Spring

Sauteed Chickpeas - before

Jon and I first had fresh roasted chickpeas about a month ago when spring first appeared in DC. At the suggestion of our waiter at Zaytinya, we ordered this dish which neither of us had had before. And it was delicious!!!

Today, for the first time ever, I saw fresh chickpeas for sale at Safeway (of all places), and so we got some and tried to replicate that delicious dish. The result</a href> was delicious.

Menu for Week of March 1st

Last week was New Orleans week ... not my favorite week. The food is growing on me (and last week's gumbo was pretty delicious), but its still more of a "Jon-week." So this week was an "Audrey-week." I'll call it "California ethnic." I focused on four of my favorite California ethnic cuisines - Iranian, Jewish (...sort of a cuisine), Asian (broadly), and Mexican (also broadly).

Saturday - Homemade Sushi

Sunday - Tah Chin (Persian Rice Casserole)

Arganica Week 5

Arganica Week 5

We decided to add a second "trial month" to our Arganica membership. We repeated some favorites from earlier weeks and tried new things too. This week we received:

Plain Yogurt (with "yogurt cream" on top ... delicious)
Cucumber
Red Onion
Fresh Parsley
Avocado
Hydroponic Lettuce
Croissant
Lemon Poppy Scone
Granola
Polyface Farms Delmonico Ribeye Steak

... and a local food magazine.

Arganica Week 3

Arganica Week 3

This week we received our third Arganica delivery (apologies for forgetting to take a picture and post about our second delivery, which included locally milled flour).

This week's delivery includes:

Farm Eggs
Pizza Dough
Roasted Garlic Linguini
Cremini Mushrooms
York Apples
Hydroponic Lettuce
Avocado
Parsley

When this 1-month trial is done (next week), expect a longer post on our overall experience.

Our First Arganica Delivery

Arganica Week 1

Today we received our first delivery from Arganica, a DC-based local farm foods delivery business. Basically its a cross between a farmer's market and a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmshare. They carry a broad list of produce, breads, cheeses, and prepared foods from a variety of local farms. They send you a list of products and prices on Monday, you choose exactly what you want to order, and they deliver it to your door on Thursday evening.

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