XMas Dinner 2013

We experiment a bit with our xmas dinners - while the Thanksgiving menu is well locked-in with the annual turkey and dressing with sides, we don't feel as bound to repeating that for xmas. Last year, we tried goose, but ... well, let's say we didn't instantly adopt it as a tradition. This year, we're going with duck confit:

Duck leg confit with spicy pickled raisins

Brussels Sprouts with chestnuts (not a repeat dish)

Beets with citrus and nuts

Hot rolls

And for dessert, a classically over-complicated Cook's Illustrated French Apple Cake

Duck Leg Confit

Menu for the Week of October 14

Sat: Wild mushroom and mozzarella risotto arancini with homemade Ciabatta
Mon: Bernice's Fried Eggplant with marinara sauce, as eggplant parm
Tues: Meats, cheeses, bread, and pesto
Wed: White bean ragout + side salad
Thus: Panzanella Salad


Menu for the Week of October 7

Sun: Steak with corn and tomato salad
Mon: Pomegranate Lamb
Tue: Fatteh bel djaje
Wed: Dinner out with friends
Thu: Basmati Rice and Summer Veg Salad

Menu for September 16th

Mon Salmon and tomato/olive salsa w/ Moroccan Carrot Salad
Wed brick chicken w/shallot sumac yogurt sauce and peavine side-salad
Thus wheatberry salad, pita


Week of July 13: Mediterranean/Persian week

Sat: Lamb chops with mint something
Sun: Chicken Kabab with shallot/yogurt sauce and Tabbouleh
Mon: Leftover tabbouleh and hummus with pita pockets, dolmades
Tues: Shirazi salad w/leftover chicken kebab

Spiced Eggplant with Bulgar salad

Menu for the week of July 1

Sunday: Malaysian steak skewers

Monday: sushi

Tuesday: Cold sesame noodles with leftover skewers via

Wednesday: Black rice salad with mango and peanuts, via

Thursday: Brisket

Malaysian Steak Skewers

Menu for the week of June 22: Italian

Sat: Tomato Tart
Sun: Steak
Mon: Gnudi
Tues: Panzanella Salad
Wed: Strawberry-fennel gazpacho with leftover tart
Thus: Antipasti
Fri: Leftovers or out?

Tomato Tart

Levantine Menu for the week of June 1

Saturday: Steak
Sunday: Lamb burgers with melon and mint tabbouleh
Monday: Kolrabi Salad with Drinker's Choice
Tuesday: Lamb Kofta (meatballs)
Wednesday: Fattoush salad with Hummus
Thursday: Kofta Leftovers
Friday: Dip night / leftovers

Melon and Mint Tabbouleh

Spring Vegetable Celebration Menu

Spring has been a bit late in showing up here in DC this year, so apologies if we seem to be going a bit… overboard with it.

Sunday: Shrimp and Hearts of Palm Rémoulade ( with Rhubarb compote ( for dessert

Monday: Bagels and lox with scallion cream cheese

Shrimp Remoulade

Week of April 8: Central America

Sun: Chiles Rellenos with pinto beans
Mon: Ceviche
Tues: Carne Asado Salad
Wed: Goat Cheese/Corn Mole Enchiladas
Thus: Arepas
Fri: Leftovers


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