Winter

Mustard-Crusted Branzino

For some reason, Bon Appetit recommends using a whole butterflied fish, but that just presents you with many small bones to deal with. This dish will be equally good with filets. Serves 2 and can easily be doubled.

2 branzini/ Mediterranean sea bass filets
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or fresh coarsely chopped breadcrumbs, preferably sourdough)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mustard Crusted Branzino
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Lamb Shawarma

We took a lamb recipe from Jerusalem: A Cookbook and adapted it with a cooking technique from Cook's Illustrated to create a perfectly tender, medium-rare lamb roast with shawarma spices.

Lamb Shawarma
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Root Vegetable Slaw

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was a nice complement to his lamb shawarma dish. It was also a nice, bright, fresh salad at a time of year when you're craving anything but kale. Serving it with labneh makes it a more substantial dish.

Serves at least 4 as a side salad.

Root Vegetable Slaw
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Basmati and Wild Rice with Chickpeas, Currants and Herbs

This Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was amazing. The balance of the sweet currants with the curry-spiced chickpeas was surprising and delightful and the fried onions sealed the deal. Yes, it's got a lot of components, but it is totally worth it. I have halved the proportions to serve 8 as a side or 4 as a main.

Basmati with Wild Rice
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Purée Freneuse (Rice and Turnip Purée)

A surprise winter hit from Julia Child's
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2:

4 turnips (or rutabagas) (~3" diameter each) - chopped into ¼" cubes
2 cups milk
1 cup white rice
½ t salt
¼ t thyme
1 bay leaf
2 T butter
3 cloves garlic, mashed
3 T cream (or butter)
salt and white pepper to taste
parsley (optional, for garnish)

Rice and Turnip Puree
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Trinidadian Brown Stewed Chicken

I have previously discussed my introduction to Caribbean food through my college roommate. Of the dishes she made, my favorite was a brown stewed chicken.

Brown stew chicken
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Red Velvet Cake

Makes 6 cupcakes (I hope)
http://www.bakingisascience.com/red-velvet-cupcakes/

1¼ cups cake flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoons salt
¾ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoons baking soda
dash tsp. espresso powder (optional)
2/3 cups canola oil
1/3 oz. red food coloring
½ teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoons red apple cider vinegar
1 large eggs
½ cup buttermilk

Cream cheese icing: http://www.joyofbaking.com/RedVelvetCake.html

Red Velvet Cupcake
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Menu for the week of Jan 25: Indian!

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!

Vindaloo with Saag Paneer, rice, and naan

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

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

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce

Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

This combination and modification of three Bon Appetit recipes goes excellent together and produces a follow-up salad for lunches or a dinner later in the week. The Tahini sauce needs to be done at least 1 day in advance, and the vegetable roasting can largely be done ahead as well.

Serves 2 with leftovers for a salad (see below).

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce
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