My menus for the week of cold and rainy, blustery and miserable:
Chicken noodle soup with tiny sauted dice of garlic, onion, celery and carrot, and potato, broken Fettucine and string beans served with escarole and garlic on the side and for dessert, braised dried apricots, figs and prunes with a swig of Gran Marnier and a garnish of toasted walnuts and mascarpone
Beef Stew with croutons on the side and a big salad of frisee, radicchio, arugula, bibb, flat leaf parsley, shallot, topped with sweet gorgonzola or stilton bleu cheese, fresh apples for dessert
Pasta with sauteed red and yellow peppers, onions and rosemary and a few red hot pepper flakes with side of roasted, purred eggplant (add a little olive oil, thyme, lemon juice, drop of balsamic and garlic) on a crouton served a bed of dressed arugula, and side of raw carrots, and cured black olives–dessert of fresh ricotta with a tiny bit of cocoa, tiny bit of espresso powder and sugar to taste served in espresso cups
Whole roasted chicken with rosemary, sage and thyme served with roasted potatoes and roasted tomatoes (roast separately then mix)–if you have an excellent pecorino or parmesan, shave some over the potatoes as well. Serve with braised string beans and rip in fresh basil.
Pumpkin Risotto with side of sausage, (there are some excellent chicken sausages out there as well), broccoli with pancetta and onion on the side. For dessert: chocolate truffles and fresh pears
Pasta Fagioli with side of raw/braised veg salad–a mix of string beans, radishes, olives, capers, carrots, celery and peppers (basically any raw veg you have left over from the week. You can serve it all raw, but I like to braise the beans and carrots for a second–dress with olive oil, lemon and salt. It’s a good place for jarred hot peppers if you like that kind of thing.)
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