We are preparing for the big day. Yesterday we carved pumpkins, and this morning I have to locate the goody bags, and the witches hats for the mommies.
Sunday is supposed to be our “international night,” though as you can tell, I’ve been playing a little loose with that. Sometimes there’s just too much going on Sunday to get our act together to “travel.” And sometimes, as it seems whenever we plan a trip to “China” (aka Chinatown), someone gets sick. Today, it’s our poor little Tinker Bell. Hope she feels better by tonight.
Sunday: Halloween necessitates a simple dinner. So it’s Rotisserie Chicken, plus home-made roast potatoes & leeks for dinner.
Monday: New Bon Appetit arrived last week! As per usual, the November issue is chock-a-block full of Thanksgiving recipes, but also a surprising amount of simple everyday dinner ideas. Tonight it’s their Kale & Cannellini Soup.
Tuesday: We have all been in and out of colds, so it’s back to Shrimp & Soba. Confession: I crave this almost every night.
Thursday: Forecast says it won’t get above 55 degrees all week. Chili it is, then, that old-time fave from the dog-eared Silver Palate cookbook. The recipe is “chili for a crowd”; I broke it down to chili for 2-4 years ago. It’s a classic (as are the Lemon Bars and Mediterranean Chicken Salad from that cookbook).
Friday: Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken & Arugula Salad. She has a number of variations, but I’m thinking this one will be Piccata Style, from the Barefoot at Home cookbook.
Saturday: We’re entertaining a family of five. I think it’s going to be Flank Steak with mom’s marinade (recipe below!), perhaps a Potato & Gruyere gratin, Green Beans, chased by this amazing cake- Salted Caramel & Chocolate- from Sweet Paul. Yummo.
Mom’s Marinade (from the Kitchen of Sarah Gillespie):
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP water
1 TBSP sugar
Marinate overnight or longer! Great on flank steak.