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Weekly Menu, August 21-27 (Paris Parens)

Well, we really are back. Almost three weeks now, and still everyday, I miss our carefree lives overseas. I’ve been reluctant to post again, not wanting to break the spell of our magical month away. Keep it sacred. And yet, here we are in the City, back to reality. More on that later.

Our last two days in Paris we didn’t write about. Probably because we were too conflicted about our departure.

Paris was beautiful. Just as it was when we arrived, but hotter at the change of July to August. We cabbed it to Appartement Blanc on a Sunday, dropped our things, and went out in search of fun. We found it in the Tuileries, at the trampolines. Ten individual trampolines. Two Euro for five minutes of jumping. I would have paid more. The kids loved it. Brilliant, brilliant idea. I may quit my job and bring it to New York.

Jumping, jumping, jumping

Next stop, the amusement park in the Tuileries, where the kids honed their bumper car skills, among other thing. And then home, for dinner out on the square.

The next day, we woke up early(ish) and headed to our local cafe for pain au chocolat, fresh squeezed o.j., cafe creme and espresso. Our last day! Melisa and I wanted to take the kids to the pyramid at the Louvre. And we wanted to walk.

This plan was met with some resistance from the train fetishist, but walk we did, through the Right Bank, and to the Louvre.

Waiting for the metro, in the Marais

On the way discovering some gorgeous streets, shops, passages, like this one:

Here’s the obligatory picture of the kids in front of another monument.

At the pyramid

There was down time.

Time for everyone to get in something they need.

Including our budding photographer Magnolia (or was this Jasper?).

Time for more monuments. Here’s one of my favorites: Notre Dame.

And the resolution of the gelato v. glace smackdown: we declare a tie.

It's all good.

We had a great day!

And then we were off the next morning, too early, too soon. We had just arrived; how could we be going home?

Back at Charles de Gaulle

I took some comfort last week in the words of someone new I met. Try to make a little of every day a vacation. Why wait for those precious weeks every year?

Weekly Menu:

Sunday: Great day on the beach! Chasing it with our version of Diana Kennedy’s Shrimp in Adobo sauce, with rice, avocado, and scallions.

Monday: Pasta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan, side salad with CSA lettuce

Tuesday: Skirt Steak marinated and grilled with summer squash

Wednesday: Date night for Melisa and I! The kids will have burgers on the grill.

Thursday: Chicken Fajitas with grilled onions, mushrooms, fresh salsa and guacamole

Friday: Grilled whole fish stuffed with scallions and herbs and tomato/cucumber salad

Saturday: Might be time again for pizza on the grill! Melisa and I are partial to a white pizza and the kids like margaritas

May your week be filled with starry nights, sunny days, and melon and olives!

Weekly Menu, April 3-9 Everything Old is New Again

I’m not sure what to say about the weather last week. When I wrote the menu, the forecast included some sunny, warm(ish) days, but by Friday, I was looking out a window at snow falling on Times Square.

Sigh, these poor shoes are locked in a box until it warms up.

Still, Spring is coming, and with it, TOUCH-A-TRUCK! Saturday, April 9th, 11 am-2 pm, 18th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Twenty-two trucks confirmed, plus three fabulous food trucks: Frites ‘n’ Meats, Country Boys Tacos, The Treats Truck. Check out the link for more details and join us next Saturday.

As to the menu: I’m always looking for recipes I can designate “keepers” and add to our rotating repertoire. Back in the days B.C. (Before Children), that meant scouring cookbooks and magazines, and spending quality time in grocery stores looking for specialty ingredients. There were a few recipes that have survived that era, but mostly, they are gathering dust. The survivors are simple and delicious. I thought I’d make a week of them!

Weekly Menu:

Sunday: Salmon with Roasted Asparagus & Lemon-Caper Sauce from an old Bon Appétit; delicious. The salmon roasts on top of the asparagus and you make a great sauce to pour over it all after it cooks.  If you have a small food processor the sauce is a breeze (just make sure you make it close to serving or the red onions in the sauce will turn it pink).

The taste of spring! Photo by Muffet via Flickr

Monday: Thai Chicken Curry. We don’t follow a recipe for this any longer, but the link will take you to what was probably the inspiration. If you don’t own red curry paste and fish sauce, you should. Chopped chicken breast sautés with whatever you think is Thai-appropriate, pour in light coconut milk and add the curry paste (spicy to taste). Squeezed lime & basil chiffonade complete the dish. Serve over white rice; go crazy and spike the rice with chopped scallions and lime zest.

Tuesday: Flank Steak/skirt steak with Mom’s Marinade. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you KNOW this is a staple of our lives. Side of salad/green beans/broccoli/really whatever you’d like.

Wednesday: Pasta Puttanesca. I’m partial to this old Silver Palate recipe, which again, I’ve made so many times I don’t follow anymore. Super simple, full of my favorite flavors (olives! capers! hooray!). Cooks up in 20 minutes.

Thursday: Lidia’s Shrimp “Alla Buonavia. Lidia serves this as an appetizer, but it makes a wonderful main course. Shrimp, garlic, chives and olive oil, sautéed with lemon and white wine, all poured over crusty bread that has been rubbed with raw garlic. Oh, baby!

Friday: Last night before Touch-a-Truck!! It’s all about ordering out.

April 9th, 11-2 pm, 18th Street between 6&7 Aves

Saturday: Have no idea what we’ll be eating. I know someone else will prepare it. And I know dinner conversation will not revolve around the to-do list for Touch-a-Truck. The kids are heading to Connecticut (thanks Grammie & Grampie!) so Melisa and I can get some R&R.

Here’s to sunshine and warm weather, a day without downpours next Saturday. Come see us at Touch-a-Truck!

Weekly Menu, March 20-26 All Hail the Spring Equinox

Last week was, in many ways, a typical whirlwind with parent-teacher conferences, touch-a-truck drama, and after-work obligations. And yet as the week progressed, and the weather got warmer, you could feel everyone’s mood lighten. By Friday, I was walking with bare legs & open toes down Broadway singing along to Jackson Browne’s Somebody’s Baby; to my mind a quintessential summer song. It’s all happening, peeps. Tonight, at 7:21 pm, we officially enter spring.

Yes, rain and snow is forecasted for Wednesday. Doesn’t matter. Winter is going down. And in the face of all the news of the world, this one true thing fills me with optimism, like Jasper singing in his sweet voice “don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing, is gonna be alright.”

Photo by Ali Smiles

Happy spring, everyone!

Weekly Menu:

Sunday: Supposed to be a warmish day, so I’m thinking Lemongrass-Cilantro Grilled Chicken with Honey Dipping Sauce à la Food & Wine. Scallion rice as a side.

Monday: If the rain comes as forecasted, we’ll all be in the mood for Spaghetti Carbonara & Salad

Tuesday: Ancho-Shrimp Quesadillas (inspired by Homesick Texan). The New York Times posted some great quesadilla recipes this week for those of you looking for inspiration.

Wednesday: Back to Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table for Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux (lazy people).  Sautéed green beans on the side.

Thursday: Black Bass & Vegetables in Foil adapted from The New York Times

Friday: Seems like the day to order out. Fornino’s, here we come.

Saturday: Been dying to try the slow-braised Thai Spareribs from the February 2011 issue of Bon Appetit. Cold Thai beer, cilantro-sesame rice. Yum.

Photo by Hans Gissinger for Bon App

Have a sunny week!

Weekly Menu: February 13 – 19

Photo by lovestruck via flickr

First things first: we tried a bunch of new recipes last week. The Roast Chicken with Dijon Sauce from Smitten Kitchen was a twist on our usual Sunday roast chicken: the cut-up bird is browned on the stove and finished in the oven (same pan!) rather than roasted whole. The dijon sauce was simple to prepare, and knocked the dish out of the park. All-in-all, an easy recipe to pull off for company or a Sunday supper. Next time I will cook the sauce longer to thicken it up; the flavor is delicious, but I’d like it to stick to the chicken a bit more.

Cooking Light’s Curry Spiced Noodles had good flavors, and we threw in some leftover chicken instead of the cashews. As far as stir-fry goes, this one was not at the top of my list. It either needs some serious heat (spice); what doesn’t? Or you could just make Pioneer Woman’s Monday Night Stir Fry.

Finally, the Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca is a meal you can count on having on the table in 30 minutes. We served it with roast leeks and rice pilaf. It’s a crowd-pleaser that also presents well. Good for weekday eating or company.

We didn’t get to the Thai-ish Salmon from Dinner A Love Story but will soon.

On to the weekly menu:

Sunday: We’ve had a CRAZY weekend again! So, Rotisserie Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts are on for Sunday supper.

Monday: Valentine’s Day = Date night for mommies! What’s it going to be? Movies? Dinner? Delicious cocktails? Cute shoes? All of the above? Don’t know but something fun is in the plan. Kids are eating (Love) Burgers and Fries.

Tuesday: Sizzled Shrimp Provençal, an old fave, served with salad and rice pilaf

Wednesday: More Shiitake Burritos (last week’s were a hit, and did you know Shiitake’s help lower cholesterol? Not that we’re worried, but FYI)

Photo by Libraryman from Flickr

Thursday: CRAVING THIS: Sopa de Lima (Mexican Lime Soup) via Homesick Texan. This is a Lime-y Chicken Soup served with Tortilla Chips crumbled on top. Sounds good, no?

Friday: Lasagne and salad

Saturday: Pizza night rides again!

Hope you have a week filled with love and small candy hearts.

Weekly Menu, December 5 – 11

First, want to report that the Gratin Dauphinois we made last week, the one I was inspired by on La Tartine Gourmande‘s BEAUTIFUL site, was easy and delicious. If you have a food processor or a mandolin that will slice potatoes (and turnips and sweet potatoes) for you, you’re in business. The turnips and sweet potatoes give it a little something extra.

This is what it looked like before it went into the oven...

and here's the gratin goodness after it came out.

Meanwhile, I’m in a cookie frame of mind. It’s time for Christmas cookies and I’m planning my attack. Rich Roll Cookies, frosted and fun. Peanut Clusters. Candy Canes. On the fence about Gingerbread Men and Christmas Holly. Not to mention the famed Nut Mix. I think next weekend will be the perfect time to make a few.

On to the menu; quick and simple, here it is!

Sunday: Roast Whole Chicken with Roast Leeks (or Brussels sprouts, whatever is easier to find) and Potatoes (yummo)

Monday: Salmon en Papillote with sautéed Broccolini

Tuesday: White Bean Soup with Spinach

Wednesday: Burrito night. Likely a veggie burrito, but possibly Chicken Chipotle a la Homesick Texan

Thursday: Checking in with the Pioneer Woman (she’s in a Christmas cookie kind of mind, too) gave me the idea to try her Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Friday: Shrimp Stir-Fry over Soba Noodles

Saturday: Pizza Night!

Weekly Menu, November 14-20

I’ll admit, I’m having a hard time getting inspired about dinner. Everyone is blogging about Thanksgiving, and as reported earlier, we are not cooking this year so I’m not so interested. I guess on the bright side, since it’s been pointed out to me that I don’t have to prepare dinner for the kids, dialing the “new” down in our menu is not a bad thing.

Melisa just suggested trying a vegetarian week…interesting. Just to be clear, vegetarian dining, to me, does not exclude fish. So I guess this is do-able. And ever since I skimmed Michael Pollan’s Food Rules in Austin, I’ve been stuck on the fact that we should be trying to eat two non-meat meals a week (which is not too much to ask I think). So maybe we’ll try to do a MOSTLY vegetarian dinner menu this week.

Weekly Menu:

Sunday:  No traveling tonight! We’re all acting like bears and catching some salmon – Pan-sautéed and served over Garlicky White Bean Purée with a side of Steamed Green Beans with Lemon. Yum, I’m looking forward to it already!

Monday: Rotisserie Chicken and Salad

Tuesday: Stir-fried Shrimp over Noodles

Wednesday: I’m out at the National Book Awards (fingers crossed for Peter Carey’s Parrot & Olivier in America). Burrito night for everyone else.

Thursday: Soup & Salad (or veggies for the kids)! This Porcini Soup from 101 Cookbooks sounds tasty and simple for a weeknight meal.

Friday: Pizza night! For the kids: the usual, which means one small pizza with tomato sauce, hold the cheese, and the other a marinara. For Melisa & I, it will be a mushroom, fontina & goat cheese white pizza.

Saturday: We’re being entertained, hooray!

Have a great week.

Weekly Menu: November 7th-13th

Whoa. This morning, we are in recovery. First, the time-change, which comes around and throws me for a loop every year (though at least we’re not running the NY Marathon today). Second, we had a big, fun dinner party last night. Not the kind that goes into the wee hours; since we all have kids, the party wound down at about ten. This was the kind that everyone looks forward to all day — all week — long, the kind where everyone throws themselves into the play/conversation/dinner/drinks, and is truly filled with regret when the night is over.

The wreckage

The star of the dinner party was the Baked Fontina fondue thing that Melisa made from the new Barefoot Contessa cookbook, How Easy is That? After that bad boy came out of the oven in its cast iron skillet, and people started dunking baguette in with religious fervor (myself included), it occurred to me that we needn’t have bothered with the rest of the meal (grilled flank steak with Tony’s Marinade, Scalloped Potatoes, steamed green beans).  I was wrong. Everything was a hit, and chased by the Birthday Cake from Momofuku (not to mention the Cornflake Cookie — my favorite), it was a massive, massive overdose, but oh so right. Ah.

Oh, wow.

This morning the house has been restored to its tidy self, with no indication of the evening in evidence save for the dishwasher that needs to be unloaded and an unfortunate scuff on the floor from where I dropped (and broke) a giant serving platter. The kids are disappointed that the table is back to its small round size, and we are disappointed that the night is behind us. Alas.

On to the weekly menu

Sunday: I hate to even put this in writing, because every time I do someone gets sick, BUT I think we’re doing China(town) today for some steamed pork buns after we cheer on the marathoners this morning. And since we are in recovery, we are going for the Rotisserie Chicken, leftover Scalloped Potatoes, and Roasted Broccoli for dinner. The rest of the week, I’m trying to dial down the dairy quotient.

Monday: Inspired by Dinner: A Love Story: Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta

Tuesday: From Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast: Chicken & Basil Stir-Fry

Wednesday: Burrito-world of some sort

Thursday: Pasta Carbonara

Friday: Roast Cod over Leeks & Tomatoes (from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast)

Saturday: Exciting evening out for a friend’s birthday. The kids will do pizza.

Related Links:

Currently Obsessed with…Barefoot Contessa’s Baked Fontina

Everyday Food: Family-Friendly Recipes from the New Cookbook


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