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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