I’m making big plate chicken, and while this is a Central Asian dish, I decided to make challah as my starch. I thought that the soft bread would be good for daughter Miriam, because TMJ is so bad lately. Wife Jan said, “It’s my birthday and I want crackers.” To please them both, I used the same dough to make some of each.
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For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. Jan has started to make it on anyone’s birthday. Jan spent years perfecting the techniques of making the mousse, but she got bored with making just “chocolate” mousse. She now make a different variation every time she make it.
Daughter Miriam is having trouble with her jaw, so she needs soft foods. She is also off onions and garlic. I decided that a specially adapted minestrone soup would be a good choice for Sunday dinner.
I made minestrone soup for Sunday dinner. Wife Jan asked for zucchini bread to go with it. While it has been a long time since I have made this bread, there is a family history behind this bread.
As my main dish to go with my farro salad, I decided to bake some chicken. When I was a child—in the ‘60s—my mother would bake chicken drenched in Wishbone Italian dressing—son-in-law pointed out that her remembered that this recipe was actually on the bottle. Since I had already made more dressing that I needed for my salad I decided to replicate this fondly remembered dish.
One of my preferred salads at Safeway is their orzo salad. I had decided to make an Italian dinner, so I thought I would make something similar using the Italian grain farro. Daughter Miriam always wants things vegetable forward. As I planned my salad, I added more and more vegetables.
I was planning two dishes for Sunday’s dinner that I needed Italian dressing for—a farro salad and a roast chicken—but I did not want to use bottled dressing. While I looked at several dressing recipes online I did not really follow any of them—I was just seeing what they considered the range of herbs to use might be. Many of them included powdered garlic and onion, but daughter Miriam is “off” these ingredients, so they have been omitted.Note Feel free to add them back, if you wish.
Wife Jan has a former student coming in as a guest speaker. When he was a student he had a chance to take some of my monkey bread home to his son. he asked if I would make more—how could I refuse?