I needed a vegetable to go with the chicken Madeira that I was serving for Jan’s visiting friends. I decided on French green beans, Harcourt vert, that are thinner and more tender than regular American green beans. Plain green beans are a bit boring, so I decided to add more interest with herbs and red bell pepper.
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Jan wants to go to a movie for Mother’s Day, Avengers: Age of Ultron. For me this means making dishes that I can prep ahead. To go with my steamed mussels, I decided that a rice salad would be nice. In days past I would probably have used white Jasmine rice, but with my diabetes I am going with whole grains.
Jan requested fresh crackers for her dinner with her friends. While they are good all by themselves—“Crack”ers, as Jan calls them—I thought I would add a spread for them while my diners waited for me to finish the other dishes. A tapenade is a primarily made from chopped olives, with a bit of oil to make it a paste.
Adapted from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe
Last week I made a hunter’s chicken. Jan asked for the same again when her old school friends, the aunties, came for Stitches this weekend. I did not want to do the exact same thing, so I made something much closer to a recipe in Cook’s Illustrated this month.
I am making “chicken under brick” and a ciambotta. The ciambotta usually contains potatoes, but I have one diner who is on a diet that excludes potatoes. When Eilene heard that there was going to be no potatoes in the meal she said, “No Potatoes!!” To try and please everyone, I decided to make a separate potato dish.
Jan’s new job is very stressful. When she is stressed, she wants comfort food. For her this is soup, today it is turkey. The “wild” in this title is the wild rice, not the alcoholic beverage—although if you feel cheated, it would not hurt the dish to add it when you add the leeks and carrots.
I am making Vera Cruz Fish Tacos and I decided that I wanted to add a side salad. I could have just served my garlic BBQ corn as a side dish, but I had two navel oranges left over after making a batch of orange infused sugar. Combining the two seemed like a good way to use up the leftovers.
Jan has not been home for dinner the last several nights (four conferences in one week). The one night she knew she would be home was Thursday and she asked for steamed fish. This is normally Eilene’s night with her friends, but finals are coming up so she had told me that they would not be coming over. My dinner plan was for steamed fish and stir fried chive stem.