Monday, September 5, 2011

Dinners for week of Sept 5

After looking at the menu items for this week, it all seems very southern somehow... minus the Falafel with Couscous... perhaps subconsciously warming up for a move to Texas with Erin's almost certain acceptance for school.

Catfish with greens and cheesy grits

- Catfish is good as long as its not overdone with spice, that's the problem I have with it served 'blackened' most of the time - all black, no fish. I'll try and take it easy... haven't made this one yet.

Fried chicken with corn, biscuits and greens
- Used a fairly simple recipe for this chicken and it is some of the best I've had... no lie. It's adapted from a recipe by Leah Chase, pictured below this recipe, one of the goddesses of Creole cooking. Surrounded by fried chicken living in Harlem, I feel some compunction to become at least competent in the craft. This recipe helped.

1. Salt and pepper chicken
2. Bathe in a mixture of 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and 1/2 cu water for about 5 minutes
3. Take the chicken and shake in a paper bag that has 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or whatever spices you want)
4. Important - let chicken sit for 10 minutes to dry while you heat the oil
5. Fry for about 10 minutes a side

Tortellini with roasted garlic and string bean salad

- I made a herb/butter dressing for the spinach tortellini which actually worked out pretty well: cooked some butter over low heat with garlic, then added thyme and fresh oregano at the very end...

Quice with salad
- Erin made this lovely dish that was a huge success: basically entails mixing cottage cheese (16oz), 2 cups cheddar and 4 eggs together then layering that with a spinach/onion mix and baking for about 30 minutes... delicious.

Falafel with raisin and carrot couscous
- Once again, Erin's star shone... she should really be posting these. The falafels were good but the real winner was the couscous: she cooked the carrots and raisins down before mixing in with the couscous in a splendid trick...

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