Friday, November 29, 2002

Thanksgiving Dinner

Porcini Rubbed Tofu [Turkey] (from Bon Appetit 11/02 p.191)
w/ mushroom duxelle stuffing (from Julia Child)
wrapped in Phyllo (that one was mine)
topped with Shiitake Madeira Gravy (from Bon Appetit 11/02 p.191)

Garlic Mashed Yukon Potatoes

Braised Parsnip and Celery Root mix

Asparagus w/ Walnut vinaigrette

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts

Cranberry Conserve w/ Hazelnuts
(from Tyler Florence)

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup topped w/ Fried Leeks
(w/ cumin, cinnimon and turmeric)

Wild Rice Salad

Spinach Salad w/ Caramalized Pear topped with Walnuts
w/ Fig Vinaigrette dressing


Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Dinner 11/26

Stir Fry
(tofu, carrot, celery, red pepper, japlepeno, leek, seitan, garlic and ginger)

Basmati Rice



Dinner 11/25

Green Beans w/ Black Sesame and Soy

Asparagus w/ Walnut Sauce

Fried Seitan, Carrot and Mushroom topped with Turnip



Sunday, November 24, 2002


Seitan Bourguignon in a Puff Pastry Shell


Bryan Ferry

Dinner 11/23

Soupe aux truffle Elysee
Truffle Soup Elysee
(from Paul Bocuse's French Cooking p.58)

Porcini Rubbed Tofu [Turkey] w/ Shiitake Gravy
(from Bon Appetit 11/02 p.191)


Edith Piaf - Best of

*Trying out part of the Thanksgiving dinner a little early just to see how it would work out. It did.

I also made a slight modification with the tofu by adding fresh porcini mushrooms (ahhhh) on top of the tofu cutlet, and then rolling the whole thing in phyllo dough. It handled the gravy just fine and didn't get soggy at the table. Next thing to tackle -- the cranberries and the brussel sprouts and chestnut side dish...

As for the soup... we just saw that segment again on Food Network where Bocuse himself makes the soup so Liz made some puff pastry for the top of the soup

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Dinner 11/22

Fried Porcini Mushrooms

...and really, what else could you eat after that...

Thursday, November 21, 2002


Pasta Puttanesca

Fried Chanterelle Mushrooms

Italian Bread



* BTW, Liz also scored some fresh porcini and black truffles today. Now you know why I married her ;)

Dinner 11/21

Stir Fry
(tofu, yellow squash, broccoli, carrot, celery, crimini mushroomm garlic, ginger, scallions)

Basmati Rice


Julie London - Sings Cole Porter

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Dinner 11/19

Seitan and Flageolet Bean Stew *
(over fettuccini noodles)

Streamed Broccoli

Baked Potato
(w/ soy sour cream)

(carrot, celery, scallion and spinach w/ a fig vinaigrette)


Judy Garland - Live (Captiol)

* yes leftovers, but it really was that good of a stew, and the kids wanted it again as well...

Dinner 11/18

Seitan and Flageolet Bean Stew

Streamed Broccoli

Roasted Potatoes

Fried Shiitake Mushrooms

Caramelized Pear Salad
(w/ walnut vinaigrette)



Sunday, November 17, 2002


Deep-Dish Pizza
(w/ soyrizo, tomato sauce and onions)


The Soprano's

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Dinner 11/16

Seitan [Lamb] and Eggplant Stew

Lentils and Bulghar

Egyptian Soup



Friday, November 15, 2002


Caramelized Pear Antipasto
(from today's Plain Dealer)

Wild Mushroom Medley on Garlic Bread
(Matsutake, Enoki and Hedgehog)

Hazelnut Cake


Markko Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Ohio/1999)



Thursday, November 14, 2002


Portobello Mushrooms topped with Fried Noodles and Carrots
("Noodles: The New Way - Sri Owen)



Dinner 11/13

Chiles Relleno
(stuffed w/ soy cheese and cilantro)

Poblano Rice
(from Rick Bayless)

Pollo a la uva
Tofu [Chicken] w/ grapes in a tomato sauce
(from Diane Kennedy)


Xavier Cugat

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Dinner 11/12

Fennel and Spinach Salad
(w/ creamy horseradish dressing)

Potato Basket w/ Wild Mushroom Filling

Braised Chard w/ Mushroom



Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Dinner 11/11

Gemelli w/ Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce

Garlic Bread Sticks



Monday, November 11, 2002

Dinner 11/10

Spaghetti w/ red sauce

Eggplant Parmesan

* A Rugrats "tomato warning" kind of evening ;)

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Dinner 11/9

Lunch leftovers from Soul Vegetarian
(deep-fried tofu sticks, cauliflower and seitan, and of course chili cheese fries)

Friday, November 08, 2002

Dinner 11/8

Focaccia (from Great Lakes Bakery in Hudson)

Pierogi's (homemade)
(cabbage and potato)

Dinner 11/7

Lentil and Seitan Stew
(w/ onions and carrots)

Boiled white potatoes

Steamed Asparagus

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Dinner 11/6

Eggplant and Rice Mold *

Mashed Potatoes
(w/ olive oil and turmeric)

* from "The New Book of Middle Eastern Food" by Claudia Roden

Dinner 11/5

Tofu [Chicken] and Chickpeas *

Steamed Broccoli

* from "The New Book of Middle Eastern Food" by Claudia Roden

Monday, November 04, 2002


Garlic Soup (w/ fried tofu)

Chili Cheese Fries

Barbecue Tofu Sandwich*



* Soul Vegetarian take-out with our own soup...

Dinner 11/03

(stuffed w/ cabbage and potatoes)


New Wave Hits Vol. 3 (Rhino)

* yes, it's that time of year that says "make a ton of Pierogi's for those nights when you really don't want to cook"

Saturday, November 02, 2002

Dinner 11/02

(Mushrooms and Broccoli w/ citrus soy dipping sauce)

Dinner 11/01

Roasted Tofu [Chicken] w/ Jerusalem Artichokes
(shallots, garlic, lemon peel from Martha 4/02)



Friday, November 01, 2002

Dinner 10/31

Carbonnades a la Flamande
(Seitan [Beef] Braised in Beer - Julia Child "Mastering The Art Of French Cooking" Vol. 1 p.317)

Boiled Russian Banana Potatoes w/ parsley