Sunday, November 30, 2003

Dinner 11/30

Hoisin Tofu Cutlets on a bed of Spinach

Seared/Steamed Brussel Sprouts and Carrots
(w/ veg broth, star anise, soy sauce and sesame oil)

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Dinner 11/29

Skillet Chili*
(onion, garlic, chipotle, maple syrup, great northern beans, soyrizo, tomato sauce, salt and pepper)


* In my cookbook, there will be a whole section on taking various canned beans (red kidney, pinto, great northern, etc) and turning them into a kind of "chili". Tonight's experiment includes Maple Syrup w/ Chipotles and damned if it doesn't rock. Great Northern's are usually turned into baked beans anyway, and the maple syrup plays off the smokiness of the chipotles nicely.

Friday, November 28, 2003

Dinner 11/28

(tofu, red bell pepper, carrot, celery, onion, garlic and ginger)

Rice Paper Salad (w/ spicy peanut dressing)
(red cabbage, carrot, scallion, cilantro, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar)

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Thanksgiving Dinner

Porcini and Sage Soup w/ "Stars" Pasta

Wild Mushroom Strudel

Roasted Russian Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted Acorn Squash w/ Maple Syrup

Wild Rice Stuffing

Blind Hen

Braised Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts

Grilled Asparagus

Roasted Beets

Braised Red Cabbage

Cranberry Compote

Herbed Italian Bread

Pumpkin Mousse Tart

*why re-invent the wheel? (see tasting below)

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Dinner 11/26

Cardoons in Bagna Cauda *

Truffle Risotto

Porcini and Sage Soup w/ "Stars" Pasta

Herbed Italian Bread

* go ahead -- google that one ;) substituted sun-dried tomatoes for the anchovies

Monday, November 24, 2003

Dinner 11/24

Seitan and Onions w/ Mushroom Gravy

Braised Red Cabbage

Roasted Beets w/ Dill

"Blind Hen" (Green Beans, Carrots, Apples and Onions)

Wild Rice Stuffing

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Dinner 11/23

Wonton Soup
(wontons stuffed w/ shiitake mushrooms and sauteed arrugala in a fennel and soy broth)

Stir-Fried Tofu and Rice w/ Hoisin and Garlic Green Beans

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Dinner 11/22

Holiday Tasting Dinner at Riverside Wine

(here's just the dishes we made...)

Wild Rice Stuffing
Braised Fennel and Chestnuts
Cranberry Compote
Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges (w/ Maple Syrup)
Blind Hen (Trad. German Dish w/ Green Beans, Apples and Carrots)
Roasted Beets
Wild Mushroom Strudel
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Braised Leeks
Braised Red Cabbage
Spiced Pumpkin Tart

*Big thanks to Patrick who helped out w/ the plating and serving

Friday, November 21, 2003

Dinner 11/21

Spaghetti w/ Red Sauce (the early dinner)

Garlic Soup w/ Fried Tofu (the late dinner)

* somewhere inbewteen we were prepping for the wine dinner I'm catering tomorrow

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Dinner 11/20

Pasta w/ Beet Greens, Oyster Mushrooms, Tomato and Red Pepper

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Dinner 11/19

(tofu, red bell pepper, carrot, fennel, broccoli, lemongrass, galanga, and garlic)

Basmati Rice

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Dinner 11/18

(tomato, onion, garlic, black olives, red pepper, tomato sauce)

Spinach Salad
(dried cherries, cherry tomatoes, spinach, fig vinaigrette)

Monday, November 17, 2003

Dinner 11/17

Cap'n Janeway
(pasta w/ tomato and cream sauce)

Homemade Italian Bread

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Dinner 11/16

Seitan Bourguignon
(Julia, of course)

Brasied Cauliflower w/ Saffron

Roasted Acorn Squash w/ Maple Syrup

Friday, November 14, 2003

Dinner 11/14

Leek and Fennel Ravioli in Fennel Broth

Hoisin Green Beans w/ Tofu

Jasmine Rice

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Dinner 11/13

Polenta w/ Cauliflower and Tomatoes, Topped with Mushrooms
(from Jack Bishop's "The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook" p. 188)

Brasied Fennel in Orange*

* a little twist on the usual fennel prep -- braised in half water, half fresh orange juice, then roasted in the oven for 20 minutes at 350.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Dinner 11/12

Mixed Greens topped w/ Spagehetti and Mushrooms
(blewit mushrooms*, zucchini, tomatoes, onion, garlic, soy parmesean)

Homemade Italian Bread

*(also -- "Wild blewits make a brief appearance in the fall around October and November. Blewit mushrooms will have a deeper, richer, almost gamey flavor and are worth the extra effort to find the true wild variety."

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Dinner 11/11

(pepporcini peppers, onions, garlic, tomato, tomato sauce, soy cheese)

Monday, November 10, 2003

Dinner 11/10

Pasta Genovese
(via Jamie Oliver)

* then I went to a small tasting of Tony Coturri wines -- he was in town for the World Series Of Wine event held in Cleveland and stopped by on his way back.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Dinner 11/9

Pear, Leek, Squash and Hazelnut Tart*

Braised Leeks

Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms

Sauteed Beet and Kale Greens
(w/ pine nuts and garlic)


Prat-Majou (France/2000)
(non-filtered red table wine)

* from my WRSOC teachers, Meredith and Carla -- via the article they wrote on squash for last weeks food section in the PD.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Dinner 11/8

Soy Boy Okara "Courage" Burger
(tomato, onion, mustard, ketchup, soy cheese)

* pre-gig food ;)

Friday, November 07, 2003

Dinner 11/7

Skillet Chili
(soyrizo, onion, garlic, paprika, red kidney beans, tomato sauce)

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Dinner 11/6

Soba Noodle Stir-Fry w/ Spicy Peanut Sauce
(tofu, red bell pepper, carrot, garlic, jalapeno, galanga, peanut butter, soy sauce, rice syrup and of course "Wild Yam" soba noodles)

*similar to the other night, w/ slight variations, testing a recipe again...

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Dinner 11/5

Eggplant Parmesan

Gemelli Pasta

Herb Bread

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Dinner 11/4

Stir-Fry w/ Peanut Sauce over Soba Noodles
(tofu, carrot, celery, red bell pepper, galanga, garlic)

Monday, November 03, 2003

Dinner 11/3

Braised Seitan [Rabbit] Stew w/ a Cream Sauce
(from La Cucina Italia November '03)

Grilled Portobello Mushroom

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Dinner 11/2

Pesto w/ Gemelli Pasta

Sauteed Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Steamed Broccoli

Herbed Parmesan Bread

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Dinner 11/1

Cannellini Bean Stew
(soyrizo, onion, garlic, cannellini beans, paprika)

Potato Bread