Archive for February, 2011

menu monday

February 14, 2011

monday – veal rib chops in red wine demi glace, butter-poached lobster tails, and truffled macaroni and cheese

tuesday – soy mandarin pork loin with bok choy and fried rice

wednesday – tomato and goat cheese stuffed chicken over lentils

thursday – pork loin casserole

friday – mushroom chicken with broccoli and brabant potatoes


mediterranean salmon over bulgar wheat

February 7, 2011

what makes it ‘mediterranean’? i say so, that’s what. and i’ll do all the measurements in decimals to make it even mediterraneanier.

cous cous (i know it’s not TECHNICALLY cous cous, but it’s close)

.75 cups water

1 teaspoon olive oil

juice and zest of .5 lemon

2 garlic cloves, finely diced

4 cherry tomatoes, quartered

3 canned artichoke hearts, quartered

.5 cup bulgar wheat

salt and pepper to taste

bring water, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice and zest to a boil. stir in everything else, remove from heat, and cover. fluff when cooked, which will be in under ten minutes.

easiest fish ever

olive oil

.75 lbs salmon

salt and pepper

on a baking sheet, drizzle about 1 tablespoon olive oil and place in oven at 400 to preheat. rain down kosher salt over salmon for a light coating. do the same with freshly ground pepper. place the salmon on the baking sheet, skin side down, drizzle just a bit more olive oil over the fish, and bake for 10 minutes. you are welcome to cook it longer if you want a well-done filet, but this, in my fussy fish opinion, dries it out.


oh yeah, here is a cute baby picture. sophie totally helped merlin the sous chef tonight.

(milk)drunk in the kitchen

menu planning

February 6, 2011

i didn’t even try to put together a menu last week because i had the cutest baby EVER last sunday. no, i really did. i’ll post some pictures of the little milkaholic as soon as the flash uploader decided to cooperate, but until that you”l just have to take my word for it.

so this week, scott has decided he wants to be healthier. he has about 15 pounds he would like to lose (i have trouble sympathizing, as i have about 20 pounds left to lose after gaining 40 for this baby, but hey, if this first week postpartum is any indication of things to come, it really will come off quickly). my solution for scott’s healthier kick is not to count his calories or fat grams or whatever, but just to focus on more portions of fruits and veggies during the day, as well as eating salads or veggie sides at every dinner and cutting down on portions of starches at night. this, combined with eating several small meals each day instead of two huge ones like he often does, should help his energy levels, digestion, and overall health quite a bit.

but you don’t care about that because all i really cook are dinners anyway.

sunday – spare ribs, potato skins, creamed spinach

monday – broiled salmon over cous cous with artichokes

tuesday – rib eyes over lentils with asparagus

wednesday – arroz con pollo with garden salad

thursday – rib eye chili

friday – blt’s with baked broccoli