Since the weather predictions were pretty ugly for today, I decided to get some food in the apartment and cook up a few dishes for our freezer and fridge so that we could have some choices during the week and not have to create on the fly!
Went out to Long Island Friday while the weather was gorgeous, nice ride, but we were wishing the trees had turned a little more than what we saw. Shopped in Plainview at Fairway. We got lots of meat and some produce as well as some pantry basics. Checked out some recipes and decided to round out some missing things from Trader Joe’s this morning before the rush! The store opened @8 a.m. and I was there at 8:15 and there were already lines at the registers! Funny how a bit of snow on the way creates such panic!
Back home I roasted a load of fresh tomatoes to create a Pasta Sauce to use on the fly.
Then I roasted broccoli with leeks and set up the beef stew for the pressure cooker. Good old fashioned beef stew, used a little red wine to deglaze after browning the meat and mirepoix.
Next I had two chicken breasts on the bone, I made an Italian Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Carrots and Artichoke Hearts. The breasts are buried under the veggies and sauce!
I had two double cut Pork Chops in brine in the fridge. I braised them with sauteed mushrooms including dried Porcini. Can’t wait to dig into this dish, I will have it with soft polenta and Nana will have hers with noodles.
Took some blanched Broccolini and tossed it with caramelized red onions! YUM! So Nana was wondering what was for dinner tonight, and I finally told her it was pasta. I made Baked Rigatoni with Butternut Squash. We had the typical tossed green salad with great raw veggies and Honey Mustard Dressing.
Dinner was delish, I’d add more than 2 cups of squash to balance it better next time!
The final dish is a Marinated Pork Tenderloin Stir Fry dish that used Spicy Chili Paste in the marinade. I added Leek, Orange Bell Pepper, Green Beans, Water Chestnuts and Bamboo Shoots. Looks like a winner! Topped with Cilantro.
I’d say it was a productive day and the apartment smells so wonderful! I say let it snow, rain, and whatever!