This is a Big Cooking week in my life since I am solely responsible for the Thanksgiving meal. When I have a week like this I tend to go a little “simple, repetitive, low stress” with my cooking for the rest of the week. I am still looking for what is seasonal, local and on sale, and for no more than 2 red meat meals and at least 1 vegetarian meal. I am also still relying extensively on my shiny new Bon Appetit Cookbook, which (so far) seems to be on its way into the pantheon of recipe sources in my kitchen. Here’s what we’re eating on Forest Street this week:
I am watching my niece and nephews for the day while their parents go to a football game in Ann Arbor, and going to my niece’s 7th grade play in the evening. Somewhere between watching football and The Theater lies a pizza in a box.
Rigatoni with Tomatoes and Vodka Sauce, Salad with Oil and Vinegar, Semolina Bread
This is a Bon Appetit recipe for pasta, and while its my understanding that the vodka cream sauce (so chic in the 90s) is not actually all that Italian, its yummy and easy.
Spiced Morroccan Chicken with Onions and Prunes, Cous Cous and Lemon-Glazed Brussel Sprouts
This is an exotic but easy, easy recipe from the Bon Appetit book, whence comes the brussel sprout recipe, as well. Sam will probably have plain chicken and cous cous. Brussel sprouts are in season, and I still have chicken breasts in the freezer.
Carribbean Black Beans and Rice with Red-Onion Jalapeno Relish, French Bread and Fresh Pineapple
Our vegetarian meal for the week, again from Bon Appetit. Cheap, too, except for the pineapple.
Shepard’s Pie and Green Salad
This is a busy cooking day, in some ways busier than Thanksgiving Day itself. I need a no-brainer, no-fuss dinner of ground beef, canned corn and (are you there, Barbara?) ready-made Bob Evans mashed potatoes, which are on sale. Its more important to be sane than perfect.
Leftovers, Napping and No Shopping