Time Flies when You’re Eating a Ton

matzo ball soup
Haven’t posted lately.  Not sure why. This isn’t even the soup I made on Saturday. What I made looked just like this one, but with darker broth because it was turkey soup, not chicken. I still can’t get used to photographing my dinner, or its preparation. This soup was from this summer when both girls came back from summer camp with cases of strep throat and big time sinus infections.

The family dinner that we had, over a week ago, went very well. We were 9 for dinner. In the dining room, no less. It is really great to have some family close by. S’s mom and her husband live pretty close and S has a young cousin (actually his cousin’s daughter) who is a graduate/PhD student at a nearby university. Her parents were in town for her birthday, and stayed with us one night.

We started with home made crackers from an issue of Gourmet from last summer. They were delicious. But, I didn’t use as much rosemary as called for, and put a little extra salt on the outside because the first batch wasn’t salty enough. I also scored the dough so that they broke into relatively even pieces. Then we had a wonderful grass-fed filet of beef (HUGE piece, sent everyone home with a meal’s worth), roasted asparagus and carrots, and roasted potatoes with rosemary. A butter lettuce salad. Then, the cake that S’s cousin baked. Chocolate velvet cake with cream cheese butter pecan frosting. So rich and beautiful and TALL. I couldn’t help myself and doctored some vanilla ice cream with almond extract and Heath brickle chips (trying to recreate the flavor of Good Humor Toasted Almond bars) to serve with the cake. I think next time I’ll use Amaretto – I just didn’t have any in the house.

Catching up with past meals, here was last week’s run down:
Monday: S out on business. Chinese take-out. WAY too spicy, even though I asked for no spice and the woman said, “oh, only a little spice”. I had been hoping for lunchbox leftovers. No such luck.
Tuesday: Grocery shopping day…Petrale sole meuniere, artichokes, green beans with shallots and tomatoes, steamed fingerling potatoes. This dinner was a huge hit.
Wednesday: S out again. Used the leftover rice from Monday to make fried rice with lots of veggies and tofu.
Thursday: Out with girls
Friday: Out without girls – at home with a babysitter, they made home made pizzas with some par baked crusts that I had frozen (and, we found out that the upper oven is broken). Snickerdoodles and vanilla ice cream.
Saturday: Turkey Matzo Ball Soup – great for the VERY rainy night – with toast
Sunday: Out without girls (for a FAB dinner at our friends G&SA) – L&J made burritos with their favorite baby sitter: carnitas, salsa, guacamole, tortillas, whole organic pinto beans, rice, cheese. Lemon pound cake with mixed berries for dessert. All from Trader Joe’s – I love that store.

Which brings us to tonight, the start of a new week. Here is the plan for this week:
Monday: Manicotti with spinach/ricotta filling, mixed salad with shallot vinaigrette, berries and mango with lemon pound cake (from last night)
Tuesday: Steamed fish (with Asian vegetables), jasmine rice
Wednesday: Pan roasted chicken with tomatoes and artichokes, orzo
Thursday: Pork tenderloin, broccoli, butternut squash, salad
Friday: Out without kids. Finally going to see Slumdog Millionaire.
Saturday: Out without kids.
Sunday: Birthday dinner for S with family. Here’s what he wants: Rack of lamb, green beans with shallots and tomatoes (that I made up last week), roasted potatoes, salad. For a birthday cake, the request is for a re-creation of the lemon meringue cake from Tartine. I wonder if it is in their book. I’ll have to look!

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