Half the folks who normally join us for our weekly Saturday night dinner were away this weekend, including the regular attending vegetarian. When that happens I lean towards a meat integrated meal of some type like a stew or a casserole.
Ted’s Lamb Pie
“low-fat” Mashed Potatoes (see notes)
Cranberry Upside Down Cake
Notes under here
Back to pasta this week. Nothing fancy on our part though miss_jenith brought a pretty elaborate dessert with her.
Spaghetti and tomato sauce
Ted’s green salad
Homemade white bread
Hummingbird Cake with Caramel Frosting
These meatballs are roughly based on Alton Brown’s meatloaf recipe which you can probably find online via Google.
2 carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into large pieces
3 stalks celery, cut into large pieces
3 whole cloves garlic
6 oz. panko crumbs
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3 lbs. “meatloaf mix” (ground beef, pork & veal)
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine carrots, onion, celery & garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse under ground fine. Place in a large bowl along with the other ingredients. Use hands to combine all the ingredients making a point to not mush the ground meat. The goal is to incorporate all the veg & panko into the ground beef.
Using a disher rough form the meatballs and place them 2 13×9 glass baking pans. You’ll get around 30 meatballs. Once all are dished roll each one to form a ball.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350&def;F.
This week the Saturday night menu was mostly based around ingredients I already had in the cupboard or fridge. The only things I picked up from the grocery store were a green pepper for the red & white beans and apples for dessert. Which is nice after splurging on food for the holiday party last weekend.
Red (and white) beans & rice
Corn bread muffins
Apple crisp with vanilla ice cream
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Once every 6 months or so I treat myself to a quiet lunch at my currently favorite restaurant, Tomasso in Southboro.
Today I stopped in after the lunch rush and enjoyed a glass of wine and a plate of butternut squash gnocchi with a sage brown butter. I followed that with a salad of roasted pears, prosciutto and roasted walnuts. The hostess brought the salad over, mentioned how I was playing around with the order of things and that she liked that. The salad was very tasty, the roasting bring out an extra sweetness in the pears.
One of the things I like about Tomasso is that even though it’s been at least 6 months since I stepped inside the staff acted as if they remembered me. It’s interesting to me how the phrase “It’s good to see you again.” makes me feel so darn happy.
Our annual holiday party was last night. Here’s a recap of what we served.
Guacamole & chips
Veggie spring rolls
Dilled Shrimp mini-quiches
Fennel & orange salad
Cumin dusted sweet potato “fries”
Orange-marinated turkey breast (from The Way We Cook)
Curried chicken salad on pumpernickel
Ted’s vegetarian chili & rice casserole
Blueberry gingerbread (from The Way We Cook)
Pine nut tart
Mini carrot cake w/cream cheese icing
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