Saturday night – 03/17/2018

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be about just corned beef and cabbage.

Though I did make cabbage this week. I was looking for a recipe to match a braised red cabbage we enjoyed at a (semi-)local fine dining restaurant, the Castle. This is an old-school “fancy”, dress-up-for-dinner, sort of place that my family goes to for special occasions. We went with my mom and sister to celebrate what would have been my dad’s seventy-seventh birthday. The red cabbage that was served with our entree was tender and flavorful with a touch of sweetness. I asked what went into it and learned that it was cooked a long time and had a touch of red currant jelly. That was enough of a clue to find something online. The rest of the menu was pretty much built around the red cabbage dish.

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Braised Red Cabbage
Chicken Thighs with Mustard Cream Sauce
Irish Brown Bread

Gingerbread with Whipped Cream

Notes under the cut


Christmas Day – 12/25/2017

My family joined us for Christmas brunch today, which was a potluck sort of affair. It was a fun day despite 7″ of new snow overnight that pushed are gathering time back a bit.

Items we provided are marked with an asterisk.

French toast casserole
Baked Hame with Cherry Glaze *
Swedish Meatballs (with Egg Noodles *)
Fruit Salad *
Popovers *

Pineapple Upside-down Cake
Chocolate Fudge
Assorted cookie

Notes under the cut