Shana and Maria have been carrying the load as usual lately, so I volunteered to post this one.
Our weekend was all about Project Get Better. We had David and Anthea and Mia (David says “hi Anne!) over Friday and ate NYPD pizza and drank bad box wine (we have to do a post on the pizza in this town; I used to think NYPD was a good fallback, but it’s really taken a dive. And Silvio’s wouldn’t even pick up the phone Friday night!) and felt like crap the next morning, both of us manifesting sinus infection symptoms. So the rest of the weekend was all about ginger infusions and oatmeal and antioxidant smoothies and long saunas and deep cleansing breathing. By Saturday night, I was seriously on the mend and pulled together a braised pork shoulder with apples and those roasted brussel sprouts with gorgonzola Shana recommended last weekend. Good! And only one short glass of wine in deference to the project. Sunday night, John rallied enough to turn out a very nice white pizza (Zingerman’s fresh ricotta and mozzarella, blended with some garlic and rosemary and drizzled with hot chili oil when it came out of the oven), while I pursued bread baking. It was quite the yeast filled afternoon. A pleasant weekend, if a bit inert. I need to get some physical activity soon or I’m going to go nuts. I didn’t get to work on the the Thanksgiving menu or recipes for Locavorius. Sigh. I guess that’s what work time is for.
(Shana is excused because she already posted about her amazing pre-Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday- although when I called her for menu advice on Friday night, for my own pre-thanksgiving menu (which will be next Sat with my NYC friends/family), she was making marrow bones to serve on toast, with possibly an omelet to follow. So very Shana!)
From me (Anne):
Friday night Lenny had rehearsal so we had a late supper of pan-fried fillet mignons, sauteed shitake and crimini mushrooms, and garlic bread (made with a Jeff Renner baguette that was fortunately still available at Fresh Seasons when I got there around 7:15). There was something else with it but I’m too embarrassed to say – except that it was a vegetable-ish thing and it comes frozen in a box and I always crave it with steak and garlic bread. I’ll leave it at that. (I’m not spilling this time Maria so don’t even ask!)
Saturday was cold and lazy but Lenny was inspired by a picture on foodporndaily.com of a mustard glazed salmon served on green French lentils and mustard greens with a tarragon, mustard, chive butter. We had some kale on hand so substituted that, and it made for a great one plate dish with the lentils secured between the pan sauteed salmon filets and the sauteed kale. Phil at Whole Foods suggested a Northern Cal pinot noir (2007 Uptown Cellars) that went spectacularly with the dinner. All in all it was filling enough to forget about the piece of Achatz four-berry pie we had bought for dessert.
Sunday was another gray day, and after a very satisfying breakfast of canadian bacon nestled between fried eggs and multigrain toast, we staved off our hunger until the Michigan/Ohio wine tasting at Vinology (stay tuned for a post with all the details).