Rainy Weekend-what are you cooking?
Rain is expected all weekend here in N. California and given that I have three days ahead of me until I have to go back to work, it seems like the perfect opportunity to spend it in the kitchen. This is what I have planned so far:
Pineapple and Coconut Panckaes for breakfast (from a mix we picked up in Maui a couple of months ago)
No-knead bread that I started last night-this variation is from a fellow 'hounder: rosemary, kalamata and thyme as my mix-in's
Coq au vin for dinner tonight w/roasted herbed potatoes
Oatmeal-cherry cookies that I'll be baking sometime this afternoon
and I'm thinking of French onion soup for dinner tomorrow night
Since the weather seems to either rainy or cold and snowy across most of the country this weekend, does anyone else plan on spending the majority of it in the kitchen making comfort food?
It was a cold weekend in Chicago, so I made some bbq babyback ribs on Saturday, smoked them in my smoker(pictured in my avitar) over apple, and jack daniels cask wood chips for 4 hours. The ribs were excellent, not the typical babybacks I have found in the grocery stores, each rib had a silver dollar sized chunk of meat on top, typically the ones I find have this trimmed off. I got them from my local butcher shop, the one that supplies me with the prime beef I grill. The ribs were excellent, I just used a dry rub I made myself, paprika, cumin, brown sugar, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and some salt.
Sunday, we decided to have some tacos, so on corn tortillas we had some chicken breasts I threw in the broiler, and I cut used the meat off the ribs from the night before,.. That with some sour cream, avocado, tomatos, lettuce, jalepenos, and frshly grated cheddar we had a good lunch.
For Dinner, I made Shrimp Scampi, excellent, and garlicy, I peeled and deveined the shrimp myself, and used butter, tons of minced garlic, paprika, a touch of white wine, and parsley. Also I made a scallop pasta. I seared the scallops , and then threw in some cooked asian noodles, I seasoned it with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, siriachi, lemon, and black pepper,..Also had a nice green salad to go with this dinner.
I cant wait for leftovers tomorrow night, the garlic should really be infused.
My creation of Baked Chicken Parmesan Lasagna with Angel Hail Pasta, Arugala Mix Greens Redwine Vinegar and Oli Dressing and Anchovies, and Blue Cheese Bread
Chocolate Cake with marshmallow filling for Dessert, but it is not so bad out right now, the rain might of passed on to Texas, sorry!
Yes, please, Rosie, to the request for coq au vin. I'd love to see it as well. We were traveling from the Bay area to Loomis (outside of Sacramento) over the weekend (long story, we have an older dog with health issues and a vet we adore in Loomis) so in the rain in both Roseville and Fremont, Saturday, it was beef stew with dumplings and Sunday, it was seared pork chops with a mushroom gravy over rice. Tonight, although it's just cloudy, italian pot roast!
My husband is making lobster tails, shrimp cocktail and some other goodies. We will also have rum and cokes with lime for cocktail hour. lol Makes us think of the summer.
Tomorrow I will slow roast a delicious chicken, with baked potatoes, maybe stuffing, creamed onions(I love them) lol, vegetables, salad and something great for dessert.
It's not suppose to rain here in Texas until tomorrow...enjoyed a nice day out shopping.
What I have on board for this weekend:
Chicken pot pie with lots of veggies inside (already made for brunch today)
Beef tenderloin in this to-die-for sauce with very good bread, baked potato