What's for Dinner #253 - The Countdown to Thanksgiving Edition [Through Nov. 4, 2013]
In my mind, November is the start of the holiday season, and a month of celebrating. Both my husband and my son have birthdays this month, as well as my oldest friend, my son's godfather, and at least 5 other people with whom I am close. Add to that a trip to the West Coast to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband's family, and you have a non-stop month of family and fun times.
And of course, as evidenced by other threads, some of us are already in the planning mode for Spaghetti Carbonara Day, as Calvin Trillin, a well-known hater of turkey once termed it.
Gobble, gobble nonetheless! What's on your table for dinner?
It's another leftover night, although I'm going to try and repurpose some of the chicken. I've got red and green bell peppers (well, the green CSA pepper has turned half orange), I've got CSA cherry tomatoes (which are still looking perfectly fine almost 1-1/2 weeks later), I've got chicken and mashed potatoes. I've got the roasted chicken gravy as well, but I don't think I want to use it in a mash-up.
I was thinking of something pot-pieish - add frozen peas and (CSA) corn to a tomato-cream sauce with some chopped chicken and sauteed bits of peppers, and into a baking dish to be topped with the rest of the dirty-smashed potatoes and baked. That still won't use up the chicken, but I might freeze a hunk for later use.
We'll see if that's what I'm in the mood for when I get home tonight. :-)
OK, about 2 cups of chopped chicken, 1/3 cup of chopped bell pepper, 1-1/2 cups of corn/pea mix, mixed with a dark chicken gravy that was whisked with some heavy cream, white wine, and dried thyme. It was all blended together, spooned into a couple of small Le Creuset baking dishes, with very buttery and creamy mashed potatoes carefully spooned on top (that's not easy to spread across the whole shebang!)
Baked at 350° for about 25-30 minutes until bubbly, and it's "resting" for about 10 minutes right now. Dinner tonight and work lunch tomorrow.
Not too shabby! Oh yeah. Wine in the food? Wine in the cook. Like DUH. It's Thursday - ALMOST THE WEEKEND! ;-)
I pulled a huge chicken breast out of the freezer. Going to stuff it with goat cheese and some fresh herbs and bake it. I have a big bunch of fresh spinach from the organic produce delivery so I'll saute that up with some garlic. I'll probably make just some plain white rice to have on the side. I also bought a loaf of fresh French bread from the bakery. I've been craving warm bread and butter the past couple of days.
All in all, a boring and easy dinner.
My oldest son's birthday is Nov 15th..he'll be 32...omg, I can't believe how old I AM...lol....
Tonight I'll be having lobster ravioli with spinach in a brown butter sauce & toasted walnuts. The BF will be having oven fried chicken breast with leftover green beans from last night and mashed potatoes w/ gravy.
Muwahaha! Happy Halloweenie.
Not doing any cooking tonight. As hubby is out of town and I'm a bit spooked by being in the house alone during trick or treating time, one of my girlfriends is stopping by with Sushi! I will be providing the Sake, and probably some wine, and maybe some whiskey. Hey, it's my Friday AND it's a holiday AND I'm not driving. A girl can live it up a little.
Oh, my dinner friends, I've been such a poor attendee :( Just so much stuff going on.
Last night was just sausage ravioli from the fridge section. The night before was from COTM:
And tonight is pizza and beer to hand out candy, and maybe snacks later at our walkable bar. Hope you all have a fun H'ween!