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Risotto Croquettes
april 13, 2014

My friend Dawn is having us over for a BBQ. We'll be crashing a party that she and another friends sold seats to as part of a fund-raising auction for our kids' elementary school. I didn't buy seats. But I did co-chair the auction. Dawn was the treasurer, so I guess that gets us in. I just have to bring something to share. 

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Pasta Bolognese & Arugula Salad
april 6, 2014

Pasta with Bolognese sauce is nothing out of the ordinary for my family. But I don't make it every time we eat it, that  takes too long. Leftover sauce from the freezer works just fine. This recipe is unusual because it uses white wine, milk and chicken livers. I've never purchased chicken livers before, at least not without most of the rest of the bird attached. And I still haven't, because I sent my husband to do it while I prepped everything else. 

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Buy the bookCorned Beef & Cabbage
march 17, 2014

Yes, of course, from this book. It is where 75% of my spring dinners come from. And it's green, perfect for the holiday! In my kitchen the color is more of a pleasant chartreuse than comes across here on the web. 

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Halibut with Lentils & Fennel
march 13, 2014

The Eatwell Farm newsletter from last week mentioned a similar dish, Celeriac and Lentils, which reminded me of this recipe from Canal House Cooking Volume 4, p 78. It was surprisingly delicious last time, so I'm glad a fennel bulb arrived with today's CSA box. They're always available from the grocery, but I hate to buy additional produce when we get so much from the farm. I'll throw in the celery root, too. 

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Buy the bookSchnitzel and Salad
february 26, 2014

Pounded pork with breading, fried in butter, along with my favorite salad: Canal House's Mock Cesar. Both are from Volume No 3, p. 95. To make croutons, I'll cube up the leftover bread we have, rub it with a clove of garlic cut in half, then warm some olive oil in a big pan on the stove, toast the cubes and add salt. My friend Jill would mock me for making my own croutons, but they sure taste good! 

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Buy the bookPizza and  Salad
january 20, 2014

Pizza is delivery, salad is my second favorite  in the world, Canal House's Mock Cesar, from Volume No 3, p. 35. Luckily I have some old bread going stale in the drawer for garlicky croutons. No mold yet!

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Sausage & Broccoli Rabe
october 2, 2013

We're eating from Canal House Cooking all week long! The photo for this dinner, p. 79,  is beautiful. I'm not sure I'll be able to find a similar sausage coil, but I'll swing by Fatted Calf and see what they have. I love Fatted Calf because they sell only pasture raised meats. They can be expensive, so we eat mostly vegetables, grains, beans and dairy with small servings of meat.

 

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Zucchini Pancakes & Grilled Chicken
october 1, 2013

The chicken is already made, it joined some swordfish on the grill while I was making dinner Sunday. Cooking two meals at once, both from the new Canal House Cooking Volume 8, was motivation enough for me to fire up the charcoal grill out in the yard. Lighting an actual fire is always more satisfying than pushing the button on our gas grill, even though it takes more time and effort. Plus, the food always tastes better.

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Rigatoni with Tomatoes
september 29, 2013

Canal House Cooking volume 8 is here! Just in time to make good use of the last of Summer's tomatoes. On p. 47, this recipe uses lots of herbs and fresh mozzarella. I'll also grill some swordfish to serve alongside (p. 61) and the Chicken Alla Deavola (p. 69) for Tuesday. If I can manage, I'll sauté some turnips we have languishing in the fridge with thyme and lemon. 

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Buy the bookSmall Plates
september 21, 2013

At our house "Small Plates" means leftovers. Today they will be leftover pizza and I'll make a salad, Canal House Cooking's Mock Cesar, from volume 3, p. 35. Leftover dressing and garlicky croutons are waiting in the fridge from last week.

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