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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 7, Friday

Fried Gnocchi with Goat Cheese
Shrimp Creole over Brown Rice
Carrots with Mustard Glaze

Cooking time:  40 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       We use 1/3 of a package of Gnocchi for the first course with the rest used for tomorrow's main course. If you have goat cheese left from last week, use it here.

Fried Gnocchi with Goat Cheese

Total time: 25 minutes 
    Gnocchi, boiled first, then fried, gets very light with a wonderful, crunchy exterior. The cheese is added and allowed to melt briefly before serving.

Fried Gnocchi with Goat Cheese Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Shrimp Creole over Brown Rice

Total time: 35 minutes    longer if you have to clean shrimp 
     Chock full of vegetables and shrimp, you can make this as hot as you like. Mon mari likes lots of red Tabasco on his; I prefer the milder green. Serve over Brown Rice for a heart-healthy dinner.

Shrimp Creole over Brown Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Carrots with Mustard Glaze

Total time: 25 minutes
     I got the idea for this in a Williams Sonoma cookbook.  Honey could be used instead of the Brown sugar. The color is a bit odd but the flavor is wonderful!

Carrots with Mustard Glaze Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet, large skillet, small saucepan with lid,
small skillet with lid, pot and strainer for gnocchi
Put water on high heat for gnocchi
Clean shrimp if necessary
Chop celery, pepper, onion, garlic
Sauté chili powder, paprika
Add celery, onion, pepper to skillet for shrimp
Cut olives
Peel, slice carrots
Boil gnocchi
Drain gnocchi
Sauté gnocchi
Start to cook rice
Start to cook carrots

Add garlic to onions/peppers
Roughly chop tomatoes
Add tomatoes, juices, tomato paste, sauces to peppers
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer
Slice, cut goat cheese
When ready, add paprika to gnocchi, sauté
Add goat cheese, olives to gnocchi, cover, rest
Turn heat to very low under rice and sauce
Stir gnocchi, divide and serve
Done?  Turn rice off when done
Taste, adjust Creole sauce
Add shrimp, cook
Drain carrots
Heat stock, sugar, thyme, mustard
Add carrots, finish
Spoon shrimp over rice
Serve all and enjoy!