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Menu Plan for Winter II: Week 4, Day 1

Pasta with Mediterranean Meat Sauce
Glazed Tarragon Carrots

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu        Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       If you have leftover ham use it in place of the ground beef in the pasta.  It's a non-traditional pasta sauce with the flavors of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean.

Pasta with Mediterranean Meat Sauce

Total time: 35 minutes
     Sherry and paprika from Spain; olives from Italy, Spain and Greece; feta from Greece; red peppers from France; capers and tomatoes from everywhere... An International dish! If you have ham left from the holidays use that rather than the ground beef - if you like....

Pasta with Mediterranean Meat Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Glazed Tarragon Carrots

Total time: 25 minutes
     Roll-cutting gives interesting looking pieces with lots of surface to be coated with this lovely sweet-sour, tarragon glaze.  I came up with this recipe in the spring with my fresh tarragon, but it's just as good now, with the dried.

Glazed Tarragon Carrots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, small skillet / lid, pot and colander for
pasta

Put water on high heat for pasta
Chop onion, pepper, mince garlic
Sauté paprika, onion, garlic, pepper
Chop tomatoes, reserving all juices
Add beef to skillet, brown
Peel, roll-cut carrots
Add tomatoes, sherry, stock, herbs, boil

Reduce heat, simmer
Chop olives
Cube feta
Cook carrots
Cook pasta
   10 - 15 minute break while stuff cooks
Drain pasta
Add capers, olives to sauce, heat through
Finish carrots, cook off pan juices
Remove sauce from heat, add feta, stir
Spoon sauce over pasta,
Serve