Main Course Menu Plan: Week 1  Winter II

Day 1: Shrimp and Scallop Newburg

Total time: 20 minutes
  This is a lovely dish made with almost any shellfish or seafood.  For a party presentation it can be served in Puff Pastry shells.  I served it on fragrant Basmati rice.

Shrimp and Scallop Newburg Ingredients:


Day 2: Corsican Beef and Pasta

Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes prep time
     This is one of those long-cooking dishes that I love doing during the winter.  It's not quite a stew and not quite a pasta.  If possible, get 1 or 2 thick slices of dry-cured ham, like Prosciutto, from the meat counter.

Corsican Beef and Pasta Ingredients:

corsican beef Instructions:

Day 3: Cabbage Soup with Ham and Vegetables

Total time: 60 minutes
     Many vegetable soups use regular, white cabbage.  I decided to make one featuring Savoy or green cabbage.  With a slice of ham from the deli counter, this goes together quickly for a warming, winter meal.  Stirring in a bit of cornstarch at the end gives the broth a more luscious 'mouth feel'.  This is enough for 4 servings.  

Cabbage Soup with Ham and Vegetables Ingredients:


Day 4: Corsican Beef and Pasta

corsican beefTotal time: 10 minutes




Barley 'Risotto' Style, with Leeks or Green Garlic

Total time: 25 minutes
    We try to eat a variety of grains.  I have always loved barley in soup... why not as a side dish?  If you don't have it or like it, substitute Orzo, everything else the same.  My barley cooks in 15 minutes, check your package and increase cooking time if needed.

Barley 'Risotto' Style, with Leeks or Green Garlic Ingredients:


Day 5:  Chicken with Tomato/Yogurt Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
    This is not a 'chicken in tomato sauce' but a 'chicken with chunky tomatoes'.  If you hate tossing the tomato juice you can put it in a plastic bag and freeze it for the next time you need a bit of sauce.  The trick with using yogurt and tomatoes is not to let it boil or it may separate - no problem with taste, just appearance.

Chicken with Tomato/Yogurt Sauce Ingredients:


Day 6: Pork Tenderloin Braised with Apples and Onions

Total time: 30 minutes
     There is something about apples, pork and fennel that just goes so well together.  The apples will be very soft, but the skin will help them hold their shape for a lovely presentation.

Pork Tenderloin Braised with Apples and Onions Ingredients:


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