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Main Course Menu Plan: Week 8  Fall I

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Day 1: Bacalao a la Marinera (Fisherman's Cod)

Total time: 30 minutes
  This is a Spanish dish that would, traditionally, be made with dried, salted cod.  I used fresh.  In Spain you can buy the bacalao dry as a board or already reconstituted and rinsed.  You can substitute any white fish: tilapia, snapper, mahi mahi;  adjust cooking times slightly, according to thickness.

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Day 2: Braised Lamb in Red Wine

Total time: 2 hours
     Slow-cooking lamb in wine is typical all over France.  This uses red wine, similar to the version made in Avignon.  The original is slowly baked for 5 hours in a 350F (180C) oven; I opted for a slow braise on the cook top.  After 2 hours the flavors have blended perfectly and the lamb melts in your mouth.

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Day 3: Tuna and Goat Cheese Lasagne

Total time: 50 minutes
     This is a simple lasagne, using no cooked ingredients.  Because there is no hot sauce to start, I increased the baking time by 10 minutes.  I puréed whole tomatoes rather than using prepared sauce.... It has a fresher taste.

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Day 4: Chicken Breasts with Sherried Mushrooms

Total time: 30 minutes
    Mushrooms soak up the flavors they're cooked with, and when simmered with a bit of sherry, they turn simple chicken breasts into an elegant, gourmet dish suitable for guests... or just a delicious mid-week treat.  For a dinner party I would use the cream... Midweek I use the milk or stock - which is what's on the List.  

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Day 5:  Turkey Cutlets Piccata 

Total time: 25 minutes
    Thinly sliced turkey cutlets cook quickly and are a great substitute for the veal cutlets normally used in this dish.  If you can't get them get a turkey tenderloin and either slice it into thin cutlets yourself or ask your butcher. You could also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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Day 6: Oriental Beef and Vegetables

Total time: 30 minutes
    You could substitute thinly sliced flank steak or beef pre-cut for stir-fry if you prefer.  Any bits of vegetable left in the fridge would be fine in this: sliced Brussels sprouts, broccoli, whatever.

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