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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 4, Friday

Warm Spinach Salad
Sautéed Sole with Lemon Butter
Carrot and Basmati Rice Gratin

Cooking time: 55 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      We think of spinach as a spring crop but it also does well in the cool fall temperatures.  The sole I get is cleaned but not boned.  If yours is boned - lucky you.  It will sauté even faster.

Warm Spinach Salad

Total time: 10 minutes
    This is a cross between a salad and a vegetable.  I've added a bit of bacon to it but you can leave it out for a vegetarian version.  Be careful to cook the spinach for a just a minute, only to wilt slightly.

Warm Spinach Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Sole with Butter and Lemon

Total time: 10 minutes
     Served whole, the delicate fish flakes easily off the skeleton, which, normally, remains intact for easy removal once you've eaten one side of the fish.  Finished with a bit of butter and lemon for accent, it will simply melt in your mouth.

Sautéed Sole with Butter and Lemon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Carrot and Rice Gratin  

Total time: 55 minutes
    This is somewhere between a soufflé and a pudding.  The carrots retain their texture and add a slightly sweet flavor to the rice.

Carrot and Rice Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 55 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small saucepan with lid, medium skillet,
large nonstick skillet, baking dish, whisk, large
bowl, plate, grater
Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Start to cook rice
Peel, shred carrots
Wash, stem spinach, drain
Cut bacon
Snip chives if fresh
Wash, dry fish
Mix flour, salt, pepper, put on plate
Cut lemons
Whisk eggs
Whisk in milk, herbs, yogurt
Rice done? Combine with carrots and stir well
Lightly oil baking dish

Add rice/carrot to egg mixture
Add half of the cheese, stir well
Spoon into baking dish, sprinkle cheese, bake
Sauté bacon in oil
Finish spinach, tear or cut large leaves
Mind the bacon
Add sugar, vinegar, herbs to bacon
Add spinach, stir, remove to plates, serve
Relax, enjoy...
Done?
Heat butter in large skillet / medium high heat
Dip fish in flour
When skillet is hot, add fish
Remove gratin
Turn fish
Remove fish to platter or individual plates
Add butter to skillet, melt and pour over fish
Garnish fish with lemon
Serve