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Main Course Menu Plan: Week 3  Fall II

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Day 1: Seared Scallops with Prosciutto on Tarragon Cream 

Total time: 15 minutes
   Scallops are rich, sweet, and often expensive.  But we can still indulge on occasion.  Here they are quickly seared with a bit of Prosciutto and served on a bed of velvety Tarragon Cream.

Seared Scallops with Prosciutto on Tarragon Cream Ingredients:

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Note:  Some scallops will release water when cooked, causing them to steam rather than fry.  Be sure to use a large skillet, giving them plenty of room.  Turn the heat to high after adding the scallops if they don't start to sizzle.

Day 2: Veal Saltimbocca alla Romana alla Katie

Total time: 25 minutes
    This is a very traditional Italian dish.... Made my way.  I only make it in the fall when the sage is still fresh and aromatic. 

Veal Saltimbocca alla Romana Ingredients:  

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Day 3: Butternut Squash with Sage and Ham Risotto  

Total time: 35 minutes
   This is based on a recipe from the cook book 'Risotto'.   As always, the end result should be creamy, smooth, almost soup-like, never stiff.  The squash gives a bit of sweetness to the risotto and adds to the overall velvety texture... and it's a lovely color!

Butternut Squash with Sage and Ham Risotto Ingredients:

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Day 4: Baked Chicken Breasts with Mustard Crust  

Total time: 40 minutes
  The key to giving these a crispy crust is to drizzle them with olive oil after breading, before baking.  You could also spray them with olive oil or other cooking spray if you have it.  The crust keeps the chicken moist and the mustard adds an unexpected hint of savory sharpness.

Baked Chicken Breasts with Mustard Crust Ingredients:

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Day 5:  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.

Oriental Beef Ingredients:

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Day 6: Chicken with Onions, Bay and Thyme

Total time: 35 minutes
     We think of bay leaves as something that is used in tomato based dishes, but they have a wonderful flavor that marries well with thyme, and shines through in this simple dish.

Chicken with Onions, Bay and Thyme Ingredients:

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