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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 10, Day 1

Pan-Seared Tuna with Capers
Basmati Rice with Mushrooms
Crisp Sautéed Sunchokes

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      If you like rare ahi get the best tuna you can find (and afford). But the sauce makes even the lesser tunas taste delicious.  Sunchokes are the same as Jerusalem artichokes.

Pan-Seared Tuna with Capers

Total time: 15 minutes 
     This is best with good sushi-grade tuna that is quickly seared on both sides and cool or just barely warm in the center.  If you get regular tuna you will need to cook it until it is closer to medium - well. Ask your fish monger (I love that word)... or the guy behind the counter.

Pan-Seared Tuna with Capers Ingredients:

 Instructions

Basmati Rice with Mushrooms

Total time: 20 minutes  
   Sautéed onions and mushrooms perk up fragrant Basmati rice for a lovely side dish.  Make with vegetable stock or water for a vegetarian version.

Basmati Rice with Mushrooms Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Crisp Sautéed Sunchokes   

Total time: 30 minutes  
   Another easy way to fix this versatile vegetable. 

Crisp Sautéed Sunchokes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: Sunchokes tend to discolor - if not cooking immediately, put in a bowl and coat with the olive oil.

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, small skillet, 2 large skillets,
small plate

Chop onion
Sauté rice in butter
Add stock, herbs, cover, simmer
Trim, chop mushrooms
Mince all garlic, divide
Chop olives
Peel sunchokes, slice, sauté

Sauté onion for rice
Add garlic, mushrooms to onion, stir
Sauté garlic, fennel for tuna
Remove fennel, garlic to small plate
Sauté tuna
Turn sunchokes
Turn tuna
Remove tuna, cover to keep warm
Add fennel, garlic, etc. to skillet, simmer, reduce
Add rice to onion, mushrooms skillet, heat through
Spoon caper sauce over tuna
Finish sunchokes, Serve