Main Course Menu Plan: Week 12  Winter I

Day 1: Salmon, Smoked Salmon and Potato Gratin

Total time: 55 minutes 
    A mix of fresh and smoked salmon gives a lot of flavor to this simple gratin.  Simmering the potatoes in milk shortens the baking time.

Salmon, Smoked Salmon and Potato Gratin Ingredients:


Day 2: Braised Chicken with Rice 

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes 
     This is a classic in farm houses through out France!  Find an older, stewing hen, if you can.  They have more flavor and the long cooking time will make them tender.  Not a roasting hen, they're too big to fit into most pots. A broiler/fryer will work as well. This will be enough for 2 meals.

braised chicken Ingredients:

Braised Chicken with Rice Instructions:

Day 3: Pasta alla Amatriciana

Total time: 30 minutes 
    This is a classic Italian dish, with probably as many variations as there are Italian cooks.  Mine comes from a combination of cook books blended with what I like. Make it as hot as you like.

Pasta alla Amatriciana Ingredients:


Day 4: Peppered Pork Tenderloin in Red Wine Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes
    Remember that, while adding a lot of flavor, pepper can be quite hot.  Be a bit careful, particularly if you are grinding fresh peppercorns, as these will be hotter than the old stuff in the can in your pantry....

Peppered Pork Tenderloin in Red Wine Sauce  Ingredients:


Day 5:  Beef and Mushroom Lo Mein

Total time: 30 minutes
     One of the tenants of most Asian cuisines is that the food should be attractive: pleasing to the eye as well as the palate.  One way to achieve this is to make certain that your ingredients are colorful; another is to cut the ingredients into varied shapes.  This Lo Mein is as delicious as it is pretty.

Beef and Mushroom Lo Mein Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken Creole  

Total time: 30 minutes
      Boneless chicken breasts, cooked with onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes make a quick, healthy, dinner, perfect for midweek. Add Tabasco if you like more heat.

Chicken Creole Ingredients:


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