Main Course Menu Plan: Week 5  Fall I

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:


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: Braised Loin of Pork with Mustard Onion Sauce

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
   I use a small loin roast, 1 1/2 lbs and it cooked to the correct temperature in just over an hour. The bay leaves, mustard and wine add a lovely, slightly pungent flavor to both the pork and the Onion Sauce.

Braised Loin of Pork with Mustard Onion Sauce Ingredients:


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:


Note: The photo has a serving of steamed butternut squash on the side.

Day 4: Pork Lo Mein with Peanut Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
   Stir-fries cook quickly and are very flexible when it comes to ingredients.  I always try for a mix of colors, textures and flavors... And whatever is left in the fridge.  Amounts are not precise, just try to keep it balanced.

Pork Lo Mein with Peanut Sauce  Ingredients:


Day 5:  Hamburger Steak with Cheese and Fried Onions

Total time: 20 minutes
    Just a big burger topped with cheese and fried onions.  Nothing fancy, simple, 'diner' style cooking... These are Fried Onions, not Caramelized Onions....

Hamburger Steak with Cheese and Fried Onions Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken with Mushrooms, Broccoli and Peppers

Total time: 25 minutes
    Tarragon and capers are the main flavor components of this chicken dish. They give a Mediterranean taste to the peppers and broccoli.  It all cooks quickly, leaving the vegetables crisp-tender.

Chicken with Mushrooms, Broccoli and Peppers Ingredients:


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