Monday, February 15, 2010

February 14 - 18

Happy Valentine's Day! We had our big Valentine's dinner on Saturday... Holly Hotel. Yummmmm. Sunday we hung around the house, went for an unreasonably long snowshoe through the woods, and so then needed some comfort food to revive us.

And so we made spaghetti. With meatballs, even... tiny little ones!
And salad with sunflower seeds and balsamic vinegar. I'm a little bit in love with sunflower seeds right now.

Venison chops -- just a very quick sear in a pan, maybe a bit of wine and garlic.

Manhattan clam chowder, from The Healthy Kitchen by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley:

Saute in a bit of olive oil: 1 cup chopped onion, 2 cloves chopped garlic
Add 1/2 c chopped celery, 1tsp dried thyme, stir for a few minutes.
Sprinkle 1/4 c flour. Pour 3 c water in slowly. Whisk to break up flour.
Add 1 1/2 c chopped potatoes, bring to a boil. Cook for 10 min. at med. high heat, then turn down.
Add 2 c chopped tomatoes. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

Now for the clams: if you have fresh (which, alas, I did not find on my trip to the store... but I didn't try too hard), scrub them, put them in a big pot with 1 1/2 c white wine and steam them for about 10 minutes. Discard any that didn't open. Remove the rest from their shells. Put 'em in the soup.

If you have canned, just drain them and add them to the soup. Either way, put the wine mixture (or just some wine, if you didn't steam them) in the soup, along with 1 tsp Worcestershire and 1/8 tsp Tabasco, a little bit of ground pepper.

I think we'll need some lovely whole-grain baguette to go with this.

I'm guessing more soup.


Have a beautiful week. Soon it will be spring!

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