Fall back

I’m still not feeling great and the weather has taken a turn for the craptastic, but it’s times like these when I’m happy to fall back on some old favorites, like Mike’s pork belly confit, our dinner Wednesday night:

Dinner:  September 24, 2008

I made the salsa verde, but the rest was all him. And it was delicious.

Wild salmon filets are another favorite, quick and easy to prepare for a weeknight meal.

Dinner:  September 25, 2008

Thursday night, I seared these in a bit of olive oil until the skin was crispy and the fish just cooked through, then topped them with a little grainy Riggwelter mustard. I served the filets over a mixture of brown and wild rice, wilted spinach and chopped walnuts.

We had originally planned to order a pizza for dinner on Friday night to eat while watching the Presidential debate, but I got a massive craving for mac and cheese midmorning, and since we had everything I needed to make it, there was no reason not to go with it.

Dinner:  September 26, 2008

Last night’s version had Narragansett Creamery’s Divine Providence, Grafton cheddar, Three Sisters Serena, Morbier and Crystal Brook goat cheese whisked into my standard base, along with Colman’s mustard, a couple shakes of Worcestershire and Tabasco. I added the cooked pasta right to the cheese sauce in our cast iron skillet, topped it with Panko, dried summer savory and a bit more Serena grated on top, and baked it until bubbly and browned. A salad of peppery arugula on the side provided a bit of punch to counteract the richness of the dish.

6 thoughts on “Fall back

  1. I can only say,

    Just wanted you to know that I read your blog in class. Seriously, I want to say the p word about it. It’s so luscious.

    And BTW can I borrow your husband? he he

    You really really rock. Thanks for the initiation into true foodyhood.

    Hope you might visit me too: http://www.touchthespindle.com

    therein you will see that I am not freaky, just bored in class : ) : ) : )

  2. Sometimes the little voice that says “macaroni and cheese” just needs to be listened to. Yours looks gorgeous. Is there a reason for dry mustard as opposed to wet? That pork looks amazing, too.

  3. Jen,
    This is the most mouth watering mac ‘n cheese I have ever seen.

    I will just look at the photo, because if I dare make it, I will eat the entire pan, and I am not kidding. It is my favorite food in the world, but I don’t tell anyone.

    Stacey Snacks

  4. Maris says:

    WOW! You are impressive. When I’m feeling under the weather my fallback dinner includes four words: chocolate chip cookie dough. Ha-ha!

    I’ve always wanted to try to make my own salsa. Your salsa verde looks great! Was it hard to make?

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