Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

Our weekend in photos:

Dinner:  March 14, 2008

I was inspired by Lydia at The Perfect Pantry to pull out the bag of Fregula Sarda I bought recently and have another go at recreating a dish we had at Marlow and Sons last year. This time around, I made my meatballs using only veal rather than a mixture of meats, I used shallot in place of onion, I upped the proportion of breadcrumbs and I made the meatballs a little smaller. I placed a big spoonful of cooked Fregula in our bowls, added a few meatballs, and ladled over some hot chicken stock to which I had added an abundant amount of fresh herbs just at the last minute. I finished each serving with a grating of Ricotta Salata.

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Though we are really trying to work through as much of the stuff in our freezer as possible leading up to our move, we did hit the Greenmarket in Union Square on Saturday morning, where we brought home a lovely guinea hen from Violet Hill. Mike took the bird apart and I later braised it in a mixture of red wine, balsamic vinegar and aromatics.

Sunday was crummy and we both felt like hibernating so a comfort food breakfast was in order: Anson Mills grits with cheddar and parm, fried egg and Tamarack Hollow bacon.

After breakfast, I sat down with our freezer inventory, a stack of cookbooks and my little red meal planner, while Mike did some work on his post for the latest Mixology Monday. He mixed up a round so I could take advantage of the late afternoon light for taking photos, and of course we couldn’t let the drinks go to waste.

I served them with a little cheese and baguette to help counteract the cocktail’s high octane level.

Dinner:  March 16, 2008

Finally, dinner. We had also brought home a package of grass-fed Angus short ribs from Elk Trails on Saturday, so we thawed them overnight and Mike braised them, using recipes from John Besh, Mario Batali and Suzanne Goin as inspiration. We had four flanken-style ribs which came in at just under 2.5 pounds, and after he browned them, he softened chopped onion, carrots and celery in the remaining fat in the Le Creuset, caramelized a blob of tomato paste, then added a cup of veal stock, 1.5 cups of red wine, one smashed garlic clove, some thyme, a bay leaf, and about a cup and a half of chopped tomatoes. The ribs went back into the pot, he sealed it up and chucked it into the oven for about 3 hours. When the ribs were tender, he stirred in some chopped chard until it was just wilted, and we served it with my sides: creamy mashed potatoes and a horseradish-spiked crème fraiche.

8 thoughts on “Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. OMG, those grits look divine….

    I hope you don’t get hate mail for posting a chicken beheading… it seemed like every oversensitive college freshman in the world found my blog after our chicken-stock post and the vitriol was astounding.

    I actually enjoy the process of emptying the freezer before a move; it’s like a giant puzzle. If I can get rid of heavy pantry items at the same time, I feel like I am playing in the big leagues! 😀

  2. melanie says:

    i’m not sure if you’re a gardener, but i know you love fresh produce. My parents live in Providence (near Brown) and have a plot in the Fox Point Community Garden. It’s quite a site to see at it’s fruitful peak and a true transformation of a empty dirt lot. There’s a web site, but not too much info: http://foxpoint.garden.googlepages.com/home

    if you’re interested in getting involved, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with my Mom! Good luck with the move!

  3. Jennifer Hess says:

    Anita – I just polished off the last of the leftover grits for breakfast. 🙂

    Mary – HA HA!

    Claudia – Is that legal in Tennessee? 😉

    melanie – Oh, that’s awesome! We will have plenty of space on our private patio for container gardening, and we’re looking into doing raised beds as well. There are wild blueberries in the common area of the backyard and we are also permitted to garden there. The Community Garden sounds fantastic, though!

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