This week’s menu of the week is hosted by Karen at Glutenfreesoxfan and the secret ingredient is cornmeal. She is trying to make polenta for the first time. It is one of my staples as it can be seasoned in so many ways, but this week the polenta will take a back seat to corn muffins, cornbread and tortilla chips on this menu. In addition to my cocktail of the week feature, I am adding a new feature this week: appetizer of the week. I usually try to have one a week or so and rarely mention them as they are rarely planned ahead. I am the queen of quick appetizers and have friends over for cocktails and apps at least once a week. This week I am featuring a appetizer (buckwheat blini’s) from Ina Garten. She always has a cocktail and an appetizer ready for her honey when he arrives home for the weekend. I think it is a nice touch and a great way to kick off any meal.
Saturday: Chicago style
Deep Dish pizza made in my cast iron pans.
Lunch: Local Indian restaurant – GF Idly and dosa , goat vindaloo and chaat masala! Tasty!
Appetizer of the Week: Buckwheat Blinis with smoked salmon, dill and creme fraiche – I am going to try to use only buckwheat for my blinis if it doesn’t make them too heavy.
Scallops Provencal (using frozen bay scallops) with asparagus and a seafood risotto and for dessert: blackberry sour cream cornmeal muffins (these are in the oven right now)
Monday: Northern Indian
Keema and aloo gosht from Madhur Jaffery’s book Climbing the Mango Trees , this a great book!
Vietnamese crepes Banh Xeo with pork and soup or spring rolls
Wednesday: Ethnic theme still under work
Twice baked stuffed potatoes with grilled chicken thighs and green beans (potatoes and chicken will be seasoned up according to theme chosen)
Spicy Okra Gumbo with andouille sausage and creole cornbread (maybe on the cornbread)
Tortilla soup, queso fundido and chips and salsa
i’m out and still waiting for spring!