It’s Mid-February. Is there a better time for comfort foods? Probably not. The winter doldrums have not been as dark this month. The earth must have tilted or perhaps it is global warming, but we have had far more sunlight than any winter I have spent in Lansing. It really lifts the snow spirits. But it’s not sunny everywhere and even if it is, comfort foods will always be something we turn to. Comfort foods can be so many things and below I have listed what they are this week for us. Wendy of Celiacs in the House is the gf menu swap host this week and comfort foods are the theme. This week I am drawing from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook, The Breath of a Wok, Fish Without a Doubt, imagination and memory. Libraries are terrific resources for cook books!
On a side note I feel very guilty for not actually posting anything but my menus lately. So look forward to a couple of recipes this week, I promise. I am hoping to revamp this blog and actually have a link for recipes eventually. Currently they are not easy to find on here when I do post them. My IT guy is in charge of the blog lift. As usual, any pork, tomatoes, dry beans, garlic or potatoes featured in the menu below are local. I am anxiously awaiting my own greens and veggies from the garden, but until then, we are breaking our rules and splurging a bit on asparagus. Don’t hate me. At least it is from California, not Peru.
Sunday: Enchiladas Verdes with chicken and cheese, Frijoles de Olla, guacamole with red onion and cilantro, locally made corn tortilla chips, salsa
Monday: Grilled flank steak with a salsa verde and wilted escarole bread salad, grilled asparagus.
Tuesday: Georgian Pork stew with cornmeal pudding and roasted brussel sprouts (comfort food for Georgians I’m told)
Wednesday: Poached Salmon with scallop mousse, sauteed broccoli rabe and purple potatoes roasted with duck fat and rosemary.
Thursday: Sichuan YuXiang Pork with wood ears mushrooms, water chestnuts and bamboo, rice and maybe some shrimp toast. Shrimp toast is definitely comfort food. I am not sure who invented it, but I would like to thank them. Any thing spicy is comfort food to me come to think of it.
Friday: Italian sausage sauteed with broccoli rabe tossed with penne and shaved Parmesan, then drizzled with a tomato vodka sauce. The store had broccoli rabe this week, so we stocked up on it as I love it!
Lunches this week: Beans and greens with escarole, hopefully a Rueben sandwich or two with Karina’s rye bread and out for Thai food or sushi one day. I love weeks when I don’t have to be on the road most days!