Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday December 29, 2008 Dinner

Zucchini marinara

This was a good way to use up some leftover homemade marinara. Just sauteed some fresh zucchini with an onion and a bunch of mushrooms, added the marinara with a splash of wine, and let it simmer down to a manageable consistency. Could have served it over bread, noodles, or rice, but just ate it plain with a small caesar salad and a glass of the generic red I cooked it with.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday December 28, 2008 Dinner

BACT sandwiches! Sweet!

Cheddar cheese

On country white bread, with mayo & butter. And a fair fist-full of Kettle Chips.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 24-27, 2008 Feasting

It is impossible to separate the last four days into distinct dinners. Feasting has been the rule of the day, here at home and at the homes of family. Christmas dinner itself was a delightful entity shared with my wife alone (steamed crab, fruit, cheeses, dates, cold asparagus spears, chiabata, and a truly elegant meursault), but it continued through to Boxing Day, and seemed to blend right in from Christmas Eve dinner buffet and Christmas morning breakfast. Not to mention non-stop snacking upon a host of treats and lovelies of rare delight. sigh. I believe I am ready for month of salad and meager fare.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday December 22, 2008 Dinner

Found some nice fresh raviolis at the market—stuffed with four cheeses—and served it with a quick and easy marinara and some fresh Parmesan.

Easy Marinara
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • dash of olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • dried basil & oregano (fresh would've been better, but hell, it's winter)
  • salt & pepper
  • one regular-sized can of tomato sauce (I used organic, but any kind would be fine)
  • Parmesan cheese to taste
Just saute the onion for a minute in the oil, then add the sauce and all the other stuff, and let it simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday December 21, 2008 Dinner

I baked a halibut fillet thusly:
  • Drizzle of olive oil in a baking dish
  • salt & pepper fillet, very light dusting of dill weed
  • lay fillet in dish
  • cover with juice of one lemon, then a bit of grated lemon rind
  • generous layer of capers atop
  • few tablespoons of viognier
  • Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake at 325 for about 35 minutes.
Served it with broccoli, and a glass or two of the viognier.

Saturday, December 20, 2008 Dinner

Ate at a very popular Italian chain restaurant. I had a seafood thing over fettucini. I was a pretty tasty dish, but they snuck something milk-ish in there and I paid a price.

Friday, December 19, 2008 Dinner

Burrito night, the reprise. Same as Friday, November 7.

Cocktails, however, tell a different story. Manhattans, only vanilla! 

  • 3 parts quality bourbon (I use Wild Turkey)
  • 1 part vanilla cognac (I recommend Navan)
  • dash of Angustura bitters
Shake all ingrediants together with lots of ice. Serve in a frozen martini-style glass with twist of lemon. Oh, man.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday December 18, 2008 Dinner

Did the chicken Caesar salad thing again, only with a little twist. For the chicken, I sprinkled the skinless, boneless breast with salt, pepper and marjoram, then wrapped it in a single, tight layer of bacon. Baked at 350 for about an hour (or until the bacon looks done). Cut it up and top the salad with chicken, chunks of avocado, and parmesan cheese.

And finish the Bogle from last night!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday December 17, 2008 Dinner

Oh, baby, this was good. Spaghetti squash carbonara, ala Max. 

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Halve lengthwise one medium-sized spaghetti squash. Clean out the guts with a spoon. Lay the halves cut-side down in a large baking dish containing about an inch of salted water. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. This is how you tell it's done: take the dish out of the oven. Carefully remove the foil--I said carefully! there will be much hot hot hot steam. Gently turn one of the squash halves over and rake it with a fork. If the squash is done, you'll pull spaghetti-like strands of squash flesh away. You want them to come off easily, but still hold together as strings. Overcook, and they go to mush. If done, let it stand somewhere to cool a bit and move on to phase two.
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3-4 big cloves of garlic
  • 6-8 mushrooms, sliced
  • 4-6 cups of Italian kale (or similar green leafy stuff) julienned, blanched, & well-drained
  • 1/4 cup of dry sherry
  • splash of milk, cream, whatever you have that's white
  • Tsp of flour
  • Lots of fresh grated parmesan or romano cheese (I used about 3/4 cup)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Cook the bacon in a large skillet until done. Do not drain. Add onion, cook until slightly translucent. Add mushrooms & garlic, salt & pepper. Stir about for a minute. Add kale, add sherry. Reduce heat, cover and let cook for about five minutes. Add flour, stir well. Add milk, stir until slightly thickened. Add cheese a little at a time until blended.

Return to the squash. It should be cool enough to handle. Rake the spaghetti strands into a large bowl with your fork. Add the bacon/kale mixture and toss. Eat it up. Yumm.

Went quite well with a glass of Bogle Merlot. Okay, two glasses.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday December 16, 2008 Dinner

Sometimes, I just get tired of the whole eating thing. Last night just kind of snacked—handful of sunflower seeds, couple of bites of coleslaw, a few animal crackers, a cookie. I think that if I ate like that more often, I'd weigh less!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday December 15, 2008 Dinner

Polska Kielbasa with homemade coleslaw. Used to do this meal pretty regularly, but it's been a while and I missed it.

Just heated up a kielbasa in a covered saucepan with about an inch of water in it. (Beer also works very well.) Served with coarse mustard.

Coleslaw is one of those things that I thought would be hard to do successfully. I was wrong! Coleslaw dressing is easy as it could be—and nearly infinite possible variations keep it interesting.

  • One half head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • enough dressing to taste
Coleslaw dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp of orange juice
  • tsp of sugar
  • decent pinch of salt
  • grind of fresh pepper
Stir it up. Keep tasting it until you like it! The ratio of salt to sugar is an important element of slaw dressing. Other variants use vineager instead of orange juice, but I've also used lemon juice successfully.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday December 14, 2008 Dinner

KFC. W00t!

Saturday December 13, 2008 Dinner

Nondescript mall-court food-like material of a vaguely Asian sort. Bleh.

Friday December 12, 2008 Dinner

Pizza night. Found a new place that serves Napoli-style thin crust pizza. Pretty good: great crust, topped with mozzarella they make themselves, then prosciutto, artichoke heart, and kalmata olives.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday December 11, 2008 Dinner

Leftovers, which can be pretty tasty. Leftover chicken chili soup (actual even better after blending in the fridge for a couple of days), and the rest of the Hungarian salami with cheese on some hearty homemade bread.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday December 10, 2008 Dinner

Okay, I eat a lot of salad. It's not so much that I like salad (although I do) it's really more that as an over-the-hill desk jockey with very little self-restraint I gotta be careful lest I super-inflate to the size of Mount Hood. Last night's salad was of the seafood variety, blue cheese dressing topped with bay shrimp and few delicious little dabs of crab leg meat.

A glass of Sauvignon Blanc, just for internal consistency.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday December 9, 2008 Dinner

Sandwiches rule. Easy, tasty, and you can eat them with your hands. Tonight's offering was a central European tour, really. Black forest ham, Hungarian salami, Swiss cheese, German mustard, and all on French bread. With an Oregon Black Butte Porter and some Northwest made black pepper & sea salt potato chips. Oh, well, had something going there for a bit!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday December 8, 2008 Dinner

I used to cook a lot with canned goods. There was a time, in fact, when Campbell's cream of mushroom soup was the basis of half my cuisine. That's not the case anymore, of course. Now a days I'm far more likely to start my sauces from scratch, and to rely on fresh produce wherever possible. 

Last night was an interesting exception.

Southwest Chicken Chili Soup (the canned version!)
  • 1 can tomatillas (16 oz.)
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatos (14 oz.)
  • 1 can mild green chilies (8 oz.)
  • 1 can black beans (12 oz.)
  • 1 can chicken stock (12 oz.)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 medium sized chicken breast, diced
  • 1 smallish onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • ground coriander
  • fresh oregano
Saute chicken in olive oil until cooked through. Add onion & garlic, saute until onion gets translucent. Add diced tomatillas, tomatos, chilies, beans, corn, stock,  sherry. Bring to boil. Reduce to low simmer. Add coriander & oregano. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve with coarse bread. And beer. Lots of beer.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday December 7, 2008 Dinner

Enough of the eating out already! Okay, tonight it was take out. Picked up a chunk of cooked pot roast and a tub of mixed salad at the supermarket deli. Good enough.

Salty dog after and a couple of these wonderful chocolate/tangerine cookies from Dancing Deer.

Saturday December 6, 2008 Dinner

Out again, this time a burger at one of the fancy-pants chain restaurants. It was a "five-alarm" burger with jalapenos and pepperjack cheese and kinda good.

Had a bourbon soda alongside, just for balance. 

Friday December 5, 2008 Dinner

'Tis the season, all right. Much eating in restaurants as we stagger about the city's malls and shops looking for whatever is we're looking for. Friday night was at our standard Mexican place, Chapalas. I had the "Three Amigos" which is a ginormous plate of Chili Verde, Chili Colorado, and Chili Rellano. Whew. Thought I was gonna die of excess. In a good way, naturally. 

Thursday December 4, 2008 Dinner

Stir fry again. It's kind of weird, really. We do stir fry fairly often, but it never comes out the even close to the same twice. Much depends on the type of meat, if any, the amount and proportions of vegetables, and the seasoning choices. This one was pretty tasty:
  • Chicken breast
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Baby bok choy
  • Red chard
This was all cooked together with a bundle of fresh herbs fin (which is French for whatever fresh herbs you have laying about—this one was rosemary, oregano, and sage) in steamed in red wine.

Had to have a glass of the red along with it, of course. 

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday December 3, 2008 Dinner

Tonight, we reprised the turkey sandwich from Monday. Differences: country white bread and a little cranberry-port relish on the side. Went quite well alongside a Black Butte Porter.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Dinner

Big salad night, only with a twist: leftover turkey! Also used blue cheese dressing for a change. And the avocado was perfect.

Glass of South African Sauvignon Blanc which was so-so.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday December 1, 2008 Dinner

Well, okay, so what if I didn't cook a turkey for Thanksgiving? So what if I went to a upscale restaurant and pigged out on the buffet line? That does not mean I can't enjoy a leftover turkey sandwich. I cheated. I roasted a turkey breast just so I could have leftovers. And then I made a nice turkey sandwich.

Roast Turkey Breast
  • 1 split turkey breast (about 2.5 pounds), bone in
  • rubbed with olive oil
  • inserted two twigs of rosemary under the skin
  • inserted 5 peeled cloves of garlic under the skin
  • coarse sea salt and generous pepper
  • roasted at 375 for 1.5 hours
Cooked, then cooled overnight in the refrigerator. Thin slices of turkey on whole grain bread with coarse mustard, mayo, red onion and cheddar cheese. Along with a home-brewed IPA and a handful (or two) of Fritos, it was just plain tasty.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sunday November 30, 2008

Reprised the cheese & fruit from Friday. Changes: mango instead of pear, no avocado.

Saturday November 29, 2008

Had a half-rack of ribs with mashed taters and sauted mushrooms at a chain outfit known for its appeal to college-aged kids. Okay, but not fabulous.

Friday November 28, 2008 Dinner

A classic around our house: cheese, fruit, and other finger foods.

There was:
  • a lovely huntsman (layered cheddar & blue)
  • a peppered brie
  • an aged gouda which was delightful
  • pear
  • pomegranate
  • assorted olives
  • dates
  • avocado
  • table water crackers
And old fashions & a cheese danish for dessert.

Thursday November 27, 2008 Dinner

Had a Thanksgiving feast at a local upscale restaurant's buffet. It was lovely. Of particular enjoyment: the candied ham, the creamed spinach, the Greek salad with shrimp. This place also is famous for one of my favorite desserts, a flourless chocolate torte. OMG. Drool.

There will be no leftovers, sadly, but also no cleaning up. 

Wednesday Novemember 26, 2008 Dinner

Honestly, I do not remember!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday November 25, 2008 Dinner

Tried another variation on the stir-fry theme last night. 

  • 1 lb beef, cubed (used round steak, but should have gone with something a little better quality)
  • 3 strips bacon
  • diced onion
  • sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • garlic aplenty
  • tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • salt & pepper
Started the bacon and cooked until almost done. Seasoned the beef, then chucked it in. Once browned, added onions, mushrooms, garlic and broccoli. Sauted for a mintue or two, then added soy and wine. Covered and steamed the whole mess for about 20 minutes. Served over basmati & wild rice (cooked with chicken stock & saffron).

Can't remember the name of the wine. It had a good flavor, but was a bit one-dimensional. Italian, I think, though I usually love those.....

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday November 24, 2008 Dinner

Thought I was getting a philly cheesesteak sandwich, but it really fell short of that mark. The espresso stout that came with it was a saving grace. *sigh* sometimes the dinner out thing just doesn't work. Next time will be fabulous!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday November 23, 2008 Dinner

Oh, you have to like breakfast for dinner. Pancakes and bacon, with a screwdriver (vodka & orange juice) for beverage.

Saturday November 22, 2008 Dinner

Had a nice mixed grill dinner at a seafood restaurant called McGrath's Fish House. This is Eugene's best seafood. My plate was a well-prepared and attractively served combo with grilled salmon, shrimp, and a crab cake. The crab cake was a bit over-bready, but the rest was very tasty. 

Enjoyed a delicious Black Butte Porter along side.

Friday November 21, 2008 Dinner

Burrito night again! See Friday November 7.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday November 20, 2008 Dinner

Fried up a vegetarian burger patty (one of the grain-based variants) and put it on whole grain bread with cheddar cheese, onion, and avocado. Even though technically it was a bread-on-bread sandwich, it was quick and tasty.

Enjoyed a nice salty dog for a change of pace:

  • Vodka
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Course sea salt
Mix the vodka and juice in a glass full of ice. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt on the top. I use about a quarter teaspoon, but I'll probably die young.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday November 19, 2008 Dinner

A reprise of Monday, November 11's big salad. Only differences:
  • Served Italian chopped style
  • Add black olives
  • Chicken breast seasoned with paprika instead of marjoram
No wine with dinner, but a bourbon soda a bit later.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday November 18, 2008 Dinner

Comfort food tonight, with two of my favorites: tomato soup & a grilled cheese sandwich. Nothing special, just better-than-average canned soup and a cheddar on wheat bread sandwich. Finger-licking good.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday November 17, 2008 Dinner

I had a "gourmet" chicken pot pie. It was delicious, but did not agree with me. Seems they add whipping cream to the filling. Now, I'm as big a fan of creamy as anyone, but I am also lactose incompetent (not to mention "intolerant"). Meaning I cannot seem to digest the stuff anymore. Which is a great pity. Here are things I can no longer eat, but wish I could:
  • Ice cream
  • Lattes, particularly EGG NOG
  • Cream-filled pastry
  • Cow's milk on cereal
  • Egg nog
  • and now, apparently, freaking chicken pot pies.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday November 16, 2008 Dinner

Went to a local Moroccan restaurant last night with some family. Cafe Maroc is pretty awesome--marvelous decor, great service & food, and even some fun entertainment. You guessed it, bellydancing.

We ate traditional multi-course family style. There was a roasted red pepper hummus (deeelishous), a chunky lamb soup, a yellow beet & couscous salad, and a lovely fig & Moroccan cheese dessert.  With hot sweet minty green tea.

But most yummy was the entree: I had a spicy goat stew served over couscous. Way yummy.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday November 15, 2008 Dinner

A nondescript mushroom cheeseburger and mediocre fries, sloshed down with a vanilla Pepsi. Not even Coke, for cryin' out loud....

Friday was leftover Chinese take out. Didn't deserve a post of its own, really. Did have a couple of old fashions, though.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday November 13, 2008

Batch'in' it, so it's time for take out Chinese. Right out of the deli case at Safeways. Not what you'd call "gourmet," exactly, but sometimes you just gotta make do....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Dinner

Out, again! Hurray!

This time, to our favorite BBQ joint, Hole in the Wall. Wow. Hand-pulled slow-cooked pork with spicy "Bullwhacker" sauce, a side of slaw and a side of Texas taters (cheesy!) and a big old glass of sweet tea.

'Course, when I got home I had a hefty bourbon soda for dessert.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Dinner

Mmmmm, teriyaki beef stir fry!

Marinate thin slices of beef (round steak works great) overnight in homemade teriyaki sauce.

teriyaki sauce
4 ounces pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup of dry sherry
splash of olive oil
1 teaspoon dry ginger (fresh grated would be better)
few grinds of fresh black pepper

Heat the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until it simmers. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. I pour the cooled sauce into a large ziplock bag then toss in the beef and seal it. Shake it. Refrigerate it.

The next day, remove from fridge and drain the marinade into a bowl. Put the meat into a heated large skillet or wok with a little oil and some onions.

Most any vegetables you like go in, the hardest ones first (carrots, celery, bell pepper, bok choy, like that). Then I add about a cup of the marinade and cover the whole skillet with a mound of jullienned chard or cabbage, and crush a few garlic cloves over the whole mess. Put a cover on the pan and let it steam.

Serve over brown rice.

I enjoyed this with a nice glass of Ravenswood Zinfandel.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008 Dinner

A big salad for dinner.... 

Romaine, onion, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms tossed with Caesar dressing.

Perched on top:
  • Cubed avocado
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • pan braised chicken breast
For the chicken, rinse and pat dry one skinned and boned chicken breast. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and herbs (I used marjoram this time). Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small frying pan on medium high. Lay the breast into the oil and let it sit for 3 or 4 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn it, and let the other side brown for 2 or 3 minutes. Add about a cup of liquid, chicken stock, water, or my personal choice, dry sherry. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 5 or so minutes, until the liquid is gone. If you then watch carefully for the pan to begin to brown, you can deglaze it with a tablespoon or so of sherry, and coat the breast in the rich brown juices that result. Remove from the heat and test for doneness. I can tell by touch--the surface gives to slight pressure but immediate rebounds--but if you are not certain, make a small incision into the thickest part and pry it apart to look for pink meat. If you see some, put it back on the fire, add a little more liquid, and cover for a few more minutes. When done, remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then cut it up and top the salad. Manga!

A glass of Sauvign Blanc goes well with a salad of this sort.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008 Dinner

Another outing, this a real to-do party in honor of a friend's birthday. 'Twas a blast. Very Italian menu, with fabulous appetisers and lots of good red Italian wine. The standout for me was a polenta & sausage baked dish. Yum, yumm, yummi. Happy Birthday, Anji!

Saturday, November 8, 2008 Dinner

Whoopee! Going out for dinner! Went to Turtles Bar & Grill. Just about everytime I go there, I have the same thing: Chicken-fried steak. This thing is as good as it gets this side of Mason-Dixon. Huge steak, tender and delicious, atop a mound of garlic mashed potatos and a side of perfectly cooked broccoli. Even the dinner salad is awesome, topped with a the usual things as well as red beans, chickpeas, corn and carrot sticks. Whew. I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

And what goes with Chicken-fried steak? A jalapeno vodka martini, straight up of course.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008 Dinner

Burrito night! Can of low-fat refried black beans, cheddar cheese, onions, olives, flour tortillas.

Plus, homemade salsa and guacamole.

  • 2 medium vine ripened tomatoes
  • 2-4 medium fresh jalapenos
  • 1 fresh habenero (optional)
  • diced onion
  • vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh oregano or cilantro

Fire-roast the peppers until they are blackened. Then peel them and dice them. BE CAREFUL. If you do this, then touch yourself anywhere sensitive before thoroughly washing your hands you will scream like banshee and cry like a little baby. Peel the tomatoes. Dice everything, and mix with a pinch of salt & pepper, a dash of vinegar & olive oil. Toss in the herbs last, stir well, and store in a glass jar with a tight lid. This stuff will get hotter and hotter the longer it's stored.

  • One ripe avocado. Should be soft enough that a gentle squeeze dents it.
  • diced onion
  • sour cream
  • salt & pepper
Mush up the avocado. Add the other ingredients and stir well. Use immediately, or cover with a layer of plastic wrap laid right on top of the guacamole.

Cocktails: Wild Turkey modified old fashioned (nicknamed the "Harlow")
  • One cube's worth of sugar (about half a teaspoon)
  • generous dash of Angostura bitters
  • one-quarter teaspoon juice from the maraschino cherries
  • 3 ounces of the best bourbon you can find
  • ice
  • club soda
  • maraschino cherry
  • lemon rind twist
Muddle the sugar, bitters and cherry juice until well-dissolved. Add bourbon. Stir very well. Fill glass with ice. Add soda to the top. Garnish with cherry and lemon twist. ENJOY!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My wife's out of town, so it's party time! Oyster soup with crackers!

I cheated and used canned oysters. It works for me.
  • One lump of butter, about a tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper
  • 5-6 sliced mushrooms
  • can of oysters
  • dollop of milk
  • handful of saltines
Saute the onions and mushrooms in the butter with the salt and pepper. Drain the oyster stock into the pan, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 or 6 minutes. Add the oysters and stir gently until they are heated up. Give it a splash of milk, remove from the stove, float a couple of crackers, and eat it up. Yum!

Halloween candy for dessert. Had a Twixt and a couple of Three Musketeers. About to have a Wild Turkey and soda to even things out.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Dinner

Just a salad....

Romaine lettuce, red onion, mushroom, carrot, English cucumber all chopped small, then topped with bay shrimp, regiano cheese and a vine ripe tomato.

A glass of Castle Rock Sauvignon Blanc.

For dessert, a pumpkin cookie with brown-sugar icing and a little bit of Armagnac brandy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Dinner

Pizza night, along with lots of election TV.

Picked up a spinach, mushroom, and gorganzola pizza from the supermarket deli. Oh, man, that's a yummy pizza. Washed it down with a Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery. One of my favorites.

Then I ate a cheese danish. Which was good, but decadent.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008 Dinner

Rueben sandwiches
Potato Chips
American Stout
Halloween candy

The rueben is one of my favorite sandwiches. We make them from scratch. This recipe makes enough for two.
  • One half-pound corned beef, sliced very thin
  • quantity of thousand island dressing
    (mayonnaise, catsup, Worcester sauce, finely diced onion, sweet pickle relish. Mix to taste.)
  • good quality swiss or similiar cheese, 4 to 6 slices
  • well-drained sour kraut
  • rye bread, 4 slices
  1. fry the beef in a little butter until hot
  2. build the sandwich: bread, dressing, meat, cheese, kraut
  3. butter the outside of the bread
  4. grill until toasty brown
  5. Eat it
The chips were Cascade Sea Salt & Vinegar--tasty. The stout was good too.

Welcome to my dinner!

Let's start with the rules. I will post here what I had for dinner the night before, and sometimes predict what I'll be eating this very evening. I am not very dependable, so don't be surprised if I miss a few.... 

So, Yum. Let's commence!