After the Easter holiday, I'm having a bit of a struggle to get in the cooking mood. However, I'm on fold patrol Tuesday and Wednesday night, so organization is the key.
Whole Foods has whole organic chicken on sale until tomorrow for $2.29/lb. I have a recipe from the April/May 2011 issue of Garden and Gun Magazine. I've searched on line for the recipe, but appears I have to type this one up. Besides a whole chicken, I need creamy peanut butter, green onions, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cayenne pepper, fresh ginger and garlic. It seems this recipe will take me approximately an hour from start to finish.
As we approach the end of Lent, I'm running out of ideas for meatless meals. I went back to my Lidia's Italy cookbook to come up with something different that could be done in a reasonable amout of time. Lo and behold, I a found a wonderful springtime recipe for risotto with spinach.
The ingredients can be found in your local grocery store, just about all of the local ones now carry Arborio rice, a little more challenging may be Carnaroli rice. Spinach leaves, onions, white wine and either Grana Padao or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese are needed. Do not purchase cheese in a cardboard container. Purchase a wedge of what you'll need and grate it yourself. The cheese will last about a week or two. Wrap it tightly in parchment paper or foil and store in your vegetable draw as exposure to air will dry out the cheese.
This past Saturday, a business associate of my husband gave us tickets to the Metropolitan Opera House's production of Fidelio. We had fabulous seats, six rows from the stage. As a further treat, our benefactor gave us a pass to the Belmont Room, which is just for Guild Members at the donor level or for Met patrons. It was a small room where you can get some light refreshments during intermission.
However, we had decided to have brunch before the show. It's difficult to find a nice, affordable dining spot in the Lincoln Square area. Previously, we had eaten at Nick and Toni's on West 67th Street, however, they closed in early January.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.