Pan-seared pork chops with red peppers and capers are a lovely way to end the week. Cook something great this weekend.

 

Today, a week before Easter, we had Thanksgiving dinner for lunch. We were shooting a holiday story, so happily, when we were finished there was nothing to do but sit down and tuck in—roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, chestnut stuffing, and cranberry gelée! There was even a pumpkin chiffon pie with big dollops of softly whipped cream. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

 

For lunch today it’s a coil of parsley and parmigiano sausage from NYC’s Faicco’s Italian Specialties served with a mess of sautéed broccoli rabe. These two old friends complement each other perfectly.

 

All the chives in our flower boxes have lain themselves over to keep warm and out of the frigid wind—o’ fickle spring. We are warming ourselves up with bowls of rich mussel scallion soup (with some of those poor shivering chives).

 

A brisk, windy day called for some serious cooked food. It may be the last chance for something rib-sticking before we have to face bathing suit weather.  So we cooked up a blanquette de veau, using veal shanks, and served it, with all its luscious creamy sauce, over buttered noodles with parsley. When a windy day inspires us to cook and eat like this, let it blow, let it blow, let it blow.

 

This warm day got away from us. But we hauled out the old barbie, and grilled up some spicy chicken fra diavolo to eat with an escarole salad for a late lunch. Have a good weekend, friends.

 

We were given a case of Ruby Red grapefruits this winter and are finally getting to the bottom of it. We’ve made a winter-meets-spring salad today of avocado and grapefruit, with escarole, and lots of snipped fresh chives right from our balcony flower box.

 

We got a call from Joanna of Purely Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to ask if we’d take some of their fresh young rabbit. We happily obliged! So it’s springtime rabbit stew with peas, carrots, and parsnips for lunch today.

 

Early this morning the vernal equinox arrived, marking the official start of spring. We’re not sure of the asparagus’ provenance, but we’ve suspended dogma and made pasta primavera on this lovely soft day.

 

The best thing about cooking a big boiled dinner is making corned beef hash with the leftovers. We shred the meat, chop the potatoes, onions, and carrots, and mix everything together. Then we fry it up in a skillet until it is crispy, and serve the hash topped with a poached egg and a scatter of scallions.

 

We corned a beef brisket for 3 days in honor of, and to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. We’ll serve it with a traditional Irish parsley sauce, and a platterful of boiled potatoes, spring onions, carrots, and cabbage—Erin go bragh!

 

We pulled a jar of Canal House pickled pearl onions out of the fridge today, and made a quick bright-tasting sauté of them with diced pancetta, and served them with pan-fried pork cutlets.

 

 

We are so looking forward to more of these lovely warm days that we jumped the gun and made a simple summer pasta with cherry tomatoes and chives (now 8 inches tall) from our window box.

 

We arrived at the store early this morning. The place was empty, save for the clerks who were busy stocking shelves; or arranging vegetables in their bins; or polishing the floor with a big buffing machine. It’s a great time to go shopping—you have the whole store to yourself. We stopped by the seafood counter and the fish man pointed out some pretty sole filets; so lunch was decided then and there. Back in our kitchen we kept it simple; a light dusting of crumbs, a quick sauté in butter, a sprinkle of seasoned pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.

 

We’re chained to our two little apartment-size stoves and our laptops today but wish we could slip away to our favorite local Italian joint, Homestead Inn, just south of here in Trenton. We would have a delicious lunch to start the week off right. But, alas, we can’t. We’re  having a delicious lunch anyway— braised breast of veal smothered in onions and served with “points”,  just the way they do it at the Homestead.

 

Braised beef brisket with céleri rémoulade for lunch today, again! Yesterday, our lunch posting chose to stay here at Canal House with us rather than out to you nice people, sorry. Don’t forget to turn your clocks and watches forward this weekend. Then the sun won’t set until 7 p.m., and we can all go back to eating dinner at a more civilized hour.

 

Leftover roast chicken, potatoes, and lemon slices.

 

Fast food Canal House style—tenderloin of pork stuffed with prunes, scallions, and bread crumbs, quickly braised in a dolcetto d’Alba, and served with cavalo nero sautéed with crushed red pepper and garlic in really good olive oil—30 minutes start to finish.

 

We hit the ground running this Monday morning ready/hoping to tame the week. On the way in, we picked up a carton of wontons from our favorite Chinese restaurant. Then, come lunchtime, we simmered the dumplings in a light flavorful broth with baby bok choy, ginger, garlic, scallions, and peas. Quick, easy, and delicious—Canal House style.

 

 

Today we made a classic, roast chicken and peas. The pretty bird was trussed up tight. So easy to do and such a satisfying lunch. We each have our favorite parts, breast or leg and thigh, but there will be plenty of  leftovers to take home. How about chicken salad sandwiches for Saturday lunch? Take a couple days off; see you Monday.

 

Eager for good nutrients we have been relying on dark green and deep yellow vegetables. These New Jersey jewel sweet potatoes, with pancetta and chives, are the best vitamin “pills” we know.