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Posts tagged ‘spinach’

A January Menu for 6

Baba Ghanoush & Crackers
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Christmas Salad
Red Wine Braised Duck Legs
Fennel, Celery Root and Potato Purée
Arugula Salad
Grand Marnier Soufflée with Crème Anglaise

With busy schedules it is difficult to find the time to entertain friends at home, but with this menu plan you can spread the work out over several days. Following each recipe here you will find suggestions for advance preparation and at the end I have added shopping lists. I hope you enjoy this winter menu and time to relax with your guests. Read more

Ruffly Poached Eggs on Brioche with Mushrooms

The best thing about cooking and experimenting with recipes for me is that it can be a collaborative affair and here is a product of this synergy. I love eggs: poached and boiled are favourite cooking methods and I make them for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I first read the recipe for Poached Eggs on Toasted Brioche with Garlicky Mushrooms on Kitchen Culinaire where Julie references Fine Cooking April/May 2011. I had been meaning to try Dorie Greenspan’s Ruffly Poached Eggs for a while and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to blend the two recipes. The mushrooms, the egg assembly and the garlic olive oil can be done in advance, making it a good dish for entertaining. I’ve adjusted the recipe to make 2 servings, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients. Read more

Turkey Meatball and Pasta Soup

Here’s a warm idea for dinner in a bowl on a winter night…hot broth, vegetables, juicy meatballs and pasta. Add a baguette, and there you have it. Read more

Tomatoes Stuffed with Creamed Spinach

1 T. unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
1 T. flour
pinch grated nutmeg
3/4 heavy cream
1 package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to tast
grated gruyère cheese
8-9 tomatoes

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the flour and nutmeg and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Add the cream and cook until thickened. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach and add the spinach to the sauce. Add Parmesan cheese and season to taste. Using a melon-baller, hollow out some of each tomato to create room for spinach stuffing. Fill tomatoes and top with grated gruyère cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes or until heated through and lightly brown on top. Tomatoes can be filled, covered and refrigerated the day before serving.