Menu for the Week of April 19, 2015

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This week’s menu: Two at the Table Menu Week of April 19 2015

We’re a little later than usual with the menu this week, but we’ve planned several dinners worth waiting for, we think!

On Sunday, we finally made Ina Garten’s Roasted Shrimp with Feta. This dish has been on the weekly menu for a while now, but we just haven’t had time to make it. We had our friend Lynee over for dinner, which was all the push we needed. We paired this up with a delicious 2012 Marchione Langhe Arneis from Italy. (Spoiler alert: the shrimp was fantastic – using the anise flavored Pernod made a big difference – and the wine was a perfect pairing.)

One of the dishes we thought about making during Lent was the The Homesick Texan’s Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia. Unfortunately, one of the other things we gave up for Lent besides meats, sweets, and quacks was snacks, as in salty snacks like potato chips and tortilla chips. With Lent over, we’re free to make this dish. (Kim is working on it as I type!) This will be the first Homesick Texan seafood dish we try, so we’re excited about that. Along side the tilapia, we’ll have Ina Garten’s Grapefruit and Avocado Salad. We think Shiner’s Ruby Redbird beer will be a perfect pairing for the fish and the avocado/grapefruit salad.

On Tuesday, we’ll make pasta, specifically skinnytaste’s Orecchiette with Sausage, Baby Kale and Bell Pepper. Michael at Wines by the Flask suggested that we pair the pasta with was a 2012 Sottimano Barbera D’Alba. We’re excited to try this dish, alone and with the wine. The fact that we’ll have leftovers for lunch just makes things better.

On Wednesday, Kim has a meeting at the Junior League. Tony was originally going to have (leftover) New York Times’ Roasted Chicken Provencal, which we made Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed. Instead, he’s going to visit his mom and dad to help them work on the guest list for their 50th wedding anniversary party, which will be in October. He’ll have dinner with them, which means pasta two nights in a row. Having basically had pasta six nights a week from the time he could eat solid food to the day he left for college, Tony is completely unfazed by this…

Thursday night will feature Rachel Khoo’s Eggs in Pots. The last time Kim made this dish, she was not entirely happy with how it turned out, so this is a chance at redemption. We’ll have the eggs with a 2014 Familia Mayol Garnacha Blanca from Argentina. Grenache is usually a red wine, so we’re excited to give the white variety a try.

Friday and Saturday will feature some fun activities – dinner out on Friday to celebrate our friend Joy (that’s Dr. Joy to you!) receiving her PhD and a night at the opera on Saturday – so no cooking to close out the week.

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