Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

I still have turkey stock in the refrigerator from last weekend when I just had to make some post-Thanksgiving gravy for our leftovers. Hopefully, it’s still good – it was amazing when I tasted it. If it hasn’t gone off, I might satisfy a longtime hankering for tortellini en brodo (in broth) tonight. My pasta maker is in storage. I could easily go get it and make tortellini from scratch, but today is Christmas tree day and get gifts ready for mailing day and clean up the office day and do a bunch of other stuff on the to do list day. So, I may go easy on myself and buy prepared tortellini although the selection at the supermarket is pretty pitiful.

Tonight I’m making the long-promised slow cooker chicken Marsala, a recipe from Simple Nourished Living. I’m going to use chicken thighs instead of breasts because I don’t like cooking breasts in the slow cooker. I’m also sautéing some of the ingredients first before adding them to the cooker. I suppose I could just make the whole thing on the stove, but I rather do this ahead of time and have one less thing to make just before dinner. I’m also going to add pancetta and oregano to the mix, and perhaps finish it with some heavy cream.

On the side, I’ll sauté tatsoi with onions and garlic. And I’ll make this recipe from Scarpetta Dolcetto for Sicilian-style roasted cauliflower.

Cranberry Chicken Parmesan | Grabbing the Gusto

Cranberry Chicken Parmesan | Grabbing the Gusto

On Tuesday, we’re having leftover cranberry chicken parmesan. I’ll sauté collards with onions, garlic, pancetta and white beans to have on the side. Leftovers again on Thursday – this time, chicken Marsala.  plus kohlrabi-carrot fritters and beets. If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll make this beet and sweet potato galette with gorgonzola and thyme from Bakeaholic Mama. I’ll only put gorgonzola on half because Jim’s not a fan.

It’s pasta night on Friday, yippee! I haven’t had linguine with walnut pesto in a long long time. Once I started thinking about it, the cravings started. Plus, I need a much better photo than the one I took three years ago. There’s bound to be some kind of greens in our CSA share, and maybe I’ll roast sweet potatoes with maple syrup, cinnamon and smoked paprika or cayenne – something like this recipe from Foodie Crush.

I haven’t made pancakes in a while, so I might try this cranberry-orange Dutch baby for breakfast on Sunday, a recipe from Nutmeg Nanny.

What’s on your menu this week?

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