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Another month down. Does it feel like this year is flying by already, or is it just me? The past week has brought both downpours and sunshine; here’s hoping March is the month we leave behind winter for real. February was another good eating month, with fewer nights at home than in January, but still plenty of cooking:
2/1 Chicken noodle soup (Interestingly, I’ve never written about this here. I should fix that, as it’s delicious.)
2/2 I intended to make huevos rancheros, but by the time I got home from work that plan had turned into nachos and black beans with lots of toppings (avocado, cilantro, cotija, pickled onions, chorizo, the best hot sauce ever)
2/3 Excellent dinner with good friends. Brussels sprouts that I keep forgetting to ask for the recipe for, bones, polenta, braised beef and more. Plenty of wine and the kind of evening that makes me realize just how lucky we are to have friends like these.
2/4 A big salad to atone for the previous night’s indulgence. Arugula, avocado, three kinds of grapefruit, and pecans. I think I could eat this every day.
2/5 Char siu, sticky rice, and stir fried bok choy
2/6 The best chili I’ve ever made, topped with Fritos (the shame…), chopped onion, sour cream, pickled jalapenos and white cheddar. Lots of fresh spices from World Spice (NM chili powder, coriander, oregano, cinnamon) plus some molasses made the difference.
2/7 Penne with pesto from the freezer and toasted pecans
2/8 Roasted cauliflower pasta with anchovies, breadcrumbs, garlic, red pepper, parsley, lemon, and parmesan
2/9 Dinner at Delancey
2/10 A vegetarian variation on my favorite stir fry with bok choy, kale, shitakes, and rice noodles
2/11 Disastrous pizza night. Turns out stretching dough and then freezing it is a pretty bad idea, unless brittle and chalky are words you associate with good food.
2/12 Tostadas with ground elk, olives, guacamole, sour cream, pickled onions, salsa verde and cotija
2/13 Tom kha gai with rice noodles. I really need to write about this one sometime.
2/14 Biscuits and sausage gravy
2/15 Italian sausage, kale, and roasted root vegetable soup with provolone toast
2/16 Purple hashbrowns, eggs, and toast
2/17 Dinner out at our favorite Mexican restaurant
2/18 Pizza night again, to redeem the previous week’s failure, including an excellent brie and honey pizza that was Ryan’s idea (I married him for his ideas, mostly)
2/19 Fish tacos
2/20 Bi bim bap (in the stone bowls that only get one or two uses a year, but are still totally worth having) with kimchi, bean sprouts, kale, mushrooms, flank steak and an egg. I fully intend to make this once more before winter ends.
2/21 Bowties with mushrooms, garlic and parsley
2/22 Roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower on tepary beans, topped with an egg
2/23 Celery root puree topped with sauteed kale, Italian sausage, parmesan, croutons, and an egg. Cleaning out the fridge is occasionally very delicious.
2/24 In Big Sky, MT, with the family for the weekend, but still doing the cooking (I can’t help it). Steaks, overcooked asparagus, and sauteed mushrooms.
2/25 Oyster chowder with a large jar of Washington oysters from Costco
2/26 Teaching my mom and Patsy how to make fresh pasta and Marcella Hazan butter tomato sauce, plus great garlic parmesan rolls my brother made. Sometimes it’s fun to have everyone in the kitchen at once.
2/27 Take out gyros from an old college favorite, picked up on the way back from the airport. Still good, but not the best gyros ever.
2/28 My favorite stir fry with rice noodles
2/29 Caesar salad and garlic bread
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