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Great fun cooking this weekend

Jean's picture

DD and spouse came up on Thursday to spend the weekend and we had great fun feasting and playing games. We feasted on Evelyn's wonderful briami (Madmommed a bit with what veggies we had on hand-- zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and carrots)  Mmmm, so good!


Another meal was some big slabs of salmon fillets that DH caught last summer. I marinated them in a dijon/honey/lime juice mix, broiled them and served with the marinade that I brought to a boil and reduced a bit.  Heavenly -- and not a bit 'fishy'.  There was enough left over for them to have on a salad for lunch the next day- using the marinade as a dressing. They loved it.


Today's main meal was venison backstrap, cooked like a pork tenderloin--seared and then finished in the oven. While the meat rested I made a pan sauce with mushrooms/and marsalla. Very delish and tender. Served with salad and green beans--also a big hit.


Other than that we went through a huge pot of minestrone soup,  bacon and eggs for breakfast and --no deserts. All South Beach legal.  Great fun.


Pinochle, Set-back, dominoes, Quiddler, Backgammon and Upwards were all part of the game marathon. Lots of Texas Caviar served on celery scoops for game snacks, but we did cheat and have wine. Tried a new French blend of Cabernet and Shiraz that we all really really liked. La Grand Noir (Black Sheep). 2005. Very nice and smooth. Around $12 a bottle on sale.


Good times.



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CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #36924, reply #1 of 14)

All sounds delish,  I cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for a client today.  She and hubby went to Floriday for T-day to be with his recently widowed mother.  Which meant she didn't host her usual T-day for the blended family of 10.  She then spent Xmas in Argentina and needed to have a party upon her return for her 18 year old daughter.  So when she asked what she wanted for dinner the daughter replied Thanksgiving Dinner since we missed out on it this year!


Menu:


Crudites and Bread cubes w/spinach dip in a hollowed out bread!


Roasted Garlic Shrimp Cocktail


Pigs in Blankets


Spanokopita Triangles


Tortilla Chips w/guac and Dried Cranberry Salsa


Brie en Croute w/Red Pepper Jelly


Boursin Cheese, English Seeded Cheese from Trader Joe's, grapes and crackers


This was served at 2p.m. so it was more like lunch!


Dinner was at 6:


Roasted Pear/Butter Lettuce/Toasted Walnut/Crumbled Blue Cheese Salad with Pear Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette


Cranberry Nut Bread  w/Cranberry butter


Spicy Corn Muffins


Herb Roasted Turkey


Caramelized Onion Gravy


Apple/Raisin Stuffing


Sweet Potato Puree w/Pecan Struesel and Marshmallows


Green Beans w/Lemon Butter Bread Crumbs and Toasted Almonds


Cranberry Relish


Chocolate Lava Cakes with Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberries


Mostly her favorite recipes I tweaked a little but everyone complimented on the food saying it was as good as Mom's!  It was interesting redong T-day so soon!!


 


 


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Jean's picture

(post #36924, reply #2 of 14)

MMm that all sounds delish. I have a nice turkey breast stashed in the freezer that some day I'll have to get out.


I did learn something, my largest cast iron fry pan will fit in my new toaster oven!  yeah!



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CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #36924, reply #4 of 14)

Which toaster oven? Can't believe it's that big or is your largest pan that small ;-) 

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Jean's picture

(post #36924, reply #6 of 14)

It's a GE.  It will hold a 12" pizza. I think that's what my CI skillet is too. The handles just fit in corner to corner.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #36924, reply #14 of 14)

The Oster will hold one also--and also a 9X13 pan that doesn't have ears--it has to be a metal one I think. Gave one like mine to the children for Christmas--$70 at WalMart. SO much better than the Calphalon one for $199 that "says" it will fit a 9X13 but won't. Also not as large in height.

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AnnL's picture

(post #36924, reply #3 of 14)

Sounds like a great weekend of food, fun, and family!  :-)

Ann
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Amy's picture

(post #36924, reply #5 of 14)

That sounds like such a perfect weekend.

teebee's picture

(post #36924, reply #7 of 14)

Any chance you would post your venison backstrap recipe??? Please??? DH and his nephew both got a doe during deer season, and I am fairly certain my SIL will not be wanting her son's venison... Your recipe sounds wonderful! Thanks.

Jean's picture

(post #36924, reply #8 of 14)

Not really a recipe, but a method.  I sprinkle on my favorite rub/spice combination and let it set for an hour or so then I preheat my cast iron skillet with just a little oil, then sear the meat on all sides until it's nicely browned. (Don't try to move it too soon or it will stick), then I finish it in a 425° oven (pan and all) depending on thickness of the meat, it takes about 10 - 15 minutes. You want the meat quite pink inside. In the meantime cook up some mushrooms. Remove the meat from the pan and cover with foil to rest while you deglaze the pan with your wine choice, add the mushrooms and a knob of butter to smooth out the sauce and there you go.



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teebee's picture

(post #36924, reply #9 of 14)

Thanks! I will do this next time. DH makes a tasty summer sausage from much of the venison. I am determined to cook venison more often--it is the ultimate local food!

DeannaS's picture

(post #36924, reply #10 of 14)

I had a nasty cold this weekend so I took the kids to *gasp* McDonalds for dinner on Saturday. But, Sunday I made up for it by making a killer Thai tofu and veggie curry, which I just also ate for lunch today. As we were eating, I told the kids that it was only fair that they had a meal stuffed full of veggies after eating junk food the day before. Soren tried to argue that McDonalds isn't junk food. But, I set him straight. Just cause ya ate apples and apple juice does not mean that chicken mcnuggets and caramel sauce aren't junk. :P

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MadMom's picture

(post #36924, reply #12 of 14)

So cute!  My grandsons always get apples rather than fries if they're offered, and like mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, but it's still junk food!



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evelyn's picture

(post #36924, reply #11 of 14)

sounds great! I always make sure I have plenty of salmon left over for salad the next day, too. ;-)

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slycat's picture

(post #36924, reply #13 of 14)

We had venison on Christmas morning. It was so good.


Your food sounds great, but even greater is the good time you spent with family! Lucky you.