Mon | Shopping energy
Thanksgiving behind, full-speed holiday shopping and baking ahead. How about Ham & Cheese Wafflewiches tonight to get you out of the house fast? Using frozen waffles as the bread, make grilled ham and cheese (I like tavern ham and Havarti) with honey mustard on the inside and a slather of butter outside. Fresh fruit salad on the side.
Tues | Fungus among us
Earthy Pasta With Mixed Mushrooms and Thyme (recipe below) is a fast, meatless dinner plenty hearty for a preshopping excursion. You can use any combination of mushrooms as long as you include dried porcinis. The soaking liquid from rehydration adds much flavor to the dish.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Shred the meat for Tortilla Chicken Soup and set aside. Heat 1 quart of chicken broth and add 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and a diced jalapeno pepper for heat. Add the chicken. Garnish with slices of avocado and crushed tortilla chips or strips. Serve with warm corn bread.
Thurs | Cookie baking
Turn to Page 6 and pick some recipes from our annual Christmas cookie issue for a baking party. Me? I'd start with the Licorice Snaps and Mexican Hot-Chocolate Balls. Yes, I know that's not dinner. Prebaking, set out an Antipasti Platter with rolls of roast beef and turkey, slices of cheddar and Swiss, marinated vegetables and olives. Serve with crusty bread. Nibble while you mix that cookie dough!
Fri | Shellfish fast
Pesto Shrimp Skewers can be made on the outside grill or an inside grill pan. Skewer peeled shrimp and brush with pesto sauce. Grill a few minutes on each side until shrimp is pink. Before you start the shrimp, get a pot of rice going. While rice is cooking, saute sliced summer squash in olive oil. Garnish rice with sliced scallions. Dinner is done in less than 30 minutes.
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