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Ellen is going out for dinner tonight with Lisa; Sylvia and I are going to cook a nice dinner for ourselves.

Rigatoni with sausage and spinach

Simplest dinner around. Saute some onions and garlic with fennel seeds, cook the sausage in the same pan, add some spinach leaves and wilt them. Toss with pasta, serve with some grated cheese. (We have some asiago on hand that will be very nice with this.) Sylvia and I are going over to the grocery store in a little while to pick up some spinach and some artichokes to serve on the side. (I asked if she wanted artichoke hearts and she said, "I want the outside part of the artichoke, the kind you scrape off with your teeth.")

Apple-blackberry gratin

(recipe based on one found in this week's NY Times Magazine)
  • 3 sliced apples (unpeeled)
  • Blackberries
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Butter
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Walnuts
Toss sliced apples and blackberries with 1 teaspoon each of sugar and cornstarch. Sauté in 1 Tablespoon of butter for 10 minutes. Spread in a 9-by-13-inch pan with some walnuts.

Whisk together sour cream, milk, vanilla extract and honey to taste, and 1 tsp cornstarch. Sprinkle over apples.

Broil 4 to 6 inches from the flame until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

posted afternoon of Sunday, September 11th, 2011
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Modifications: the store did not have artichokes or good spinach, so we cooked some asparagus with the sausage. I forgot (as usual) how long pasta takes to cook, so the sauce was a little overcooked. We modified the dessert recipe a bit based on making things easier and quicker.

posted evening of September 11th, 2011 by Jeremy

Wow, that fruit gratin is pretty sensational!

posted evening of September 11th, 2011 by Jeremy

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