Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wednesday's Blue Plate Specials

Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Spinach Nest
For each serving, poach two eggs. In a skillet, sauté ½ cup chopped spinach (thawed) in butter. Sprinkle with a little minced onion, if desired. When spinach is limp, place on warmed plate and gather it into a nest. Dollop with a little butter and place eggs on top.

Dinner: Apple Salad

Apple Salad: Core and cube 3 unpeeled sweet apples. Toss with 1 sliced banana. Stir in 1 can drained fruit cocktail and ½ cup finely chopped walnuts. Whip 1 cup heavy cream with 2 Tblsp sugar. Fold into fruit mixture. Serve chilled.

Reubens: Butter one side of two slices of rye bread. On the unbuttered side of one slice, spread 2 Tblsp sauerkraut and drizzle with thousand island dressing. Lay a slice of deli corned beef and a slice of Swiss cheese. Top with other bread slice, buttered side out. Grill on griddle or in skillet until bread is toasted and cheese is melted

Lunch: Buttermilk Brownies
Sift together 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar and ½ tsp salt. Set aside. Bring to a boil 1 stick butter, 1 cup water, ¼ cup cocoa and ½ cup shortening. Pour over flour mixture and mix well. Add ½ cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, 1tsp soda and 1 tsp vanilla. Pour into greased 11 by 16 pan. Bake 20 minutes at 400. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar OR frost with chocolate frosting: mix 2 cups sifted powdered sugar with 2 Tblsp cocoa, 2 Tblsp softened butter and enough milk to whip into spreading consistency.

Supper: Leftover Carnita stacks
Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice: Melt ½ stick butter in saucepan. Add ½ finely chopped onion, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 clove roasted minced garlic and 1 cup uncooked rice. Cook and stir until rice is milky and opaque. Pour in 2 cups chicken stock and bring to boil Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is done.
Reheat Carnita meat (from Monday).
On a warmed plate, layer as follows; spread a circle of refried beans, a serving of Spanish rice, carnita meat, shredded cheese, salsa and a dollop of sour cream.

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