I started the day with a little brunch. I scrambled some eggs with ham, onion, pepper, tomato, and goat cheese. I also had a piece of toast with butter.
As soon as I was done having breakfast, I began making pot roast. I used a chuck roast instead of brisket because the price of brisket has gone through the roof. I served it with green beans, carrots, and onion. I couldn’t find pearl onions so I just used plain white onion. I also made mashed potatoes because they are better than boiled potatoes. Even my son loved them and he is very picky. For dessert I had two pieces of chocolate cake. I’m not eating any more cake!
Honestly I am so hungry right now. My weight this morning was way up. It could be the pot roast. It could be the two pieces of cake. No matter what, it was high. So I decided to just have a slice of cheese pizza for lunch. I walked into DeNo’s and was shocked. The entire restaurant, except for the order counter, was covered in blue tarp. Apparently they are remodeling the dining room. That’s going to mess up my lunch for the next month or so. Hopefully when done it will be nice. They needed an upgrade. I did get my slice. I just had to get it to go.
For dinner I wanted to keep light so I made a little sandwich of ham, salami, pepperoni, and cheese. I topped it with banana peppers and mayo and had some mini pretzels on the side. So again I am so hungry right now.
My coworkers ordered lunch from Real Deal today. I had tried to get the Nashville Chicken Cheesesteak before but ended up with the wrong thing. Today I made sure I got the right thing. I wish I hadn’t. It wasn’t very good, and I wouldn’t get it again.
For dinner, the food was much better. It was my nephew’s birthday and I had a very good cheesesteak pizza. I don’t even know where it came from, but I hope they get it again. I also got a cupcake. Check out the cool dinosaur plate.
I don’t know what to do now that I can’t eat at DeNo’s. I couldn’t decide what to do for lunch so I went over to the grocery store and bought a fried chicken sandwich and some pringles. I didn’t expect much, but it was actually pretty good. I even bought some wing sauce to dip it in. That was a good move.
For dinner, I made amazing sandwiches with my leftover pot sandwiches. I got a french loaf griddled it and filled it with pot roast, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and gravy. My wife gave me a chocolate peanut butter cup for dessert. That was good too.
Today is National Meatball Day. I don’t follow those things, but meatballs were already planned. We continued celebrating my wife’s birthday with dinner at Il Casale. We had a dinner there a number of years ago that started and ended with meatballs. We had them as an appetizer, and they were so good we ordered them again after dessert. Tonight was just one order of meatballs.
My favorite part of the meal was veal with a tuna-lemon sauce, pickled vegetables, and arugula. I had a hake entree with celery, golden raisins, and white beans. My wife had a butternut squash soup with lobster broth. For dessert we had black forest cake with vanilla gelato.
Today, I did a lot of shopping for tomorrow’s dinner. I started at Wilson Farm and then went to Formaggio Kitchen. I stopped in The Village Kitchen across the street for a slice of pepperoni pizza. It was very good but was a little overpriced a five dollars. I also had some chips as a snack to tide me over until dinner.
The day is here. I have been preparing for this dinner for weeks. I shopped and cooked some yesterday and started back up as soon as I got up. I had a bowl of cereal this morning and some pretzels and nuts as I cooked and waited for guests to arrive but that was just to tide me over until dinner.
We started with a cheese plate: challerhocker, pork rillettes, cornichons, homemade pickled onions, sweet-spicy peanuts, fig jam, and crackers. Next was asparagus and wine-poached shrimp with lemony shallots. The third course was a goat cheese tart with balsamic-tomatoes and red onions. That was followed up by ricotta gnocchi with duck confit ragu. I was very impressed with both how well my gnocchi came out and how good my duck was. The last savory course was rack of lamb with rosemary roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts. And a final sweet treat was gourmet chocolates, lemon, maple, and champagne.
Somehow, I was still hungry after all that so I nibbled on some blueberry pound cake I bought. I offered it to everyone else but everyone else was full. I should also note that with dinner we had an amazing 1978 Dom Perignon and a very good magnum of 2011 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I think it was a very successful birthday celebration for my wife!
Why are you reading this. I’m surprised I ate anything today after everything I had yesterday. I wasn’t hungry until my son came home with McDonald’s and I smelled his french fries. I made a little plate of leftover cheese and pork and added some cranberries. Then My son wanted dessert so I opened a pack of Chuckles. He got the red, my wife got the yellow, I got the rest and now I’m stuffed.
I’m making a little change here and instead of a roundup paragraph, I’m going to give you the top three dishes of the week. I open to changing again, but we will try this for now.
3. Veal with Tuna-Lemon Sauce and Pickled Vegetables (Thursday)
2. Pot Roast (Sunday)
1. Ricotta Gnocchi with Duck Confit Ragu (Friday)