Good morning. A chilly start to the week. And with standard time now official, it’s getting dark so early, too. For me, that means more cooking. In fact, this weekend was a clean-out-the-freezer-and-fridge sort of extravagaza.
On Friday I used leftover roast chicken and leftover rice from Indian takeout to make enchiladas and rice. For the enchiladas, I made a quick sauce with onion, garlic, chipotles in adobo and chicken broth (also from the freezer) and thickened it with flour. I tossed the leftover chicken with the sauce, let it marinate, then rolled in tortillas. I put the rest of the sauce on top, then sprinkled with monterrey jack cheese.
The rice I just roasted poblanos and sauteed onions and tossed them with the leftover takeout rice.
For my next trick, I defrosted a bunch of spare ribs I had from Sir William Farm upstate and made two different recipes. On Saturday, it was spare ribs and sauerkraut â€”
â€” which I made with onions, apple and Warwick Valley hard apple cider. Add some spices like coriander, juniper, caraway seed and you’ve got a delicious winter meal.
On Sunday, I followed this recipe from Saveur to make Chinese Barbecued Spare Ribs. OMG.
And on Sunday night, I used some leftover lamb from Stone Barns to make a ragu with rigatoni. It was spiced with cinnamon and fit a fall night in front of the fire perfectly.
And with that, here’s what was going on while I was in the kitchen!
Julia visits Tarry Lodge. No complaints. (Westchester magazine’s Eater)
Blue. A new Asian fusion place in Mount Kisco? (CH) (If anyone knows anything more about this, please do share in the comments below. Thanks!)
A fabulous-looking recipes for navy bean-and-kale soup. Great for a cold winter’s night! (Chick in the Kitchen.)
Doug chats with Anthony Colasacco of Pour in Mount Kisco. (Hungry Travels)
Bagels at H&R in New Rochelle and Hand Rolled Bagels in Rye. (Hungry Travels.)
And I must have missed these stories on Westchester magazine’s web site. Here’s an update on its November food coverage:
<a href=”http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/November-2008/A-Locavores-Thanksgiving/” target=”_blank”>A locavore’s Thanksgiving. </a>
<a href=”http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/November-2008/Dont-Miss-a-Beet/” target=”_blank”>What do the labels mean on turkeys?
Are there health benefits to being vegetarian?
Wine in a box.
On beets. </a>