Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekend Cooking- A Crazy Busy Week

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Last week was a crazy busy week. We were out almost every night, which while it can be usual for my husband, is not so much for me.

  • On Sunday we had dinner with my husband's aunt who was in town for a wedding. We had dinner at The View, the revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square. I started with a White Berry Cosmo, which had just the right blend of sweet and tart. It's a three course pre-fixe, so I had the crab cake appetizer (fine) and the Roasted Breast of Chicken, which was very tasty, as was the side of Pumpkin Risotto. The Chocolate Gianduja Lemon dessert was OK.
  • On Monday, I did cook and I made a new recipe from Pinterest- One Pot Greek Chicken & Lemon Rice from Recipe Tin Eats. My husband enjoyed it, and we had enough for leftovers the next night.  

From Recipe Tin Eats
  • On Wednesday, we attended a gala for the Path to Peace Foundation at the United Nations. Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the daughter of the late King of Jordan and the wife of the Prime Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai, received the award for her work with children's and hunger organizations. She gave an impassioned speech about how the people who are terrorizing the entire world do not do it in her name (she is Muslim) or in the name of Islam, and how the world must pull together for light to defeat darkness. The dinner was salmon or vegetables, which was different from most galas, where the norm is a filet of beef and some kind of potato. 
    Princess Haya bint Al Hussein
  • Thursday evening found us at the Arlington Club, where we had dinner with a couple from Sarasota. It was raining cats and dogs and so my between wonderful Cosmo and their famous popovers that they serve the table, I was a happy camper. My husband and I split their Chopped Greek Salad and their dinner special that night of a 28oz. bone-in sirloin steak with truffle fries. For dessert, we shared a Banana Cream Pie, which is served with rum ice cream and nutella fudge topping. It was delicious, and fortified us for our dash back into the rain.
  • A friend came into town, and we took him to dinner at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Lusardi's, where my husband and he talked shop. I had a lovely pinot grigio with my favorite dinner of their Insalata Piemontese (pear salad) and Tortelli en Salsa Tartufata (ravioli with mushroom and spinach and fontina cheese in a white truffle sauce). It's always good at Lusardi's.
  • I had every intention of making dinner on Saturday, but after working my shift at The Book Cellar, I did not feel much like cooking, and was relieved when my suggestion of going to Finestra, a little Italian joint across the street from our apartment, was met with enthusiasm from my husband. The Cheese Tortellini Soup with herbs warmed me right up, and I ate half of my Spaghetti Carbonara, which was delicious but very filling (the leftovers will be lunch).
  • Back to Sunday, and I am finally cooking- Mississippi Roast in the crockpot with mashed potatoes, and a broccoli, mushroom and onion saute. French onion soup will be my starter. I hope I remember how to cook!
How was your week of eating? Let me know in comments.


  1. I'm envious of all your restaurant options. We lived in NYC several years ago (as in... 30!) and I still miss the culinary diversity.

    I will have to try the Greek Lemon Chicken recipe - three of my favorites.

  2. I'm hungry now! (I didn't cook either this week, but didn't have such great dining experiences as you.) And tonight? I might not make dinner either! One of these days.....

  3. A dish that makes good leftovers during a busy week is a real help! It sounds like you had a good week of eating in spite of all the busy-ness!

  4. Sounds like you had some tasty dinners this week and interesting dinner company!

  5. What a great foodie week! I haven't cooked much in a couple of weeks (travel) and I'm really looking forward to getting back to the kitchen for Thanksgiving.

  6. I'm not much for eating out with exception of a weekend lunch but have some stunning choices available to you in NYC. Those ,deals sound so wonderful and what a way to explore new foods, GOOD new foods!

    I have been hearing Mississippi Roadt brought up on more blogs, will have to check into it . I do like slow cooker meals. Thank you so much for your good wishes on my recovery. This is a cold I haven't been able to shake for some reason.

  7. Sounds like a great week to me. I bet Princess Haya bint Al Hussein was fascinating.