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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekend Cooking- My Week in Food

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This week's Weekend Cooking post is a review of My Week in Food.

My husband had business in Albany so we got to see our younger son who is in graduate school there. Our son took us to DiBella's Submarine Shop for lunch. Anyone who enjoys Wegman's subs knows about DiBella's. Wegmans bought DiBella's recipes and techniques when they decided to open up their own sub shops in their stores, and it was a good decision. I had the Old Fashioned and my son recommended the everything roll (like an everything bagel). That roll was the best bread I've ever had in a sandwich shop. It was definitely a hit in my book. There are 31 locations and if you run across one in your travels, I highly recommend them. Their website is here.

We had dinner with friends at Creo' Restaurant in Albany. It is a wonderfully warm restaurant, lots of wood and deep, rich colors. They have a large bar area and a huge dining room that overlooks the kitchen that runs along the back wall. We're not used to seeing such a big restaurant after eating in NYC. I had a tasty ravioli dish, with mushrooms, kale, cippolini, kale, and parmesan in a cream and truffle oil sauce. The food was good, and the company even better.

I made a Trader Joe's run last week and found a new snack that is very dangerous- Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels. They hit all of my flavor points and if you are not careful, you will look down and find that you ate almost half of the bag in one sitting. (Not that I know anything about that.) 

I attended a taping of Katie Couric's show this week with a friend, and we treated ourselves to lunch at The Porter House in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. They have a lovely $25 pre-fixe lunch, and I had a huge Caesar salad, petite filet mignon with whipped potatoes and raspberry and passionfruit sorbet, all for $25. It was a great deal, and the service was impeccable. They also have a lovely view overlooking Central Park.

We had a few good meals at home this week too. From Katie Lee Joel's The Comfort Table, I made a quick and tasty dish- Crispy Oven-Roasted Chicken With Roasted Garlic, Pancetta and Rosemary. It takes longer to type the name than make this juicy dish. The recipe is on her website here
Katie Lee's Crispy Oven Roasted Chicken

 Finally, on Thursday I paired an old favorite recipe- Wegman's Beer & Cheddar Cheese Soup with Bobby Flay's Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad. My husband doesn't like arugula though, so I substituted red leaf lettuce instead. I halved the soup recipe, which sometimes doesn't translate too well, but this time it worked. Bobby made this recipe on the Today Show, so I included the video here.

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The Beer & Cheddar Cheese Soup recipe is here.

What was your Week in Food like? Let me know in the comments section.


  1. What an awesome week you had. I'm marking down that $25 lunch for next time I'm in NYC (which will be for a week during BEA). Sounds wonderful. And I'm making a TJ run today. I'll try to avert my eyes from the new evil treat (but if Mr. BFR happens to see them, who am I to deny him?). Finally, I keep meaning to do a Weekend Cooking post about Wegman's recipes. I use them fairly often.

  2. What a lovely food week you had! I am dying for a bite of that sub sandwich! Those banana peppers peeking out are enticing me!

  3. Mmmh, that butterscotch sounds tasty and delicious! I want!

  4. Great post!
    Love a good sub.
    That $25 meal sounds perfect.
    Your ravioli sounds delish.
    I need to find a Trader Joe's.
    Plan on making roast chicken tomorrow.
    I will have to make the beer and cheddar soup.
    Thanks for dropping by and visiting my blog!!!

  5. I have been seeing a lot about Trader Joe's - we don't have them here - do they just sell food?

  6. Yum yum yum!!! We recently got a Trader Joes in the area but it's still 30 minutes away and I just haven't found the day when I want to make that hike. But that submarine sandwich looks absolutely delicious! And what a difference the bread can make, huh? Nowadays the doctors tell pregnant women to stay away from cold cuts and deli meat unless heated thoroughly so a cold sandwich ends up being the thing I crave most while pregnant. Mmmmm. ;)

    Glad you had a wonderful (and delicious) trip!

  7. I wish my week in food was like yours, that's for sure! I tried a recipe from The Smitten Kitchen, Acorn Squash with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette, that was delicious. We were cooking only gluten-free food with my daughter home for a visit, newly diagnosed with celiac disease, so we had it with rice and a mango-cucumber salad.

  8. what a great food week you had! the combinations you tasted really give me ideas!

  9. ok, so 5 restaurant meals in one week is not good for the pocketbook or the waistline, but I DID make an awesome chicken stew, adapting the Chipotle-chicken stew recipe om myrecipes.com to our tastes. We even had it left over the next night...