March 4 to do, coming up with menu for week of St. Patty’s Day, Black Box revisited

The US match yesterday could have been better, but at least they ended on a positive note, scoring a goal and having a chance to equalize.

In terms of items to do today, there’s not much, but what has to be done is pretty important, as we’re having the house we have under contract inspected.  We received the results of the appraisal which the bank had performed Monday. 

And dinner tonight reflects the fact that I won’t be at home for most of the afternoon.

  • Walk to Trader Joe’s and pick up a banana or two as well as some bacon
  • Pack Nate’s bag for the afternoon
  • I need to cook and puree the celery root for his lunch as well
  • Go to house for inspection and to meet the paint and flooring folks who are giving us quotes
  • For dinner tonight there’s not much to do – we’re having a bistro type salad with frisee, lardons and crispy duck confit.  The pick-up on it’s pretty quick seeing as the hardest part is already done – confiting the duck legs.


In a week and a half a friend of mine who I’ve known since 6th grade will be staying with us for 5 or so days.  I haven’t seen him since his wedding in December 2002 and am planning a menu for the week, bearing in mind that I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen because I want to see him.

So far I’m planning to make braised pork belly with lentils and the crispy braised chicken thighs from the Ad Hoc cookbook with potato pancakes.  I’m thinking the other meals will focus on quicker cooking techniques, maybe grilling.


And finally, our friend Dean will be taking his turn at cooking a black box dinner, in which we will be bringing the ingredients to him and he’ll be supplying the beverages.  I think I’ll have some fun selecting the ingredients though I won’t be able to list them here in advance.  The date for the dinner is March 20.

Have a great day.


2 thoughts on “March 4 to do, coming up with menu for week of St. Patty’s Day, Black Box revisited

  1. As I sit in my cubicle eating my Turkey sandwich, baby carrots, apple, and yogurt I feel almost giddy at the prospect of tasting some of the food I have eaten vicariously during our conversations and reading your posts.

    With that said, I would be tickled to death with McDonalds if it meant I could spend the rest of the time with you, Erin and Nate.

    I do have one request, sounds silly, but I would love it if you could teach me to part out a chicken.

    You have no idea how much I am looking forward to the visit.


  2. Jeremy,

    It just so happens that we’ll need to quarter 2 whole chickens for one the meals I’ve planned, so yes, I’ll show you how.

    Can’t wait.

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