My husband's birthday coincides with the Labor Day weekend so it's always a good excuse for a big food orgy. We're going out for dinner on Saturday. Sunday I plan to make the lobster, corn and tomato salad that was in the NYTimes Food section yesterday:
I'll probably grill the corn and roast the tomatoes for added flavor.
His birthday is on Monday and he's asked for chicken wings. So I'm going to fry them in chile oil and make a German-style potato salad - vinegar, cooked onions and cooked bacon. After this heart-attack-on-a-plate, his birthday cake is marjolaine - 4 layers of dacqoise with coffee and chocolate ganache filling and frosting. At least he'll die happy with a full belly.
Because it's a long weekend I'm going to cook some other things which will be eaten later. I'm finally going to attack the last of the pork belly from the pig we got last winter. 6 lbs will be used for confit, the rest will be moo wan (Thai caramelized belly pork).
And I'm going to brine and butterfly a chicken for another ATK roast chicken, perhaps with a lemon and za'atar underskin seasoning (from Spice, Ana Sortun's book) this time. I'm hoping to get both the potato gratin and Zuni-type bread salad out of this. I'll report on results after the experiment.
What are you planning?
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