Snow Day Menu


Image: James Jordan

Hi, loves.

I’d like to be a snow shut-in for one day more.

Yesterday was sunny and bright and busy in Los Angeles and I missed the thick blanket of white that quieted our Chicago days.

Friends invited us for a ladies lunch one blustery afternoon.  There was prosecco, a Concolor Fir Christmas tree, the citrus scent of which bursts forth from between your fingers exactly like the juice of a clementine as you peel, and sweet Lily, a gentle giant of a dog with a grizzled face.

Claudia and Catherine served a perfect snow day menu starting with grapefruit and avocado salad, soft polenta topped with (Top Chef) Stephanie Izard’s mushroom ragout and ending with chewy chocolate chip and dried cherry cookies.

The ragout was sweet and smoky thanks to the addition of miso paste and harissa, two of my favorite ingredients that I’d never considered combining.

Here are links to recipes for a similar snow day menu, including Orangette’s take on Judy Rodger’s polenta recipe from The Zuni Café Cookbook, my all-time favorite cookbook for reading.

The ragout and cookie dough can be made the day before.

This makes a good rainy day menu as well.

Snow Day Menu

Raw Kale Salad with Apples and Currants

Mixed Mushroom Ragout

Zuni Café Polenta

Thin & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add the zest of 1 orange to the dough


5 Comments on Snow Day Menu

  1. Halie
    December 29, 2010 at 11:56 am (8 years ago)

    Apparently Mother Nature is reading your blog. Happy rain day!

  2. April
    December 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm (8 years ago)

    What a pretty photo… and menu. I’m checking out the recipes now.

  3. marah
    December 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I am in lust with this post.

  4. Sarah
    December 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm (8 years ago)

    Awww, thanks pals! April, let me know if you try any of the recipes. I think I’m going to do the whole thing this weekend or next week–we can compare notes! xo

  5. Catherine
    January 6, 2011 at 11:58 am (8 years ago)

    Love it! Claudia will be so honored 😉

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