Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite times in my city – Restaurant Week. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, allow me to explain the following rules:
- Posh, elitist, and just plain delicious restaurants around the city throw open their shutters to let the groundlings in for two weeks.
- These restaurants offer a prix fixe menu of three or more courses, from which you select what you want.
- And it’s only $35. Even the lowly graduate student can afford that.
- Lolita’s Chile Pumpkin Soup – I am in love with this restaurant. A friend and I had a Thanksgiving dinner there once (one of the few places not serving a traditional meal, which was a welcome change), and have been aching to go back among their North African-Southern Italian cuisine. (Odd, I know, but trust me on this!) While the ingredient list on this recipe is…daunting, the seeming ease of its execution makes me anxious to try it out.
- Mushroom Tourte from Caribou Cafe – I’ve tried any number of mushroom tortes, and have a few recipes that I love, but this looks particularly yummy, veggie friendly and, again, easy.
- Apple or Pear Upside Down Gingerbread from Davio’s – This recipe sounds like crazy talk, but I occasionally enjoy crazy talk recipes. One I’ll hang onto for now.