Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nearly Meatless Mad Men Monday

saute 1/4 lb chopped pancetta in a bit of olive oil with a bunch of chopped swiss chard (from my garden!) and a half dozen cremini mushrooms, sliced.  If you are an over-achiever, add a sliced shallot or other aromatic such as garlic, leek, or some variety of onion.  Cook half a small box of orzo. drain. toss into veg/pancetta mixture and saute.  If you have pine nuts, now is the time.  Taste for seasoning.  Add some fresh ground pepper.  Add some kosher or sea salt.  Finish with a small knob of fresh farmhouse butter (that we got at Golden Glen - yay!).  Plate.  Grate some romano or parm over the top.  If you are me, serve with a scoop of steamed carrots (from my garden - yay!).  We paired it with a light pinot but it wasn't quite right.  Back to the drawing board.

The Mad Men part of nearly meatless Monday is that I prefer to watch Mad Men on On Demand on Monday nights so I can buzz through the commercials.  I think Roger is about to self-destruct.  Anyone else?


  1. He has been on a path to self destruct for a while. I think the straw will be when Miss Joan tells him the truth (I swear she didn't do it).

    Dinner looks great btw!

  2. Can't wait to try this yumminess. It sounds just like my kinda dinner.