Special Dinner: April 2014
May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. April’s cookbook is Marjory Standish’s classic Cooking Down East for some good, hardy Maine cooking. Mr. E grew up with Standish’s recipes, but these particular ones he’s either never had or never tried himself.
As April is when Mr. E’s work ramps up, it was a little difficult to schedule a special dinner date before the month’s end, but we did it. (So far the same applies this month – we’ll see what happens!
We started with lightly battered baked scallops with a dash of salt and pepper. The recipe calls for rolling the scallops in melted margarine (I believe Mr. E used butter instead), which made them really juicy.
For the main course, Mr. E cooked a piece of beef slowly over a long period of time. According to Standish, this is called stifled beef in Maine, but apparently elsewhere it’s known as smothered beef. We had it fried cabbage and roasted potatoes. Whatever the name, the beef came out incredibly tender and tasty.
The yummy dessert was a hot milk cake with broiled coconut icing. Simply perfect!
I wanted the table to reflect my impressions of Maine and Cooking Down East – modest, good-humored, comfortable and unpretentious. (There’s a reason Maine reminds me of Finland and feels like home. 🙂 ) For the table, I used a plain white tablecloth topped with a folded green-white check cloth to make runner-placemats. I chose mostly white dishes and glass. For a few actual Maine touches, I just pulled our salt and pepper shakers and put a plant in a basket – the silver shakers were inherited from Mr. E’s family and I received the plant from Mr. E’s mother.
This special dinner was very successful. I really wouldn’t mind having it again. 🙂
In other news: I’m taking the rest of the month off to recharge. See you in June.