Friday, March 14, 2008

What's for dinner...?

Why does reading Michael Pollan always makes me feel a little bit panicky? Like I've been poisoning myself unwittingly all my life and now have no idea whatsoever what to feed myself?

I've just finished his excellent manifesto, "In Defense of Food." Read it--preferably someplace close to an outdoor farmer's market that sells organic produce from small farms, bread made from unbleached organic flour and naturally fermented starters, as well as 100% grass fed, kindly treated beef, or else you might feel weight of all those hydrogenated oils beating against your brain.

In a happier part of the book (yes, there is a happier part) Michael makes a case for dining as a cultural activity, something to be enjoyed with friends as a social occasion-- food liberally salted with conversation and flavored with good company. Well, now that I think we can all get behind without any guilt. So we come to Easter Dinner.

Our Food Snoot friends are happily coming into town for Easter and nothing is more interesting than setting up a menu. We're still in the planning phase, so I put it to you:

Should we make a Greek style menu (Roast Leg of Lamb with Artichokes and Olives, Cucumber Dill and Lemon Salad and Tsoureki -- the Greek Easter bread)?

How about a Provencal menu as suggested by this month's Gourmet magazine: Rack of Lamb with Swiss Chard, maybe some lovely market fresh vegetables and bread from della Fattoria?

Or should we try a glazed ham of some sort? With Apricot Mustard glaze a la Martha? Or a ginger ale, citrus glaze?

I'm torn four ways -- help us out here. Vote in the poll in the upper left corner of this blog! I can't promise we'll use the results to make our menu, but I'm interested to know what you think!

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