November 23 to 27, 2020: Weekday Restaurant-style Menu at Home

On weekdays, we like to cook simple, easy dinners (that’s nothing new!). And if you get out your best dishware and prepare elegant meals—without putting in any extra time—even better. On the menu this week you’ll find quick restaurant-worthy recipes at home, including three evenings of comforting pasta dishes guaranteed to please.

Speaking of restaurants, weeknights are often the perfect opportunity to order takeout from your favourite places. In addition to supporting them during this crisis, you get to eat a delicious meal with no clean-up. Win-win!

Monday: Cheese, Zucchini and Cauliflower Gnocchi

Ready? Set the timer to 20 minutes and… Let’s go! No need for more time to make this impressive gnocchi, a simple yet stylish meal thanks to its creamy sauce and touch of grated pecorino. Finish with a dusting of finely chopped chives for a true restaurant touch.

Tuesday: Pork Steaks with Lemon Rosemary Fries

This week your home dining experience will be just like at a restaurant, and this pork steak recipe is no exception! A little lemon zest here, a touch of rosemary there, and your baked fries will pair beautifully with the pan sauce made from the meat’s cooking juices. Welcome to Bistro Maison!

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Wednesday: Tagliatelle with Walnut Cream Sauce

Can you really make a sublime, creamy nut sauce in a single step? Yes! And since you’re saving so much time, there’s no better opportunity to practise the pasta nest plating technique of twisting the long noodles using tongs and a serving spoon, just like a chef. Turn a simple weekday meal into a high-end experience with your presentation skills.

Thursday: Green Salad with Poached Egg

Don’t worry, it’s almost Friday, so impress the table with a chic salad tonight. On the menu: a restaurant-worthy poached egg on a bed of lettuce and endives, topped with bacon and golden croutons. Simply present this in your most beautiful serving bowl and just wait and see how fancy you’ll feel.

Friday: Pasta Carbonara (The Best)

Master an Italian classic in just 30 minutes and be transported to a trattoria in the heart of Italy with this pasta carbonara. Best enjoyed with a small glass of vino, this recipe definitely helps end the week on a high note. Salute!