Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Monday ~ March 2, 2015

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Monday:
Busy night! David has a firefighter meeting at 6 and we are planning to go to our nephew's basketball game at 8. David managed to get off work in time to come home for a quick meal before his meeting.
  • spaghetti 
  • salad
  • toasted Italian bread
Tuesday:
I think I get to stay home all day and we don't have anywhere to go that evening - yay! 
  • enchiladas
  • Mexican rice
  • salad
Wednesday:
This is looking like another one of "those days". I know I have piano at 3:30 and choir at 6:45. There's a good chance I'll be sandwiching in a meeting between the two in which case I won't be home until after 8 p.m.  I'll make up a casserole with the leftover spaghetti sauce from Monday and the guys can heat it up for dinner. 

Thursday:
I will be cooking at Abba's Tables (local soup kitchen) from 2 to 5 p.m. or so. David and I plan to go listen to live music at a local Italian restaurant that evening so I think we'll just go ahead and eat dinner there.

Friday:
  • roast
  • baked potatoes
  • salad
  • corn
Saturday:
Our church is hosted a "meet and greet" dinner for our new pastor and his family. It's an Italian potluck. I haven't decided what I'll bring yet - I'll probably check later in the week to see what is most needed. 
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What's on your menu this week?


Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Monday ~ February 23, 2015

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Monday:

We have been snowed in the past two days which, for some reason makes me feel lazy. Around 6:30 it occurred to me that perhaps I ought to think about fixing something for dinner. I opted for an old standby - breakfast for dinner. 
  • homemade waffles
  • Applegate Farm chicken and apple sausage links
  • mandarin oranges
  • French press coffee and Bailey's
Tuesday:

We are supposed to meet our niece and her husband in Oklahoma City for dinner. They are coming in from Idaho for a business trip. However, road conditions are not looking promising. If we don't go here is my at home dinner plan:
Wednesday:

I have a piano lesson, board meeting and choir rehearsal all in a row which will have me out of the house from around 3 p.m. until after 8 p.m. I think the guys will have to be on their own for dinner. 

Thursday:
  • Lentil Rice Casserole
  • tortillas, cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato
  • tortilla chips and salsa
Friday:
Saturday:
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Sunday:

I'm not sure if we'll do "family dinner" or not. If we do, I'll most likely do something simple like homemade soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. 

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What's on your menu this week? 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella

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A few weeks ago a friend mentioned this recipe on Facebook and absolutely raved about it. I read the comments on the original recipe and found that nearly everyone who tried it agreed. David isn't fond of capers and Chris isn't a big fan of olives but they are good sports and were willing to give it a try. They both really liked it, as did I. It is delicious, super easy and yet looks a bit fancy. Give it a try. 

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup pimento stuffed olives
  • 5 ounces of pitted prunes
  • 1.5 ounces capers
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Directions:

Combine ingredients in mixing bowl and stir gently to combine. Place 3 or 4 chicken breasts in baking dish and pour mixture over. Bake at 350 degrees 30-45 minutes until chicken is done. Serve over couscous, rice, orzo or other pasta. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Menu Monday ~ February 16, 2015

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Monday:
We celebrated our niece's birthday last night and have plenty of leftovers.
  • brisket
  • potato salad
  • green beans
  • Texas toast

Tuesday:
  • vegetable soup
  • beer bread

Wednesday:
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • salad
  • garlic bread

Thursday:
  • oven roasted potatoes, onions, peppers, smoked sausage
  • salad

Friday:

Saturday:
  • homemade macaroni and cheese
  • candied carrots
  • salad

Sunday:
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • homemade tomato soup

Monday, February 9, 2015

Menu Monday ~ February 9, 2015

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Monday:
Tuesday:
I am bringing a casserole and helping serve at Compassion Outreach (free medical clinic). I'll make some extra rice for our dinner.
  • Mexican rice casserole
  • quesadillas
  • guacamole and tortilla chips
Wednesday:
Thursday:
  • fettucini alfredo
  • Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Friday:
I am attending a dinner party with friends. David and Chris will be on their own. 

Saturday:
This is Valentine's Day but we've learned that eating out on this night is usually less than ideal. Restaurants are crowded and often the specials are over-priced and not all that good. I will fix us a nice meal at home and we'll go out some other time. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Menu Monday ~ February 2, 2015

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This is going to be "one of those weeks". David has a firefighter meeting tonight so dinner will be late. He is training someone and taking him out to dinner Tuesday. Lisa and I will be out of town Tuesday doing our monthly grocery shopping. David's boss will be in town so the three of us will go out on Wednesday. And then he will be out of town Thursday but home in time for dinner Friday. I have no idea what's going on this weekend. I think my best bet is to just go with the flow this week. I do have a plan for tonight:

Monday:
I just went to get the link to the recipe and guess what? The site is down for maintenance. Because...of course it is. I searched for another on Pinterest and found one that looks pretty close to what I remember. In any case, it will have to do. Oh, and the Asian slaw recipe? Yeah that was from the same site so I had to find another. 
As for the rest of the week, I'll just have to wing it. Since I am shopping Tuesday I'll be fully stocked so my options are pretty wide open. I think I'll choose something from my Pinterest recipe board to try. These look pretty good:

So, what's on your menu this week? Are you on Pinterest? If so, leave me a link in the comments so I can follow you. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops


I adore searching for and pinning recipes on Pinterest. And occasionally I even try them. Last night I gave one a whirl and it was definitely a keeper. You can click on the link under the photo for the original recipe. I followed it pretty closely but did simplify the method a bit. 

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. season pork chops with salt and pepper (both sides)
  3. mix garlic, brown sugar and paprika together then coat both sides of the pork chops with this mixture
  4. pour a tiny bit of the melted butter into a square baking dish and spread to coat
  5. place pork chops in baking dish and drizzle with remaining melted butter
  6. bake 20-30 minutes until just done
  7. remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese, bake another 5 minutes until cheese is melted
I served these with buttered orzo, peas and salad. Absolutely delicious! There was quite a bit of yummy sauce in the pan which would be really good over mashed potatoes. I think that's what I will make to go with them next time.