Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 15, 2014

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Monday:
David has an Emergency Medical Responder refresher course tonight and won't be here for dinner. I'll probably just make myself a sandwich.

Tuesday:
David has class again. I have an evening meeting so I'll either pick up something in town or come home and fix something quick and easy. 

Wednesday:
I have choir rehearsal and then we have a show at Rib Crib where we'll have dinner.
Thursday:
We have a show at Papa Gjorgjo's and will have dinner there.
Friday:
I will be leaving early afternoon and be in the city until Sunday evening. I may throw a roast in the crockpot for the guys. 

Saturday:
I'll be out of town. The guys can heat up the leftover roast or make sandwiches out of it. 

Sunday:
I will be home right around the time everyone else will be coming over for "Family Dinner and Game Night".  I'll mix up the dry ingredients for waffles before I leave Friday. David can add the eggs and milk and he knows how to use the waffle maker. A couple of the girls may come over a bit early to help him. 
  • homemade waffles
  • various toppings
  • mimosas
Once again, we have a week in which I won't be doing much cooking. Hopefully next week will be less hectic but I'm not holding my breath. This seems to be the new norm for us. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 8, 2014

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Monday:
I made a LOT of potato salad for our "Family Dinner and Game Night" last night and have plenty of leftovers. It's been a busy day and David has a firefighter meeting so I'm keeping it simple tonight. 
  • turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce on French bread
  • homemade potato salad
  • grapes

Tuesday:
David will be out of town. I've got zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots, red potatoes...I think I'll make soup.
  • fresh vegetable soup

Wednesday:
My piano lessons are now going to be on Wednesday afternoons with a 2.5 hour break before choir rehearsal. My plan is to use that time in town to write, either at the library or another location with free wi-fi. I'll then meet David for dinner at Rib Crib. We have live music there and this week someone from the newspaper is going to be there to take photos for a feature they are doing on our business, Happyland Music Alliance

Thursday:
David has an Emergency Medical Responder refresher course this night and will then meet me at Papa Gjorgjo's for a late dinner and to catch the last part of the live music show we are hosting there. 

Friday:
We are attending a Pin Up Night party (vintage attire) which will be catered by Fat Boys BBQ

Saturday:
I'm attending an Amish quilt auction and craft festival with my mom, daughter and niece and then have the first meeting of a local book club I've joined which will be at 5 p.m. I think I'll throw something in the crockpot in the morning - probably a roast. 

Sunday:
This will be our 4th weekly "Family Dinner and Game Night". Someone suggested themes so this week we are going to play Trivial Pursuit and have pizza and pie for dinner. We'll get takeout for the pizza and I'll bake a couple of pies. I've got some cherry pie filling in the pantry so I'll do that for one of them and then maybe coconut cream for the other. 
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As I look over this menu I realize I won't be cooking much this week. Oh, well. Perhaps next week will be a little less busy. Okay, quit laughing. I can dream, can't I?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 1, 2014

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Monday:
I made two pans of lasagna last night for "Family Dinner and Game Night" and have enough leftovers for tonight. Yay!
  • lasagna
  • salad
  • French bread
Tuesday:
Last week I cooked a huge pot of black beans, used part for a casserole I took to Compassion Outreach and froze some. I left out enough for another Mexican casserole, and also cooked enough extra rice. Easy dinner which is good since I have a meeting in the morning and hair appointment in the afternoon. 
  • Mexican black bean casserole
  • salad
Wednesday:
Hopefully I'll make it to town in the morning for the farmers market. It won't be long before it shuts down for the year and I haven't had nearly enough fresh, seasonal veggies.
  • vegetable medley 
  • salad
Thursday:
  • squash casserole
  • salad
Friday:
Saturday:
  • leftovers
Sunday:
Family Dinner and Games Night
  • grilled hot dogs
  • homemade potato salad
  • chips
  • fruit salad
My friend, Frank, who shared the guest post recipe last Friday, suggested unicorn in a nice sauce piquant for one of our meals this week but we can hardly even find organic meat here in Ada. I can't imagine where I'd have to go to get unicorn.
So, what's on your menu this week? Leave me a comment and tell me at least one thing you plan to eat this week. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Guest Post Friday ~ Crab Mousse in Pastry Puffs

Crab Mousse in Pastry Puffs
by Frank Maier 


For a recent party, I massaged an old recipe for crab mousse that I had from my mom and put it in pastry puffs. (Pepperidge Farm from the grocery freezer case.)

Ingredient list:

  • 18 pastry puffs (I use Pepperidge Farms from my convenient grocery freezer *wink*)
  • 1 envelope gelatin (plain)
  • Celery – a few stalks (chopped fine)
  • Onion – 1 (chopped fine)
  • Shallots – 1 bunch (chopped fine)
  • Garlic – several toes (chopped fine) (more is good)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (*Dee's note: I'll post a link at the bottom for a homemade version)
  • 8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese (substitute at your own risk)
  • 4 oz. Brie (or equivalent) 
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese (substitute Gruyere or similar)
  • 1 tsp. horseradish ( I like to use wasabi) (more is good)
  • 1 tsp red pepper (more is good)
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • Creole seasoning (Tony Chachere’s or similar) to taste
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellman's. Please don't use MiracleWhip et al.)
  • 1/4 cup Creole (stone ground) mustard
  • 16 oz. crab meat (substitute krab at your own risk)


While you’re preparing the mousse, bake the pasty puffs according to the package directions. Personal note: I love my Silpat for baking delicate items.

Chop all veggies fine. Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup of water. (If you have crab water, either from cooking or because you used canned crab, use that.) In a saucepan, melt cheeses and soup together. Mix everything together. Stuff into the pastry shells. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Frank blogs as the spirit moves at Singularity
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Thank you, Frank! This sounds delicious. And I am absolutely with you about the mayonnaise thing. 




Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Monday ~ August 25, 2014

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Monday:

Tuesday:
  • Mexican black bean casserole
  • salad
Wednesday:
This is my birthday. We will be attending one of our HMA shows at a local BBQ restaurant and eat there. My mom is making me a cake to share with friends and family there. 

Thursday:
We plan to actually stay home this night. I'm planning a nice dinner - maybe even with candles - and then we'll watch a movie or listen to albums together. We need a quiet night once in awhile. 
  • whole roasted chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • glazed carrots
  • salad
Friday:
David is planning a birthday party for me at a local wine and dessert bar. We'll eat dinner at home first.
  • chicken salad sandwiches (made from Thursday's leftover chicken)
  • fresh fruit
Saturday:
I'll use the last of the leftover chicken to make chicken and dumplings. I will also include potatoes, carrots and onions so this will be a one-dish meal. 
  • chicken and dumplings
Sunday:
We've started a new tradition - Family Dinner on Sunday evenings. We did the first one last night and had a great time.
  • lasagna
  • salad
  • garlic bread
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What's on your menu this week?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Monday ~ August 18, 2014

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Monday:
  • black bean enchiladas
  • salad
  • chips and salsa
Tuesday:
David is having two wisdom teeth removed in the morning which is my explanation for this night's dinner plan. That, and the fact I haven't had a banana split for a couple of years. 
  • banana splits from Braum's (regional dairy and ice cream store)
I'm not sure how long it will take David to recover enough to eat regular food so my plan is to just play it by ear and make sure I have plenty of soft foods available:
  • mashed potatoes
  • homemade banana pudding
  • smoothies
  • scrambled eggs
  • oatmeal
  • pureed soups
Any other suggestions? I've never had my wisdom teeth out and neither did either of our kids. This is a new experience for our family so any and all advice is welcome. 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, Julia Child...

Julia Child would have been 102 years old today. I can remember watching her on PBS as a child and have always loved her.




"People who love to eat are always the best people."
~Julia Child~