Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Monday ~ August 18, 2014

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  • black bean enchiladas
  • salad
  • chips and salsa
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~

Monday, August 11, 2014

Menu Monday ~ August 11, 2014

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I've come to realize that my plans must be more "fluid" these days. I don't always (ever?) know what my week is going to look like. I think my best bet is to plan 5 nights of meals and then if we don't use all of them I'll carry over to the next week. So if it looks like we are having the same thing rather often it is likely because of this. 

David and I were in the city this weekend to see James Taylor in concert - and he was fabulous! Our vegetable consumption over the weekend was rather slight so tonight we'll make a meal out of just veggies. Plus one of David's employees gave us a big bag of squash which I need to use.
  • fried squash, onions, and bell peppers with a little grated cheese on top
  • fresh corn on the cob
  • salad
  • homemade waffles
  • bacon
  • eggs
  • fruit
  • whole roasted chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans
  • salad
  • deviled eggs 

So, what's cooking at your house?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Winner of my Dee's Kitchen giveaway. Congratulations, Frank!

Congratulations to Frank Maier! He won the New Orleans cookbook giveaway. Thanks to all who participated. Your favorite meals had me drooling. 

Frank, I'll contact you for your address and then get your cookbook and another little something in the mail in the next day or two. 


National Oyster Day!

Oh, how I would love to celebrate with an icy cold platter of raw oysters...

Monday, August 4, 2014

Menu Monday ~ August 4, 2014

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It's not really worth making a menu this week because David is leaving tomorrow and won't be back until Friday. He flies in to OKC Friday morning, drives home, picks me up and then we head back to the city for the weekend. We have tickets to see James Taylor, y'all! We are just a wee bit excited about that. Not to mention the fact we will have two nights in our favorite OKC hotel - the Skirvin. I cannot tell you how much we need a little downtime. 

I'm on a mission to get my house in really good shape this week so cooking is taking a backseat to cleaning. I've got some leftover rice and a fresh pineapple in the fridge so I'll probably make pineapple fried rice for dinner tonight. Then Tuesday through Thursday while David is gone I'll opt for a salad or smoothie for my dinners. Friday and Saturday nights we'll eat out in OKC. If we eat somewhere very special I'll post about next week.

Now, for the important thing. Tomorrow is the drawing for my giveaway. If you haven't entered, hurry! All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite meal on the original giveaway post here. I'm drooling over some of those comments. In fact, after reading Frank's, I think I need to up my game. This is what I had listed as my favorite meal:
  • fried chicken 
  • mashed potatoes and gravy (homemade, of course!)
  • green beans cooked with bacon and onion
  • homemade biscuit
  • fresh peach cobbler
And that truly is a favorite. But look at Frank's (I'm sure he won't mind me sharing it):

  • Oysters Rockefeller with Moet & Chandon Imperial
  • Crawfish bisque with baguette and drink a sturdy red with it (maybe a 2000 Chateau Beausejour Duffau)
  • Salad Nicoise and finish off the red
  • Bread pudding with whiskey sauce, plus tea or coffee if you want
  • Maybe a nice port like Fonseca's Vintage Port to finish
Wow! Can you tell he's originally from New Orleans? Let's see if I can meet that challenge. 
  • raw oysters with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne
  • crisp, mixed green salad with homemade Roquefort dressing, hot yeast roll with real butter, and start on a bottle of Pinot Noir (if I could, I'd have the $200 a bottle stuff I had *once* at a chef's tasting in Dallas)
  • filet mignon cooked medium rare, baked potato with butter and sour cream, crisp/tender asparagus, more of the Pinot Noir
  • chocolate bread pudding like I had at Smith and Wollensky's in New Orleans before the storm which I've never had the likes of since and a cup of French-pressed coffee
  • follow up at a classy nearby bar with either Speyburn single malt Scotch whiskey (with a single ice cube) or a perfectly concocted Cosmo made with Ketel One vodka, Cointreau, and a twist of lemon or maybe a Manhattan?  
How's that? I would need at least two or three hours for that meal. And a nap afterwards. Thanks, Frank. Now you've got me craving oysters. And bread pudding.

Don't forget - enter the giveaway!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Menu Monday ~ July 28, 2014

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  • spaghetti with homemade sauce
  • green beans
  • salad
  • garlic bread
  • pork chops with fresh peach glaze
  • seasoned rice
  • buttered peas
  • fresh pineapple
  • barbecue chicken
  • homemade potato salad
  • corn on the cob
  • fruit salad
I had my dates wrong last week. Dinner out with friends to celebrate a birthday is THIS Friday. 

Don't forget the Dee's Kitchen giveaway! For a chance to win, go leave a comment telling me what your favorite meal is on this post. The drawing is August 5th.