Weekly Menus: Week of 5/29/2011

Who knew the prairie theme would be so prophetic? Just like on Little House on the Prairie, right after harvest, disaster stuck in the form of an 18+ hour power outage here at the Practical Cook kitchen. Okay, that didn’t really happen on the book or TV show, but work with me here. Thankfully, the deep freezer is in the basement, and it’s packed pretty full, so losses were minimal.

The strawberry jam that was in the freezer was on the door and had defrosted, so it will have to be used up more quickly. (So don’t think I’m giving you spoiled jam if I offer you some of the supply, the flavor simply won’t hold for as long in the fridge.)  However, as luck would have it, I was inspired on Friday by some jam-making colleagues (who share my love of berries and dislike of pectin) to try the same lemon juice, sugar, fruit method on other types of fruit. So this year, the jam war chest is going to include blueberry and peach at a minimum. Take that power outage!

But I digress. Here’s what’s on the menu this week, with a focus on using up anything that might be borderline based on its position in the freezer.

Weekly Menus: 5/29/2011

Weekly Menus: 5/29/2011

And on the grocery list:

Four-Square Grocery List: 5/29/2011

Four-Square Grocery List: 5/29/2011

From the Brinkley Farms CSA:

1 dozen eggs
1 lb shelled english peas
1 lb slicing cucumbers
1 qt yukon gold potatoes

This translates into:

Sunday: Dine Out
After the clean-up on aisle 9 I’ll be doing today, and with the Practical Cooks Junior on “vacation” (aka, exported to the grandparents), it’s too good of an opportunity to perform some field research (aka, eating out at the new beer garden in town, full report coming soon)

Monday: Burgers and Fries
Thankfully, the 1/4 of a cow I have in the deep freezer didn’t thaw out. But some will get used up promptly for burgers, Carolina style (chili, mustard, and slaw because I have tons of cabbage on hand)

Tuesday: Chicken and Veg
Breakfast Chicken (recipe in development) and sauteed greens with bacon. This is going to be a play on chicken and waffles if it works.

Wednesday: Beans and Rice
I don’t know which cuisine will influence this pairing, Indian, Mexican, or Southern.

Thursday: Sausage and Greens
More stuff that needs to be used up faster than slower. This is a heavy meat week for that reason, but will create a lot of leftovers for . . .

Friday: Leftover Surprise
The Practical Cook is heading out of town for a Mommies Weekend. There will be reports from the field, and a stocked fridge will be left for the home team.

Saturday: Dine Out! (on location!)

What are you making this week? Inspire us all by sharing in the comments or on Twitter.

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend, and thanks to all who have and are serving our country.

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