Weekly Menus: Week of 9/18/2011

This post is a bit later than usual, because The Practical Cook enjoyed a rare treat, brunch with Illegally Cooking. Nothing could be better than homemade doughnuts, coffee, and a best friend.

Homemade Doughnuts at Acme, in Technicolor

Homemade Doughnuts at Acme, in Technicolor

But now back to daily life and the weekly grind. Making it easy on myself this week, lot’s of “big dishes” that produce a lot with not much effort. Also, I’m gearing up to travel again, this time San Francisco. If you’ve got a place you’d recommend I try, email me (address at the bottom of the post). And thanks to everyone for feedback on all channels, email, text, phone calls, and more. Food is a community project, and as you can see below, I’m listening!

Weekly Menus:

Weekly Menus for 9/18/2011

Weekly Menus for 9/18/2011

Four-Square Grocery List:

Four-Square Grocery List: 9/18/2011 (Still using up the stockpile of veggies!)

Four-Square Grocery List: 9/18/2011 (Still using up the stockpile of veggies!)

CSA from Brinkley Farms:

1 pk mild country sausage
1 sweet dumpling squash
1 bunch broccoli raab
2 lbs japanese eggplant
2 munchkins (this would be small orange mini-pumpkins, for The Practical Cooks Junior to decorate)

Which Translates Into:

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner
Because I’m really craving pancakes. I blame @wordnerdy for planting that seed.

Monday: Veggie Chili
I have tomatoes and bell peppers that need to be used, and this recipe is easy and flexible. And delicious, of course.

Tuesday: Sammies!
There may be some test kitchen sammie and soup making. Again, more Twitter inspiration (thanks @VeggieMacabre).

Wednesday: Sausage and Squash
If you haven’t tried roasted acorn squash slices, you haven’t lived. Sausage and greens to go with.

Thursday: BBQ Chicken
One more point of Twitter influence, as my friend @ContattoGroup scored a bottle of local BBQ sauce to be tested and reviewed.

Friday: Leftovers!
I’m not sure I can thank anyone on Twitter for leftovers, but you can certainly send me your thoughts about them.

Saturday: Dine Out!
Do you have a NC restaurant you love? Email, Tweet, or let me know. More reviews coming your way!

Of course, feel free to comment, answer questions, or prove you’re out there by leaving a comment in the comment space. Coming soon, I’m going to run a sweepstakes for comments. Yes, that’s right. Comment and you can win valuable prizes. I just have to find the valuable prizes and organize. Till then, warm up with a few practice comments. 🙂

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Up tomorrow, Snack Cake Smackdown: Twinkies vs. Zingers.

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