Weekly Menus: Week of 10/2/2011 (with Bonus Chocolate Frosting Recipe)

Gentle Readers, it was unclear how this post would turn out. A list of things The Practical Cook’s Mom intended to serve or a list of things The Practical Cook wanted to eat in San Francisco. In the end, it is a menu plan from TPC’s Mom, complete with some commentary re: TPC, unedited. Ahem.

She threw in her chocolate frosting recipe as a bonus, and told me that she’d appreciate it if I stopped tweaking her recipes. Well, where precisely, do you think that habit was developed and honed, said the apple to the tree?

Here we go, weekly menus for 10/2/2011, The Practical Cook’s Mom edition:

Sunday: sandwiches, green salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, carrot gelatin. (Probably BLTs)

Monday: ham steak, kale, potato gnocchi, sides from Sunday night, and gingerbread with applesauce

Tuesday: smorgasbord

Wednesday: beef tacos with lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream, and a side of creamed corn.

Thursday: some sort of beans, either beans and franks (souped up pork and beans with hot dogs) or pintos (to use up the remainder of the taco meat), cornbread, green vegetable TBD ( probably slaw or steamed cabbage), remainder of corn

Friday: The Practical Cook takes stock of her refrigerator’s contents and shrieks or presents a meal. (Honestly. TPC)

 On hand: various fruit choices for snack and/or dessert

Chocolate icing recipe—super good with a butter recipe yellow cake mix

1 box powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup plain baking cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup milk

In a non-stick saucepan, bring milk and butter just to a boil. Stir in other ingredients until smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

Thanks Mom, color commentary notwithstanding. You can now all see why my kids are totally spoiled rotten when they eat with TPC’s Mom: it’s like a Southern buffet, endless optional favorites. Do you find yourself cooking like your parents, or do you have different kitchen styles? Post a comment below.

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Up next, to celebrate my travels, a video review of Rice-A-Roni, The San Francisco Treat.

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