Gentle Readers, it is so very good to be back in the kitchen. Finally, access to food on a regular basis, and the simple bliss of cereal. The vegetable choices are exploding, and I’ve gotten a couple of great challenges to work on in the test kitchen (both involving using up found ingredients, more on this upcoming). School’s out, appetites are in.
Thanks for some fantastic feedback this past week. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in just one person’s dinner, that I’ve convinced just one person to try cooking again, that makes it all worthwhile. Thank you.
On the menu this week:
The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:
The CSA from Brinkley Farms:
1 lb filet beans
1 green summer crisp lettuce
1 bundle Swiss chard
1 bundle carrots
Which all translates to:
Sunday: Lasagna and Salad
This has been on the request list for some time. I make veggie lasagna, sometimes red and sometimes bechamel, and sometimes hybrid. I’ll report on the outcome. Great way to use zucchini and mushrooms, not just spinach and red peppers.
Monday: Juevos rancheros
One of our most popular meals to date. I love that everyone can size the meal according to their needs. The Eldest Practical Cook Junior can easily out-eat me on this one.
There’s some bread that needs to be used up, so it’s sammie time!
Wednesday: Pasta Night!
That gets an exclamation because we’ve been highly experimental here in the test kitchen thanks to eating Big Night style a few weeks back. The Juniors have strong opinions here. Wonder how that happened?
Thursday: Steak and Potatoes
Believe it or not, this is the hardest meal to sell in. Still working on how to serve mashed potatoes and steak in a way everyone likes. I think it’s texture.
Friday: Pork chops and chard
I heart pork chops. The local ones we get taste like bacon. That is all.
Saturday: Dine Out!
The Eldest, due to the unfortunate breaking of her ankle on her birthday, has not had her traditional birthday meal at the establishment of her choice. This will be that night. I can’t wait to see what happens.
What are you cooking these days now that school is out (assuming it is), and the weather has turned a bit (assuming it has)? Post a comment below. I am hungry and ready to read some good ideas!
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Coming up on Monday, Reviews from the Road, San Diego Style!