Weekly Menus: Week of 12/16/2012 (Holiday Prep Time Edition)

Gentle Readers, never has it been more challenging to sit down and write with an upbeat message. It is difficult not to focus on the tragic occurrence in Connecticut. I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of community and connection as means of healing.

TPCs Junior learn how to light the candles.

TPCs Junior learn how to light the candles.

This past week, Team Practical Cook was fortunate to be invited to a Chanukah meal, a first for us. It was a great experience, full of tradition and modified for the vegetarian TPCs Junior. Everyone had a role to play, from lighting the candles to blessing the bread and wine.

Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup in progress.

Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup in progress.

These small moments are the ones I’m reflecting on as I prepare for the upcoming weeks. We are attending a Moravian “Love Feast,” which features coffee and sweet rolls. We’re celebrating friends and family with a number of holiday meals and open houses. Truly a time to count one’s blessings and remember those who are in need.

Small hands reaching for the Challah.

Small hands reaching for the Challah.

With that in my mind, this week’s menus are:

Weekly Menus: 12/16/2012

Weekly Menus: 12/16/2012

The Four-Square Grocery List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 12/16/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 12/16/2012

Which all means:

Sunday: Sammies
Simple and delicious, we’ll be downing a few before our social event begins.

Monday: Veggie Chili
Great hearty warmth to fight the chill. I may try my hand at a garlicky white version of this, with kale or spinach.

Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Pumpkin Pancakes or potential biscuit experiment. Yes, please.

Wednesday: Christmas Tapas!
We’re reciprocating from our Chanukah invite. Our house rule is everyone gets to eat their favorite stuff in small bite-sized form. It’s the easiest and best way to do a relaxed holiday meal ever.

Thursday: Pirogies and Borscht
Craving both, and planning to source homemade pirogies and make the borscht.

Latkes frying in the pan.

Latkes frying in the pan.

Friday: Arepas and Crepes (or Dine Out!)
Again, craving plus reminded of a new place in town I need to research. We’ll see what energy levels determine.

Saturday: Pasta and Salad
I have some pumpkin pasta I’m ready to try, and looking to wrap the week up simply in preparation for a LOT of cookie consumption/production.



What’s on your cookie list this year? Wednesday’s blog is about the cookie jar, and I’d love to include some new inspiration! Post your favorites in the comments area below! Or drop me a line or a Tweet.

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Coming up Wednesday: Christmas Cookie Countdown, What’s Up This Year.



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2 responses to “Weekly Menus: Week of 12/16/2012 (Holiday Prep Time Edition)

  1. A co-worker retired, and she loves cookies, and requested that everyone bring their favorite cookie and/or recipe. (Since my baking skills are lacking, I bought 4 from a local bakery.) It was an awesome party and an unusual take in the traditional farewell.
    Thanks for another great year of writing. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  2. NancyP

    @joandalusung – My baking skills aren’t great either, but I have this unbelievably simple Christmas “cookie” that is a hands-down favorite. The set-up is a little tedious, but it’s easier than cookies. Unwrap dark- or milk-chocolate Hershey’s Kisses and place 1 each in the center of wagon wheel pretzels (Utz makes this shape) spread on a rimmed cookie sheet. Place sheet in a warm oven for a few minutes (start checking after 5 min; 10 is usually plenty). Once the chocolate is soft enough to smoosh down with gentle pressure, pull out the tray and quickly press an M&M into the chocolate, filling in the spokes of each wheel. (They sell red and green peanut M&Ms at this time of year.) Let cool overnight. It’s a salty-sweet explosion that people go crazy for! Tip: Milk and dark chocolate soften at different rates, so it’s best to do them on separate sheets. And honestly the dark Kisses melt much better than the milk chocolate ones, so doing *only* dark ones are your best bet.

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