Weekly Menus: Week of 3/17/2013

Gentle Readers, while practice makes perfect, blog posts are not an ideal forum to test this theory. Apologies for the lateness of the post: a beautifully constructed installment was written, and then something went terribly and technically wrong and all was lost.

Irish Brown Bread at Rest

Irish Brown Bread at Rest

Alas, we soldier on! Lessons learned from this week (having flown over the handlebars teaching The Eldest Practical Cook Jr bike safety): pick up, dust off, keep going.

Sunday Night Vegetable: Carrot Cake

Sunday Night Vegetable: Carrot Cake

Another lesson learned: when you’re short of time, ask for help. TPCs Jr stepped up this week to write the menus and lists with a little bit of help. The Eldest, a lefty like me, has handwriting remarkably similar to mine. As we celebrate her birthday this weekend, I feel we may also celebrate a new TPC staff member.

Without further adieu, the weekly menus:

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The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 3/17/2013

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 3/17/2013

Which translates into:

Sunday: Corned Beef and Cabbage
This is the late lunch menu, as we’ll be serving pizza at the birthday party. The slow cooker makes it easy, and the Irish brown bread makes it special.

Hot Bread Calling Out for Butter

Hot Bread Calling Out for Butter

Monday: Sammies
Hello leftovers. Combine the bread, add a special mustard (spicy, grainy, etc, you decide), and you have a meal fit for royalty.

Tuesday: Pasta
I’m going to add salad to that and call it a day.

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Corned beef hash perhaps? With toast or cornmeal pancakes? So many good options.

Thursday: Soup and Sandwiches
Whatever has not been consumed another way becomes soup. Add tomatoes to enrich and soften the beef, call it dinner.

No, really, I'll take one of everything: Swedish pancakes, corned beef hash, hash browns, eggs, and coffee.

No, really, I’ll take one of everything: Swedish pancakes, corned beef hash, hash browns, eggs, and coffee.

Friday: Nachos
TPCs Jr chose this to make Friday an easy cooking day for me. Thanks guys!

Saturday: Dine Out!
Field research suggestions? Send them my way!

How collaborative are you with your menus? Do you ask for input or dictate the schedule? Post a comment below! And now, I’m off to make a Birthday Carrot Cake!

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Coming up Wednesday, Leftover Salad, a Recipe of Sorts.

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