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Weekly Menus for a Crazy Week: Week of 11/4/2012

Gentle Readers, thank goodness for the extra hour. At least that’s how The Practical Cook looks at the fall time change. I blissfully ignore that it doesn’t mean an extra hour. Another conference happening this week, this time locally, means another week of forward meal planning. Simplicity is key.

The most requested dish by the Juniors right now? Polenta. If my other experiment fails on Friday, Polenta is my back-up option. Several people have asked me about this dish, and yeah, it’s that good. Easy too, just not something that can be prepped in advance.

Which leads me nicely to this week’s menus:

Weekly Menus: 11/4/2012

Weekly Menus: 11/4/2012

And the Four-Square Grocery Shopping list:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/4/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/4/2012

Which translates into:

Sunday: Burgers and Fries
Odd as it seems, I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat, this is one of the easiest meals to serve to both vegetarians and meat eaters. Whether you opt to do turkey, beef, tuna, salmon, etc burger, it’s very little extra effort to offer a portobella or veggie burger of some stripe as the alternative. Food on bun. Repeat. The fries will be sweet potato.

Monday: Pasta and Salad
Our plans on this day are up in the air, so I’m going to lean on pantry staples if the original meal plan doesn’t happen.

Tuesday: Leftovers
Somehow we always make more than we can eat. Plan for a day of reintroducing the food if you don’t eat it for lunches.

Wednesday: Spinach Quesadillas and Beans
A tried and true favorite, full of iron and packed with protein, the speed on this dish can not be beat. If yours can’t abide spinach, try adding something else to avoid being just cheesetarians.

Thursday: Baked Mac and Cheese with Squash and Veg
I’m determined to make at least one casserole this week to leave for the Juniors. It is fall, the happy casserole time. I feel a savory bread pudding in the not too distant future as well.

Friday: Beans and Rice OR Vegetable Pastry Puff
This is in response to a good idea/poor execution dish I experienced earlier this week. I can do better, and I’ve got the puff pastry to prove it.

Saturday: Dine Out!
We have been traveling so much, it will be exciting to do a bit of exploration in our own backyard.

What’s on tap for you this week? I would love to hear some of your make-ahead selections, particularly vegetarian adaptable ones! Post a comment below. I don’t bite.

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Weekly Menus: Week of 9/30/2012

Gentle Readers, it is yet one more week of high-paced excitement for Team Practical Cook. However, times like these I’m even more protective of our time in the kitchen and at our meals. For us, it is a time to share, confess, console, and laugh. Sometimes we manage to eat a few green veggies too.

The Practical Cooks Junior are becoming more like kitchen staff than patrons, and they are also more clear about their likes and dislikes. Full respect for their ability to state this clearly and politely. Wednesday’s blog is based on their reviews.

But I digress, on to the week. Our weekly menus are:

Weekly Menus: 9/30/2012

Weekly Menus: 9/30/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List is:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/30/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/30/2012

Which all means:

Sunday: Thai Tofu
This got bumped from last week, and I’m actively looking forward to it. We’ll be offloading some veggies and trying out a commercial red curry paste.

Monday: Beans and Rice
Comfort food here. Probably black beans and rice, potentially Indian though, a simple dal.

Tuesday: Leftovers
Travel week coming up, so we’re eating up the supplies.

Wednesday: Omelets
This may change too, but it’s a good stand-by. If I can work it out, I’ve got a foodie Tweetup to attend.

Thursday: Burgers and Fries
The best thing about this meal is that everyone can have it their way. I’m working on a homemade veggie burger, but we’ve got frozen and beef on hand too. Fairly easy to serve veg and non with this meal, believe it or not.

Friday: Dine Out!
On the road again. More details pending.

Saturday: Dine Out!
Manchego, hold the eels. That is all I will say for now. 😉

What’s in your kitchen these days? I would love to hear your go-to meals for busy times. Post a comment below!

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RTP Restaurant Review: Tribeca Tavern (with bonus review section!)

Gentle Readers, the time has come to expand the site just a bit. The Practical Cook is often asked for restaurant recommendations in the RTP, NC area, which was once a vast wasteland of fast food establishments and few other options. This is no longer the case. There are some places which I travel to of my own volition, even when not in the office.

I spy bacon! Burger, southern style, at Tribeca Tavern.

I spy bacon! Burger, Mastering Augusta, at Tribeca Tavern.

Today I’m reviewing one such place, and for the sake of simplicity, I’m creating a landing page that will point to reviews and suggestions for RTP dining. Welcome to the world of multi-culti cuisine. And burgers.

Tribeca Tavern Restaurant Review

Though I have been to this place several times, I will confess that I have focused primarily on the beer and burgers portion of the menu. Tribeca Tavern serves other stuff, but I think the bar food is the sweet spot.

A little bit of everything burger, with onion rings FTW!

A little bit of everything burger, with onion rings FTW!

Things I like:

  • Good beer selection, and usually a special at lunch. Do not judge, a lunch beer during work is one of the greatest inventions ever. Our founding fathers did it all the time.
Mmmm beer. There's a reason that's a saying.

Mmmm beer. There’s a reason that’s a saying.

  • Interesting burger toppings that actually work. They have a series of different toppings, ranging from the deeply southern fried green tomato and pimento cheese to the spicy to the standards. I have enjoyed all the varieties so far, which is rare.
  • Nice range of side items! If you feel healthy/guilty, have a side salad or fruit. Otherwise, try the sweet potato fries. They are waffle cut, nicely fried, and fabulous with hot sauce. I do not believe in sugary sweet potato fries, and that sin is avoided here.
Hello burger options, nice to meet you. #tribecatavernnc

Hello burger options, nice to meet you. #tribecatavernnc

  • Outdoor seating. Office life requires fresh air on occasion. Their upstairs deck is shaded and awesome.
  • Housemade Veggie Burger. Again, don’t judge. Believe it or not, a woman cannot live on bacon alone. Though you could put bacon on your veggie burger. Far better than a frozen monstrosity (I don’t mind a frozen veggie burger at home, I mind paying for it at a restaurant). It’s satisfying and messy, and goes well with beer.
Tribeca Tavern Veggie Burger, it's not too sprouty, it's just right.

Tribeca Tavern Veggie Burger, it’s not too sprouty, it’s just right.

Give it a try, let me know what you think. If you have suggestions for the RTP Restaurants page, feel free to post a comment! It’s so very easy, and your fellow commuters will appreciate it.

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