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Weekly Menus: Week of 3/24/2013

Gentle Readers, technology is wonderful until it is not. Apologies for the errors/reposting/general high tech hijinks of the last post. Something happened in the editorial and publishing process. On with the show. Today’s weekly menus is going to break form as I continue to attempt to improve inventory control.

The Practical Cook's Cereal Warehouse

The Practical Cook’s Cereal Warehouse

In assessing a week honestly, sometimes I’m just not going to have the opportunity to cook a lot. I have aspirations, and I’m going to blog about the discipline of cooking soon, but buying more food than we need is just not helping.

The Freezer Before the Intervention

The Freezer Before the Intervention

Lean in, I will confess: I haven’t used a coupon in weeks and weeks. And weeks. Perhaps we’ve grown out of using a number of the items on sale, or we just don’t need that much of any one thing. Our travel schedules (and it is plural, TPCs Jr are in very high demand) dictate more meals out, or with friends, or to meet business obligations. So we eat simply at home, or make use of the leftovers, or draw from our vast war chest of pantry options.

My Road Food Survival Kit

My Road Food Survival Kit

The net of it is, our time is the priority right now, and it takes time to plan/shop/buy/put away. If we reduce that load, we get time and money back. I’m not advocating giving up cooking, far from it. Just acceptance that one must take the long view. Weekly snapshots may look like nothing but restaurant time, but there’s a lot of oatmeal and salad in between.

Quinoa and tofu add substance to this Whole Foods salad. I thinned the Thai dressing with lemon juice.

Quinoa and tofu add substance to this Whole Foods salad. I thinned the Thai dressing with lemon juice.

So this week’s grocery list: milk, bread, eggs, bananas, cereal, walnuts. Basically the food of the Southern Snowstorm, with some variety tossed in.

And the weekly menus are:

Sunday: Indian
I’m field testing another new place. Be on the lookout for some reviews.

Monday: Fried Chicken
Again, another review. And yes, I’m running again, and faster than ever, thank you for asking. Also, yes, I got my cholesterol checked and I’m fine. Moral of this: I eat a whole lot of oatmeal and salad you don’t see. I may put together a post around all the oatmeals I’ve loved. Long view, take the long view.

Tuesday: Soup and Sammies
TPCs Jr and TPCs Mom will be at the helm again, so we are looking for simple and healthy. Add some fruit, and call it a meal.

Wednesday: Leftover surprise!
It is better to eat the food you have than buy new and have to throw more out. I have no idea what this will be, but it will be exciting. There are so many options when you are looking to clean out the fridge.

Thursday: Malaysian
More field testing with one of our favorite teams. If you haven’t tried Malaysian food, google and seek. With some luck, I’ll have a guest post before long.

Friday: Dine Out
Again, honest prevails here, we are traveling and looking forward to some exciting food adventures!

Saturday: Dine Out
See above.

How do you manage your inventory? Post a comment below, or Tweet my way!

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Coming up Wednesday: Corned Beef Hash Recipe!

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Weekly Menus: Week of 9/18/2011

This post is a bit later than usual, because The Practical Cook enjoyed a rare treat, brunch with Illegally Cooking. Nothing could be better than homemade doughnuts, coffee, and a best friend.

Homemade Doughnuts at Acme, in Technicolor

Homemade Doughnuts at Acme, in Technicolor

But now back to daily life and the weekly grind. Making it easy on myself this week, lot’s of “big dishes” that produce a lot with not much effort. Also, I’m gearing up to travel again, this time San Francisco. If you’ve got a place you’d recommend I try, email me (address at the bottom of the post). And thanks to everyone for feedback on all channels, email, text, phone calls, and more. Food is a community project, and as you can see below, I’m listening!

Weekly Menus:

Weekly Menus for 9/18/2011

Weekly Menus for 9/18/2011

Four-Square Grocery List:

Four-Square Grocery List: 9/18/2011 (Still using up the stockpile of veggies!)

Four-Square Grocery List: 9/18/2011 (Still using up the stockpile of veggies!)

CSA from Brinkley Farms:

1 pk mild country sausage
1 sweet dumpling squash
1 bunch broccoli raab
2 lbs japanese eggplant
2 munchkins (this would be small orange mini-pumpkins, for The Practical Cooks Junior to decorate)

Which Translates Into:

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner
Because I’m really craving pancakes. I blame @wordnerdy for planting that seed.

Monday: Veggie Chili
I have tomatoes and bell peppers that need to be used, and this recipe is easy and flexible. And delicious, of course.

Tuesday: Sammies!
There may be some test kitchen sammie and soup making. Again, more Twitter inspiration (thanks @VeggieMacabre).

Wednesday: Sausage and Squash
If you haven’t tried roasted acorn squash slices, you haven’t lived. Sausage and greens to go with.

Thursday: BBQ Chicken
One more point of Twitter influence, as my friend @ContattoGroup scored a bottle of local BBQ sauce to be tested and reviewed.

Friday: Leftovers!
I’m not sure I can thank anyone on Twitter for leftovers, but you can certainly send me your thoughts about them.

Saturday: Dine Out!
Do you have a NC restaurant you love? Email, Tweet, or let me know. More reviews coming your way!

Of course, feel free to comment, answer questions, or prove you’re out there by leaving a comment in the comment space. Coming soon, I’m going to run a sweepstakes for comments. Yes, that’s right. Comment and you can win valuable prizes. I just have to find the valuable prizes and organize. Till then, warm up with a few practice comments. 🙂

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Up tomorrow, Snack Cake Smackdown: Twinkies vs. Zingers.

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