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Weekly Menus from The Practical Cook’s Mom, A Guest Blog of Sorts

Gentle Readers, though The Practical Cook does like to make a general eating roadmap for the week, she is all for spontaneity. Apparently this runs in the family. Perhaps you recall when I left The Practical Cook’s Mom at the helm in the kitchen a few weeks back. I had one set of menus, we conferred, keep it simple. This is what actually happened:

Weekly Menus, Courtesy of The Practical Cook's Mom

Weekly Menus, Courtesy of The Practical Cook’s Mom

So this week, as I travel one more time, I’m not planning anything. Here’s her list. I’ll run you through the highlights reel so you can follow her method. I should also note, that she brings her own cooler of food, too, so stocking up is futile pursuit.

Monday: Tacos, pintos, fried okra, lettuce and tomato
How does okra pair with tacos? This is one of the many mysteries I faced in my youth. I still don’t have an answer for you.

Wednesday: Baked ham biscuits (you know them as Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches), steamed mixed vegetables, okra/beet pickles, pinwheel pasta salad
Yes, this is enough food to feed the troops. If they were running a marathon. Leftovers are very important in meal planning!

Thursday: Fried Chicken, rice, slaw, kale, crudites
Why have one vegetable when you can serve three? Welcome to dinner from a farming family in the summer. And believe me, there were probably more veggies lurking.

The Moral Here: Make a lot of food, focusing on vegetables. Ignore any and all rules of what vegetables pair with what. Serve.

The Second Moral: My kids always eat a ton when my parents are in the house. TPC’s Mom’s food just tastes better.

Do you cook like or with your mom? Discuss by posting a comment below. My mom might show up at your house with a cooler if you do.

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On Wednesday, Three More of My Least Favorite Things, Summertime Edition.

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The Practical Cook on Location at the Chocolate Tree (with video)

Gentle Readers, this post is nothing short than a love note to chocolate. It wouldn’t be practical to make it myself, for so many reasons, so I must go forth and sample the chocolate the world has to offer. The Practical Cook hopes you appreciate her sacrifice. Roll the tape.

While on location in Beaufort, SC, The Practical Cook always visits The Chocolate Tree. It’s amazing. These folks are creative and skilled, sitting happily at the crossroads of humor and chocolate.

Turtle-Shaped Chocolate Turtles

Turtle-Shaped Chocolate Turtles

Today’s post is a gratuitous bunch of chocolate shots:
5 Reasons to Visit The Chocolate Tree

1. Selection.

The Selection at the Chocolate Tree Is Vast

The Selection at the Chocolate Tree Is Vast

2. It smells like chocolate inside. (Hard to photograph that, so here’s half a turtle to compensate.)

Headless Turtle

Headless Turtle

3. Cute boxes.

Box of Chocolates

Box of Chocolates

4. Creativity.

Deviled Egg or Of the Devil?

Deviled Egg or Of the Devil?

5. It’s really, really delicious.

Dark, milk, white chocolate, I love it all.

Dark, milk, white chocolate, I love it all.

Watch the video to see the infamous white chocolate deviled egg consumed. It was good, but surprising. Do you have a favorite local chocolate shop? Post a comment or send a Tweet.

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In an effort to, ahem, get back on track healthwise, tomorrow will feature Garlicky Roma Beans with Tomatoes.

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