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Weekly Menus: Week of 8/5/2012

Gentle Readers, this has been a whirlwind summer for The Practical Cook and the Juniors. We have often found ourselves lacking the sheer stomach space to consume all we want to try. Not a bad problem to have, I know. However, it has also meant a real lack of kitchen time. I think I’ve cooked in other people’s kitchens more than my own!

The magic quadrant of pancakes from #projectpancakes

The magic quadrant of pancakes from #projectpancakes

Not a bad skill to acquire. Last night’s #projectpancakes was a huge success, as you can see. We field tested a couple of mixes with add-ins for a tough crowd. And there was bacon. That was less of a hard sell. Wright’s Hickory Smoked, the victor from Bacon Madness, again reigned supreme.

Underline your panckaes with bacon. For emphasis.

Underline your panckaes with bacon. For emphasis.

However, I find myself lacking inspiration. I resubscribed to Everyday Food, on my iPad. Let’s see how that format goes, if I use and enjoy it as much. So here’s what I’ve got for the week. Would love to hear from you all, what you’re cooking and eating these days. I also wonder if I’m going to be able to get up at 6 AM again before too long–schooltime draws near!

Totally counts as a vegetable. Cucumber gimlet for the win!

Totally counts as a vegetable. Cucumber gimlet for the win!

But alas, back to the late days of summer. Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Weekly Menus: 8/5/2012

Weekly Menus: 8/5/2012

And the four-square grocery shopping list:

The still lean Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 8/5/2012

The still lean Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 8/5/2012

Which all translates into:

Sunday: Italian
We’re being treated to a 3-course meal featuring pork. Part of my ongoing quest to learn to cook Italian courtesy of the cantankerous Waldorf.

Monday: Eggplant something
This will be Turkish (broiled and pureed, a smoky base) or Italian (oregano/thyme plus a hit of red sauce and mozzarella)  in nature. TBD.

Tuesday: Leftover surprise
This may change because now we need to do some field research this week. So it may be Mexican and leftovers may be lunch.

Wednesday: Field Research (Dine out!)
I am fortunate enough to know a couple of local chefs, and the Juniors have demanded a seat at the table. Since summer is the perfect time to stay up late, we’re going out more than usual! I will reveal our mission in a future guest blog by the Juniors themselves.

Thursday: Beef and Veg
Because both of these things need to be eaten, work in volume, and can be frozen for the future.

Friday: Dine Out!
More field research! There are not enough meals in the day. Truly.

Saturday: Dine Out!
Though this may very well turn into leftover surprise. Or a salad! I adore the Whole Foods salad bar on a Saturday. The challenge of not building a $20 salad and the infinite variety!

Share your summertime cooking strategy (or eating strategy works too)! Post a comment! The crickets and I await your feedback.

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Introducing the Goaty McBeet Burger

Gentle readers, on occasion, dinner is more about marketing than dinner. When not using her alternate identity, the Practical Cook is a practical marketing professional. She has found the skills are most useful in both parenting and cooking. If you think you’re a beet hater, let me introduce you to the Goaty McBeet Burger, no longer a loathed root, but now a proud vibrant part of the cheese-bun tradition.

Goaty McBeet Burger with Slaw

Goaty McBeet Burger with Slaw

Goaty McBeet Burger Recipe

Squeaky Clean Beets

Squeaky Clean Beets

Slice the Beet!

Slice the Beet!

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Scrub and peel 3 or 4 small to medium-sized beets. Slice in 1/ 4 inch slices. Put a large piece of foil on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and arrange beets in a single layer, turning over to coat with oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dill (fresh or dried works fine). Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until beets are soft.

Beets Oiled Up for Roasting

Beets Oiled Up for Roasting

Sweet Roasted Beets

Sweet Roasted Beets

Create your scarlet wonder by layering beets and goat cheese on a bun. Top with slaw (may I recommend Extremely Practical Slaw?). Voila, you’ve got borscht deconstructed, in a convenient hand-held application. (Sorry, my marketing brain just kicked in again.)

Goaty McBeet Burger, Open Face

Goaty McBeet Burger, Open Face

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