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Weekly Menus: Week of 6/16/2012

Gentle Readers, it is so very good to be back in the kitchen. Finally, access to food on a regular basis, and the simple bliss of cereal. The vegetable choices are exploding, and I’ve gotten a couple of great challenges to work on in the test kitchen (both involving using up found ingredients, more on this upcoming). School’s out, appetites are in.

Typical lunch for me last week. Not optimal.

Typical lunch for me last week. Not optimal.

Thanks for some fantastic feedback this past week. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in just one person’s dinner, that I’ve convinced just one person to try cooking again, that makes it all worthwhile. Thank you.

On the menu this week:

Weekly Menus: 6/17/2012

Weekly Menus: 6/17/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 6/17/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 6/17/2012

The CSA from Brinkley Farms:

1 lb filet beans
1 cantaloupes
1 green summer crisp lettuce
1 bundle Swiss chard
1 bundle carrots

Which all translates to:

Sunday: Lasagna and Salad
This has been on the request list for some time. I make veggie lasagna, sometimes red and sometimes bechamel, and sometimes hybrid. I’ll report on the outcome. Great way to use zucchini and mushrooms, not just spinach and red peppers.

Monday: Juevos rancheros
One of our most popular meals to date. I love that everyone can size the meal according to their needs. The Eldest Practical Cook Junior can easily out-eat me on this one.

Juevos Rancheros, Practical Cook Style.

Juevos Rancheros, Practical Cook Style.

Tuesday: Sammies!
There’s some bread that needs to be used up, so it’s sammie time!

Wednesday: Pasta Night!
That gets an exclamation because we’ve been highly experimental here in the test kitchen thanks to eating Big Night style a few weeks back. The Juniors have strong opinions here. Wonder how that happened?

Linguine with slightly creamy lemon sauce and asparagus. I wanted to swim in it.

Linguine with slightly creamy lemon sauce and asparagus. I wanted to swim in it.

Thursday: Steak and Potatoes
Believe it or not, this is the hardest meal to sell in. Still working on how to serve mashed potatoes and steak in a way everyone likes. I think it’s texture.

Friday: Pork chops and chard
I heart pork chops. The local ones we get taste like bacon. That is all. 🙂

Saturday: Dine Out!
The Eldest, due to the unfortunate breaking of her ankle on her birthday, has not had her traditional birthday meal at the establishment of her choice. This will be that night. I can’t wait to see what happens.

What are you cooking these days now that school is out (assuming it is), and the weather has turned a bit (assuming it has)? Post a comment below. I am hungry and ready to read some good ideas!

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Weekly Menus: Week of 5/13/2012

Gentle Readers, this week’s menus come to you full of jet-lag and fond memories of the West Coast. Whatever they do to salmon there makes it taste like flowers and sunshine. But I digress. I had my traditional recovery meal upon landing and waking back up: cereal. I really miss cereal when I travel.

Recovery Cereal

Recovery Cereal

This week is a straightforward set of menus, let’s dive in, shall we? Weekly menus are as follows:

Weekly Menus: 5/13/2012

Weekly Menus: 5/13/2012

The Four-Square Grocery List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 5/13/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 5/13/2012

The CSA from Brinkley Farms:

2 white stemmed boc choi

1 bag lettuce mix

1 bag arugala

1 bundle regular kale

1 bundle celery

And that all translates into:

Sunday: Leftovers!
We went out for Italian to celebrate the Youngest’s triumphant return to the ballet stage. The honoree almost fell asleep in her pesto. Many leftovers to be had.

The Juniors Celebrate Big Night Style

The Juniors Celebrate Big Night Style

Monday: Italian?
This is an exciting turn of events. Waldorf is cooking for Team Practical Cook on location. How well do I share my kitchen? Let’s find out. I suspect the cuisine will be Italian, but a full report will be issued at some point.

Tuesday: Steak and Potato
There was a lot of steak talk last week, and now I’m craving one. Problem solved.

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Probably omelet bar with either biscuits or corn cakes on the side. Potentially grits for the Youngest Practical Cook Junior.

Thursday: Salmon and Veggies
I’ll use whatever we get at the market, plus salmon. We need to eat more fish!

West Coast Salmon, Mexican Style

West Coast Salmon, Mexican Style

Friday: Beans and Rice
Don’t know the cuisine yet, but I’m feeling some comfort food in the works. Perhaps Peruvian.

Saturday: Dine Out!
There’s a spreadsheet of place I have yet to try. If it’s good, look for a restaurant review in the near future. Don’t hesitate to shout out some options. I keep a running list from anywhere and everywhere. Bacon and Fried Chicken get preferential seating, but anything you say is the “best ____ ever” will go on the list.

My Road Food Survival Kit

My Road Food Survival Kit

What food do you miss most when you are on the road? Post a comment below, or Tweet my way. I am going to brew up a spot of tea and relax for a bit longer.

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