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Weekly Menus: Week of 10/6/2013, Travel Prep Edition

Gentle Readers, this week I must start with a mea culpa. I was traveling last week, and forgot what day it was until I was back, and thus missed the Wednesday publishing cycle. From the amount of mail I received on the topic (none), I can tell there was a public outcry. So I will publish said Smoothie article this week. Meanwhile, look what I got to eat last week:

Biscotti and Cookie Platter at Babbo in NYC. OMG good.

Biscotti and Cookie Platter at Babbo in NYC. OMG good.

Yes, it was that delicious. A tip for anyone who is in NYC and hasn’t been to Babbo. If you go when it opens, right at 5 pm, you can snag a seat at the bar and eat. Highly recommend the pasta tasting menu or just eating around the menu at your leisure. Don’t skip the Brussels sprouts and the biscotti.

The Beer Festival Tasting Glass. Durham, NC

The Beer Festival Tasting Glass. Durham, NC

But I digress. My real life is quite a bit less glamorous but equally delicious. This week I went to my first beer tasting. I learned that there are many horrific beers in the world that taste like fruits and lawn clippings. I also found quite a few local brews that were delightful, and an interesting Pecan number that I’ll need to investigate. Shockingly, my favorite part was the food, especially the pairings, such as provided by my friend Carrie from G2B Gastropub. The andouille sausage with a little mustard was ideal beer food.

The inimitable Chef Carrie from G2B Gastropub in Durham, NC!

The inimitable Chef Carrie from G2B Gastropub in Durham, NC!

Okay, enough, I actually do cook sometimes too. The tasting of all the pumpkin things continues. A full report is coming soon.

Pumpkin Cake Doughnut with Latte Glaze from Rise. Hellooooo nurse.

Pumpkin Cake Doughnut with Latte Glaze from Rise. Hellooooo nurse.

Fried Green Tomato with Pimento Cheese Biscuit from Rise in Durham, NC. Just because.

Fried Green Tomato with Pimento Cheese Biscuit from Rise in Durham, NC. Just because.

 

Here’s what’s happening on this week’s menus:

Weekly Menus: 10/6/2013

Weekly Menus: 10/6/2013

And the Four-Square Grocery list (a little lean as I use up what’s here and plan to shop more heavily next week before  I travel):

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 10/6/2013

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 10/6/2013

Which all translates to:

Sunday: Steak and potatoes
I’m feeling red meat today, and the weather is a little autumnal. Perhaps the potatoes will be sweet or an acorn squash instead. If you’re not tossing winter squash in your cart regularly, you’re missing out!

Monday: Veggie Chili
This keeps getting delayed in lieu of other fast meals that don’t generate leftovers, but I’m making it this time, even if I have to freeze it for later!

Tuesday: Omelets
These were such a huge hit the other night, complete with quick sauteed spinach and portobello mushrooms that we’re doing it again. TPCs Jr are huge mushroom fan, and we’re committed to trying all of the types. That’s our schtick.

Wednesday: Pizza!
We’ve got a social to attend, and well, we all love pizza. Honestly, I could eat it 3 times a day. In fact, I’ve had to add it to my things not to leave unattended in the house list, as I will eat cold pizza until I founder. It’s a different food group that hot pizza, and I actually prefer it.

Thursday: Salmon and Couscous
We have to get more healthy fat in our diets. Plus I need to try to stay smarter than my offspring. I plan to tell them this and serve myself the largest portion. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Friday: Mexican!
Probably burritos or quesadillas to accommodate the braced on, but we may be able to pull off nachos. Yum!

Saturday: Dine out!
So many possibilities, we often lament we only have 3 stomachs between us.

What do you do to prepare for a trip? Buy easy prep food, eat down the supplies? Share your tips in the comments area  below!

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Reports from the Road: Matchbox Pizza, Washington, D.C.

Gentle Readers, it can be difficult to coordinate great food with a family vacation. At the end of the day, feet are sore, tempers are short, and the kids aren’t that happy either. Though I’m very fortunate to travel with Jr Road Warriors, even they have their outside limits.

The Juniors Travel to the Nation's Capital!

The Juniors Travel to the Nation’s Capital!

Toss in The Practical Cook’s Parents, and you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed. Special thanks to DC Savvy for coming to the rescue! My foodie friend knew exactly what to suggest: pizza.

Half vegetarian half prosciutto and fig pizza at Matchbox.

Half vegetarian half prosciutto and fig pizza at Matchbox.

Matchbox Pizza has a few locations apparently, but we went to the Chinatown one. It was close to our hotel, quiet enough for conversation, and dark enough to have a calming effect on all parties. The Jrs and I split a beet salad and a pizza. The beet salad was very well done, red and golden beets with goat cheese that was the right balance of goaty and mild.

The beet salad on arugula with goat cheese was a big hit with Team Practical Cook.

The beet salad on arugula with goat cheese was a big hit with Team Practical Cook.

The pizza was half vegetarian (pesto based with artichokes and other nommables) half prosciutto and fig with Gorgonzola. Both were hits, with the vegetarian winning by a small margin due to our obsessive love of pesto.

Save room for dessert, thank me later: chocolate chip bread pudding with caramelized bananas and caramel sauce.

Save room for dessert, thank me later: chocolate chip bread pudding with caramelized bananas and caramel sauce.

Friendly and efficient service, great food, reasonable prices. Winner! I’m still thinking about the pizza, and I would go back to eat it. It’s thin crust, wood or coal fired, and generously portioned. The perfect compromise of reasonable healthy, local, and fun for all ages.

What’s your go-to compromise food when you travel? Post a comment below!

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Weekly Menus: Week of 10/28/2012

Gentle Readers, it promised to be another action-packed week here for Team Practical Cook. Leading off, Halloween. As the parent of two trick-or-treaters, I have optimize for last-minute costume prep AND a meal that will offset the sugar bomb that is to come.

This week is pretty straightforward due to pending travel. Our job will be to dutifully report on it. Game on.

Here’s how it’s shaking out, with this week’s Weekly Menus:

Weekly Menus: 10/28/2012

Weekly Menus: 10/28/2012

And the Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 10/28/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 10/28/2012

Which all means:

Sunday: Dine Out
Field Research in Progress!

Monday: Dine Out
I already know this will be the Whole Foods takeout meal. Nothing is easier while still taking a swing at healthy.

Tuesday: Salad for Dinner
I will transform Monday’s meal to sit atop the family salad that comes with.

Wednesday: Faux Nuggets and Broccoli
Vegetarian junk food and the vegetable they always eat. Some padding for the sugar bomb that is to come. Assuming we all still have power after the storm of the century. Again.

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Eggs work. We made some beautiful omelets last week. Well not at all beautiful, but stuffed full of vegetables, and that is attractive by itself.

Friday: Burgers
Learning that burger night is ideal to feed omnivores and veggies at the same time. Just put something different on each bun! Of course, the Juniors have gone crazy for Portobella Mushroom caps right now. Try them out if you haven’t. They work.

Saturday: Dine Out

What do you serve on Halloween to prevent sugar shock? Post your ideas in the comments section below!

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On Wednesday, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix Reviewed! (And a recipe.)

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