Gentle Readers, is there anything more exciting than the first CSA of the season? Answer: No. I just gleefully sent in my request, and I’m already plotting what to do with the fantastic eggs and bok choy that are coming my way. Spring is here, complete with p0llen, and I’m looking forward to more vegetable goodness.
We are in the process of finishing up our inventory reduction here at The Practical Cook kitchen. You may be forcefully invited to dinner to help out. Thanks in advance.
So here’s what you could be eating, from this week’s Weekly Menus:
And the Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:
Which translates into:
Sunday: Burgers and Fries
These may be veggie or beef, TBD, but the fries will be sweet potato. (Though the Eldest informed me that TPC’s Mom made an excellent regular potato fry, with a mildly raised eyebrow at me. Le sigh, the age-old competition for the hearts and stomachs of one’s offspring rages on.)
Monday: Salmon Cakes plus veg
We need to eat more fish, and this is a great way to do it. I’ve got some frozen leftover mashed potatoes to use up for the binder, and some butter beans that will pair nicely.
Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner
Just because it’s Tuesday. I need to make some biscuits as practice for an upcoming challenge.
Wednesday: Pasta and Salad
The pasta bar was a huge hit last week, especially the creamy ham and pea. The salad was a blackberry number. Delightful, let’s do it again.
Thursday: Sandwich night!
I have some bread to use up, and what better time to make grilled cheese, pressed sandwiches, or whatever else we can dream up?
Friday: Freezer Surprise
Because I do adore a challenge. And a cleaner freezer.
Saturday: Dine Out!
This continues to be a fun event, as we expand our list of places and determine each time whether they’re worthy of a return visit. I am proud to be raising kids with diverse food interests, who enjoy both the comfort of a familiar place and the excitement of a new one. As spring weather arrives, don’t forget the power of the picnic. It’s a magical experience to grab food and eat it outside somewhere. Especially if it’s cold fried chicken.
What’s in your picnic basket these days? I won’t tell, though I may borrow your suggestion. Post a comment below, I can hear you out there.
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