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Weekly Menus: Week of 6/3/2012

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is unsure where June came from, but it has arrived. The good news is with it comes lots of great vegetables. It also means the end of school for most, and more meals to plan! But, never fear, we will be addressing summer lunches in an upcoming post.

For now, let’s see what’s on the menu for next week. After some serious time away from the kitchen, it is back to eating down the stores and enjoying the bounty of the season and the CSA. So the weekly menus are:

Weekly Menus: 6/3/2012

Weekly Menus: 6/3/2012

And the limited Four-Square Grocery List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 6/3/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 6/3/2012

The CSA from Brinkley Farms:

2 lbs cucumbers
1 bag lettuce mix
2 pointed head cabbages
1 bundle red beets
1 bundle chioggia beets

Which translates into:

Sunday: Pigs in a blanket, sweet potato chips, veg
The Jrs have been requesting sweet potato chips, and the pigs in a blanket are simple and a sure-fire hit.

Sweets in the Oven

Sweet Potato Chips in the Oven

Monday: Pasta and salad
We haven’t eaten much pasta lately, it’s time to go for the basics. The last week of school is a busy one, and this is easy!

Tuesday: Juevos rancheros
Mainly because I both like to say and eat it. With black beans. And green onions. Which I am currently obsessed with.

Wednesday: Pork chops, greens, and cooked apples
I heart Brinkley Farms pork chops a lot. If you haven’t had a thick-cut pork chop lately, run don’t walk. Cooked apples are a great way to use up less than crispy apples. I can’t abide a mealy apple.

Beautiful Pork Chops

Beautiful Pork Chops from Brinkley Farms

Thursday: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green veg
I am determined to make meat loaf work for the family. There will be add-ins and toppings, which will include bacon. Or guanciale.

Friday: Pizza and salad!
School’s out for the summer, birthday party on the horizon. There will be wildness. Here’s hoping something gets eaten.

Saturday: Dine Out!
Birthday girl’s choice. We shall report on what that is!

And this week features a special project, Birthday Cake! It will be Birthday Carrot Cake per request. The Practical Cooks Junior are big fans, complete with Cream Cheese Frosting. The theme: fairies. Wish me luck. What are you cooking these days? Share your ideas in the comments section below. It’s fresh as a clean sheet of paper, just awaiting your culinary delights!

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Up next, Can this supper be saved? The Practical Cook is challenged to create a meal plan from the contents of a loyal reader’s freezer! Game on.

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Weekly Menus: Week of 5/6/2012

Gentle Readers, it is time once more for The Practical Cook to hit the road for some field research. More like her job is taking her to 3 cities interspersed over a span of 6 weeks, but let us pretend it is a culinary journey, shall we? So once more the kitchen will be turned over to The Practical Cook’s Mom. Thanks in advance. I know my children will refuse to eat my cooking for a month after this.

The Moveable Honeybun Cake Feast

The Moveable Honeybun Cake Feast

A PSA and hint as to my destination. I plan to avoid the treat that is not a treat. As I have not yet packed, shopped, or even completely finished my plans for this trip yet, I shall get right to business.

Weekly Menus are as follows:

Weekly Menus: 5/6/2012

Weekly Menus: 5/6/2012

The Four-Square Grocery list will be (lean because TPC’s Mom brings a U-Haul’s worth of food with her.Yes, I’m related.):

The Four-Square Grocery List: 5/6/2012

The Four-Square Grocery List: 5/6/2012

No CSA this week, I’m doubling down next week.

Which translates into:

Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken and Veg
I’m thinking salad and something potatoey. Possibly home fries, just to prove to my kids that I can cook them just like my mom, in an blatant attempt to maintain their loyalty in my absence.

Monday: Chicken Potpie
My mom will be whipping up a recipe she’s been wanting to try. Hope she takes pictures.  (She’s serving it with sweet potatoes and kale. I’m doomed.)

Tuesday: Sammies/Leftovers
Gotta eat down the stores!

Wednesday: Beans and Franklins
I used to call them that, and still do in my head. Just owning it. This will be served with slaw and okra. Because my mom is Southern like me, and can feed my children piles of vegetables only to have them rejoice. Sigh.

Thursday: Taco Night!
Served with salad and pintos. The Eldest Practical Cook is very fond of them “ranchero” style, or whole. If someone in your crew doesn’t go for refried, try whole and see if it makes a difference. (Or you can try serving this with Bok Collards, as I had last night. Eyes on you Blended Familia.)

Friday: Pizza and Salad
I’ll be back for this meal, and I’m betting my mom serves it with black-eyed peas and corn, or broccoli. It’s Dinner Without Borders as far as she is concerned.

Saturday: Dine Out!
The Youngest will be selecting our destination to celebrate a special day. I can not predict the outcome, but will keep you posted. She is a woman of discerning taste.

What is your favorite (or your kid’s favorite) dish from Mom? We’ll share the results next week, just in time for Mother’s Day. Post a comment below! I vote for my Mom’s sweet potatoes, followed by any dessert that comes out of her kitchen. Thanks Mom, I will bring back surprises.

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