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Weekly Menus: Week of 11/18/2012

Gentle Readers, this post comes to you while The Practical Cook is deep into field research in New York. So planning menus is somewhat difficult. Plus, this marks the week when so many Americans will be cooking at home, in some cases for the first time this year.

Some thoughts: don’t panic, enlist help, don’t try to make everything.

With those directives in mind, here are the weekly menus:

Weekly Menus: 11/18/2012

Weekly Menus: 11/18/2012

And the Four-Square Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery List: 11/18/2012

The Four-Square Grocery List: 11/18/2012

Which all means:

Sunday: Dine Out in NYC

Monday: Salad
After traveling, I’m crave simplicity.

Tuesday: Tomato Soup and Sandwiches
I’m working on a piece about doctored soups. This will be the second round of trials. There’s a point where it’s too hard to convert the soup and easier to make it, that’s what I’m testing for!

Wednesday: Pizza and Salad
The simplest solution to the pre-Thanksgiving warm-up.

Thursday: Turkeyless Thanksgiving
Yeah, I said it out loud.

Friday: Leftovers
With a list of carbs that long, why cook more food? I am a big advocate of repackaging. It’s a great opportunity to make soup or transform leftovers into a roll-up. Cranberry sauce is a powerful connector.

Saturday: Dine Out!

What’s on the menu for you this week? (I will fully admit that I’ll be craving Indian or Chinese after Friday, anything but leftovers!) Post a comment below, I’m listening!

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Coming up Wednesday, One Ingredient, Three Ways: Cranberry Edition.

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Chicken Chowder Recipe, or Just Add Corn

Gentle Readers, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. This week, I had planned the simplest of beans and rice for Sunday dinner, but alas, I had a half-portion of dried black beans and no time to correct the misfortune. So I punted. Here’s the result.

Chicken Chowder: Simple Comfort Food

Chicken Chowder: Simple Comfort Food

Chicken Chowder Recipe, or Just Add Corn

There is no reason to call this chowder except for the corn. I decided that anything with corn in it could legitimately be called a chowder. I’ll leave you to piece through the logic there.

olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 or 3 handfuls of shredded cabbage
1/2 or more frozen corn kernels
2 cups of shredded chicken, shredded from a rotisserie chicken
1 to 2 cups cheating chicken stock
1 can white beans, rinsed

1. In a medium sized pot, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat. Toss in the onion, carrots, celery, and seasonings. Saute for a few minutes until onion is softened, stirring on occasion.

2. Add the cabbage, corn, and chicken, and some of the stock. Heat until cabbage is cooked and the corn is heated through, 7 to 10 minutes. Add more stock as needed.

3. Add the white beans, mashing a few up to thicken the chowder, and heat for a few minutes more. Adjust seasonings, serve.

Chicken Chowder with Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley

Chicken Chowder with Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley

This was so simple, and so satisfying. Both of The Practical Cooks Junior ate it, though The Youngest preferred the “grains” served with it (Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley with Chicken Stock). And I’ve got stock and chicken leftover for my chicken pie, score!

Do you feel that corn turns soup into chowder? Post a comment today! It’s so very painless, I promise.

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Where did this week go? It’s time for Sunday’s Weekly Menus!

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