Thursday, February 07, 2008

Week 6 Meals

Sunday, 2/3 - Superbowl Party - 3-bean veggie chili, cornbread, cheese curds, guacamole, snickerdoodles, German chocolate cake

Monday, 2/4 - Leftovers

Tuesday, 2/5 - Tuna Melts

Wednesday, 2/6 - Vermont Pizza and Herb Fries at The Liberty Tavern

Thursday, 2/7 - Linguine with Chicken Ragu (made with store bought sauce)

Friday, 2/8 - French Onion Soup and Salad or Dinner Out

Saturday, 2/9 - Dinner Out

Friday, February 01, 2008

January's Hits and MIsses

I thought I would share what recipes Ben and I deemed the "keepers" and the "losers" for the month of January. I've linked the recipes for the keepers where I could find them. We found a lot of great new dishes, most coming from Everyday Food Fast (Thanks, Lisanne! We love this cookbook!). There were a few clunkers, too. I've listed them but I won't link the recipes for those. The rest of the meals from the month that I haven't listed below were either things I make on a regular basis with no recipe or we didn't get to make yet.

The Keepers

From Everyday Food Fast:
Sole with Lemon Butter Sauce
Roasted asparagus
Pureed Butternut Squash Soup
Tomato and olive penne
Chicken stirfry wraps
Tostadas salsa verde
Fish Tacos

From surfing the web:
Wild mushroom pizza - Tyler Florence (via AOL)

From Giada's Family Dinners:
Tilapia in citrus bagna cauda
Peppercini shrimp

The Losers

Tagliatelle with Sausage, Ricotta, and Peas from Everyday Italian
Brunswick Stew from Cooking Light
Pasta e Fagioli from Giada's Family Dinners

Monday, January 28, 2008

Week 5 Meals

Doing pretty well with this meal planning biz. There have been only a few nights that I couldn't stick to the plan, but that's either because I had a meeting to go to or Ben had to work really late. I've been buying the ingredients on Sunday for most of the week's meals with maybe a shopping trip mid-week to pick up fish or meat. I think I may even be saving money!

Sunday, 1/27 - Fish Tacos

Monday, 1/28 - Chicken Tikka Maasala with rice

Tuesday, 1/29 - Tortilla Soup with Romaine Salad and Chili Dressing

Wednesday, 1/30 - Filet Mignon with baked potatoes

Thursday, 1/31 - Tagliatelle with Sausage and Ricotta (hold the peas!)

Friday, 2/1 - Pan Fried Shrimp with Green Curry Cashew Sauce or Dinner Out

Saturday, 2/2 - Dinner Out

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Menu Planning Week 3, Um, Make that Week 4

I originally planned this meal for the week of January 13-19, but both Ben and I have had a very busy week, so we either ate out or had ready-made meals at home. The only thing I cooked was Pasta e Fagioli and a Ceaser Salad. The soup was OK. A little plain but palatable. The romaine lettuce I bought for the salad was horribly bitter. No amount of cheese or anchovies was going to make it better. I threw out most of it.

I'm going to recycle the menu I planned for this week for next week.

Sunday, 1/20 - In North Carolina visiting family.

Monday, 1/21 - Returning from NC, most likely will eat on the road.

Tuesday, 1/22 - Tostadas Salsa Verde

Wednesday, 1/23 - Tilapia with Citrus Bagna Cauda

Thursday, 1/24 - Tortilla Soup with Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole

Friday, 1/25 - Linguine with Chicken Ragu

Saturday, 1/26 - Dinner out.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Year, New Plan

One of my goals for the new year is to be more organized and efficient in the kitchen and to start using the hundreds (thousands?) of recipes I've been collecting for the past 10 years, whether they be in cookbook form or magazine clippings. I also want to waste less food since I've been known to buy stuff in the grocery store without having a specific purpose in mind and then find it rotting in the back of the fridge 3 months later. Blech. So, in order to achieve my goals, I've started meal planning again. Hopefully this time I will stick with this goal. With any luck, I will see a nice side-benefit: extra cash in my wallet. I live one block from a grocery store (this is SO NICE!), so I can get the fresh ingredients as I need them instead of hoarding things for when I think I might need them.

In my meal plans, I'm trying to incorporate more vegetables, less meat, at least one recipe from my many clippings per week, and at least one fish/seafood dish, one soup, and one dinner-size salad per week. All new recipes will be assessed by Ben and me and I'll be keeping a list of "keepers" in my recipe box and possibly here on the blog.

Here's last week's menu (not exactly as planned, but pretty close):

New Year's Day, 1/1 = Sole with Lemon Butter, Roasted Asparagus with Prosecco (Sparkling Wine)

Wednesday, 1/2 = Leftover Sole, Butternut Squash Soup with Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Thursday, 1/3 = Leftover Soup, Bread Salad

Friday, 1/4 = Tomato and Olive Penne with Lemoncello Martinis

Saturday, 1/5 = Leftover Pasta and Leftover Soup

Here's this week's plan:

Sunday, 1/6 = Chicken Stir Fry Wraps, Brownies with Fresh Strawberries

Monday, 1/7 = Tuna Pasta Salad made with fresh herbs and veggies

Tuesday, 1/8 = Mushroom Pizza with Cycles Gladiator Dry Rose

Wednesday, 1/9 = Leftover Pizza and Spinach Salad

Thursday, 1/10 = Brunswick Stew, cheese and crackers

Friday, 1/11 = Leftovers, Tostadas Salsa Verde, or Dinner Out

Saturday, 1/12 = Dinner Out

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Day of Food Meme

Saw this on Lisanne's blog...

1. How do you like your eggs? Scrambled, over-easy, or hard-boiled.

2. How do you take your coffee/tea? I take my coffee in France! :P Believe it or not, I actually drank espresso and cafe au lait while on vacation. I started doing it in order to keep up with my coffee fiend husband, much to his surprise, but then I really started to like it. I haven't had any since we got home, though, partly because I'm afraid it won't taste as good and partly because drinking it out of a cardboard cup from Star*bucks leaves something to desire...mainly a nice, cozy cafe in Nice with coffee served in a porceline cup. As for tea, I like to drink it iced with either a little sugar and lemon or as an Arnold Palmer (half tea, half lemonade). I'll drink it hot on rare occasions.

3. Favorite breakfast food: Bacon, egg, and cheese on wheat toast or French toast with berries and crisp bacon.

4. Peanut butter - smooth or crunchy? I like crunchy but had to get used to eating smooth when Ben and I got together. Lucky for me, he's recently discovered fresh ground peanut butter at Whole Foods, so I'm back to eating crunchy again.

5. What kind of dressing on your salad? Blue cheese has been my favorite since I was a little girl. These days I also really like vinaigrettes, especially balsamic or raspberry.

6. Coke or Pepsi? Coke, please, the Classic kind (with sugar, not corn syrup, if possible). Lately I've gotten into Vanilla Coke Zero to cut calories. Doesn't taste as bad as regular diet.

7. You’re feeling lazy, what do you make? Tuna quesadillas.

8. You’re feeling really lazy. What kind of pizza do you order? If I'm by myself, I get a Hawaiian pizza. If I'm with Ben, some sort of chicken pizza with vegetables.

9. You feel like cooking. What do you make? I'd probably try one of the thousands of recipes I've clipped out of magazines over the years (I have a serious recipe collection issue) or something that looks good in the latest Cooking Light magazine (like the daube recipe in September's issue).

10. Do any foods bring back good memories? I miss my mom's cooking, so anything I think of that she made regularly always makes me smile: clam linguini, meatloaf with red sauce, potato donuts, fresh pasta, chicken and noodles, escargot (actually, my dad would make them for New Year's Day...I haven't had any in years), beer batter fish (even better if it was fish we caught with my grandpa), white cake with lemon curd filling (my mom and dad's wedding cake and what we used to have for special occasions when I was little...it was also one of the layers on my wedding cake)...I could go on forever. Of course, now I can add all of the great food we had in Europe...mussels, salad nicoise, daube, French ice cream...mmmmm!

11. Do any foods bring back bad memories? I really can't think of any. Probably because I equate food with good times and happiness. I lose my appetite when I'm stressed out or during sad times.

12. Do any foods remind you of someone? See #10. Especially the escargot and cherries jubilee my dad would make for the holidays...he was quite the gourmet chef.

13. Is there a food you refuse to eat? Liver and most other organ meats and leavings (ears, snouts, feet and any combination of such things). I also don't eat rabbit, veal, and lamb (the lamb mainly because I got food poisoning from a popular Irish restaurant in college not once, not twice, but three times from eating lamb burgers and roast leg of lamb).

14. What was your favorite food as a child? I've already listed a bunch of my mom's food, but the ones I really remember loving as a kid are her chicken and noodles and her beef vegetable soup. Also had a thing for peppermint stick ice cream and orange sherbet.

15. Is there a food that you hated as a child but now like? Radishes, onions, sweet potatoes, and most fish (definitely would have been grossed out by sushi back then)

16. Is there a food that you liked as a child but now hate? Liverwurst (but I've always hated liver, don't know why I liked liverwurst), Lunch*ables, and some of the sickening sweet candies (Spree...yuck!).

17. Favorite fruit and vegetable: Strawberries and green peas.

18. Favorite junk food: Pickles, chips, jelly beans, cookies, brownies, chocolate.

19. Favorite between meal snack: Yogurt, fruit, and lately string cheese.

20. Do you have any weird food habits? I used to eat carrots dipped in peanut butter in college (for breakfast, washed down with a mixture of orange juice and Mountain Dew...made my parents so proud, I'm sure), but I don't think I have any weird habits now. Others may disagree with me, though.

21. You’re on a diet. What food(s) do you fill up on? Turkey wrap sandwiches.

22 . You’re off your diet. Now what would you like? Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and green bean casserole with a slice of chocolate pecan pie (which upon completing would send me back on a diet).

23. How spicy do you order Indian/Thai? Spicy enough that my sinuses clear, which is pretty spicy. I hate when ethnic restaurants "dumb-down" the spices for American palates. When the menu says spicy, it had better make my nose run!

24. Can I get you a drink? I could go for a Cape Cod or a greyhound right now. Wouldn't turn down a dirty martini or a margarita on the rocks with salt, though, if you offered me one right now.

25. Red wine or white? I generally perfer reds, but in the warm summer months I like a nice glass of white, or better yet, a glass of rose preferably at a French cafe. :)

26. Favorite dessert? My mom's white cake with lemon curd filling, anything with copious amounts of chocolate and fresh berries,

27. The perfect nightcap? A nice glass of ice water or an Emergen-C. Exciting stuff, no?

Friday, March 16, 2007

Condiment Meme

1. What do you like on a hot dog? Generally, I like mustard, ketchup, and onions. On occasion, I like indulging with a Chicago dog (mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato slices, hot peppers, and a dash of celery salt on a poppy seed bun).
2. What do you like on a hamburger? I like the works with American or cheddar cheese. If I'm going to a place like Ted's Montana Grill, I'll get the C.O.B. (cheddar, grilled onions, and bacon) with BBQ sauce on the side. Yum!
3. What do you like on a baked potato? Butter, sour cream or bleu cheese dressing (it's good!), salt and pepper.
4. What do you like on a slice of toast? Chunky peanut butter and my mom's jelly.
5. What do you like in a cup of coffee or tea? I'm not a huge fan of hot drinks. I don't drink coffee. If I drink hot tea, I usually have it plain or with a little cream or lemon. I like iced tea and will either have it as half and half (half tea, half lemonade), with just a squeeze of lemon or a little bit of sugar, or just plain. No sweet tea for me. Yuck!