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Sunday, April 26. 2009
I'm preparing for a busy week ahead by planning our meals for the week in advance. Here's what I'll be cooking up this week.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Burgers, French Fries & Mixed Greens Salad
Roast Beef, Homemade Biscuits & Oven Roasted Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots
Breaded Tilapia, Buttered Rice Medley & Mixed Greens Salad
Bucatini w/ Chicken & Broccoli in Alfredo Sauce
Mexican Beef & Vegetable Soup & Homemade Cornbread
Breakfast Cornbread Bake w/ Eggs, Bacon & Cheese Sauce
Look out - here comes a new week!
Thursday, April 16. 2009
It has been a while since I took the time to post an installment of my What's Cookin'? series! I had to do some early planning this week because I am giving our nieces (ages 11 and 13) a cooking lesson on Saturday. I'm teaching them how to make Chicken Parmesan and sending them home with a recipe so they can make it for their families. We'll see if I can make an impression on the next generation's appreciation for the culinary arts...
At any rate, I have - as usual - planned our meals for the upcoming week in advance. This week is different only in that I am actually posting it for all the world to see (or at least my handful of readers). Here's what will be cooking in my kitchen over the next few days:
Chicken, Rice & Refried Bean Burritos w/ Lettuce, Tomatoes & Cheddar-Jack Cheese
Polish Sausage, Potato & Onion Pierogies & Creamy Coleslaw
Eggs in a Rye Bread Frame, Hash Brown Potatoes w/ Sausage & Cheddar-Horseradish Sauce
Chicken Parmesan, Bow-Tie Pasta w/ Butter & Garlic & Tossed Salad
Bacon, Egg & Cheese "Boats" & Hash Brown Potatoes
Lamb Meatballs, Rice Pilaf w/ Toasted Walnuts & Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Chicken-Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes & Turnip/Mustard/Collard Greens w/ Bacon
Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches on Toasted Garlic Rolls, French Fries & Mixed Greens Salad
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese & Oven-Roasted Broccoli/Cauliflower/Carrot Medley
Homemade Ravioli Filled w/ Ground Veal & Ricotta in Garlic-Butter Sauce & Mixed Greens Salad
Asian Sesame Marinated Sirloin Tip Steak, Steamed White Rice & Broccoli Spears w/ Garlic
It feels good to post my menu again...really, I will try to do it more regularly! Once in a while I've had requests for the recipes for dishes I've listed in my What's Cookin'? series. While I am very flattered, the fact is that most of the time I don't use recipes - except for baking, of course. My cooking tends to be of the "off the top of my head" variety. This week, however, since I need to write up a recipe to give our nieces, I will post my Chicken Parmesan recipe, so stay tuned if you want an easy, yet impressive recipe.
Wednesday, April 1. 2009
I have previously mused about the subject of how becoming a "professional" writer might affect my love of writing and/or my ability to write what and when I want. Well, recently I've had the opportunity to explore that very question. In February I was privileged to be hired as a writer for a Women in Business web site. I am writing syndicated content that will be sold to other sites on the topics of Finance, Technology, Procurement, Mentoring and Work/Life as they pertain to women business owners. I was thrilled to see the assignments rolling in quickly and steadily - it fueled my passion. The things I needed to do and learn to get up to speed really consumed my March, though. As you can woefully see, I posted here on my own blog only once last month.
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Sunday, March 8. 2009
I'm baaaaack with another What's Cookin'?! I have missed having the time to do this each week - has anyone missed me? Hopefully now I can begin doing this on a weekly basis again. What exactly is 'this' you ask?... Well, 'this' is where I share with the world the meals I've planned in advance to cook here in my kitchen during the upcoming week. So, here we go after a far too long absence...
Cheesy Sausage & Potato Soup & Homemade Bread
Italian Macaroni & Cheese & Spring Mix Salad
Lamb Shoulder Chops, Rice Pilaf & Mixed Vegetable Medley
Caribbean Shrimp Salad & Homemade Bread
Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Thighs, Rotini Tossed w/ Olive Oil & Garlic & Oven Roasted Broccoli
Italian Sausage & Ground Chicken Burgers w/ Provolone on Garlic-Toasted Rolls, French Fries & Marinated Vegetable Salad
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Bagel Sandwiches & Hash Brown Potatoes
MMMMM, as I am writing this, that aforementioned Homemade Bread is baking, creating one of the top five best aromas on Earth...And it looks almost as good as it smells. Is it dinner time yet?
Monday, January 26. 2009
Is it really time to post another weekly menu? Time sure flies when I have an "alternative" work week! Oh, then to top it off, I suffered one of the worst headaches I've ever had, which lasted for two solid days! But enough about me... It's time to answer the burning question, "What's to eat this week?" Here's a taste of the meals I've planned in advance to cook for us...
Shrimp Lo Mein (My salute to Chinese New Year!)
Tortilla Crusted Tilapia, Spanish Rice, Oven Roasted Corn & Peppers
Mexicali Pub Burgers, French Fries & Creamy Coleslaw
Beef Roast, Herb Roasted Potato Slices & Broccoli
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sub Sandwiches, Hash Browns & Clementines
Well, the plan is in place...now all I have to do is feel well enough to implement it!
Monday, January 19. 2009
Although we're still in the grips of Winter here in the midwest, our 20 degree days actually feel warm compared to last week's sub zero temperatures! All these bitterly cold days make me glad for the warmth of my kitchen! As usual I've planned our meals in advance for the upcoming week. Here's a peek at what will warm us this week...
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese & Broccoli w/ Garlic & Lemon
Chicken Breast Wraps w/ Lettuce & Tomato & Cross Cut Fries
Chicken Parmesan, Pasta w/ Olive Oil & Garlic & Mixed Greens Salad
Polish Sausage, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese & Marinated Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrot Salad
Almond-Crusted French Toast, Maple Sausage Links & Blueberries
Bacon & Garlic-Herb Cream Cheese Omlette & Whole Wheat Bagels
Hopefully by keeping the food interesting we can keep the Winter "blahs" at bay!
Tuesday, January 13. 2009
Here it is...my first post of 2009! It's nothing particularly creative...just another installment of my What's Cookin'? series. At least it's an effort toward blogging this year. My blogging sure fell apart at the holidays! When my schedule changed so did my blogging routine. Hopefully this is the start of another busy blog year for me.
Regardez...the triumphant return of What's Cookin'? where I share with you some of what I've planned in advance to cook during the upcoming week:
Hot Dogs, French Fries & Spring Mix Salad
Honey-Lemon Glazed Mahi Mahi, Homemade "Rice-A-Roni" & Oven Roasted Broccoli
Italian Sub Sandwiches w/ Turkey, Roast Beef, Genoa Salami & Provolone & Homemade Vegetable-Lentil Soup
Double Shell Beef Tacos w/ Refried Beans, Lettuce & Tomato
Greek Marinated Chicken Breasts, Couscous w/ Walnuts & Spinach Sauted w/ Olive Oil & Garlic
Pizza Bread & Homemade Vegetable-Lentil Soup
Chicken Enchiladas Blanca & Spring Mix Salad
So there we are...I'm back on the blog horse with grand plans to entertain and delight in 2009.
Sunday, December 14. 2008
When I went grocery shopping yesterday I finally found some acceptable prices on certain meats. It seems like for months and months I've been returning home from the store having refused to pay outlandish prices for even modest cuts of beef, for instance. This week's menu includes some Porterhouse steaks which I bought for what I now consider a bargain price. So without further ado, I give you the meals I've planned in advance for the week ahead...
Pan-Seared Porterhouse Steaks, Baked Potatoes w/ Sour Cream, Bacon & Green Onion & Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese & Oven-Roasted Broccoli Spears
Steak Quesadillas & Spring Mix Salad
Shrimp & Broccoli Stirfry over Steamed White Rice
Chicken Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread
Classic Pub Burgers, Onion Rings & Assorted Vegetable Platter w/ Ranch Dip
Bacon, Cheddar & Hash Brown Omlettes & Texas Toast
Maybe eating is becoming affordable again...that's one thing that is not a luxury - especially in this house!
Sunday, December 7. 2008
It's been a busy and productive Sunday at home. Among my accomplishments today was planning the menus for the week ahead. Looks like good eating is in our immediate future...
Breaded Tilapia Sandwiches, Fried Potatoes & Spring Mix Salad
Shrimp Egg Foo Young, Steamed White Rice & Oriental Broccoli & Celery w/ Almonds
Cheesy Chicken, Pasta & Broccoli Casserole
Italian Sausage w/ Bow Tie Pasta in Vodka Sauce & Spring Mix Salad
Chicken Souvlaki in Pita Pockets & Greek Potatoes w/ Spinach, Garlic & Walnuts
Pancakes, Sausage Links & Clementines
Beef Sandwiches w/ Cheddar Horseradish Sauce, French Fries & Assorted Vegetable Platter w/ Ranch Dip
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel Sandwiches & Hash Browns
It sounds as if we're in store for another cold week, so I'm glad to be able to stay out of the weather and home in my nice warm kitchen!
Sunday, November 30. 2008
With my four day weekend nearly behind me, I am reminded that, in fact, today is Sunday - the day of the week I traditionally post the menu I've planned for the week ahead. So here 's the plan...
Homemade Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup & Three Cheese Semolina Bread Dipped in Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
Chili-Cheese Nachos & Spring Mix Salad
Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing & Broccoli Bake w/ Creamy Gravy
Kielbasa, Macaroni & Cheese & Creamy Coleslaw
Spinach & Sausage Calzones & Spring Mix Salad
Eggs Fried in a Whole Wheat Bread Frame, Hash Brown Potatoes, Thick Cut Bacon & Clementines
If this had been a four-day vacation, I'd definitely feel sad to see it end. Although the change of pace and priorities has been nice, I'll actually be glad to return tomorrow to the land of the (somewhat) gainfully employed. Here's to a great week ahead!
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