Send us some snow!
Last week was a blur with sending kids back to school both locally and not-so-locally.
Note to parents of college and high school-aged children
It Does Not Get Easier to see your bouncing baby (at least in your eyes) go solo through security and off and away.
And the corollary--
It's rather painful for the child at home because Teenage Boys Do Not Appreciate Being Smothered. At All.
So this mother is cooking and then sending a food care package, of course! Here's what's cooking this week.
Bought mushroom/artichoke pasta with pesto sauce. If it didn't come in a takeout container, it still counts as cooking.
Tuesday in the OvenMayonnaise Chicken
, roasted tomatoes
and roasted asparagus
. Maximize the oven. Plus, the radiant heat carries over into where we watch TV. With store-bought jalapeno cheddar bread, pickled lemons from Israel and homemade pickled green beans.WednesdayOrange salsa pork chops
, chard and jasmine rice. Another 1-pan dinner, plus rice cooker.ThursdaySpicy turkey burgers
and roasted sweet potatoes.Mollusca FridayClam and canellini bean soup
. And bread for sopping things up.
There may be some change-ups as I just noticed that this week is a little rice-light. Also trying to make homemade granola. It uses flaked coconut, so I hope not to set the oven on fire. Again.
Not so pretty, but a good balanced taste
Like the pond scum drink
from awhile back, green curry is one of those things tastes so much better than it looks. And this is how we start October.Meatless MondayGreen Curry with Tofu
. Let's just say green curry doesn't photograph very well, even with A Lot of Filtering (see left). And tofu does it no favors. However, this was a Very Tasty Dinner. Green curry paste, a squinch of fish paste and a can of coconut milk. Plus nuts and dried cranberries. Yum.TuesdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. Everything about this makes for a happy weekday dinner.Ad-Hoc WednesdayNo recipe needed for dinner
. A sturdy meal of pasta with turkey sausage and arugula. Seasoned with white wine, chicken stock, pepper flakes and parmesan cheese.
No piggies today.
We had a weekend BBQ and are starting out with Bulgogi chicken
leftovers, yaki musubi
and ume for lunch.
This is a very good way to start out the day, especially when you are looking at a day full of back-to-back-to-back meetings. And the first one starts at 7AM. Coffee, please and thank you.
with lots of onions, carrots and green beans. No meat and not even kamaboko. Apple raspberry pie from Avila Valley Barn
(and Bakery. A friend took their kids back to college and brought back a pie for us.Experimental TuesdayGreen Curry Pattycakes
. Yet another experiment from the latest issue of Cooking Light.WednesdayMy Own Chili
and Fritos. I love chili and I love Fritos. This is reason enough to have it for dinner. Taking a break from the Zippy's version this time. And the leftovers can be frozen or used for nachos.ThursdaySalt and pepper shrimp
. We haven't had this in a long, long time, and it's due, especially since it cooks so fast.Slow Down FridayRagu that is not from a Jar
. I'm hoping to work from home at least part of the day today, so we're going with a slow cook today. And with handy-dandy Cooking Light, there is a suggestion for making this lighter and faster. We shall see.
Look for bacon cauliflower mac and cheese
to post later this week. Quinoa meatballs are a no-go.
Everything about this makes me happy.
It has been far too long since we have tried new recipes, so three experiments to kick off the school year. Thank you to Cooking Light
and the last week's Food section of the newspaper. Finally a chance to peruse for new yum.Meatless and Experimental Monday
It is quite an accomplishment that Carnivore Husband chose to make a spicy sweet potato/garbanzo bean patty
, from the print version of Cooking Light
The texture was like hash, but without the corned beef. Definitely a keeper (husband and recipe). Full of jalapeno, lime and a drizzle of sriracha sauce to finish it. Look a posted recipe this week.Semi-Experimental TuesdaySimple spaghetti
with quinoa meatballs
, also from the printed Cooking Light
. We tried to use quinoa instead of breadcrumbs. Not going to be a repeater, mostly because quinoa has a very strong flavor all by itself.Self-fulfilling Hypothesis Wednesday
Bacon cauliflower macaroni and cheese. There is no way this will be bad. Cooking Not Light and I predict a very high probability that this is a repeater.
. A return to the tried and true. Plus rice and a green salad.Freezer Friday
The rest of the Crock Pot BBQ Pork Sliders
because Carnivore Husband had the good sense to make a double batch. Perfect for the I-don't-want-to-cook Friday.
Wishing kids and parents a smooth transition to back-to-school!
The Working Parent.
End the week with this!
The week after Labor Day is what we all internalize as the first full go-to-work/school week. And lo and behold, a weekly menu on Monday.Meatless MondayGreek Pasta Salad
. Cukes, red peppers and tomatoes are all in season. Feta cheese and kalamata olives are available all year round. Perfect for outdoor dining for the full week after a holiday.TuesdayBulgogi Chicken
sandwiches. Apparently Korean food has become the new 'it' food. We've wrapped bulgogi a few times, but this time, we'll make sandwiches with kochjang mayo, summer tomatoes and green onion bread.WednesdayJapanese potato salad
for birdie #2. Another favorite that will get rotated in more frequently as now-in-college-Birdie #1 did not care for hard boiled eggs, corn or ham, which are all essential for this. Everyone is happy.ThursdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. We had this in Japan and I cannot stress how good this was in Japan. Mountains of shredded cabbage are everywhere there. We'll aim for reasonable facsimile.
Fish on FridayFish jun with kochojang sauce
. Not too long to make and never any leftovers. The latter is very important for anyone who has taken leftovers to work for lunch and experienced "Post-Fish-in-the-Community-Microwave" Syndrome. Blech. Ranks up there with "Burnt Microwave Popcorn" disorder and chronic condition of "Burnt Bottom of the Pot Coffee"
Have a good week all. September beginnings for all!
It has fruit therefore it has become breakfast.
One less person at the dinner table is the new normal. So far, Chili Cheese Fritos and a humongous piece of red velvet cake seem to help me to get used to this. So the new normal better happen fast.
But the new normal is also one person at the dining commons making friends, chatting about where they are from, what classes they are taking and perhaps even engrossed in a Very Serious Discussion About Very Important Ideas.
This will happen fast too.
Practically speaking, who knew one fewer teenager would mean tons more leftovers. They last two days instead of one! I even got a bite of something before it was inhaled.Meatless MondayTomatoes on garlic asiago cheese bread toast with fresh basil
. Summer at its finest and no stove or oven.TuesdayChristine's Clam Chowder
. We are not in New England, but we can pretend we are.WednesdayCrock Pot BBQ Pork Sliders
. And freezing the leftovers, almost unheard of!ThursdayFurikake Kale Chips
, a Sriracha sauce riff on Mayonnaise Chicken
, and rice. How can this not be good?FridayBirdie in the Nest's Favorite Takeout
. Amici's Milano for Birdie and Boston
(oh the irony!) for me.
Aloha to all and here's to the new normal, on both coasts.
Our birdie is ready to fly
This is the week you have 18 years to prepare for. And it's not enough. My moms' group concurs. We are all going to be messy, middle-aged (-ish) piles of mixed emotions.
My beloved birdie #1 is flying out. Flying 2,000+ miles, yet our birdie assures us that the distance has nothing to do with us. However, for the record, most of the schools that said birdie applied to were at least 400 miles away. And one was in another country.
We're eating birdie's choice this week. But even that won't sway the inevitable. Besides mixed-plate emotions, here's what's cooking this week.
Not Meatless MondayKim Chee Pork
, rice and Okinawan sweet potatoesMeatless TuesdayAlmost Alfredo Pasta
. It's amazing that this uses no cream and non-fat milk.Countdown WednesdayZippy's Chili (when you are far away).
With rice, cheddar cheese and Fritos. No Hawaii this summer, so this is the next best thing. ThursdayThai Chicken Curry
. All of her favorite things.Aloha Friday.
Truly This Is It. Out to dinner at birdie's choice.Extras--Favorites and Comfort FoodVanilla Tapioca PuddingGinger Sugar CookiesBlack sesame and assorted Ben and Jerry's ice creamChili Cheese Fritos
, which is how this mother will self-medicate.
Good luck to all the birdies who are flying off in the next month or so, and the parents who will watch them go.
What, Wednesday already?! As most of you know, I've taken on a Full-Time Professional Job. For which I commute to an office, five days a week. While I had been working full-time as a consultant, working as a full-time employee is Not The Same Thing. Leftovers transformed
Thankfully, the family has proven to be resilient and supportive of this opportunity, even though we are eating much later, and sometimes planning retroactively.
Meatless MondayStuffed tomatoes, playing leftovers roulette. We had a bunch of tomatoes and a few basil leaves. We always have rice, so we cored out the tomatoes, cooked the rice with the tomato guts and basil, then mixed it with Parmesan cheese. Stuffed it back into the tomatoes and baked it til the rice got browned and a little crunchy. This needs a little work, but it is definitely on the right track.TuesdayCrispy roast pork
from the Marina Market, rice and green beans. Easy and not quite takeout.WednesdayJapanese Chicken Curry
. Won't taste like Japan, but won't be an 8 hour plane ride that requires ordering in a foreign language either.Leftovers Thursday My Daddy's Killer Fried Rice using the leftover roast pork, leftover green beans from Tuesday and any leftover onions or carrots from Wednesday. Everything about fried rice makes me happy.TGI Friday
I fully appreciate this phrase again. Panini with apricot jam, brie, turkey, strawberries and arugula
. It sounds weird and almost hideous. It's going to be good.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Finally, the summer tomatoes are in! Sweet 100s and the Early Girls are the most reliable, but in the Bay Area, all manner of warm, sweet tomatoes abound. Enjoy!
Sometimes, we like the comforts of "little kid" pasta. A simple meal of wagon wheels pasta with store-bought pesto, Parmesan cheese and roasted homegrown Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes.
To be eaten outside. Aaah summer, even on a Monday.
Vietnamese grilled pork, sliced tomatoes with a shot of balsamic vinegar, edamame and rice. Finally a new recipe from that fancy place known as the Inn Ternet.
WednesdayTacos with no mix
. Fresh tomatoes, or fresh tomato salsa if we get our act together.Definitely Not Kosher ThursdayBLTs and BLC&T panini sandwiches
. Because there are those days when you just need bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. With sharp Cheddar cheese. At the same time.Fish on FridaySick and Wrong Fish
. We will miss Hawaii this summer, so Hawaii food needs to come to us.
Feels like summer. Tastes like summer. Have a great week!
OK to eat cold. Way better grilled!
It's been a hectic couple of weeks and summer meal planning always gets a little bit ad-hoc. Lately, the husband has been cooking quite a bit (Thank you!!), so here's what he is making this week.Meatless MondayTofu Steaks.
Easy to grill. Best of all, tofu means that you can use marinade as dipping sauce too!TuesdayMyles' Last Resort Meatloaf
. We forgot shredded carrots, so the husband is adding a jalapeno pepper instead.WednesdayChicken/broccoli/sun-dried tomato pasta with parmesan cheese
. This is a very simple, toss-it-all-together and not really need a recipe kind of dinner.Meatless ThursdaySummer Soba Salad
. No cooking required again when the weather heats up.FridayTonkatsu
. Rice. Salad. Nearly a plate lunch. Make sure you have lots of Bulldog sauce.
Blueberries are in season! Sour cream blueberry muffins
. Please note that 450 is indeed the right temperature for baking. A friend of mine thought that surely this was a typo, but high heat is required.
The kids also made blueberry pancakes and we had yet another cobbler.
Eat Well and Happy Summer!