Food, Seasonal

Thanksgiving Menu

Slang on your apron & wash up, because it’s time to make your Thanksgiving feast!

I’m spending this Thanksgiving with my boo’s family in Minnesota, so I won’t be making my own menu this year. If I were cooking, this is the menu I’d be making.

Starters & Beverages

Cheese Plate- One hard cheese, one soft cheese, & one cheese you haven’t tried before; two types of crackers (I like plain water crackers & something with a lot of seeds); some dried fruit & assorted nuts.

Wine (a Riesling would be lovely), cider (non-alcoholic & boozy), good beers, & assorted sodas. And don’t forget to set out a pitcher of water!

Sides

Herb Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peas- My mom always makes peas, so I make peas. I sautée some fresh thyme in butter then toss in (defrosted) frozen peas. Let it all get hot & friendly and boom veg done.

Cranberry Sauce- There are two types of people in this world, those who like home-made cranberry sauce & those who like the canned stuff. I’m one of the latter group. This babe loves cracking open a can & squeezing the jelly out onto a plate. Deal with it! If you’re one of the former people, bring 2 cup sugar, 2 cups water, & 4 cups cranberries to a boil. Let them go until the crans pop, turn off the heat and let the sauce cool before serving.

Biscuits- Again, I go the pre-made route for biscuits. There’s nothing like the rush of popping open a can of Pilsburry with a spoon. Here’s a good looking biscuit recipe if you’d like to DIY.

The Bird

Simple Roast Turkey– You can do it!

Dessert

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

What must-have dish is on your Thanksgiving menu?

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Food

Weekly Dinner Menu 06.30.14

Image of weekly menu graphicEach Saturday, I sit down with Pinterest, a piece of scratch paper, & my handy-dandy shopping list (which you can snag here) to create my dinner plans for the week. Sunday, my Boo & I do our grocery shopping & then we’re all set for the week! I adore cooking, so I make dinner nearly every night. Saturday (& occasionally Friday) is an eat-out night, because humans are social creatures & there’s only so much couch-potato-Netflix-binging one can bear in a week. Monday night dinners are always meat-less, & I make one dessert a week that gets gobbled up the first night lasts an appropriate amount of time.

If you’re a Curious George and want to see what  foods I stuff into my Boo & myself each week, or if you’re so bold as to play along at home, come back each Monday (maybe even Sunday night if I’m being efficient) & I’ll post my personal weekly menu & any recipe links you may need.


MondayVegi Lasagna w/ salad & garlic bread

Salad in our home means mixed greens with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper. Sometimes I make different vinaigrettes like this one, but feel free to use what ever greens & dressing tickles your fancy.

Tuesday– BBQ Chicken w/ corn on the cob & green onion biscuits

My favorite dinner my mom made when I was a little babe was BBQ Chicken & the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Place boneless-skinless chicken breasts in a baking dish, grab your favorite store-bought or homemade (bravo) BBQ sauce & slather it over the chicken. Make sure everyone’s coated & toss it in a 375° oven for 20-25mins. You could wrap your corn cobs in foil & toss them in the oven with the chicken & bask in the glory of your oven-efficiency.

Wednesday– Steak Sandwiches w/ sweet potato fries & salad

I marinate the meat in beer & soy sauce. Put your choice of beef cut into a plastic bag, pour in your favorite brew to cover the meat, add a few shakes of soy sauce, & let that hang out for about 30mins. Pat the meat dry before cooking so you get a nice sear. (I pan fry my meat on high heat in a touch of olive oil for 5mins per side for medium rare.) Here’s a helpful chart for cooking times. Place your meat on your favorite bun/roll & dress it to your liking (ciabatta w/ mayo & spinach is my go-to). I shamelessly buy frozen french fries, because there’s no way I’m stinking up my apartment with oil when I can have delicious, crisp fries without the stovetop-babysitting. If you’re the biggest kitchen babe & home-make your french fries, please leave a comment so I can worship you.

ThursdayChicken Piccata w/ spaghetti & salad

The rich sauce is perfect over your favorite noodle. Angel Hair is a prime choice, but use whatever you’ve got!

FridayVegi Chili w/ corn muffins

I like to sauté the veg (minus tomatoes) in a bit of olive oil until tender then dump them, along with all the other ingredients (minus cilantro), into the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 3 hours & serve. My boo likes his chili with Fritos & I glob on the sour cream & cheddar (which cancel out the Vegan), but please top up your chili with your faves. And check back Wednesday for a boozy 4th of July drink recipe!

Saturday– Eat Out

SundayMoroccan Beef w/ couscous & salad

On Wednesday I split the beef in 1/2 & use the second half for these kabob instead of chicken because I’m meat-lover & chicken breasts aren’t always the answer.

Weekly DessertPeach Crisp (a la mode, obvi)

You could not ask for an easier recipe!

Who’s hungry?!

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