Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly menu for May 29- June 4, 2011

Sunday-out of town
Monday-out of town
Spaghetti, garlic bread and green salad
Pizza-still deciding what toppings
Turkey burgers, fries and bbq beans

Other cooking baking- Pecan bars, heavenly hash cookies and possibly homemade hamburger buns

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beer Battered Fish

Fish and chips is a classic English pub meal that has made it's way across the pond to achieve the same popularity in the states.  I love fried fish, and beer battered fish is just that much better.  I love the airy batter that covers the fish; it is breaded just a little more than the typical fried fish but it's not too much bread and the flavor; the flavor of beer battered fish is just incredible.  The texture and consistency of the batter is like no other and can only be achieved with the carbination from the beer, or soda water, and it is absolutely fabulous. 

I had always wondered how the airy battered was achieved and when I saw Anne Burrell making fish and chips on an episode of "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef " I was glued to the t.v. because I knew she would reveal this secret.  I'm sure it's not a secret to a lot of people but for some reason I wasn't sure how this was done and I was so excited to learn how to make this batter at home.  This recipe immediately went on my menu for the next week.  I was so excited to finally know how to make this for myself and couldn't wait to try it out.  For supper one night it was like being in an English Pub; we had beer battered fish, chips, red cabbage slaw, and home made tartar sauce and it was all wonderful.  I was so pleased with how the fish turned out and I'm so excited to try other recipes using this beer batter.  If you've never attempted to make beer battered fish now is the time to try, it's super easy  and a pretty fast process and the end result is incredible.   

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

Menu for May 22-28, 2011

Chicken in mustard sauce over butter noodles, and green salad
Chicken and pineapple quesadillas, clilantro lime rice
Steak sandwiches with roasted red pepper hummus

Other cooking/baking: peanut butter pie and raspberry cream cheese pie

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

Meal plan for May 15-21, 2011

Baked chicken with cream of mushroom and sherry gravy, rice and mixed veggies
Grilled Steak with Tapenade, fresh rolls and sides TBD
Steak and Hummus Sandwiches
Chicken quesadillas
Eat out
Chicken and artichoke pizza

Linguini with Clam Sauce

I am constantly looking for new recipes to incorporate into my weekly menu to keep things interesting and to avoid eating the same things over and over again.  Some recipes I come across are complex with multiple steps and many ingredients while others are simple, quick and with few ingredients.  I love all types of recipes but for the crazy week nights I love having simple recipes that are quick, easy and delicous and that aren't fast food.

Before I made this, I had never had linguini with clam sauce and I honestly couldn't tell you why.  I can tell you one thing, I'm so glad I came across this recipe and decided to make it.  It was delicious and filling as well as something different from any of the other meals I've cooked lately.  This is definitely a perfect week night meal; it doesn't take long to make at all, add a green salad and garlic bread and you've got a perfect and filling meal.  If you haven't had linguini with clam sauce I urge you to try this recipe, you won't be disappointed and if you've never made it then this is the perfect recipe to try!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

Meal plan for May 8-14, 2011

BBQ sandwiches, beans and additional side TBD
Thia Pork with noodles
Spaghetti, garlic bread and side salad
Eat out

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco De Mayo

If you are still preparing for your Cinco De Mayo celebration or just need a little inspiration for a last minute dish or dip look no further.  There are numerous people who look for an excuse to celebrate, no matter if the occasion originates in their country or not.  I believe Cinco De Mayo is actually celebrated here in the U.S. more than in Mexico, how ironic is that?  There are many people that go out to celebrate this holiday but a lot of people want to partake in Mexican food and drinks but avoid the busy and crowded restaurants.  If you are one of those people who want to eat the wonderful food but avoid the crowd here are a few dips and dishes to help you join the celebration!

These cumin-seared scallop tacos are absolutely amazing!  The smokiness of the cumin paired with the sweet mango salsa and the spicey tomatillo guacomole put this dish over the top.  The salsa and guacomole are even delicious by themselves as a dip.  Having this at your party will be a major crowd pleaser!

Black bean salsa would make a great addition to any fiesta or party.  Pair these with Tostitos new artisan chips; Roasted Garlic & Black Bean or Fire Roasted Chipotle.  Both chips are incredible by themselves, but paired with a dip like this would be amazing. 

It wouldn't be a celebration without something delicious to wash all the great food down.  Try these beer margaritas at your next party, the perfect drink for the beer and margarita lover.

Happy Cinco De Mayo  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

Menu for May 1-7, 2011

Pepperoni, sausage and bacon pizza
Chicago style hotdogs and french fries
Steaks, sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, and garlic bread
Pork stir-fry
Eat out/take out
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