Saturday, October 31, 2009

November 1 - 6

Happy November! Let's eat some trashy tailgating food!

The aforementioned tailgate feast:
Ribs (Phil's secret recipe -- I couldn't tell you how to make them if I tried. I think there's pineapple juice involved somewhere, but that's all I know)
Koegel's hot dogs
Other assorted chips, snacks, non-vegetable related items

And then, we try to atone for our gluttony with some fairly healthy stuff:

Lentil pilaf
sauteed broccoli, red pepper, onion, mushrooms to go on top

Salmon melt (like a tuna melt, but with, you know, salmon) with some lovely sharp cheddar and crunchy multigrain bread
I'm thinking carrot sticks and apple slices with this...

Acorn squash with turkey sausage stuffing (see October 11 2009 for recipe details)

And I know it goes without saying, but for dessert all week?
Leftover Halloween candy.
Like the bag of fun-sized Heath bars I hid in the closet so we wouldn't have to hand them out to kids...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

October 24 - 31

We've been defrosting this 11-pound chicken for a few days. It's almost thawed -- we plan to roast it tomorrow. My mom knows a chicken farmer who raises these big guys. The farmer says this breed just grows to be giant... so anyway, we'll try it and see. Needless to say, when I heard my mom was planning on buying some chickens from someone she knew, I never anticipated the one she'd get for me would be bigger than some turkeys.

Agricultural monstrosities aside, it looks to be a pretty regular week... nothin' fancy. It's cold and windy and rainy now, and I just want to stay home and cook things so the stove and oven will create warmth and good smells. And maybe if I cook good stuff, I'll be less tempted to break into all the Halloween candy I finally bought today...

And so...


Homemade pizza. I'm trying a new crust, since the two recipes I have require more machinery than I care to wash right now (one is for a bread machine, the other for the Cuisinart). Just basic pizza crust with a mix of white and whole wheat flour, then just regular stuff: sauce, mozzarella, ham, onion, mushroom, red pepper...

Salad to go with it


We're gonna roast a giant chicken! (We'll use the extra later this week, and I might try to freeze some of the meat -- I have no idea how cooked chicken freezes -- and I hope to make stock with the giant chicken's bones)
Roasted brussels sprouts


Chicken quesadillas (with leftover chicken, duh)


Pasta with chicken, veggies and pesto


Take out! Yummmmmmmm


Happy Halloween... I think we're making chili -- good for munching between trick-or-treaters.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 11 - 15

So, I bought a bunch of squash a few weeks ago. I get my squash varieties all mixed up, so I just let it sit there, thinking I'd suddenly remember what kind it was and then magically know what to do with it. Well, it didn't happen, but God bless Google, who gave me pictures, labels and recipes, so I could properly identify and cook my little nuggets of joy...

And, I know, acorn squash should be a pretty easy one to recognize, but, well, I'm challenged that way, I guess...

So for dinner tonight, acorn squash! We know what it is!

Acorn squash stuffed with sausage: Cut a squash in half, turn face down in a baking dish with an inch of water, cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Meanwhile, saute some turkey sausage with casings removed to brown it. I'm thinking there might also be some onion involved here. When the squash is cooked, put brown sugar on the inside, then stuff with the sausage & onion. Bake for 15 minutes more.
We'll have broccoli and lovely sourdough bread with this.

Pork tenderloin (olive oil, salt, pepper, sear in a pan, then cook in 400 degree oven until done)
Oven-roasted brussels sprouts
Sauteed apples

Tomato soup: I'm not really going to follow a recipe, but I'm thinking saute onion & garlic, add some veggie stock, simmer, add some tomatoes (I canned a bunch and haven't used any yet, so maybe a jar of those), cook, then blend with my handy-dandy stick blender that you can put right into the soup pot.

And either toast or grilled cheese, depending on how things go.

More soup.

Grilled halibut, maybe with capers. Sprinkle some lemon juice at the end.
Baby potatoes

Have a good week!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

October 4 - 9

Happy October!

I did well a few weeks ago, and then last week fell back into my old habits... random grazing from the fridge, take-out... it wasn't pretty. But I think I'm turning a corner and getting my ducks back into some kind of a row.
Here's the plan:


Sausage, beer and cabbage soup -- I love this stuff.

Good bread for dipping


Pasta with beans and endive: based on a recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home:

3 cloves garlic

1 onion

olive oil


salt and pepper

1 can tomatoes

1 can cannellini beans

lemon juice

penne pasta

Start cooking the pasta. Saute the onion in the olive oil, then add garlic. Add the endive, season, and cook until it wilts a bit. Add tomatoes and beans, simmer. Add some lemon juice right at the end.
Serve sauce over pasta with grated cheese on top.


Meatloaf, boiled baby potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts. This is the meatloaf I planned to make a few weeks ago -- it didn't happen, so I'll try it now.


Pizza on Naan flatbread: Pizza sauce, then whatever pizza-ish veggies are hanging around: mushrooms, red pepper, sundried tomatoes, some artichokes from the jar in the fridge, maybe some zucchini, and mozzarella on top. If it's nice, I'll cook it with indirect heat on the grill. If it's not nice out, I'll bake it for 10 minutes or so in the oven at about 425 degrees.


Fish tacos!

Season up some cod, saute in a pan.

Make tacos with whole wheat tortillas, fish, shredded cabbage (save a bit from the soup on Sunday), salsa, avocado, shredded cheese, etc.

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