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    Menu for Week of July 20 through 26, 2013

    Charmie777
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:57 pm
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    Hi menu pals!!!! Is everyone enjoying their summers? Mine has been low key, but still enjoyable.

    Having a blast cooking for the ZWT!!! Lots of Greek and Creole meals!!!

    My menfok are going fishing all day tomorrow, so no cooking for me, and I'm SOOOO looking forward to a day alone!! I don't know if they'll bring back any fish, so I'm planning a "plan B" for Sunday.

    Here's my menu. Share yours!


    Saturday - no cooking!!

    Sunday - Grilled Cajun Cheddar Meatballs, Tabasco Cheddar Biscuits, Cajun-Grilled Corn on the Cob, Easy Greek Potatoes

    Monday - Crock Pot Taco Soup and making a cake for my boss' birthday, The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe You'll Ever Need! (Devil's Food) and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

    Tuesday - Greek Bread (Abm) used to make Greek Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Mediterranean Herbed Rice

    Wednesday - Chimichangas using shredded pork in freezer with rice and peppers and onions

    Thursday - left open for stretch!

    Friday - out to eat or left overs
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:09 pm
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    Charmie777 wrote:
    TGIF C,
    I hope they bring you some fish at least; but, enjoy your day of freedom!

    I like the sound of this, Greek Bread (Abm) used to make Greek Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Mediterranean Herbed Rice, sounds delicious. I love to do upscale grilled cheese sammies. Always fun to try different combinations.

    And what better ways to use up pork in the freezer, Chimichangas using shredded pork in freezer with rice and peppers and onions - yummy!!
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:31 pm
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    Hola Chicas!
    Another week already. C, hope the summer is good for you - nothing too special here either, but a nice summer. Although FL tends to be year round summer. A couple of weekend trips coming up; but, nothing much.
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    SAT ...
    Polenta party with friends (20 of us)
    1 18"x5' long board on the table spread with creamy cheesy polenta. I made my own board from a cheap 5' piece of pine, cut the corners off, sanded and finished with mineral oil
    We will top with 6 different dishes
    And NO, not my house, and NO, there are 7 of us cooking. Joint effort.
    This isn't mine, but it will look like this.

    I am making the fresh ricotta app, the stewed tomatoes, polenta, and salad.
    Appetizers:
    - spicy nuts
    - http://www.food.com/recipe/marinated-cheese-appetizer-33501, crackers
    - http://www.food.com/recipe/lemon-herb-homemade-ricotta-roasted-tomato-crostini-449994
    Dinner:
    - on one end of the board, iceberg lettuce leaves stuffed with salad; a mix of greens, cucumber, egg, artichokes in oil, red onion, croutons; Italian vinaigrette
    - on the other end, fruit marinated in a mint dressing skewered
    Main and Side Dishes:
    - Sauteed wild mushrooms in a beef herb broth and finished w/cream
    - Simmered mixed peppers and onions
    - Sauteed tomatoes, with olives and Feta
    - Spicy beef ragu, slow simmered in the crock pot
    - Shrimp scampi
    - Grilled Italian chicken thin sliced with a white wine sauce
    Dessert:
    - grilled pineapple with a homemade rum raisin ice cream
    - olive oil cake

    SUN ...
    Lady #4: Only 2 dishes this week, she has company
    - Corn chowder; loaf of pumpernickel
    - Pork tenderloin with a mushroom tomato sauce; mashed potatoes; salad
    Me: Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs with a citrus marinade; fruit

    MON ...
    G/F for dinner - She and I usually do Chinese every couple of months. Tonight, we are planning a cozy romantic dinner for she and hubby. She is treating, so NO idea. I'm guessing she wants Chinese ... predictable!

    TUES ...
    Leftovers or raid the fridge

    WED ...
    Lady #1 and Lady #2: Dinner party TBD. Thinking seafood 3 ways. Grilled garlic shrimp; grilled lobster w/fruit salsa; crab ceviche.
    Me: Enough beef for 1 patty. A burger w/fries or onion rings; fruit

    THURS ...
    Lady #3: Salmon w/tomato feta olive topping; couscous; cucumber salad
    Me: Cedar planked salmon w/bourbon glaze; wild rice; corn on the cob

    FRI ...
    Ladies #1 and #2: Game/Card Night - TBD
    Me: Out - trying a new Mexican place where a friend works for HH, then a friend over for a couple of beverages and a movie
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    Don't forget to clean out that fridge, freezer, and pantry! There is a meal waiting to be made.
    Charmie777
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:36 pm
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    That looks soooooo fun SC!!!!
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:51 pm
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    Charmie777 wrote:
    That looks soooooo fun SC!!!!

    It is C, we did one last year. The board cost me under $20, and 1 hr to make. And, it is reusable.

    You get everyone to make a couple of dishes, then it isn't hard. And, we all split the cost.

    We got some heavy duty dark red paper plates, and napkins. Same with the silverware. And, I found this amazing Italian material from the fabric store. $5. Just right over the table, no hemming nothing. Plastic round glassware as well for the wine. And my friend is hanging white lights around the lanai. I am picking up some red and white daisies that I will put in simple mason jars on the table. Very rustic.
    We are also doing lemoncello drinks to start too w/the nuts, cheese, and ricotta.

    Hardly any clean up, just hose off the board. We got plastic containers, so everyone can take home leftovers.

    There are 10 of us who are all pitching in. For 20 people, including drinks, it under 20.00 each. That is only 10.00/per person for a gourmet dinner, apps, and drinks. NOT bad huh?

    And, it's fun too. We really enjoy parties like this. At home, different, great food, and just interesting. I'm sure someone will throw a classic movie in after, light up the fire pit; and, sit back and relax. One girl said she would make a coffee drink. I think she is doing the olive oil cake too.
    SarasotaCook
    Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:54 pm
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    FYI,

    Rum Raisin ice cream. Take a generic vanilla ice cream and let it come to room temp. Add dark rum, vanilla beans, nuts, raisins, etc. Re-freeze. Really good rum raisin at 1/2 the cost. Works great!!
    ratherbeswimmin'
    Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:19 am
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    Morning ladies. Summer is great, spending our free time on the water--pool or lake icon_biggrin.gif Here is the plan Mon-Fri

    Mon: Chili Macaroni, steamed broccoli, salad, & sliced fresh peaches

    Tues: Crab Quiche, roasted asparagus, salad, & Lime and Lemonade

    Wed: Baklava Salmon (Salmon With Honey, Butter, Walnuts, and Mustard), steamed squash/zucchini, salad, Cantaloupe Sorbet

    Thurs: Slow-Cooked Short Ribs, Carrot Orzo, & salad

    Fri: Hoagie-Style Sandwiches, pickle spears, salad, Raspberry Cobbler, & Kate's Afternoon Wine Cooler (Zwt - France)

    Work Lunches: Spinach Strawberry Salad & Mandarin Salad

    Breakfast: French Toast

    Snacks: Strawberries & Cream Bread (Strawberry or Blueberry)
    Charmie777
    Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:34 am
    Forum Host
    ratherbeswimmin' wrote:
    Morning ladies. Summer is great, spending our free time on the water--pool or lake icon_biggrin.gif Here is the plan Mon-Fri

    Mon: Chili Macaroni, steamed broccoli, salad, & sliced fresh peaches

    Tues: Crab Quiche, roasted asparagus, salad, & Lime and Lemonade

    Wed: Baklava Salmon (Salmon With Honey, Butter, Walnuts, and Mustard), steamed squash/zucchini, salad, Cantaloupe Sorbet

    Thurs: Slow-Cooked Short Ribs, Carrot Orzo, & salad

    Fri: Hoagie-Style Sandwiches, pickle spears, salad, Raspberry Cobbler, & Kate's Afternoon Wine Cooler (Zwt - France)

    Work Lunches: Spinach Strawberry Salad & Mandarin Salad

    Breakfast: French Toast

    Snacks: Strawberries & Cream Bread (Strawberry or Blueberry)
    MMM Saved the chili macaroni!
    Meredith C-ville
    Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:48 am
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    SC -- the polenta party sounds great. I guess you need a pretty strong arm to stir enough polenta to feed 20!! I love communal efforts like that. We are looking forward to the promised break from the unbearable heat/humidity. We'll still be hot, but at least not oppressively so.

    Sat – friend’s b’day gathering; I think we are all just pitching in for pizza; not exciting, but simple, and everyone gets to enjoy the company

    Sun – may be at inlaws’ pool and then have dinner there, but we might stop in at some friends’ after dinner, in which case we would eat at home…something easy like tuna melts

    Mon – stirfry with fish over brown rice (did not make last week due to leftovers)

    Tue – Freezer Ready Cornflake Chicken Fingers (turns out I had one more meal’s worth!), broccoli, some kind of starch; maybe corn on the cob -- which we have not had at all this summer!

    Wed – Ana's Honey and Soy Glazed Salmon with green onions and almonds, bok choy, maybe with quinoa

    Thu – Beef Pitas With Yogurt Sauce with green beans (wannabe ZWT)

    Fri – My sister is coming for a visit (from Denver!)! I am going to make Turkey Tamale Casserole ahead of time. I’ve been making that a lot lately … but I just want to have something ready; we may or may not decide to cook something else. She tends to eat gluten-free, so this is a good and easy way to accomplish that. If we make something else, I'll have it all set for some future easy meal!

    --M
    SarasotaCook
    Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:57 pm
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    MCV, yes. Last year was 16 people and we did 2 large pots. You almost need an oar to stir it! Luckily, we have the whole stove dedicated to polenta cooking, lol.
    ellie_
    Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:26 am
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    SarasotaCook
    Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:28 am
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    Ellie, the summer stew looks good.
    2ChinaGirls
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:50 pm
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    Hi All,

    It's been awhile, but I'm gearing up for a return to work after summer break, so I'm forcing myself to be more organized!

    Sun: Had a crowd, and grilled hanger steak marinaded in Alton Brown Marinade for Beef, grilled corn on the cob and a caprese salad. Of course, we also had a good crusty bread.

    Mon: Tried a new pasta dish made with fresh spinach and a pesto type sauce made of spinach, goat cheese, cream cheese, garlic and s&p. It was fabulous! Also had a caesar salad.

    Tuesday: Was supposed to have leftovers from last night, but had a disaster and the ceramic bowl with the pasta leftovers came out of the frig and shattered! So, just pulled some frozen tortellini out and tossed it with butter and parmesan.

    Wednesday: Had Hot Tamale Balls with a green salad. DD and I also made for the freezer:

    6 more meals worth of Hot Tamale Balls
    2 meals of Sloppy Joes
    3 meals of Taco meat
    30 bean and cheese burritos

    That with the two meals of parmesan chicken and two marinaded chicken meals to throw on the grill I put in the freezer last week gives me a good headstart on the school year.

    Thursday: Take and bake pizza and a green salad. I need a break from the kitchen!

    Friday: Cooking the 16 lb turkey I have thawing. Will make 5 lbs of mashed potatoes (more for the freezer!) and some stuffing. Should get at least 4 meals of turkey for the freezer and a good amount of turkey broth from it as well!

    Saturday: Not sure yet...I work, but DH and DD might be gone to get my other DD from her Aunt's house in Reno where she has been all week.

    Have a great week all!
    Charmie777
    Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:40 pm
    Forum Host
    2ChinaGirls wrote:
    Hi All,

    It's been awhile, but I'm gearing up for a return to work after summer break, so I'm forcing myself to be more organized!

    Sun: Had a crowd, and grilled hanger steak marinaded in Alton Brown Marinade for Beef, grilled corn on the cob and a caprese salad. Of course, we also had a good crusty bread.

    Mon: Tried a new pasta dish made with fresh spinach and a pesto type sauce made of spinach, goat cheese, cream cheese, garlic and s&p. It was fabulous! Also had a caesar salad.

    Tuesday: Was supposed to have leftovers from last night, but had a disaster and the ceramic bowl with the pasta leftovers came out of the frig and shattered! So, just pulled some frozen tortellini out and tossed it with butter and parmesan.

    Wednesday: Had Hot Tamale Balls with a green salad. DD and I also made for the freezer:

    6 more meals worth of Hot Tamale Balls
    2 meals of Sloppy Joes
    3 meals of Taco meat
    30 bean and cheese burritos

    That with the two meals of parmesan chicken and two marinaded chicken meals to throw on the grill I put in the freezer last week gives me a good headstart on the school year.

    Thursday: Take and bake pizza and a green salad. I need a break from the kitchen!

    Friday: Cooking the 16 lb turkey I have thawing. Will make 5 lbs of mashed potatoes (more for the freezer!) and some stuffing. Should get at least 4 meals of turkey for the freezer and a good amount of turkey broth from it as well!

    Saturday: Not sure yet...I work, but DH and DD might be gone to get my other DD from her Aunt's house in Reno where she has been all week.

    Have a great week all!
    OH my Gosh, Chinagirl!!!! That is awesome!!!! I need to do a OAMC day!!!!
    I've never frozen mashed potatoes - any tips?
    Charmie777
    Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:05 pm
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