Archive for January, 2010

Weekend recap

January 31, 2010

Survived the week, but no energy left for anything fancy for the weekend: Friday – Tilapia with olives and peppers, over angel hair pasta Saturday – Take out Thai Sunday: Salmon with lemon-cilantro vinaigrette Baked fingerling potatos with garlic lemon sauce (instead of couscous featured in the salmon recipe) Roasted asparagus

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Dinner on the run

January 28, 2010

Three nights in a row, I’ve grumbled, mumbled, bumbled my way to getting dinner on the table.  Leftovers saved me on Tuesday.  Wednesday I threw together that fried-rice dish lickety-split. Substituted raw sliced sugar snap peas for the frozen peas.  The locally harvested shrimpmeat (tiny little things) was a nice touch. Left the dish steaming […]

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Dinner plan derailed

January 26, 2010

I’m still kicking the tires on the meal planning process. Takes three weeks to turn effort into habit, I’ve heard. Must have good attitude; life happens. Take today, for instance. When events go off-schedule, the meal plan goes sideways fast. I knew the goal of shrimp fried-rice for dinner was at risk about mid-afternoon. A […]

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Comfort food scores on a busy Monday

January 25, 2010

Monday craziness. Sometime between the end of play rehearsal and the start of basketball practice I churned out a Shepherd’s Pie and a salad. Comfort food at its finest, inspired a few years ago by a good friend with small children. She served us Shepherd’s Pie and my sons raved so much, I had to […]

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Sunday with the slow cooker

January 24, 2010

Tonight’s dinner was mediocre in my book. I loved pulled pork. I’m not a big fan of slow cooker recipes but the Real Simple recipe seemed oh-so-easy. I should have trusted my instincts: the abundance of oregano and cocoa was just weird. I did substitute one ingredient — stewed tomatoes with extra hot sauce instead […]

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Date night @ Delancey

January 24, 2010

We finally made it to Delancey on Saturday, the same day I opened my latest issue of Sunset magazine to find the restaurant noted as one of best pizza places in the West. Booked a table for a group weeks ago to avoid the two-hour wait. Indulged in wood-fired thin-crust goodness. To die for (IMHO): […]

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A flexible Friday night dinner

January 22, 2010

I wasn’t planning to be in the kitchen tonight. Friday. Time to kick back and order out. (Actually, we rarely order out. I must be dreaming.) Then I remembered there’s broccoli in the fridge and my mind went immediately to the most fantastic recipe EVER: Roasted broccoli with shrimp. Found this first mentioned on Molly […]

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Meal plan, in flux

January 21, 2010

This week marked the first time I’ve done a complete meal plan in a long time.  We’re nearly through the week and it has gone fairly well. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – right on schedule and delish.  Last night I burned out. Opted for frozen pizza and was so scattered I left the cardboard on it […]

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The return of the meal plan

January 20, 2010

Many years ago when I was in grad school, and my husband was in grad school, and we both were working full time in big offices at opposite ends of Chicago, we realized that our interest in eating well was being compromised.  For obvious reasons. This was BK – before kids (actually, my first son […]

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Monday dinners – another quick one

January 18, 2010

Mondays are always hectic around our house. Tonight’s menu was a quickie: Salmon burgers (frozen patties from Trident Seafoods work just great in a stovetop grill pan) with Orowheat whole wheat sandwich thins (“geez, these are flat” but they’re delish and only 100 cal.) Salad of baby lettuces, persian cukes, red bell pepper, a few […]

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