Weekly Menu 12/9–12/13

It’s that time of year…. time to cook like crazy.  The weather is chilly, the house is decorated, people are coming and going.  The best thing to do is put your kitchen to work with some meals to cozy up to.

Monday – Boursin Mac and Cheese with Chopped Kale (I’m making this one up as I go.  I’ll post the recipe if it comes out OK.)

Boursin® Cheese - Garlic & Fine Herbs

Tuesday – Roasted Chicken with Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Beets

Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe

Wednesday – Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup (I WILL NOT use Velveeta!  Shredded Cheddar only!)

It's a cheeseburger in a bowl!  This slow cooker cheeseburger soup is sure to please the entire family! #recipe #soup

Thursday – Pork Milanese with Lemon Caper Sauce and Risotto

Picture of Pork Milanese Recipe

Friday – Shrimp n Grits (The Deen Brothers have the best recipe!)

Shrimp ’n’ Grits recipe


Weekly Menu 12/2–12/6

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Time to gear up for Christmas!  Here is a hearty and satisfying menu for a week full of decorating and shopping!

Monday – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup

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Tuesday – Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish

Picture of Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish Recipe

Wednesday – Turkey Meatball Stroganoff in the Slow Cooker

Turkey Meatball Stroganoff

Thursday – Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Friday – Fig and Prosciutto Pizza

Weekly Menu 11/11–11/15

Happy Veterans Day and thank you to all who have served!

It is cooling down in the Carolinas!  The high is 45 this week.  Eeeek!  But the menu is sure to warm even the coldest fingers and toes!

Monday – Broccoli and Bacon Quiche (recipe coming soon!)

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Tuesday – Stuffed Acorn Squash (I’m going to add a little chopped kale to this.)

Wednesday – Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken

Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken with Couscous

Thursday – Meaty Lasagna and Tossed Salad

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Friday – Braised Short Ribs and Sautéed Kale

Weekly Menu 11/4–11/8

Happy November!  I am so excited this time of year.  I want to cook and nest and snuggle with my family.  I want to bust out the Christmas decorations already, but I won’t.  I’ll find other ways to decorate. 

After completing the 31 Days challenge, I am happy to get back to my normal routine.  But I loved every minute of my 31 days and feel so much better for doing it.

Many of the items on this weeks menu are from a cookbook my daughter brought home from her school book fair. It is the Disney Princess Cookbook and is also available through Amazon.  Hopefully this will inspire my little princess to eat more than just pizza and tacos.  And it will get her into the kitchen!  She loves to help me cook, but this time I can let her take the lead!

So, without further adieu, here it the weekly menu.

Monday – Spiral Cut Ham, Tiana’s Southern Spoonbread (pg. 77) and Green Beans

Tuesday – Ham and Cheese Biscuit Braids (pg. 37) with Carrots and Ranch

Wednesday – Crock Pot Taco Soup (based on this recipe with my own changes)


Thursday – Unbearably Delicious Fish Cakes (pg. 62) and Tossed Salad

Friday – Steak Au Poivre – I like Alton Brown’s recipe the best.

Picture of Steak au Poivre Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples

There is absolutely no way to make slow cooked meals look good in pictures so I’m sorry for the lack of good pictures.  I tried.  Really, I did.


This is a wonderful fall meal.  It has all the flavors of the season.  It has been kid tested and approved, too.  My neighbors made it the other night and I got a thumbs up from the whole family.  (Thanks, Bob and Melora!)

1 pkg. chicken thighs with skinIMG_5926

1 C apple juice

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar



1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1/3 C packed brown sugar

1 onion, sliced

2 apples, cut into slices or IMG_5923chunks




Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Brown them on both sides.  Place in slow cooker with skin side up.  Sprinkle each thigh with a little of the brown sugar.  IMG_5920

Mix together the apple juice, cider vinegar and mustard.  Pour around the chicken.

Arrange the onion and apples around the chicken.  Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar over the entire dish.


Cook on low for 6 hours.


I suggest serving over brown rice or quinoa just for a little nutty flavor.  Also, a couple sprigs of thyme arranged on top of the whole mixture in the crockpot would add a hint of flavor.  I didn’t do it this time but I will next time.

Weekly Menu 9/23–9/27


Monday – Creamy Mushroom and Fontina Pasta – this looks fantastic! 

Creamy Mushroom-Fontina Pasta

Tuesday – Cali Turkey Burgers – regular turkey burgers with creamy avocado and bacon wrapped in lettuce.


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Wednesday – Parmesan Honey Roast Pork in the Crock Pot with smashed garlic potatoes.  This looks so good I can’t wait to try it!

Thursday – Taco nachos!  Made with taco meat, black beans, fresh salsa and lots of gooey cheese!!!  Add some guacamole and Greek yogurt on the side.

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Friday – French Mussel Bisque with Crusty Bread – just watched this on Barefoot Contessa and I must try it!

Weekly Menu 9/9–9/13

I feel like Fall is in full swing.  Football is on, evenings are cool(er), and leaves are beginning to change.  I am pulling out the fall decorations and giving the house a little lift.  I want my menu to reflect that, too. 

Monday – Pasta Primavera – this version is full of squash – zucchini, yellow and butternut all make an appearance.

Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff

Wednesday – Brown Sugar Chicken with Apples in the Crock Pot – chicken thighs with a brown sugar and Dijon mustard rub slow cooked with apples in apple juice.

Thursday – Cheese Ravioli in Sage Butter – so easy it hurts.  Make Buitoni cheese raviolis according to the package.  Melt butter in a pan then add 10 fresh sage leaves that have been chopped.  Pour the butter over the cooked ravioli and sprinkle with parmesan.

Friday – It’s another baseball day so there will be dinner on the go.  Probably sandwiches.