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 11/18–11/22

This week, I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  There are so many talented cooks out there and so many creative recipes.  Several inspired me and with some tweaks, I will be giving them a try this week.

Monday – Pumpkin Alfredo with Bacon (I don’t really like Mac n Cheese so I’m making an Alfredo sauce with pumpkin, but this photo inspired me.  I’ll post my recipe after it is family approved!)

Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese with Bacon

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Apple and Brussel Sprout Salad (I plan to cook my Brussel sprouts first.)

Wednesday – Root Beer Pulled Pork and Southern Green Beans (pork in the Crock Pot!)

Quick Southern Green Beans

Thursday – Taco Pockets (My kids like tacos so much, I feel like I serve them once a week!  I have got to come up with some inventive ways to eat tacos!)

(image from Pillsbury)

Friday – Shrimp Wonton Cups

Weekly Menu 11/18–11/22

This week, I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  There are so many talented cooks out there and so many creative recipes.  Several inspired me and with some tweaks, I will be giving them a try this week.

Monday – Pumpkin Alfredo with Bacon (I don’t really like Mac n Cheese so I’m making an Alfredo sauce with pumpkin, but this photo inspired me.  I’ll post my recipe after it is family approved!)

Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese with Bacon

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Apple and Brussel Sprout Salad (I plan to cook my Brussel sprouts first.)

Wednesday – Root Beer Pulled Pork and Southern Green Beans (pork in the Crock Pot!)

Quick Southern Green Beans

Thursday – Taco Pockets (My kids like tacos so much, I feel like I serve them once a week!  I have got to come up with some inventive ways to eat tacos!)

(image from Pillsbury)

Friday – Shrimp Wonton Cups

Weekly Menu 11/18–11/22

This week, I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  There are so many talented cooks out there and so many creative recipes.  Several inspired me and with some tweaks, I will be giving them a try this week.

Monday – Pumpkin Alfredo with Bacon (I don’t really like Mac n Cheese so I’m making an Alfredo sauce with pumpkin, but this photo inspired me.  I’ll post my recipe after it is family approved!)

Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese with Bacon

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Apple and Brussel Sprout Salad (I plan to cook my Brussel sprouts first.)

Wednesday – Root Beer Pulled Pork and Southern Green Beans (pork in the Crock Pot!)

Quick Southern Green Beans

Thursday – Taco Pockets (My kids like tacos so much, I feel like I serve them once a week!  I have got to come up with some inventive ways to eat tacos!)

(image from Pillsbury)

Friday – Shrimp Wonton Cups

Shrimp, Corn, and Bacon Chowder

I must warn you… this recipe is neither low fat nor lactose free.  But it is good.  And simple.  It is a rich and creamy chowder sure to warm you from the inside out.

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You will need:

3 C. corn – fresh and cut off of cobb

1 small sweet onion, diced

3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, boiled and diced

3 C. milk

1 C. heavy cream

3 Tbsp. butter

1/2 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 strips of bacon, diced

 

In a large pan, add 1 Tbsp. butter and melt.  Sauté corn until just beginning to get tender, appx. 3 minutes.  Add diced onion and salt and pepper.  Continue to sauté until onions begin to get translucent, appx. 5 minutes.  Add shrimp and cook until pink.

Put cooked corn mixture into a medium sized pot.  Add the diced potatoes.  Pour in milk, cream, and butter.  Butter should be cut into smaller pieces to help it melt faster.  Heat over low heat.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Do not let the chowder boil!  Allow it to simmer for 15 – 20 min.

Meanwhile, in a small pan, cook diced bacon until crispy and set aside to drain on a paper towel.

Serve chowder in a shallow bowl with the bacon sprinkled on top.  Yum!

Weekly Menu 9/16–9/20

As you are reading this I am on my way home from a wonderful visit with my family.  We all flew up to Maine to celebrate my mother’s birthday which is actually today!  Happy Birthday, Mom!

 

Monday – Pizza!  We will go out for this.  I haven’t been home to do any shopping so the fridge is bare!

Tuesday – Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

 

Wednesday – Pasta with Proscuitto, Tomato and Olive

// Prosciutto, tomato, and olive spaghetti

Thursday – Stuffed Peppers (a DC original!)

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Friday – Shrimp Pad Thai

pad thai noodles with shrimp

Weekly Menu 8/26–8/30

Today is the most gorgeous Carolina day!  Clear blue sky, perfect temperature, no humidity!  I am so content.  I’m cooking up some of my favorites to celebrate the weather.

Monday – Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Tuesday – White Chicken Chili Tacos (chicken tacos with white beans and cilantro)

Wednesday – Pasta Bolognese

Thursday – Corn Flake Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas

Friday – Grilled Shrimp and Corn with Cucumber Salad

Weekly Menu 8/12–8/16

I can’t believe that it is the last week of summer!  Where did the time go?  We have had a fantastic summer, but I think it is time to go back to school.  I crave the structure and the schedule that goes along with school.  I think, secretly, my kids do too.

Monday – 3 Bean Enchiladas – we are sticking with Meatless Mondays!

Tuesday – Spaghetti Carbonara – this is one of my favorites!!

 

Wednesday – Shrimp Stir Fry

Thursday – Burgers and Grilled Corn on the Cob

Friday – this weekend is going to be spent getting ready for school so it’s a chefs choice day.  Whatever I have in the fridge is what is for dinner. 

Weekly Menu 6/24–6/28

I can’t believe it is the end of June!!!  My how time flies!  I am really enjoying the fabulous flavors of summer and all of the good grilling weather.  I hope you are too!

Monday – Shrimp and Chorizo Spicy Fettuccini – loosely based on this recipe.  I will be using less chorizo and adding a little parmesan and pasta water to make it saucier.

 Spanish Spaghetti with Shrimp and Chorizo

Tuesday – Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Wednesday – Chicken Milanese with Tomato and Fennel

Picture of Chicken Milanese with Tomato and Fennel Sauce Recipe

Thursday – Honey Beer Braised Ribs with Grilled Corn Salad

Honey-Beer Braised Ribs Recipe

Friday – Dijon Brown Sugar Marinated Steak with Spinach and Apple Salad

Weekly Menu 5/6–5/10

Monday – Fillet of Beef Bourguignonne

 

Tuesday – Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Boursin and Proscuitto

 

Wednesday – Rotini with Romano, Black Pepper and Arugula (loosely based on Giada’s Recipe)

Thursday – Homemade Chicken Soup

Friday – Shrimp on the Barbie with Grilled Veggies