If you love to read about fresh, local food, check out Edible Chicago. I fell in love with this regional magazine a few years ago when I picked up a copy of the northern Michigan edition while in Leland. The latest issue of the Chicago version is fantastic. You'll find a list of winter farmers' markets and in-season produce. Interested in learning how to grow your own food? See their article on the Peterson Garden Project (their learning center is located in Ravenswood, very close to Sauganash) and their upcoming seminars on gardening. If want to use your crock pot for a new and different meal, they have six intriguing recipes - I'll be trying the peanut butter chicken very soon.
Here was last week's menu at our house:
Sunday - Superbowl Party - No cooking needed!
Monday - Crispy Chicken with Sweet Potato & Regular Fries, Broccoli
Tuesday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches made with meat leftover from Slow Cooker Pork with Dried Cherries
We had about ten minutes to prep dinner on Tuesday, so these sandwiches made life easy. I just shredded the leftoever meat from Saturday evening's pork roast and reheated it with some barbecue sauce. Quick and a crowd pleaser.
Wednesday - Risotto with Italian Sausage, Red Peppers and Corn
This simple dish can be made in about 40 minutes. Recipe coming on Tuesday.
Thursday - Egg Cups with Proscuitto and Polenta for the adutls; Mac and Cheese for the kids
For the egg cups, first, I made creamy polenta with parmesan cheese. Then, I lined a few ramekins with proscuitto and filled them halfway with the polenta. I cracked one of Toni's beautiful eggs from the Food Swap into the cup and baked them in a hot oven. Very easy and delicious.
Friday - Pizza; Crispy Kale
Saturday - Grilled Steak with Chili and Lime, Roasted Potatoes, Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Orange and Smoked Paprika
Bob and I were heading out to the movies, but we were able to sit down to a family dinner before the show. The cauliflower was delicous - recipe coming on Thursday.