All week, my little one has been asking me how many pastries I have. I couldn't figure out what she was talking about until she said "You know, on your blog mama. How many pastries did you get today?" Somehow, she translated "pageviews" into "pastries". Very cute. If I get alot, she tells me I'm doing a good job. Nice to know I'm being evaluated. If you enjoy my blog, please help spread the word to your friends. You can email the link or share my Facebook page. If you have recipes you'd like to see, please let me know and I'll work on them. I love any excuse to cook. Thank you!
Here's the menu from last week:
Sunday -Panera Bread
We ran into some friends at mass, and went out for a quick dinner with them. No cooking for or dishes to wash for the kids.
Monday - Top Sirloin with Orange and Balsamic Vinegar; Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Vert.
I whisked together the zest from an orange, two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, two tablespoons of olive oil and two crushed garlic cloves, then used that to marinade top sirloin. I cooked the steak on the indoor grill pan and roasted some fingerling potatoes in a hot oven to go with the meal. I bought Haricot Vert green beans at Costco, so they were on the menu alot this week.
Tuesday - Ground Turkey Tacos with Refried Black Beans and Rice
When one of my daughters said we should have taco tuesday every week, I had to laugh as I looked at the mess of pots, pans and bowls all over the ktichen. Yes, they are tasty, but it takes a long time to clean up. I browned a pound of ground turkey thigh, threw in about 3/4 cup of salsa and some chili powder and let that simmer for about 20 minutes. One of my daughters passes on the meat, but loads her place with rice and beans.
Wednesday - Penne and Sauce with Italian Chicken Sausage, Haricot Vert
Thursday - Leftovers for adults (tacos, chicken pot pie); Mac and Cheese for kids, Salad with Oranges
Friday - Homemade Cheese Pizza, Green Beans
Saturday - Crock Pot Apple Cider and Cherry Pork Roast, Rice, Slow Roasted Kale
It was one of those days when we started early and went in separate directions all day long. Bob and I spent much of the day in the car. We had about an hour for a family dinner before out oldest went out to babysit at 7pm. This pork roast was simmered in the crock pot all afternoon while we went to birthday parties, acting class, model UN conferences, basketball, soccer, etc. I served it with rice and kale that had been roasted in a slow oven.
Tomorrow I'm attending the Chicago Food Swap at Katherine Ann Confections. I made Hazelnut Macarons with Raspberry Chocolate Ganache. I can't wait to see what I can trade it for tomorrow! Recipes for the week will include the Crock Pot Apple Cider and Cherry Pot Roast (Tuesday) and Macarons (Saturday). I'm doing alot of baking, so Thursday's recipe will either be a side dish or something sweet. Lent is coming - I need to get my sweet fix in before it starts!