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Jul. 13th, 2009


July Menu

Hello! I used to be in this comm a loooong time ago and decided to re-join. I'm back to doing monthly menus: It's summer so I have time; we've spent too much on too many grocery trips and eating out; I'm pregnant and want to eat better; monthly menus will make life easier when the school year starts (we're both hs teachers) and when the baby's here.

So here is my July menu. I started it on the 6th (plus we were out of town until then).

7 - Out w/C&A: Houlihans
8 - Pizza & Salad
9 - Lena Bday: Party @ Babe’s
10 - Cicken milano (breaded, baked), fettuccine alfredo & Salad Leftovers
11 - Gr Ckn (out), mac & chz, cobb corn Cicken milano (breaded, baked), fettuccine alfredo & Salad
12 - Pan grilled shrimp, leftovers Mac&Chs, cobb corn
13 - Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, any leftovers
14 - Nachos/Quesadilla’s
15 - Skilled fried chicken, cob corn, salad
16 - Lasagna, garlic bread, salad
17 - Fried shrimp, baked potatoes, ranch beans
18 - Eat Out
19 - Pizza, salad
20 - Parmesan chicken, rice-roni, ranch beans
21 - Turkey burgers, french fries
22 - BBQ chicken sandwich, potato salad
23 - Garlic shrimp, leftovers
24 - Out of town
25 - Out of town
26 - Out of town
27 - Out of town
28 - Skillet grilled chicken, scalloped potatoes, cobb corn
29 - Eat Out
30 - Cicken spaghetti, salad
31 - Cicken pot pie

Jul. 6th, 2009


Help with BBQ chicken!

I am making baked barbecue chicken tonight.  I'm baking about 4 pieces (a mixture of breats, thighs, etc.)  At what temp and how long should I bake them?


Apr. 19th, 2009

Life Short Eat


Chopped Challenge

Do you ever just feel like your in a food rut? Like you are making the same things for your family over and over again? That's pretty much how I've been feeling for weeks.

Wandering up and down the aisles of the grocery store last night, I realized that I just wasn't feeling inspired to cook...again. Later, watching TV with my hubby, I saw Food Network's Chopped.

The basic premise on Chopped is that three or more chefs are selected and they are each given a mystery picnic basket of unrelated ingredients to work with. With this mystery basket they must create either an appetizer, entree or dessert, using all of the components in the basket. The dish must be created in under thirty minutes. The chefs are in a fully stocked kitchen so they are also permitted to use other ingredients in addition to the contents of the basket.

Chopped gave me an idea. What if we hosted a Challenge here on LJ? Would anyone be interested? Here's my thoughts:

1. The challenge would be open to cooks of all skill levels. It is not a contest. There are no winners or losers. The idea is to help us get creative and think 'outside the (culinary) box'. Participation each month is totally optional.
2. Week #1 I would make a post, asking for suggested ingredients.
3. Week #2 I would create a poll with the suggested ingredients and everyone can vote on their favorite. The top four ingredients will need to be used in the dish. You may create a breakfast, lunch, appetizer, entree, dessert or beverage with your ingredients. I reserve the right to veto any single ingredient that I find really vile or revolting.
4. Just like with Chopped, you can use other ingredients in addition to the mystery ingredients. Preperation and cook time should be limited to one hour or less.
5. The remainder of each month you will have time to create your dish.
6. Once completed, you must post your recipe as a reply to the orginal challenge. Dishes are due no later than the end of the month. Pictures of the completed dish are appreciated but not required.

If it sounds like fun to you, just drop my LJ and reply to the poll.

Jan. 16th, 2009


Healthy snacks to make with first graders!

All right everyone, I need some creative ideas!  I'm a first grade teacher, and for Catholic Schools Week, each class is to prepare a healthy snack to share with the school.  I was thinking veggie pizz...the kids can spread the dressing/"sauce" and veggies on it.  Ants on a log and trail mix were taken by other classes.  Any good ideas?  I'm looking for something that won't be too difficult and with no actual cooking, except for anything I could prepare ahead of time.  We have many peanut allergies so anything with nuts or peanut butter is out.

Thanks in advance!

Jan. 4th, 2009

purple fairy


Sunday Evening

I am obsessed with my food these days. I have a desire to increase my mindfulness when eating. I was inspired by a spotlighted community called "ofmornings" Breakfast beautifully photographed. I would often just sit down with a bowl of soup with a slice of bread and wearily call it good. Since I took that health risk assessment, I have tried to include all the heart healthy recommendations like nuts, grains, dairy, fruits and veggies. I was more mindful of that when the kids were little. Then as they grew, it became more about quantity. The boys were huge eaters. This soup is not low cal:) It is a treat. It's all about balance, right?

This is a modified Taste of Home recipe for baked potato soup:
I halved it and it made allot!
I am going to freeze some for future weeknight dinners

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
3 large baking potatoes, baked, cooled, peeled and cubed
1/2 large sweet onion diced
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

In a medium to large soup kettle, melt the butter. Stir in flour; heat and stir until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Yields: about 4 large servings.

*I browned the onions in a bit of the bacon grease*

It is even better the second day as all of the flavors have melded together better.

I served it with my homemade chardonnay, strawberries, orange segments, macadamia nuts and croissant

Were following that up with the rest of Traffic. We started watching it last night and both got too tired so were finishing it tonight.

Jan. 2nd, 2009

purple fairy


My First Dinner of 2009

OK, I did it! I ate health all day yesterday. I did have a slice of home made bread at work. The cook brings it hot accompanied by creamy butter to the nurses station and then she says "Mary, you want some homemade bread?" What's a girl to do?

Last night I made salmon cakes with brown rice, stir fried vegetables and a few slices of orange. Washed it down with yet another glass of that light silk soy. I am loving that.

The salmon recipe is so easy.
1 can of salmon
1 pkg of Old Bay seasoning mix for salmon cakes
1/2 cup mayo
mix together, form into patties and fry in coconut oil for 5 min. each side
The sides are frozen stir fry veggies and brown rice flakes (only takes 3 minutes)
The rice flakes give a texture similar to polenta.
and some pretty oranges too:)

Oct. 5th, 2008

Life Short Eat


(no subject)

Using breakast juices (orange and apple) in recipes this week. Golden raisins will appear in both the ham entree and the apple dumplings. Remaining bread will be cubed and made into croutons for the following week. During the football season, my hubby picks what he wants to eat each Sunday during the afternoon/early evening game. In no particular order:

* Ham Steak with Orange Glaze, Roasted Vegetables, Tossed Salad
* Pork Tenderloin with Fig Chipotle Jam, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
* Family Style Vegetable Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (we'll do this two nights)
* (D's pick) Sweet Italian Sausage Links on Hoagies with Carmelized Onions and Peppers, Baked French Fries
* Ziti with Meat Sauce, Tossed Salad

Dessert: Cinnamon Caramel Apple Dumplings

Sep. 29th, 2008

fall path


It's been forever......

Thursday: Grilled Cheese & clam chowder
Friday: Flat Irons & potato salad
Saturday: More Flat Iron steaks with baked potatoes and cool cucumber slices with ranch to dip them in
Sunday:  We winged it since it was just The Man and I with cold cereal and later a PB & J

This week: 
Monday: Chicken Marsala with tossed salad
Tuesday: Spaghetti with garlic bread and a veggie
Wednesday: taco taco tacos
Thursday: Spicy crispy chicken wraps (I'll put recipe later if this works out well)
Friday: pizza night

Sep. 17th, 2008



i had to share this one

 1 Coffee Mug
 4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
 4 tablespoons sugar
 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
 1 egg
 3 tablespoons milk
 3 tablespoons oil
 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
 Small splash of vanilla
 Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well . Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
 Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
 Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
 Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
 EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)
 And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night

Sep. 16th, 2008



no thinking required

with the start of a new school year underway and a very busy schedule filled with cub/girl scouts and football practices/games. we are non-stop mondays thru saturdays.

i swore to myself that i WOULD NOT take the easy route and feed my kids fast food during this busy time.
so what i've done is written up SIX WEEKS worth of dinner menus. mon, wed and sunday we have something fancier.. and by that i mean the meals takes more than 30+ minutes to prepare. on the other days, we've scheduled quicker meals that can be on a plate in 20-30 minutes tops.
i shop according to the weeks menu which i must say has cut our food budget down considerably.

if your life looks anything like mine, i highly consider this strategy. :)

we're on week 4 and this is what the week looks like

steak, homemade mac and cheese, corn

spaghetti, garlic bread, ceasar salad

garlic shrimp, crusty bread, steamed carrots

toasted ham and cheese sammies, sweet potato fries, salad

swiss/mushroom chicken, rice pilaf, steamed cauliflower

sole fillet, broccoli, baked potato

teriaki chicken, sticky rice, stirfry veggies

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