Sunday, November 15, 2009

Go With the Flow

My menu plan didn't quite work as I "planned" last week, but that is the beauty of the meal plan. If your plans change, you just can go with the flow - knowing that a new week is just ahead!

Monday - We went to Costco and were able to get a few random yummies, one being a jar of oysters. We love fried oysters (yes, the chickies too!). I just drain them, dip them in a little beaten egg, and dredge them in a little Krusteaz Bake & Fry. Because the banner says "A Northwest Tradition since 1932", I'm thinking this a regional thing. I'm very sad for you if you can't get it, as it a nice seasoned coating mix.

Tuesday - KK reminded me "it has been forever since we've had shake 'n bake pork chops". So, if you read my blog on a semi-regular basis you know that this is not acceptable! :)

Wednesday - I have a couple of packages of turkey bacon lurking in my freezer. I thought I would try a Spaghetti Carbonara. It isn't something that is in my regular meal rotation, but I think the chickies will like it. It seems pretty speedy too, since it is my turn to drive for piano lessons.

Thursday - I've had a hankering for some beef stew for a couple of weeks and it just missed getting on to my comfort week food fest. I found a nice little chuck roast on sale, so I will cut it up and make a variation of this allrecipes version.

Friday - I still haven't made that catfish and tartar sauce, from last week. I really want some sweet potato fries too!!!

Saturday & Sunday - So, last weekend I was very busy. I had my cooking demo (which went great and was so much fun!) and my picture for Pillsbury, I didn't get a chance to be very culinary last weekend. As my freezer is low or empty of my staples, I want to make up for it this weekend. I definitely need to make a big batch of my favorite marinara (I got a BIG can of tomatoes at Costco!). We also need some chicken soup base using the weird-named soup, then freeze with and add noodles. And it looks like the crockpot is empty, we better make a big batch of refried beans!

Next week is Thanksgiving. I'm giving my sides a lot of thought - Mrs. S and family haven't gotten the same couple of recipes the past couple of years! I think my contribution of appetizers and sides need to be shaken up a bit! ;)

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Kelley said...

I have a question. Please don't laugh. How do you freeze your marinara? Do you use sealed plastic bags, plastic containers, what? Stop laughing! ;)

I need to start cooking in larger batches and freezing since our new addition to the house!


Susie said...

Kelley... I'd never laugh, I love that you came to ask me!

I'm a fan of ziplock bag, although a container works well too. I like to put a dinner size serving in a quart ziplock, making sure all the air is out. The I put it in ANOTHER ziplock, or put into my foodsaver bag and seal. I always double bag though. If I put it in a container, I always but a layer of plastic wrap on top to help keep the ice away. Let me know how it works out for you! I'm so happy about your new addition. :)

Linda said...

I love your meal-planning posts--I laugh out loud every time I read your posts. I'd love to eat at your house!

Katy ~ said...

Like the new background for your blog. Very seasonal!

I never know what I'm going to eat from one meal to the next.

I like surprises.

HoneyB said...

Hmm, I thought I commented here earlier! Oh well, I'll comment now! :-)

Grumpy LOVES Shake & Bake and I can tell you I have probably only made it twice in 10 years!