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Weekend Cooking – When Cooking Slumps Hit

April 18, 2015 Weekend Cooking 9

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I am in a bonafide cooking slump. I don’t want to cook. At all. Anything. At times like this, I subsist on sandwiches and waffles with peanut butter on them.

It’s sad. And scary. It’s Spring for goodness sakes! The asparagus is growing! The Brussels Sprouts are at the Farmer’s Market! What the heck is wrong with me?

What do you do when a cooking slump hits? I search magazines, Tastespotting, Pinterest, my favorite foodie blogs, and cookbooks, for something, ANYTHING, that appeals to me. And I try to find simple things to fix. No barbecue chicken pizzas on a gluten free crust. No highfalutin’ crustless quiches. Just simple, easy, normal fare.

So, here’s my meal plan this week.

Sunday: It’s just me and the hubby, so something simple. Maybe just some pasta or soup. I think I have some gluten free noodles….
Monday: Breakfast! Scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and cheese grits.
Tuesday: Sauerkraut and kielbasa with potato pancakes
Wednesday: GF Macaroni and cheese, roasted broccoli, and wedge salads
Thursday: Eat with my family
Friday: Just me! And I’ll be neck-deep in readathon-ing, so actually, probably just a sandwich.
Saturday: Mississippi Roast in the crockpot cause I’ll be reading and cheering and co-hosting all day long.

What are you planning on cooking this week? What are your go-to simple meals? What do you do when you have a cooking slump?

weekendcookingWeekend Cooking hosted by BethFishReads every weekend.  It is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

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Meal Plan Sunday

February 8, 2015 Food 5

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Sunday – Not sure yet. May be a “fend for yourself” night.

Monday – Taco Salad. Which is pretty much my own design. Taco flavored meat (that’s GF of course), refried beans, cream cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, green onions, black olives, tortilla chips…basically all the good stuff layered together. I like easy meals for Mondays. I seem more tired Monday nights than any other night.

TuesdayBaked Potato Soup. I was looking for recipes and asked if anyone wanted potato soup one night. When everyone heard “two pounds of bacon” they were sold. ::sigh:: It DOES look good though.

Wednesday – I’m having a veggie night. Making Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes, sauteing some Brussels sprouts in olive oil with garlic, and….something. I haven’t decided yet. Can you suggest a vegetable that would go well with these two things? Or some other side? Rice? Polenta? Grits?

 Thursday! – No cooking

Friday! -No cooking

Saturday – I seriously want some fried catfish, but no one seems to have any. Will either track some down, substitute another white fish, or go fishing.

What are your dinner plans for the week?

 

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Meal Plan Sunday

February 1, 2015 Food 3

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Sunday – Super Bowl Party!!! I’m making gluten free sausage balls. Hopefully they will be as good as glutened ones. (Is glutened even a word?) (I just made it one! Ha!)

Monday – So, back around my husband’s birthday, I discovered I like grits (because he requested shrimp and grits for his birthday supper.) IF you cook them in chicken stock. And add cheese. Oh. My. GOODNESS. So yummy. So, I’ve been on the look out for more grit including recipes. My mother-in-law gave me Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything FAST for Christmas, and there is a recipe for Polenta with Sausage and Mushrooms. I’m going to alter it by using stew beef instead of sausage (cause I’m just not a fan of Italian sausage) and see how it is.

Tuesday – Another recipe from How to Cook Everything FAST tonight. Skillet Meatloaf. Mark swears there will be more crispy bits. YUM. Will also have potatoes (because hello? Meatloaf begs for potatoes!) and asparagus. Roasted asparagus. With lots of garlic. Heaven!

Wednesday – Wednesday features a recipe I found on Pinterest. Roasted Shrimp with Broccoli. I am serving with rice for me, probably pasta for the kids. Butter, shrimp, broccoli, and rice. All I can say is I can’t wait.

 Thursday! – No cooking!

Friday! -No cooking!

Saturday – I’m not sure yet! It’s so far away. Since we won’t have to go Super Bowl Party shopping and it will probably be cold, I’m thinking it will be a good time for a big bowl of chili. With gluten free cornbread, of course.

Last week notes: Last week my fabulous hubby did all the cooking. I was down with a stomach bug the first part of the week and had no appetite, so he stepped up. Isn’t he grand? We had sauerkraut and sausage on Monday, spaghetti on Tuesday, and Wednesday he made salmon with rice and zucchini. I would love it if he would do that more often!

Any ideas what you’re having this week?

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Meal Plan Sunday

November 16, 2014 Food 1

 

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Yesterday, since I forgot to post this last week – Chili with baked potatoes!

 

SundayLazy Sunday Dinner! I can’t help it. The name, the food (sausages, potatoes, carrots, onions, fennel, ggaarrlliicc…all slow roasted in the oven….), it all looks so good, but it’s a slow dish, too slow for a regular night, so, onto Sunday it goes!

Monday – Quiche! Sausage and CHEESE crust-less quiche. WE HAVE SO MANY EGGS. Luckily, now that it’s getting colder, the girls are slowing down on the egg laying. Thank goodness.

TuesdayKorean Beef with rice and asparagus. To make it gf, I’ll use gf soy sauce, which I actually think tastes better anyway.  And have I mentioned my love for asparagus? I had to train myself to like it; I hated it the first time I ate it, but I kept making it and making it until now, I LOVE IT. I am currently doing this with beans now. I’m maybe halfway there. My gut reaction is UGH, BEANS, but then I see chili and kidney beans and I’m like, yeah, I can do that. I seem to like the harder in texture beans. Pintos are still disgusting.

Wow. Random.

Wednesday – Yeah, I’m not sure. I neglected to plan for this day. Whoops! I had my four meals planned and forgot I needed Wednesday! I’ll either wing it, or we’ll eat out.

 Thursday! – No cooking

Friday! -No cooking

Saturday – I’m sure it’ll be cold…maybe a big pot of spaghetti?

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Meal Plan Sunday

November 2, 2014 Food 5

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Happy Daylight Savings! NOT. The kids didn’t seem to understand we were supposed to get an extra hour of sleep last night. They were still up at 6:45 this morning. So much for that. On to the meal plan!

Sunday – Would it be crazy to make myself a big pan of gf cornbread, load it up with butter, and pig out? That’s the way I’m leaning.

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Shrimp and Grits – from My Recipes

Monday – The hubby’s birthday! Silly me asked what he wanted for supper. He picked Shrimp and Grits! Something I’ve never made and don’t even like (at least the grits part). I took to Pinterest, and here is the recipe I came up with. Cross fingers it’s tasty!

Tuesday – I usually freestyle potato soup, but I thought I would try this recipe this week. There’s just something about having supper ready when I get home that is just so appealing, isn’t there?

Wednesday – Breakfast for supper! Y’all, we are overrun with eggs. We had no idea how many eggs three layers would bring it, but it is literally three eggs a day. Everyday. We currently have 5 dozen eggs in the fridge. I’m giving 2 dozen to my aunt today, but I still have to do something because they will still be coming in! So we’ll have scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and something. I’m debating trying a gf biscuit. Must research this.

 Thursday! – No cooking!

Friday! -No cooking!

Saturday – Depends on the weather! Plus, if I go to the market. There is a new gf vendor there would makes seriously awesome baked goods. I had a cinnamon roll yesterday for the first time in over a YEAR and OMG it was so delicious. She had mini apple pies too that I could die for. So, depending on how much I buy and how fast I eat it, I may have a gluten free baked good for supper. The others can fend for themselves. LOL!

So? How about you? Any plans for supper this week?

 

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Meal Plan Sunday

October 26, 2014 Food 11

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Wow, I didn’t mean to disappear of the face of the Earth this week, but I think I needed a break after the readathon. It can wear a body, or in this case, brain, out! Plus, I tend to do most of my blog writing on the weekend and, well, I was otherwise occupied last weekend. Anyhow, here I am, back and hopefully I’ll get all my writing done today!

You will notice pretty quick that autumn is in my bones. Or, perhaps, stomach! I am craving the cool weather foods big time!

Sunday – Will probably reheat some chili or soup I have frozen for such days.

Monday – One of my favorite go-to recipes is this: Mississippi Roast. It’s just…delicious, and easy, and everyone at the table loves it. And it’s addictive. I could make it every week. It is made of WIN all the way around. So, imagine my salivary delight as I was perusing Pinterest one day and came across some Mississippi Ribs!!!! Unfortunately, I am the only one in the house who Appreciates. Ribs. This is a travesty. However, the post mentions using a pork roast, so I thought I would try this variation instead. Will have mashed potatoes on the side, and perhaps some roasted asparagus.

Tuesday – I’m not sure anything screams AUTUMN and COLD WEATHER more than Beef Stew. And this Slow Cooker Beef Stew looks AMAZING. Will serve with rice. And crusty bread for everyone else. {sigh}

Wednesday – I’ve been wanting Chicken and Dumplings for ages. The first time I tried a gluten free version, I failed. Miserably. It was a big pot of chicken glue. SO, I’m going to try to get my fix by making Chicken Pot Pie. I love Bisquick’s Gluten Free mix, so I’m going to try Betty Crocker’s version. It’s the beginning of what I’m sure will be a heck of a lot of tweaking, but I WILL get it right! After all! Tomorrow is another day!

And yeah, I’ll keep searching for a doable Chicken and Dumpling recipe.

Saturday – Depending on what we have planned, as always, I hope not much, I hope to make some Vegetable Beef Soup. A big pot of yumminess is just what the doc ordered. Not that I need a doc. Cause I’m not sick. Oh, you know what I mean.

So? How about you? What do you have planned for the week? Or how will you be winging it?

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Meal Plan Sunday

October 19, 2014 Food 4

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Whew, y’all! I’m tired! AND I have a cold. Alas, still have to feed the family. With the Readathon prep this past week, I didn’t do a very good job of meal planning for the week. There may be a bit of improvisation this week.

Sunday – It’ll just be me and the hubs tonight, and, since I’m under the weather, I’ll whip up some potato soup. My basic recipe:

Water, enough to cover potatoes
Potatoes, usually 3
Better Than Bouillion Chicken flavor (it’s GF!), depends on how much water needed
Salt and Pepper to taste
Thyme, a couple shakes
Cheese, a lot
Sour Cream (about 1/3 cup)

I cook the potatoes in the water with the BTB, salt and pepper, and thyme. Once the potatoes are cooked, I use the emmersion blender to make it smooth. I don’t like potato chunks in my soup. Add the sour cream, and some heavy cream if I happen to have any, and stir. Serve with cheese!

MondaySausage, Potato, and Cabbage Skillet Fry, from the Homesick Texan. Looks SO GOOD.

Tuesday – It may be a pizza night, yo. I have a GF frozen pizza in the freezer, the rest can order Papa Johns. Depends on how I feel.

Wednesday – I really want to try these Leftover Mashed Potato Puffs from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice, but I need leftover mashed potatoes obviously. I’ll try to make some Tuesday. As for what goes with it, I suppose I will scrounge around in the freezer.

Saturday – Depends on the weather and how I’m feeling (geez, I should be better by THEN) and if we go out, but I’m thinking some sort of soup or crock pot meal is in order. We haven’t had Lasagna Soup in awhile….

 What’s in your plans this week? Do you cook by whim or plan things out?

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Meal Plan Sunday

October 12, 2014 Food, Weekend Cooking 5

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And, so, another hectic week is behind me! Another one lies ahead! How did I do last week? Well, I was so sick on Monday, I didn’t even eat, let alone cook that fish. I still felt bad Tuesday, so Leigh’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink Pork Tenderloin came in REALLY handy. And deliciously. Everyone else had it on buns, while I had it on rice. Well, what I ate of it. Was sooooo queasy from being sick and having a migraine. Wednesday became a fend-for-yourself-night because yours truly was still dealing with the tail end of that migraine. Damn gluten, it’s so sneaky! It hides everywhere!

I sincerely hope this week goes better.

Sunday – I don’t normally cook on Sunday’s, but I am crazy craving some Spaghetti. This is how I make spaghetti, for the most part.

Diced Tomatoes, usually a big can or two smaller ones
About a pound of ground beef
Garlic, I eye ball it. Probably 3 cloves?
Olive Oil
Mushrooms
Onion
Oregano (from the garden, yo!)
Chili Powder, just a pinch
Tomato Sauce (usually from the garden, that I canned. 1 can)
Pinch of salt, some pepper

And lots of cooking, if I can swing it. Ideally, I like to let it cook all day in the crock pot. The measurements are imprecise, because I usually let my nose and tongue tell me what’s needed. Noodles for the fan, for me either gluten free noodles or zoodles, depending on my mood. Zoodles (shredded zucchini “noodles” natch) are freaking awesome, but sometimes my heart wants something nostalgic. Will probably have salad on the side.

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Photo Credit: How Sweet It Is

Monday – I can’t wait to try this. I found this hanging out on Pinterest, looking gorgeous and tasty. How Sweet It Is’s cheesy chicken and rice bake. Seriously. Looks SO YUM. Will probably have some sliced avocado on the side.

Tuesday Sloppy Joes. I hate them. HATE. THEM. But everyone else loves them, so I’m caving to pressure. I will most likely have rice and veggies with a couple chicken tenders. I found some gluten free ones made by Tyson I want to try! Or, quite possibly, leftover spaghetti. Depends on if I get this craving out of my system.

WednesdayPancakes!!! And BACON!!! I have tried every gf pancake mix on the market and Bisquick’s is definitely my favorite. That and lots of syrup!!! And butter!!! Can you tell I’m excited?

Thursday! – No cooking!

Friday! -No cooking!!

Saturday – Well duh, it’s Readathon day! You would not believe how close I came to missing the Readathon (it got downright scary. I thought Andi was going to have a panic attack) but I managed to get out of prior commitments! The only thing is it’s the Fall Festival at my kids school, so I MAY be out for a couple of hours. And my daughter has a DANCE to go to. Yay. Anyway, game plan on the food situation for Saturday coming up later this week. Readathon Food gets a special post.

 

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Meal Plan Sunday

October 5, 2014 Food 19

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I decided, in an effort to branch out and blog less about books (sacrilege!)  and more about the other things I’m passionate about, I would start talking about food! One of my other favorite things! Which are now crazy because I had to completely change the way I eat in the past year or so! Yay!

Yes, that last yay was sarcasm.

Recap. See, last August, I figured out that gluten was causing me to have migraines. I had been experiencing them for over a year and they were gradually becoming more frequent, and, more painful. I was delighted to find the cause, but not so delighted to find out I couldn’t eat bread, pasta, and doughnuts any more. Plus cookies. COOKIES. And cake. Hmmm….cake….

Anyhoo, once I went off gluten, the headaches disappeared. Also the stomach pain that I had been told was IBS, the body aches (for the most part), and the insomnia (which has actually since came back). It is actually worth the price, but dang, sometimes I really want a cheeseburger on a BUN.

Long story short (I know right? This is short, I promise), I’ve decided to start putting my meal plans here for to 1) have somewhere to look back for meal ideas and 2) to share the alternative menus I come up with. Incidentally, did you know shredded zucchini makes a great substitute for spaghetti with sauce? Seriously, I converted my own daughter to it. So, here goes nothing.

Sunday – fend for yourself. The kids aren’t home, they go to church, and the hubby and I tend to get hungry at different times. Plus, dang him, he usually wants noodles. This will not be here in future meal plans. I usually just eat some fruit and cheese. And who am I kidding? Chocolate.

Monday4 Minute Fish: Crispy Lemon Tilapia. This is a new to me recipe that I am going to have to do some subbing with. Found this one at TastyKitchen.com. To go with it, I plan to make jasmine rice (my new favorite thing EVER) and sauteed zucchini.

TuesdayLeigh’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink Pork Tenderloin. No, I don’t know Leigh. And this is another new to me recipe. It sounds fantastic. I just have to sub the soy sauce with gf soy sauce. Luckily, it’s already in the fridge. Will serve with some ginger lime slaw (dude, this stuff is the bomb! and I don’t care out 00’s it is to say that) and olive oil roasted potatoes I think.

WednesdayMississippi Roast which is a standard around here. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. For the fam, the meat goes on buns with melted cheese. For me, it goes over rice with some sort of veg on the side.

 Thursday! – We eat at my aunt’s house! Will rarely be in future editions because I rarely cook on Thursdays.

Friday! – The kids are at Mema’s! Heather eats whatever she wants! It’s usually ice cream!

Saturday – We usually eat out. If we don’t, I will probably whip up some potato soup. I’ve been wanting some.

So, there you have it. Week one of my little experiment. What are your meal plans for the week? You KNOW I’m dying to find out.

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Weekend Cooking – Vanilla Blackberry Jam Ice Cream

August 24, 2014 Weekend Cooking 9

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Recently, a friend gave me an ice cream maker. He said he had one he found at a thrift store for a couple bucks and never used it, so he just gave it to me. I can’t believe it took 36 years on this Earth for me to obtain an ice cream maker. It’s at least 30 years too late.

I am in love! Because of this recipe!

For my very first time making ice cream EVER, I knew I had to keep to my sensibilities. The more unusual, the better. I love odd combinations of flavors, things that don’t sound like they would be good together, or like something few people try, or just plain ODD. In looking for recipes, I came across this recipe for Vanilla Blackberry Jam Ice Cream.

I knew it was the one. And dude. Was. I. Right.

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Whenever I making something, the first time I go by the recipe. I didn’t deviate from that course with this. The only way I’ll deviate now is to try different flavor combinations. The ice cream itself was PERFECT! The vanilla and blackberry together were DELICIOUS. The family ate about half of it and we froze the rest. The next day it was even more perfect because it was exactly like what you get at the store (out of the machine, it was like soft serve). I’m so glad I started out with this recipe. My confidence is HIGH now people. Next, mint chocolate chip!

Vanilla Blackberry Jam Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 14-oz can low fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless blackberry jam or preserves, divided

Directions

  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, cream, and half and half in a large bowl. Add vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of the jam to the milk mixture. Whisk until completely combined.
  2. Pour milk/cream mixture into your ice cream maker.
  3. Meanwhile, while ice cream is churning, heat the remaining jam in a small saucepan over medium heat until jam is thin and liquid-like. Drizzle the thinned jam into the ice cream maker five minutes before the churning is complete.
  4. Transfer thickened ice cream to a freezable container and freeze overnight.

Thank you Amanda, from Amanda’s Cooking for the FANTASTIC recipe. What flavor combinations do you think would work together? After the mint chocolate chip, I’m thinking ginger peach…..

weekendcookingWeekend Cooking hosted by BethFishReads every weekend.  It is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

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