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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Menu Plan: First Week of Advent

This is the first Sunday of Advent, the Church's New Year. It is a little Lent. Our family's meals will reflect this small fast with more meatless days during the week, no big desserts, candy, cookies or cakes save for Saint Barbara's and Saint Nicholas' feast days. It is a time of penitence, personal reflection and prayer. Much like people make resolutions at New Year's, this is a time to take stock of one's soul and see what needs improvement.

Our menu this week shows some use of leftovers from Thanksgiving still (we've had them stored at freezing temperatures). I'm still trying to use things from our pantry and freezer and minimize our trips to the grocery store. We are making room for a whole steer that will be slaughtered and butchered later this month.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. Starred recipes will follow separately.

Here is the list of foods from the freezer, fridge and pantry that I'm using this week. Anything from the freezer, pantry or fridge that was not bought specifically for this meal or this past week will be included in my lists.

Freezer:
Ground Beef
Saffron
Green Beans
Sprouted Wheat Bagels


Fridge:
Eggs
Butter
Milk (& Cream from the Top)
Parmesan
Cheddar
Cream Cheese
Gorgonzola
Homemade Mayonnaise
Yogurt
Lemons
Chives
Celery
Scallions
Leftover Strata
Leftover Cream of Onion Soup
Turkey Stock
Wild Rice Dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Shredded Brussels Sprouts
Sweet Potato Roll Dough
Pureed Pumpkin


Pantry:
All Herbs & Spices
Salts
Potatoes
Onions
Garlic
Olive Oil
Basmati Rice
Hard White Wheat Berries
Soft White Wheat Berries
Steel Cut Oats
Cracked Wheat
Garbanzo Beans
Lentils
Pastry Flour
White Bread Flour
Yeast
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Coffee
Tea
Vanilla Extract
All Sugars
Honey
Golden Raisins
Apricot Preserves
Gingerbread
Satsumas
Crackers
Tomato Sauce

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