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Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly Recipe: Two Days Late, but Not Short

So, I promised that I'd share how we changed Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich.

I still used her basic recipe. However, instead of only cooking up onions, I used about a pound of sliced peppers, six cloves of minced garlic along with them. The liquid from the vegetables was a nice addition to the sauce made for the sandwich.

When seasoning the meat, I used less of the seasoning salt, and added lemon pepper to the mix. We used about 2 or 3 pounds of the meat for eight sandwiches rather than four and still had some left in the pan for extras.

I also reduced the amount of worcestershire sauce. We thought it overpowered the taste of the meat and vegetables. So, we cut it back to 1/3 of a cup. It could have been 1/4 cup quite easily. Instead of Tabasco, I used Frank's Red Hot Chile Lime sauce and included all the juices from the cooked vegetables in the sauce.

When serving, I made my own rolls, which were wonderful, just mixing up the dough in the bread machine and we put a few slices of pepper jack on the meat, veggies and sauce. That's it. They were delicious and, we thought, a big improvement on the original.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Menu Plan: January 30 - February 5

First off, I'm sorry I still haven't posted my weekly recipe for you. We had a rather busy week and Friday, then on Saturday, we had the opportunity to go out and visit with another couple without any of our children (well, we took Mariam) and stayed out until very late. It was wonderful!

Here is the menu for the week. We are still trying to use what's in the pantry and freezer, for the most part, and are doing a pretty good job of it.

I'll get our sandwich recipe posted and work on making sure the recipe this week is posted on time.
What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

Bought:

Cabbage
Apples
Bacon

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recipe Index

I liked Laura's idea of having a family favorites list or recipe index. So, I'm copying her. It is a work in progress and will continue add recipes to it.


Beef/Veal:

Saucy Sour Cream Meatballs with Green Beans
Pot Roast with Mustard & Horseradish Gravy
Arabian Spaghetti (can also be made with ground lamb)
Grilled Chipotle Rubbed Flank Steak
Italian Beef Sandwiches
Slow Cooked Chuck Roast
Korean Beef Skewers
French Onion Soup
Mahshi (Stuffed Vegetables) and Kofta
Taco Skillet
Corn Dogs
Creole Beef Daube
Bolognese Sauce for Pasta
Enchiladas Blancas
Pastitsio
Mustard Glazed Corned Beef
Bierocks
Not Texas Chili
Borschty
Mexican Torta
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Ribs and Beans
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Grilled Pizzas
Hamburger Stew
Chipotle Beef
Beef Machacas


Pork:

Italian Sausage Skillet
Sausage and Cabbage Soup
Puget Sound Not Baked Beans
Souvlaki
Jalapeno Popper Pizza
Barbecue Beans
The Best Meat Sauce Ever
Indian Summer Gratin
Cowboy Beans
Muffaletta Bread and Olive Salad for Muffaletta Sandwiches
Italian Sausage and Potato Bake
Slow Cooker Choucroute Garnie
Bolitas with Bacon and Chorizo
Lentil Chorizo Soup
Gumbo
French Farmer's Soup
Ranchero Beans
Red Beans and Rice
Papas con Chorizo
Ribs and Beans
Grilled Pizzas
Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers


Lamb:

Lamb and Tomatoes
Lamb Meatballs with Spinach, Feta, Olives and Pine Nuts
Lamb and Guinness Stew
Mahshi (Stuffed Vegetables) and Kofta
Pastitsio
Ribs and Beans
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Poultry:

Oven Fried Chicken (using panko and drizzling butter over the chicken before baking)
Chicken Ottoman (or Chicken Divan)
Tender and Crisp Chicken with Sweet Tomatoes
African Chicken
Herb Roasted Turkey
Turkey Tetrazzini
Leftover Casserole
After Thanksgiving Soup
Chicken and Dumpling Casserole
Chicken with Poblano-Lime Cream
Pineapple Fried Rice
Spicy Turkey (or Chicken) with Rice
Gumbo
Corn and Chard Stacked Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Poulet au Vinaigre
King Ranch Turkey
Tortilla Soup
Moroccan Chicken
Grilled Pizzas
Claudia's Chicken
Virus Killing Chicken Soup (following the basic method and adding a touch of fresh ginger and lemongrass)


Seafood:

Grilled, Marinated Halibut
Grilled Salmon with Creamy Feta Sauce
Wicked Shrimp
Tuna Pasta Salad
Salmon Cakes
Pineapple Fried Rice
Clam Chowder
Tuna Bean Salad
Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Tomatoes
Crab Linguine with Lemon Cream Sauce
Tuna Casserole


Vegetarian:

Macaroni & Cheese
Slow Cooker Ratatouille (I use crookneck squash in this)
Cream of Onion Soup
Cream of Poblano Soup
Melanzane al Forno
Eggs in Purgatory
Mejeddarah
Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)
Spinach Egg Puff
Falafel
Musgovian Vegetable Soup
Jalapeno Popper Pizza (without bacon)
Spanikopita Bread Pudding
Vegetables Jalfrezi (using the vegetables we have and often adding garbanzo beans)
Cashew and Bean Stew
Pineapple Fried Rice (when made meatless)
Tex-Mex Rice Skillet
Black Bean and Poblano Tortilla Casserole
Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Summer Vegetable Strata
Tomato and Eggplant Sauce
Ranchero Beans (made without the meat, the second way)
Torteggas
Gnocchi alla Romana (double everything but the nutmeg and just cut into squares)
Curried Red Lentil Soup
Tomato Rice Soup
Root Cellar Casserole
Tacos de Papa
Soupe au Pistou
Grilled Pizzas
Pesto and Ricotta Baked Pasta
Lentil, Poblano and Brown Rice Tacos
Garden Vegetable Soup
Besan Chila
Potato and Poblano Stew
Potato Kibbeh
Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cashews
Quick Sesame Noodles
Nutball Soup
Tomato and Olive Pasta
Butter Tomato Sauce
Balela

Soups/Stews:

Cream of Onion Soup
After Thanksgiving Soup
Cream of Poblano Soup
Sausage and Cabbage Soup
Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)
Musgovian Vegetable Soup
Cashew and Bean Stew
French Onion Soup
Lentil Chorizo Soup
French Farmer's Soup
Clam Chowder
Lamb and Guinness Stew
Tortilla Soup
Curried Red Lentil Soup
Tomato Rice Soup
Not Texas Chili
Borschty
Ribs and Beans
Soupe au Pistou
Hamburger Stew
Garden Vegetable Soup
Potato and Poblano Stew
Virus Killing Chicken Soup (following the basic method and adding a touch of fresh ginger and lemongrass)
Nutball Soup


Side Dishes:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Wild Rice Dressing
Bread & Cornbread Dressing
Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans
Corn & Pepper Pudding
Jalapeno Corn Pudding
Scalloped Potatoes
Laban bi Chiyar (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)
Slow Sauteed Green Beans
"Mexican" Rice Pilaf
Horseradish-Dill Potato Pancakes
Green Chile Rice
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Steam Sauteed Vegetables
Bulgur or Cracked Wheat Pilaf
Creamy Herbed White Beans
Homemade Rice-a-Roni
Quick and Dirty Mexican Rice
Herbed Rice Pilaf
Herbed Zucchini Fritters
Cheesy Olive and Herb Bread
Harvest Pancakes
Baked Lemon Pasta
Onion Rings
Colcannon
Sticky Coconut Rice
Shredded Scalloped Potatoes
Potato Wedges
Summer Squash Casserole
Frozen Fruit Salad
Baba Ghanooj
Balela

Salads:

Cool and Creamy Potato and Pea Salad
Middle Eastern Chopped Salad
Tuna Pasta Salad
Laban bi Chiyar (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Mustard Vinaigrette
Pasta Primavera Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Ranch Dressing
Bleu Cheese Dressing
Creamy Feta Dressing
Frozen Fruit Salad
Chipotle Beef
Balela

Bread/Biscuits/Quickbreads/Dough:

Scones
Sweet Potato Rolls
Soda Bread (the recipe is formatted a little oddly, the raisins are optional, not the buttermilk)
Pizza Dough (and sauce)
Pita Bread
Coconut Sugar Cake
Christmas Bread
Flour Tortillas
Brown Sugar Biscuits
Biscuits
Butterhorn Rolls
Muffaletta Bread
Spelt Biscuits
English Muffins
Cheesy Olive and Herb Bread
Saffron Buns for St. Barbara's Day
Paschal Braided Bread
Banana Nut Bread
Cinnamon Rolls
Cornish Splits
Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Blueberry Muffins


Breakfast or Brunch:

Pepper & Sausage Brunch Strata
Blintz Casserole
Strawberry Puff
Honey & Oat Flapjacks
Cherry Almond Granola
Coconut Sugar Cake
Christmas Bread
Baked French Toast
Dutch Baby Pancake
Chocolate Gravy (to go over biscuits)
Pascha Cheese
Paschal Braided Bread
Brown Sugar Biscuits
Biscuits
Breakfast Sausage Seasoning
Sausage Gravy
Creamed Eggs
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Baked Oatmeal
English Muffins
Tunisian Shakshouka (using sweet potatoes)
Harvest Pancakes
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Whole Wheat and Oat Breakfast Cake
Cranberry Bean Ful (use less salt - to taste)
Banana Nut Bread
Cinnamon Rolls
Cornish Splits
Peanut Butter Pancakes
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Ful
Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Chorizo Breakfast Casserole
Blueberry Muffins
Caramel Apple French Toast Strata


Potluck Friendly:

Pepper & Sausage Brunch Strata
Corn & Pepper Pudding
Jalapeno Corn Pudding
Macaroni & Cheese
Scalloped Potatoes
Blintz Casserole
Puget Sound Not Baked Beans
Strawberry Puff
Cool and Creamy Potato and Pea Salad
Middle Eastern Chopped Salad
Tuna Pasta Salad
Coconut Sugar Cake
Baked French Toast
Spanikopita Bread Pudding
Raspberry Custard Pie
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Indian Summer Gratin
Chocolate Coconut Bars
Cowboy Beans
Barbecue Beans
Muffaletta Bread and Olive Salad for Muffaletta Sandwiches
Pasta Primavera Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Tex-Mex Rice Skillet
Italian Sausage and Potato Bake
Black Bean and Poblano Tortilla Casserole
Slow Cooker Choucroute Garnie
Bolitas with Bacon and Chorizo
Lentil Chorizo Soup
Taco Skillet
Gumbo
Blackberry Cobbler
Chocolate Cloud Cake
Cheesy Olive and Herb Bread
Red Beans and Rice
King Ranch Turkey
Pastitsio
Nutella Brownies (I use sliced almonds on top, and spray the mini-muffin tins with coconut oil spray rather than using liners)
Root Cellar Casserole
Not Texas Chili
Borschty
Shredded Scalloped Potatoes
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Ribs and Beans
Potato Wedges
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Summer Squash Casserole
Pesto and Ricotta Baked Pasta
Frozen Fruit Salad
Hamburger Stew
Fromage Fort
Potato Kibbeh
Claudia's Chicken
Chorizo Breakfast Casserole
Quick Sesame Noodles
Faux Pots de Creme
Blueberry Muffins
Nutball Soup
Fresh Peach Upside Down Cake
Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers
Caramel Apple French Toast Strata


Abstinent/Meat Fasting Foods: Some Other Lenten Options

Macaroni & Cheese
Cream of Onion Soup
Slow Cooker Ratatouille (I use crookneck squash in this)
Corn & Pepper Pudding
Jalapeno Corn Pudding
Cream of Poblano Soup
Melanzane al Forno
Eggs in Purgatory
Mejeddarah
Grilled, Marinated Halibut
Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup)
Spinach Egg Puff
Grilled Salmon with Creamy Feta Sauce
Wicked Shrimp
Cool and Creamy Potato and Pea Salad
Middle Eastern Chopped Salad
Tuna Pasta Salad
Falafel
Laban bi Chiyar (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)
Musgovian Vegetable Soup
Jalapeno Popper Pizza (without bacon)
Spanikopita Bread Pudding
Slow Sauteed Green Beans
Vegetables Jalfrezi (using the vegetables we have and often adding garbanzo beans)
Slow Cooker Ratatouille
Cashew and Bean Stew
Salmon Cakes
Pineapple Fried Rice (when made with shrimp or meatless)
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Creamy Herbed White Beans
Tex-Mex Rice Skillet
Black Bean and Poblano Tortilla Casserole
Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Summer Vegetable Strata
Clam Chowder
Tuna Bean Salad
Herbed Zucchini Fritters
Crab Linguine with Lemon Cream Sauce
Harvest Pancakes
Tomato and Eggplant Sauce
Tuna Casserole
Ranchero Beans (made the second way without meat)
Baked Lemon Pasta
Torteggas
Curried Red Lentil Soup
Tomato Rice Soup
Root Cellar Casserole
Tacos de Papa
Soupe au Pistou
Grilled Pizzas
Lentil, Poblano and Brown Rice Tacos
Pesto and Ricotta Baked Pasta
Frozen Fruit Salad
Ful
Garden Vegetable Soup
Besan Chila
Potato and Poblano Stew
Potato Kibbeh
Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cashews
Quick Sesame Noodles
Nutball Soup
Tomato and Olive Pasta
Butter Tomato Sauce
Balela

Slow Cooker:

Puget Sound Not Baked Beans
Pot Roast with Mustard & Horseradish Gravy
Slow Cooker Ratatouille (I use crookneck squash in this)
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Slow Cooker Choucroute Garnie
Bolitas with Bacon and Chorizo
Corn and Chard Stacked Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Ranchero Beans
Ribs and Beans
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Slow Cooker Sausage and Peppers
Chipotle Beef
Beef Machacas


Bread Machine:

Sweet Potato Rolls
Pizza Dough
Coconut Sugar Cake
Christmas Bread
Paschal Braided Bread
Butterhorn Rolls
Cheesy Olive and Herb Bread
Saffron Buns for St. Barbara's Day
Cinnamon Rolls
Cornish Splits
Apple Cider Doughnuts


Quick Meals:

Grilled, Marinated Halibut
Grilled Chipotle Rubbed Flank Steak
Grilled Salmon with Creamy Feta Sauce
Tuna Pasta Salad
Spanikopita Bread Pudding
Tex-Mex Rice Skillet
Italian Sausage and Potato Bake
Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Tuna Bean Salad
Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Tomatoes
Tuna Casserole
Torteggas
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cashews
Quick Sesame Noodles



Holiday Foods:

Herb Roasted Turkey
Bourbon Gravy
Wild Rice Dressing
Bread & Cornbread Dressing
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Horseradish Relish
Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans
Sweet Potato Rolls
Corn & Pepper Pudding
Eggnog
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Cranberry Cherry Pie
Nantucket Cranberry Pie
Apple Pie
Gingerbread with Chantilly Cream
Christmas Bread
Pascha Cheese
Paschal Braided Bread
Pear Pie
Saffron Buns for St. Barbara's Day
Qamhiyeh for St. Barbara's Day
Initial Cookies for St. Nicholas' Day
St. Martin's Day Almond Crescents
Ma'amoul
Yeasted Potato Doughnuts
Tunisian Ftira
Fromage Fort
Christmas Pineapple


Desserts/Treats:

Funnel Cakes
Fudge Cupcakes
Strawberry Puff
Flaky Butter Crust
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Cranberry Cherry Pie
Nantucket Cranberry Pie
Apple Pie
Gingerbread with Chantilly Cream
Coconut Sugar Cake
Lemon Pudding Cakes
Raspberry Custard Pie
Baked Apples
Chocolate Coconut Bars
Pear Pie
Blackberry Cobbler
Chocolate Cloud Cake
Initial Cookies for St. Nicholas' Day
Brown Sugar Shortbread
Fresh Cherry Pie
Apricot Pie
Lemon Blueberry Poundcake with Lemon Glaze
Ma'amoul
Nutella Brownies (I use sliced almonds on top, and spray the mini-muffin tins with coconut oil spray rather than using liners)
Yeasted Potato Doughnuts
Tunisian Ftira
Lemon Glaze
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas Pineapple
Faux Pots de Creme
Fresh Peach Upside Down Cake
Apple Cider Doughnuts


Drinks:

Eggnog
Perfect Iced Tea for a Crowd
Hot Chocolate for a Crowd (or just a larger family)


Miscellaneous:

Chex Mix
Seasoned Salt
Mayonnaise
Chipotle Mayonnaise and Celery Seed Dressing
Harissa
Chocolate Syrup
Breakfast Sausage Seasoning
Mustard Vinaigrette
Ranch Dressing
Bleu Cheese Dressing
Green Hot Sauce
Creamy Feta Dressing
Lemon Glaze
Mixed Flock Poultry Feed
Avocado Relish (this would make a great summer salad with some black beans and corn added to it)
Grilled Pizzas
Fromage Fort
Tourshi

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FO: Seaside Hat



I finished the hat last night after about a three day trip into the knitting vortex. The thing would _not_ get longer than four inches. I knit and knit and knit and knit, and every time I measured, it was four inches.

Jerome was thrilled to have his new hat, and I can feel sad every time I see it because the colors are exactly the same as the water, sky, clouds, rocks, sand, trees, bushes, seaweed, driftwood, everything that was back home. I should call it the homesick hat.

This makes two finished objects already. It is nice to be back to knitting again. Even if it's taking me longer to finish things.

Now, I am on to Amira's socks again. Once those are finished, I have a lot of other projects on my mind or needles. Whee!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Mariam Baouardy



We didn't initially plan to name our baby Mariam. We had a different first name for her, and her middle name was one of two options we had. A little over a month before Mariam was born, though, Rich asked me to consider the name Mariam. We like to name for saints, and the Blessed Virgin Mary was definitely a saint we'd love a child to emulate. Her obedience and holiness are definitely things that we saw as a plus for any person. Rich said not to think he had a problem with the name we'd already agreed on, but to just consider this one and pray about it. So, I did.

The name really grew on me. So, I tried it out with the two middle name options, and one won out over the other, if her name were to be Mariam. I asked various people how they would pronounce the name if spelled this way or another way, and we got closer pronunciation with this spelling. By August, we had decided to name her Mariam.

Anyway, the date of my surgery was not set in stone until two days before. It was supposed to be the 25th, but there were too many caesarians scheduled that day and so it was moved to the 26th.

Well, while researching saints for our All Saints' party, I found that, perhaps, God really wanted us to name her Mariam. Perhaps it was His purpose which directed us to this name. As it turns out that there is a saint with her exact name (not just Mary or Marie or Maria), who is an Arab. She was born in Syria, her family moved to Galilee. Her parents died and she was adopted by her uncle, who eventually moved to Alexandria. Not only that, but her memorial day is August 26th - the same day as Mariam's birth, which we were trying so hard to keep on the 25th.

Mariam Baouardy was also named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, as her parents were especially devoted to her. She had a hard life and was nearly martyred for her faith - she is properly known as a confessor, rather than a martyr.

We know that God has great plans for each of our children. Perhaps not to be martyrs or confessors, perhaps not to be theologians or remembered as great saints, but they are each to be saints and to follow His purpose for them. We wonder what God has in store for our little Mariam, our "Little Arab," that her name and birth date were so closely entwined with this saint's life.

The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water: it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: it dries up, it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: it descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies; but to revive in heaven. - Blessed Mary Baouardy

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Menu Plan: January 23 - January 29

We made the Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich, and while it was good, we thought there was room for improvement, which we will do this week. I will post the recipe Saturday. We used our own homemade sandwich rolls, which was wonderful, but any good quality rolls would work.

Rich had a business meeting on the other side of the mountains on Friday, so I sent him with a Trader Joe's shopping list and a request to buy a birthday present for one of the boys' friends over there where it is easier to shop and find a decent selection. His trip saved me an hour's trip with the children (one way), so I could shop for it. The mom laughed and told us that she had not realized how special a present not bought at Wal-Mart was. They also used to live where there were more shopping options easily and readily available before they came here.

Because of the Trader Joe's trip, and the purchase from Bob's Red Mill, our grocery bill this month will be about 60% of our normal budget, rather than 50% or less which is my goal for next month. We knew it would be larger than we wanted this month, just because we had the stocking up to do, but we think we can cut it to less than 50% next month very easily and I'll try to do it again in March.
What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

Bought:

Cilantro
Parsley
Celery
Cauliflower
Kalamata Olives
Frozen Sliced Peppers
Pepper Jack
Feta Cheese

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Elf Pants!!!!



I was going to have a post up with a picture of Mariam in her adorable elfy outfit (which she wore on Friday). However, we had some biological issues that prevented me from getting that picture. So, another day I'll get that photo for you.

In any case, three and a half years after I first intended to have this outfit made, I have finished the elf pants to go with the elf hat. Both my own designs.

I got the final pom pom made Thursday night. Then, I realized why I normally don't do pom poms. Aside from the fact that I think they look ridiculous on anyone but little children, I am terrible at making them. I made four to get the two I have on the ties.

Meanwhile, in a sleep deprived induced moment of foolishness, I forgot that the ruffle edged pants I made for Yasmina were not superwash wool and ran them through the washing machine with the baby clothes. And not on the wool cycle. They are now newborn pants, so if we go for eight babies, and get a girl, in the fall or winter, she will have an adorable set of pants. We'll get right on that.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Retiring the 2010 Finished Object List

So, I finally have an FO (seen in the side bar and in an upcoming post) for this year, and am retiring the 2010 list.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Menu Plan: January 16 - January 22

I realized I hadn't posted my weekly recipes yet, so I will hit publish on that soon.

I noticed that I am becoming more of a tea than a coffee drinker, even though I prefer coffee to tea. This is for a few reasons. One, I am the only consistent coffee drinker, and it seems like a waste to make a small amount of coffee, and tea can be made one cup at a time. Two, it is easy to forget to make the coffee in the morning when I'm trying to get the rest of breakfast ready for everyone, nurse the baby, get school set up, shower. Three, I have found that Mariam is much more sensitive to coffee than any of her siblings were. Of course, the only time she stayed up was when I drank half a pot of coffee in one day. I'm a little gun shy now, because I don't want to repeat that. I'm going to try again, but make sure I don't drink any late in the day and don't drink more than two cups in a day.

We're doing really well on the eating out of freezer and pantry. It helps that we still have a lot of our steer, two lambs, two hogs a couple salmon and our huge halibut in the freezers (plus some chicken, duck and a couple turkeys, which I have to wait to cook, since Mariam's stomach doesn't like turkey yet). I've been husbanding them well, though, because it has helped us both stretch our budget and still purchase high quality, pastured/grass fed/wild caught meat.

So, anyway, I think this week's menu is entirely from our freezers and pantry.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekly Recipes: January 15

Jalapeno Popper Pizza
This is delicious and can be made either with meat or vegetarian.

pizza dough, with 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes added for each batch of it
1 cup ricotta cheese
6 cloves fresh garlic
2 cups shredded cheddar
2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
pickled jalapeno slices
4 slices bacon, crumbled (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, with a stone pan in the oven if you have one.

Mix the ricotta with two cloves of the garlic, minced, and set aside. Slice remaining garlic into thin slices.

Roll out dough into one large or two medium sized pizza skins. Put on a peel, sprinkled with semolina or on a prepared pizza pan. Spread with the ricotta and garlic mixture. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and cover with the sliced garlic and as many pickled jalapenos as you like. Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon, if using.

Transfer pizza to stone, or place pan in oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until done to your liking.


Chicken and Dumpling Casserole
Or chicken cobbler.

This is more a method than a recipe, but I will include the measurements I do use. This is a big amount, you can halve it, if you like, or make it in two pans and freeze the remaining meal for another time.

oil for frying chicken
1 cut up chicken, or about 4 pounds of chicken pieces
salt
freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup butter
2 large onions, diced
4 stalks of celery, sliced
4 carrots, scraped and sliced
2 medium rutabagas, peeled and diced
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup flour
8 cups chicken broth
2 - 3 teaspoons poultry seasoning of choice
zest of a lemon (or lemon pepper)
1 pound peas
biscuit dough subtracting 1/2 cup flour and adding 1 cup semolina or cornmeal and 1 teaspoon thyme

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large frying pan with high sides, fry the chicken, that has been well seasoned with salt and pepper, on both sides, until browned and almost cooked through. Remove from the pan and place in a large baking pan. Add butter to the pan and melt, scraping up any brown bits from the chicken. Put vegetables in the pan and cook until onion is translucent. Sprinkle with flour and cook a minute or two, then slowly add chicken broth, whisking, to make a gravy. Season with poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and lemon zest and allow to simmer just until rutabaga is no longer crunchy. Add peas at the end.

Pour this mixture over the chicken. Cover with biscuit rounds made out of the dough, like cobbles. Bake, uncovered, for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the biscuits are completely cooked and slightly browned.

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Menu Plan: January 9 - January 15

The Christmas season officially came to a close yesterday, with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Our school session starts again this week and we really are looking forward to it. I love vacation, but sometimes it's good to get back into a more normal schedule. The children seemed a bit tired of vacation themselves on Friday.

We have taken a look at our pantry and freezers and decided that we could cut our grocery budget fairly drastically over the next couple months, simply by being more diligent about cooking from our supply. I used to post what I was using out of our stores at the end of these posts, but the way I'm making our menus this month and next, it will actually be easier to post a list of what we bought. We will still be buying milk, diaper supplies, animal feed and some fresh produce and herbs. We really do have almost everything else that we need. I also have an Azure Standard order I'll be doing each month and we'll be getting some things from Bob's Red Mill and Trader Joe's that we needed to replenish our stores. So, this isn't going to be a huge, sacrificial cut in our budget. Our menus for at least the next two months, though, will be almost entirely made from our pantry and freezer.
What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

Bought:

Milk
Butter
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Saturday, January 08, 2011

You Learn Something New Every Day

Rich noted how I had arranged the cookies on a cookie sheet in a particular pattern and remarked that it turned out he hadn't married a neat freak, but rather an order nut. I wondered that it had taken him so long to notice. The alphabetized spices ought to have been a clue.

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