SATURDAY 19: It was Family Weekend at LaSalle University, so we met Middle Sister for the Mass and then, at her request, went to dinner at the Trolley Car Diner in Chestnut Hill. There was a family meal at the school, but she wanted a break from dining-hall food!
THURSDAY 24: Fund-raising dinner for TheKid’s theater program. It was at a local diner, and I had the best hot open-faced roast beef sandwich ever, hands down. The only improvement I’d have made would have been MORE gravy, so I could put it on the fries! (Next time I’ll know to ask for that right up front.)
What was on your dinner menu this week? I’m planning ahead for next week, so I could use some great ideas!
I’m curious: do you say “dinner” or “supper?” It was always “supper” growing up–“dinner” was reserved for holidays, when we ate with the extended family, used the dining room and had tablecloths and fancy dishes. But when I went to college, the cafeteria called it “dinner.”
FRIDAY 4: Shrimp Scampi with pasta, which was such a hastily-put-together dinner that I wound up having to call my neighbor for a box of spaghetti.
SUNDAY 30: Hamburgers, hot dogs, tomato-cucumber-onion salad, baked beans (my secret recipe for baked beans: for every 15 ounces of canned baked beans, add 3 TBL ketchup and 1 TBL yellow mustard. Stir. Bake 20 minutes at 350.)
MONDAY 31: TheKid was visiting friends, so Hubs and I went to the diner for omelets.
TUESDAY 1: Chicken Breasts in Mushroom Sauce based on this recipe from author Jeanne Grunert. I still need to write up how I made it (note “based on” above) and include the nutrition information. This was a big hit.
WEDNESDAY 2: Spaghetti and meatballs. This is our Wednesday-supper tradition because I have folk-group practice on Wednesday evenings, and this dinner is easy to make and to clean up.
WEDNESDAY: Chicken Caesar Sandwiches in the slow cooker. Our over-the-stove microwave is being replaced, since its mysterious demise when Little Brother was using it as a timer 2 weeks ago. I can put the slow cooker someplace else in the kitchen, to give the late-afternoon installation guy room to get the job done.
FRIDAY: Seafood Surprise. Translation: I have 1 or 2 servings each of various fish fillets like tilapia, swai, cod and whiting. 3 of us need to eat. The surprise is what type of fish each person will get. I have a Meatless Friday fish recipe coming up at CatholicMom.com this week, so I might use that one for whatever fish I wind up cooking. That recipe will go live Friday morning at 8 or 9 AM (I’m not sure. The time change is messing up my sense of the schedule, especially since the site is based on Pacific time to start with.)
SATURDAY: Leftovers, now that I’ll have a working microwave to warm them.
Here’s some good stuff that someone linked to on Facebook yesterday: 8 dinnertime tips from Mario Batalli. This is not serious-chef stuff–it’s simple strategies that make home cooking easier.
SUNDAY: We visited friends and had Chinese takeout. I brought dessert: Make-and-Take Coffee Cake with apples. This cake is so easy to make, which was great, because with Mass at noon followed by rehearsals for both me and Little Brother, there wasn’t time to fool around.
MONDAY: I’m putting together a Ham and Cheese Bake for dinner and leaving Little Brother directions for putting it in the oven to bake; I’ve got a doctor’s appointment in the late afternoon and Little Brother has a rehearsal in the early evening. Cutting it CLOSE! I think the only thing I dread more than a gynecologist appointment is the dermatologist, which is the one I’m seeing today. With my family history, it’s always a stressful experience (we’re Irish. Need I say more?)
TUESDAY: Pot roast in the slow cooker, noodles and gravy. And a vegetable of some sort. Shame on me: my gravy comes out of a can. Maybe someday I’ll learn to make the Real Thing.
WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti and meatballs, our Wednesday-night tradition! I might change it up and serve cheese tortellini instead of regular pasta.
THURSDAY: Tandoori chicken, roasted asparagus, and roasted potatoes. All in the oven at the same temperature, and it’s all easy to clean up if you line the pans with foil. Since Little Brother has an early-evening rehearsal, I’m all about making it easy.
FRIDAY:Singapore Noodles with Shrimp. I can’t figure out if Little Brother likes this because he gets to squeeze lime juice all over everything or what, but he’s a big fan of this dish. And it’s not too hard to make!