Dinner for the Week Ahead: February 19, 2012

Last week was a hot mess.  I didn’t make ANYTHING on my “planned list”.  It was not a time to experiment with things that are not tried and true.  I still want to make that Winter Squash Gratin (because doesn’t the name Winter Squash Gratin sound delightful?)…but its not going to happen at least until I get past some obstacles in my health, work and school.

This week–we are pretty much all set already.  And its Sunday night.  Huzzah!  It will be based around the meat that we made for tacos but we have some other nice leftover like things in the fridge.  Its not really worth spelling out day by day only because we’ll probably just come home and pick which of the options there is to eat and then eat it.  Those options will consist of:  Tacos, BBQ Pizza and Tacos.  I repeat, this month has not been one to experiment with dinners. I did make a “new” cookie recipe tonight…would you believe I have never made a Peanut Butter Blossom before?   I wanted to thank Lars for all the Bjorn watching he’s done the past couple of days–with me being sick and having school and hard deadlines at work, its been so so hard to be a mom.   There have been a couple nights of tears…not because I’m sad or angry…its just too much at certain times. And the tears…they just cometh. Anyway–we made Peanut Butter Blossoms tonight.  We tried to get Bjorn involved in the cooking. This was met with marginal success but mostly failure.  He mainly just wanted to eat the cookie dough (who wouldn’t) and he mainly DID just eat the Hershey’s kisses (smart kid).  So…there you go.  But it was a fun time and everyone was involved in some regard or another.  I will tell you one thing–it is never a good sign to hear “oops” come from your husband when he’s cracking an egg into your cookie batter.


Next week is Michigan’s spring break and  we are headed up to the wilds of Glen Arbor so dinner planning may be off-beat again…but it is a risk I am willing to take for some much needed family time with my boys.

…things I want to try in the upcoming weeks (besides Winter Squash Gratin)…

  • Kelly’s Pancetta Linguine With Poppy Seeds
  • Slow Cooker White Bean Soup
  • A vegetarian version of White Lightning Chili
  • Another yet to be determined recipe from the lovely book Minal got me for Christmas with a bunch of one-pot meals.  There is a Jamaican Jerk Chicken Chili that Lars has inquired about on more than one occasion.
  • …something with lemon? Or citrus.  Something…





2 Responses to “Dinner for the Week Ahead: February 19, 2012”

  1. Kelly says:

    I really want one of those cookies. Yum! Glen Arbor sounds awesome as do the white bean soup and jerk chili (what??!!!?).

    One note- use proscuitto or speck (not pancetta) with the linguine so that you don’t have to cook an additional ingredient. Though I’m sure that pancetta or bacon would be yummy, too.

    Do you guys like cauliflower? This recipe from Ina Garden is yummy and lemony (I add extra lemon):

    Though maybe you should just make lemon bars instead 😉

  2. megan says:

    I DO like cauliflower. I also just saw a great recipe in the New York times for asparagus with lemon. Its getting to be spring vegetable season. Can’t wait!

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