Weekly Menu, October 31-November 6th

Happy Halloween!!

Spooky Bat & Ghost Pizza from Pizza Night last night!

We are preparing for the big day. Yesterday we carved pumpkins, and this morning I have to locate the goody bags, and the witches hats for the mommies.

Sunday is supposed to be our “international night,” though as you can tell, I’ve been playing a little loose with that. Sometimes there’s just too much going on Sunday to get our act together to “travel.”  And sometimes, as it seems whenever we plan a trip to “China” (aka Chinatown), someone gets sick. Today, it’s our poor little Tinker Bell. Hope she feels better by tonight.

Weekly Menu:

Sunday: Halloween necessitates a simple dinner. So it’s Rotisserie Chicken, plus home-made roast potatoes & leeks for dinner.

Monday: New Bon Appetit arrived last week! As per usual, the November issue is chock-a-block full of Thanksgiving recipes, but also a surprising amount of simple everyday dinner ideas. Tonight it’s their Kale & Cannellini Soup.

Tuesday: We have all been in and out of colds, so it’s back to Shrimp & Soba. Confession: I crave this almost every night.

Wednesday: Burritos-a-go-go

Thursday: Forecast says it won’t get above 55 degrees all week. Chili it is, then, that old-time fave from the dog-eared Silver Palate cookbook. The recipe is “chili for a crowd”; I broke it down to chili for 2-4 years ago. It’s a classic (as are the Lemon Bars and Mediterranean Chicken Salad from that cookbook).

Friday: Barefoot Contessa Lemon Chicken & Arugula Salad. She has a number of variations, but I’m thinking this one will be Piccata Style, from the Barefoot at Home cookbook.

Saturday: We’re entertaining a family of five. I think it’s going to be Flank Steak with mom’s marinade (recipe below!), perhaps a Potato & Gruyere gratin, Green Beans, chased by this amazing cake- Salted Caramel & Chocolate- from Sweet Paul. Yummo.

Mom’s Marinade (from the Kitchen of Sarah Gillespie):

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

2 TBSP soy sauce

2 TBSP water

1 TBSP sugar

Marinate overnight or longer! Great on flank steak.

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4 Responses to “Weekly Menu, October 31-November 6th”


  1. 1 kimk October 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Been waiting for that marinade recipe…and hey, we had chili today but we used to do the spooky pizza. We did do Halloween cookies though. Hope Tink is feeling better.

  2. 2 Paula/adhocmom November 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    That is really impressive. And since I can’t roll any dough out in any sort of normal shape, maybe I’d be better off attempting a spooky shape?


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