Weekly Menu, October 24-30

October has been such a ZOO. Every day, every weekend, something going on, and most of it fun fall stuff: apple picking, pumpkin picking, Governor’s Island, corn mazes, and drives out into the country with family.

This weekend, it was all about the school “Harvest Festival.” Yesterday morning, we were roasting multiple chickens (thank you convection oven) to take up to school and dressing up the kids (and ourselves) before running up the street and to enjoy such timeless school-event classics as a bouncy castle, face-painting, and a haunted “tunnel of terror.” The best part (for the adults) was the professional photographer taking family portraits. I hope one of them turns out for the annual Christmas card photo. Stay tuned…

On to food.

This week, I’m obsessed with an online magazine called Sweet Paul. Our fabulously elegant art director at work turned me on to it, and I’ve been flipping the (online) pages ever since. The weekly menu reflects some—though certainly not all—of my favorites. Enjoy!

Weekly Menu:

Sunday: I aspire to the roast chicken on the cover of Sweet Paul; it’s a one-pot meal, perfect for Sunday supper. BUT, the fact of the matter is that we are heading to Washington Irving’s estate for some haunted fun today, and have (possible) guests for late afternoon as well. So, it’s all about the 30-minutes-in-the-oven Rosa Mexicana rotisserie chicken from Fresh Direct, with a side of home-roasted vegetables & potatoes. The real deal will have to wait.

Monday: Still loving Dinner: A Love Story for weeknight inspiration. Yesterday was our last CSA pick up for the season, and it was full of things like butternut squash, radishes, spinach, celery, red cabbage (what to do with that?) and beets (anybody have a good recipe for beets?). So for Monday, which is supposed to rainy, it’s a Roast Butternut Squash Soup with crusty bread and salad.

Tuesday: Also from DALS: Tony’s Steak, with a Corn and Grilled Green Pepper Salad.

Wednesday: Reprising the steak in Burrito night.

Thursday: Pasta with Bacon, Tomatoes and either spinach or kale, both of which came in the CSA share

Friday: Grilled Salmon and Green Beans

Saturday: From Sweet Paul, a Mushroom, Honey & Chevre pizza. Looks and sounds amazing, but I am a little if-y on the honey on a pizza thing.

Halloween, here we come!!!


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