Weekly Menu, January 23 – January 29

Last week was a mixed bag for new recipes; we had a big winner and some losers. The winner: The Pioneer Woman‘s amazing chicken pot pie. This recipe alone is worth the cost of the cookbook and would make a great, casual company dish. The crust was divine, the filling delish…the whole thing such a success that I’m trying another PW recipe from the cookbook this week.

I wish I could say the same for the vanilla pudding from Smitten Kitchen. I’ve had plenty of success with Deb’s recipes before, but the pudding, well, mine never set, alas. Not sure what I did wrong (maybe I didn’t cook it long enough). Scrolling through the comments on her site, I saw this happened to a few people, but plenty more had it work for them, lucky ducks. Luckily, our friend Scott brought rice pudding à la From Rice to Riches in Manhattan, so the Golden Globes dessert was saved. By the way, the Globes: a bit of a disappointment, no? The show was kind of a snooze, but the clothes were fun. Looking forward to the SAG awards next weekend.

One of the misses on the menu was the shrimp tacos from Dinner A Love Story. The shrimp was stone cold by the time I bit into my taco. DALS has given me a number of keepers (see Tony’s Steak), so perhaps this is worth trying again. Might be a dish better for summer.

Joanne Weir’s Penne with Tomatoes and Herbed Ricotta Salata also did not please. Again, suspect this is a better summer dish. We’ll try it again in August when the tomatoes are juicy and flavorful.

On to the menu this week.

Sunday: Chili a la The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I’m usually a Silver Palate chili gal, so we’re mixing it up a bit.

Monday: Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese over Quinoa. We’ll see. This may morph into Ina Garten’s Roasted Vegetable Soup instead.

Tuesday: Chicken with Lemon-Leek Linguine (below) via Cooking Light. We’re on a major leek kick, and this looked like a simple and tasty weekday meal.

Photo by John Autry for Cooking Light

Wednesday: Black Bean & Spinach Burritos. It’s on the menu every week for a reason; we love it.

Thursday: Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin (still haven’t tried this from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table but am determined to this week) with Lemony Steamed Brussel Sprouts

Friday: Fettucine with Mushrooms and Hazelnuts from the February Cooking Light, which, btw, is chock-a-block full of intriguing weekday recipes.

Saturday: Entertaining or being entertained…otherwise PIZZA!

Have a great week everyone! Happy recipe hunting.


2 Responses to “Weekly Menu, January 23 – January 29”

  1. 1 kimk January 24, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I recently made Ina Garten’s chichen pot pie which was also a winner…btw, will you be making the weekly menu this summer??

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