Saturday night – 10/14/2017

Whenever I’m at a loss for what to make for Saturday dinner I just look back a year, or two, for inspiration. That is, after all, one of the reasons I record our Saturday night gathering menus.

Oven Barbecued Ribs
Buttered Shells with Parsley
Grilled Green Beans with Sesame
Skillet Braised Carrots
Parker House Rolls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Notes under the cut


Saturday night – 10/07/2017

This week’s menu started with the chicken tenders. Ted does an amazing job with them however we don’t do them often because the coat every horizontal surface with first flour, and then hot oil. I built the rest of the menu with stuff I was in the mood for over the past week.

Chicken Tenders
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Delicata Squash with Red Onion and Z’atar
Corn Bread (ala Alton Brown)

store-bought apple pie

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 09/09/2017

Sometimes dessert leads the way when planning our weekly Saturday night gathering menu. This week my husband had a hankering for some oatmeal raisin cookies. I said I’d make them on Saturday night. Then we finished up a particularly delicious batch of macaroni and cheese so we, obviously, needed to make more. Pork loin was on sale and then it was just a matter of choosing from the items at the farm stand to fill-in the rest of the menu.

Roast Pork Loin
Ted’s Macaroni & Cheese
Roasted Cauliflower
Zucchini Pancakes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 07/22/2017

In an effort to minimize heat generation in the kitchen (’cause it is July and steamy) I prepped and cooked over the course of the day. Baking took place earlier in the day, eggs were hard cooked a bit later with the exhaust hood running strong and the mains were reheated just before dinner. The strategy, along with some strategically placed fans, seemed to work well.

Beef or Black Bean Summer Squash tacos
with various toppings (avocado, tomato salsa, corn+chili salsa,
sour cream, cheese, diced tomatoes)
Deviled Eggs
Mixed Greens

Banana Bread
Cherry Clementine Popsicles

Notes under the cut