Ted’s birthday – 05/26/2018

My husband turns 36 this week so we had a bit of a party to celebrate.

Kickin’ Corn Dip with tortilla chips
Cheese, Crackers, and assorted cured meats
Fritos and Onion Dip

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Veggie Burgers
Cauliflower Green Olive Salad
Fruit Salad (pineapple, papaya, watermelon)

Marble cake with marshmallow cream frosting, chocolate sandwich cookie filling and a gold glitter sprinkle (photo on Instagram)

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 05/19/2018

When in doubt pull out an old menu that worked well.

Tacos – ground beef, ground turkey or summer squash
Rice and Beans (using this recipe as a guide)
Various taco fixin’s – salad greens, 2 salsas, corn relish, sour cream, cilantro, sambal, shredded cheese, sliced avocado
Corn or flour tortillas

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Mystery Peeps for dessert

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 04/14/2018

The rotation of chicken thighs and various cuts of pork gets old, at least for me. So I leaned toward turkey this week. I’m fairly certain that turkey tenderloin is a made up cut off the turkey breast. Still, it fit the bill and didn’t require defrosting in the fridge.

Pan Roasted Turkey Tenderloin with “West Indies” spice rub
One-pot Orzo with Spinach
Savory Roasted Acorn Squash
Irish Brown Bread

Old-fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Notes under the cut

Saturday night – 03/17/2018

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be about just corned beef and cabbage.

Though I did make cabbage this week. I was looking for a recipe to match a braised red cabbage we enjoyed at a (semi-)local fine dining restaurant, the Castle. This is an old-school “fancy”, dress-up-for-dinner, sort of place that my family goes to for special occasions. We went with my mom and sister to celebrate what would have been my dad’s seventy-seventh birthday. The red cabbage that was served with our entree was tender and flavorful with a touch of sweetness. I asked what went into it and learned that it was cooked a long time and had a touch of red currant jelly. That was enough of a clue to find something online. The rest of the menu was pretty much built around the red cabbage dish.

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Braised Red Cabbage
Chicken Thighs with Mustard Cream Sauce
Irish Brown Bread

Gingerbread with Whipped Cream

Notes under the cut