What’s Been Cooking In My Kitchen – Thursday Edition

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So, another week, another menu.  This is what we ate this past week:

Saturday:  The Weekend Chef made Rosti (a Swiss potato dish).  Of course no recipe….but delish!

Sunday:  The Weekend Chef grilled a London broil (probably one of the last grilling meals of fall!) and made some
roasted broccoli and sautéed red cabbage with egg noodles.

Monday: Creamy Lemon Stove Top Chicken from the blog The Mother Huddle.  We weren’t huge fans of this and gave a
2.5 star rating.  It needed more lemon because it just tasted like a cream sauce to me.  Since we bought a
jumbo pack of chicken thighs and they didn’t all fit in the Dutch Oven, I ended up cooking the extras in the cast
iron skillet.  My husband noted that this chicken with the sauce added on at the end was much tastier than the
chicken cooked in the sauce.  Definitely not something I’d make again.

Tuesday: Cavatelli with Broccoli Rabe from FoodNetwork.com courtesy of Family Circle Magazine.  I’ve made variations
of this recipe several times, just not this particular one from foodnetwork.com.  I used rotini for this recipe, since
that’s what I had.  I also substituted 1/2 cup of white wine for the chicken broth the recipe called for.  I think the
wine adds a bit more flavor.  This was one of those go-to recipes since I already had sausage in the freezer
and broccoli rabe was on sale last week.  This was a 3 star, nothing special recipe but quick and tasty enough.

Wednesday: Pineapple Pork Chili from food blog Melanie Makes with Sweet Corn Bread from allrecipes.com by
bookworm70.  I think I was most surprised that this chili recipe didn’t need to cook all day.  So, I was a bit
hesitant….chili in 20 minutes?!!  I have to say, it did pretty much come together within that time frame.  Plus,
there was enough for lunch leftovers.  We gave this 4 stars.  Pretty flavorful and super quick and easy!  And
while the chili was cooking on the stove I whipped together the corn bread.  We rated this 3 stars.  It was nice
and moist and complimented the chili perfectly.

Thursday:  Leftovers!  This doesn’t happen too often….but I LOVE when it does!

Friday: Taco Pockets from food blog Plain Chicken.  My son is a pretty picky eater.  One meal that he does enjoy are
tacos.  So I’m often trying to make variations of tacos – different fillings, different forms, quesadillas, burritos, etc.
As long as there’s some meat, cheese, and tortilla, he’s good.  I was a bit hesitant having to make these on Friday
when we get home around 5 pm and I have to get dinner cooked and my daughter fed before her 6 PM Girl Scout
meeting.  She wanted to help me cook and was a great help in getting these taco pockets made.  Again, this dish
reminded me of another homemade variation of Hot Pockets this time using a biscuit.  This got a family rating of 4
stars.  Everyone, especially the kids really enjoyed these!  I served this with bagged Caesar Salad.

Did you make anything for dinner this week that you’d recommend?  I’m always looking for new recipes and suggestions!


What’s Been Cooking in My Kitchen Wednesday!

We are a food loving family.  Prior to going back to work full-time, I attempted to start a food/cooking blog.  I don’t update it anymore but you can check it out here.  I still attempt to cook dinner almost every weeknight but have called weekends off.  That is where the name “The Weekend Chef” came from. The Mr. loves to cook but gets home too late from work during the week to do it. So, he gets weekend cooking duty.  (Although I joke with him that he really doesn’t have to all that often since we’re usually out and about on the weekends and eating out!).  Instead of writing out the menu for what I’m cooking for the current week, I thought I’d post what I cooked the week before so I can give you reviews of what the family thought about the recipes.  I have to tell you I won’t be taking a lot of photos of the dishes….I tried to do that with the food blog but getting good food photos at 6 PM isn’t easy.  I will always link up to where I found the recipe though (when applicable) so you can have quick and easy access to it.  I subscribe to a bunch of food blogs and am never at a loss of new things to make.  Oh yeah, have I mentioned that I rarely make the same meal or recipe twice?  If it’s a recipe repeat, then it has to be something quick and tasty!!

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So, without further adieu, here’s our menu from last week:

Monday:    Chicken Korma (from foodnetwork.com – courtesy of Food Network Kitchen) I had high hopes for this recipe
and have had it bookmarked for awhile.  I have to admit that I didn’t add the ginger since I really don’t like the
flavor.  And I had to take out the mini food processor which I dislike using, since I have to wash so many extra
pieces.  Besides that, the recipe was fairly quick and easy to make.  However, I didn’t the flavor was all that
great.  In my opinion, the best part of the meal was the pita that I had bought to serve the mixture on!  Family
2 1/2 stars

Tuesday:   Ham and Noodle Casserole (from Allrecipes.com) Usually when a recipe calls for condensed cream
of  “anything” soup I don’t make it.  We really don’t like when you can taste the “it came from a can” super salty
flavor.  I thought I’d give this recipe a try though and discovered that you don’t get that flavor at all!  This was
a comfort food type dish.  I used one of those mini ham steaks that are always on sale at the grocery store.
The dish itself was quick and easy to put together (especially if you can find shredded swiss cheese – which I
couldn’t!).  Unfortunately, it does need to cook for about 40 minutes in the oven, so not a super quick and easy
meal.   Family Rating:  4 stars

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder (from blog Damn Delicious)  I LOVE using the slow cooker.
Especially now that the cold weather is coming.  The Weekend Chef actually put this together in the morning
before work and I added the cream and butter before serving.  I substituted regular peeled and cut potatoes
for the red potatoes, since that’s what I had.  I have to say this chowder ended up being pretty tasty!  The
Weekend Chef commented that if we threw a couple of cans of clams in it would make a tasty clam chowder
too.  The kids liked it so much that “C” who is my picky eater has been asking when I’m going to make that
“Potato and Corn Soup” again!  I served this with some Pillsbury biscuits.  Family Rating: 4 stars

Thursday:   Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes (from blog Crazy for Crust) This ended up being a meal that I cooked with
the kids.  You can check out the post here.  The kids LOVE breakfast for dinner and they even helped make
these.  Definitely a winner of a meal!  Breakfast for dinner is usually super quick and easy too, as was this
recipe, so double score.  I served these with breakfast sausage.  Family Rating: 4 stars

Friday:        Peanut Butter Panko Chicken with Coconut Noodles (from blog Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice) This is
not a quick and easy meal.  I realized this when meal planning for the week and purposefully planned to make
it on Friday.  The negatives:  I feel like I used almost every pot and pan in the house trying to get this meal
together. Like I mentioned, this was not quick and easy to make.  The Pluses:  It was very tasty.  Everyone
loved the peanut sauce.  My son so much that he was dipping his broccoli in it!  When my son, “C” who’s not a
big meat protein eater (chicken, steak, pork etc.) asked for seconds I know it has to be pretty good!  I had
never cooked pasta in coconut milk and discovered that it added a lot of flavor!  Family Rating: 3 1/2 stars

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