April 6 Menu

Monday - Leftovers from Sydney's Birthday

Tuesday - Leftovers from Sydney's Birthday

Wednesday - Mussels, Honey Melon Salad, Cupcakes for Sydney

Thursday - Oven Fried Chicken, Bleu Cheese Salad, Mashed Potatoes

Friday - Leftovers from Thursday

Shopping List for me:

  • Meat & Seafood - Mussels
  • Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - Shallots, Arugula
  • Dairy, Juice, Eggs - Agave Juice, Cream Cheese
  • Other - White Wine, Can Crushed Pineapple

Shopping List Additional:

  • Condiments, Can Food - Crushed Tomatoes,
  • Vegetables, Fuits, Herbs - Garlic, Honey Melon, Lime
  • Baking, Spices - Dried Rosemary, Red Chili, Salt, Pepper

Notes for the Week:

1. The cupcakes for Monday were fantastic. In fact, I made them for Wednesday. And, if you don't have agave syrup, maple syrup works as well. Oh, and it's important to know the temperature of your oven if you want your cupcakes to rise. I tried 475 degrees and it helped.

2. Okay, I didn't do the mussels and honey melon salad because I had an unexpected invitation to a Red Sox game. But my wife steamed the mussels anyway and made a very tasty korean seaweed soup.

3. Ina Garten's recipes were good. The fried/bake oven was simple. I skimmed off the left over oil and added butter and flour to make a quick gravy. And the bleu cheese salad was superb. Note, good Roquefort cheese is EXPENSIVE.

March 30 Menu

Monday - Linguine with Clams and Cupcakes

Tuesday - Korean Beef over Rice and Miso Soup -

Wednesday - Roasted Chicken in Crockpot (Fingers Crossed)

Thursday - Apt Friendly Pizza

Friday - Lasagna and Garlic Bread

Shopping List for me:

  • Fruits, Veg, Herbs - italian basil, plum tomatoes, napa cabbage
  • Dairy, Fruit Juice - unsalted butter, tofu
  • Baking - cupcake liner, all purpose flour, sugar, icing, cornmeal
  • Freezer - can french bread dough
  • Meats, Poultry, Fish, Deli - clams (can okay too), sirloin steak, roasting chicken, pancetta
  • Breads - sliced loaf
  • Other - breakfast oatmeal, dry white wine, veg. broth, chix broth

Addtl Shopping List:

  • Fruits, Veg, Herbs - garlic, scallions, ginger, red pepper, carrots, baby spinach, spinach
  • Spices - crushed red pepper, sesame seed, salt, black pepper, ground hot pepper, paprika
  • Condiments - soy sauce, sesame oil, veg oil, rice vinegar, white miso, tomato sauce
  • Dairy, Fruit Juice - parmesan cheese, mozarella cheese, ricotta cheese
  • Freezer - shelled edamame,
  • Meats, Poultry, Fish, Deli - medium shrimp, prosciutto
  • Breads, Pasta, Rice - fresh linguine, short grain rice, no boil lasagna noodles
  • Other - olive oil
Notes for the week:
1. I prefer a more traditional clam sauce, maybe with a little cream.  That said, the Monday recipe wasn't bad.
2. Cupcakes, that was tough.  Do not subsitute plain sugar with granular sugar.  I will try next week for Sydney's birthday cupcakes.
3. One good thing I did this week was use up the basil later in the week for the Apt. Pizza, which wasn't bad.  However, will I ever find a really good pre-made thin crust?
4. I skipped the Lasagna because family was in town - korean food for the whole weekend.

March 23 Menu

(Monday) Spring Rolls and Spring Stir Fry - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/menu/views/dinnerrush032709

(Tuesday) Spring Salad and Dinner Sandwich - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/menu/views/dinnerrush032309

(Wednesday) Grilled Scallops and Leftover Salad - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/succotash-with-grilled-scallops-and-parsley-drizzle-recipe/index.html

(Thursday) Spicy Cod and Rice - http://www.maangchi.com/recipes/daegu-jeon

(Friday) Sloppy Joes - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/neelys/spensers-sloppy-joes-recipe/index.html

Shopping List for me:
Dairy&Juice - whole milk, gruyere cheese, orange juice
Meats - 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb black forest ham, sea scallops, cod filet
Baking - flour,
Breads - sliced (any)
Condiments&Other - hoisin sauce, chili-garlic sauce, worcestershire sauce, rice paper rounds
Herbs - fresh cilantro, fresh mint, fresh thyme, italian parsley, fresh basil
Vegetables - colesalw mix, (2) onions, shallots, oyster mushrooms, baby beets, fennel, grape tomato, bell pepper (red, green)
Fruits - peaches, blood oranges

Addtl Shopping List:
Dairy&Juice - eggs, butter
Meats - shrimp
Baking - sugar, honey
Breads - hamburger (optional, i use left over sliced bread)
Condiments&Other - rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, evoo, tomato sauce, bbq sauce, walnuts
Spices - mustard seeds, dried thyme
Herbs - ginger, garlic
Vegetables - snap peas, peas, green onions, corn, lima bean, zucchini, salad mix

Notes for the Week:
1. Spring roll is much harder than it seems. Spring stir fry is a very sorry recipe - does not really have an authentic asian flavor.
2. Bad planning for the week because all the herbs from Monday were left over with not much use elsewhere. Although the fennel was put to good use this week between the spring stir fry and the salad.
3. Spring salad needs really good juice of orange otherwise it gets a bit sugary.

Just the Beginning

For several weeks, our family of three has tried www.menusformoms.com to plan our weekly meals. It really helped take the stress out of trying to figure out what to cook every night. And, the weekly grocery list they provided really helped keep us from throwing away tons of food. But when the novelty wore off, my wife protested that the recipes weren't really fulfilling her taste buds. True, most of the recipes were american comfort foods with a bit of southwest spices thrown in here and there and maybe some faux chinese dishes as well. The amount of cheese, butter, and cream was also a bit too much for our moderately lactose intolerant digestive systems. Finally, being of Korean descent, we regularly craved for that kimchee. So, I've searched high and low and have yet to find a really good FREE menu planning website. If anybody else has, please forward. In the mean time, I'll try to blog a few recipes every now and then as a personal reference.