August 31 Menu

Actually, no menu. My neck and back has now been in a state of pain for five weeks now. I will take a respite from cooking. We did buy "stuff" and I'll let you know what comes of it. Other than that, I will see you in two weeks since my mother will be visiting next week and every time she does, the kitchen becomes hers. I think it's a mother thing.

August 24 Menu

This will be another week of improvisation. Last week we randomly searched the store. This week, we will attempt to clean out the freezer. So, hopefully these dishes will lend themselves from taking frozen food to the dinner table in "30 minutes." Just kidding, just thawing the sucker will be require some time.

Monday - Sausage, Kale, and Beans
  • When I was first introduced to this dish, I guess I went overboard with the sausages. So, I have frozen that my wife wants out.
  • The recipe, again, is easy as can be. Gut an italian sausage, add some garlic and olive oil, stir fry til the meat is done, then add the beans and kale for additional cooking.
Tuesday - Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya
Wednesday - Dashi, Fish Cake, and Soba
  • Every korean families' freezer is bound to have some fish cake in the freezer, also known as oden. Please folks, these things do not last forever.
  • Prepare some dashi, add in the fish cake, add in some vegetables, cook up some noodles (soba, udon).
  • Break out that side of kimchi - another thing that in my taste lasts just shy of forever.
Thursday - Pesto Pasta
  • Thai food take out - we love this place called Roddee in Brookline. We're also partial to Sweet Ginger in Union Square because it's close to one of our friends/playdate buddy's house. Their moving in about a month to a foreign country called Orange County, so we should probably visit Sweet Ginger as much as possible.
Shopping List for me:
  • Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - fresh seasonal fruits, onions, bell peppers, kale
  • Fish, Poultry, Meat - shrimp

August 17 Menu

Alas, I neglected to mention that this week we are going sans menu. My wife and I thought it would be fun, and a good summer respite, to just drop into our neighborhood grocers and pick out things at random. We ended up with a box of mangos, jicama, corn, chicken, various greens, cilantro, and yogurt. We've also been busy trying to find a house, so I've been spending countless hours in the evenings and weekends to find one. And my 16 month old daughter is taking all the car trips in stride, although we coax her with a box of raisins every now and then.

Monday and Tuesday - My wife conjured up a stir-fried rice dish with some peculiar looking mushrooms. She also used a mandolin to make a sumptuous mango jicama salad with cilantro and olive oil. Taste was fantastic.

Wednesday - I sliced up the chicken and used the leftover mangos for a mango chicken thai dish, based on this recipe.

Thursday - we switched Friday night take-out to Thursday.

Friday - I came home to a fantastic soba noodle and fish cake stew brewed in a just right dashi.

I could get used to a week like this, especially the way my neck and back is going - four weeks now, no?

August 10 Menu

We had a wonderful beach day that started with a hefty lunch at the Village in Essex with good friends. Fried clams, lobster rolls, clam chowdas, broiled fish, etc. The day almost had me forget about my stiff neck, which has been plaguing me for two weeks straight now. I'll be going to the doctors just to be safe it isn't Lyme disease. In the meantime, I'm going to have to revisit some favorites since it pains me to sit in my typing position.

Monday - Broiled Fish
  • Nice and easy - salt, olive oil, maybe lemon.
  • Rice and some edamem beans and vegetables.
  • Save the left over fish for Wednesday's fried rice dish.
Tuesday - Gyudon
Wednesday - Fried Rice and Greens
  • If you have left over rice, fish, and beef, it'll be perfect (substitute the spam in the recipe with your leftovers). Have the rice at room temperature to make this dish work.
  • Separately, take greens, add chopped garlic, some oyster sauce, little salt and pepper, and call it a day.
Thursday - Sausage, Kale, Beans
  • Serve with rice or pasta.
  • I've done this dish with sweet and hot italian sausage and I prefer the hots.
  • Remove casings and put sausage into pan. Add garlic and olive oil. Add beans once sausage is cooked through. Add kale to cook.
Friday - Takeout!

  • Finally, something different, right? Maybe some good thai food.

Shopping List for me:

  • Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - carrots, brocolli, kale
  • Meats, Poultry, Fish - whole fish, sukiyaki sliced beef, hot italian sausage
  • Dairy, Eggs, Cheese - eggs, milk
  • Frozen - edamame, peas, corn
  • Other - protein powder

Shopping List Addtl:

  • Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs - ginger
  • Grains, Beans, Canned - white beans
  • Specialty - hondashi