Monday, May 30, 2011

Menu 5-30

Recap From Last Week:
Welcome to Summer! The hot dogs and Homemade Fries were absolutely wonderful.
I deviated a lot from the original recipe for Mashed Potato Enchiladas but we really liked the end product. Ours had potatoes, carrots, broccoli, corn, onions and spinach with a cream based sauce on top.
The Cheese Quiche is a simple, yet filling and satisfying dish that I need to include more often because of those reasons.
I tried a different pizza crust this week with our Sweet Hawaiian Pizza. I was pleased with how it came together. We both liked it the same as our normal one so we'll see what I make more often.
I made two kinds of cookies this week: Coconut Macaroons and Chocolate Chunk. They are both delicious!

Onto This Week:
  • Monday: Leftovers
  • Tuesday: Cheesy Broccoli Pockets: Carry-over from last week.
  • Wednesday: Three Cheese Ziti: Pasta-can't go wrong!
  • Thursday: Lasagna in Rolls: These look amazing-I am so excited to try them!
  • Friday: Pizza Night! Pepperoni: Boring but good.
  • Saturday Brunch: Pancakes: We didn't have brunch last week so we'll have pancakes this week.
  • Sunday: Leftovers
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Foreshadowing

Here are five recipes I came across this week. Pineapple has obviously sounded really good recently. Also, how delicious does that popcorn look!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sweet Hawaiian Pizza

Growing up when we ordered pizza we always got a supreme and a Hawaiian. To us, that meant simply green pepper and pineapple. It was definitely a family favorite so making this pizza took me back to my childhood.
When I made the sauce for this pizza I used my normal recipe but was extra generous on the sugar. Also, if you choose to use chunk pineapple I would recommend either cutting it or pulsing it in a food processor a few times.

Sweet Hawaiian Pizza
 Print Recipe
Yields: 4 servings of 2 slices each

pizza sauce (not pictured)
pizza dough (not pictured)
1/2 can pineapple (crushed, tidbits or chunks), drained
1 green pepper, diced
4-6 slices ham, diced

   1.  Preheat oven to 450.
   2.  Roll out pizza dough to size of pan. Spread sauce across dough.
   3.  Top with pineapple, green pepper, ham and cheese.
   4.  Bake at 450 for 11-14 minutes.

This is linked to Good Cheap Eats.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Menu 5-23

Recap From Last Week:
The Chicken Tetrazzini was good but there seemed to be something missing. I have two theories: 1) my homemade stock (and cream soup that I made using that stock) didn't have enough flavor or 2) the vegetable pasta just threw it off. We ate it and enjoyed it anyway though!
The Hawaiian Tuna Sandwiches were delightful! I made homemade buttery rolls which were the perfect complement to the sandwiches. This will probably frequent our menu often this summer.
On Wednesday we tried Sweet and Sour Pork using this sauce. While it was good, we both felt the sauce was missing something, maybe a little spice? Nonetheless, it was still tasty and enjoyable and I'll definitely try again sometime.
Thursday, plans changed and we went to Applebees instead of having Cheese Quiche.
Friday Pizza Night was Pepperoni Pizza with the addition of green peppers. The peppers add such a unique touch, with just a little flavor but not owerpowering.
I bought two huge bunches of bananas last week and the remaining ones are starting to get soft so I decided to try Banana Waffles for Brunch. They turned out great. You could taste the banana but it wasn't overwhelming.
For breakfast part of the week we had French Toast Muffins. They turned out really well. Next time I make them I might try adding some cinnamon and nutmeg to the actual muffin batter as well.

 Onto This Week:
  • Monday: Hot Dogs and Homemade Fries: One of summer's quintessential meals! Unfortunately, we'll be making the hot dogs inside but it'll still be great.
  • Tuesday: Mashed Potato Enchiladas: I'm going to change a few things including using a different sauce instead of enchilada since I don't care for that.
  • Wednesday: Cheese Quiche: Carry-over from last week.
  • Thursday: Cheesy Broccoli Pockets: I happen to have everything I need for this so it's a great week to have it again.
  • Friday: Pizza Night! Sweet Hawaiian: Yes, again. I really like it!
  • Saturday Brunch: Pancakes: We'll see if this is what we actually have come Saturday morning.
  • Sunday: Leftovers
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Foreshadowing

Evidently I was hungry as I was looking around this week! These all look so wonderful.
I was going to make the Summer Corn Salad on Wednesday but realized I didn't have tomatoes so we had potato salad instead. Hopefully we'll be trying it soon!

This is linked to Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Soon after my husband and I were engaged we went to his sister's house for dinner. She made Stromboli and my husband decided he loved it. I made a version the first year we were married but haven't made it since.
Last week I looked at a few different recipes, combined parts from each and came up with our version of Stromboli. It's really quite a simple dish to make and will likely make frequent appearances at our table!

 Print Recipe
Yields: 4-6 servings

pizza dough (not pictured)
1 cup peas
8-10 slices ham lunchmeat
~40 pieces pepperoni
1 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (not pictured)
black olives

   1.  Preheat oven to 375.
   2.  Roll out pizza dough to a large rectangle, no longer than your baking sheet.
   3.  Sprinkle approximately 1/4 cup shredded cheese over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
   4.  Add ham, pepperoni, peas and olives. Top with remaining cheeses.
   5.  Roll up, starting with the long side; tuck ends in and pinch seams together.
   6.  Place seam side down on baking sheet; bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Menu 5-16

The stromboli we ended up having on Monday was delicious! This will definitely be added to my recipe box.
I made the Cream Cheese Pasta on Monday so all we had to do on Tuesday was put it in the oven. Gotta love that convenience!
Each time I make Sesame Chicken it gets easier which means I like it that much more!
I think the star of the week was the Chicken Salad Sandwiches! It ended up a little runny but that was my own fault and I'll know better for next time. There will definitely be a next time!
We ended up not having Pepperoni Pizza as was planned but instead Sweet Hawaiian Pizza. I used my regular pizza sauce and topped it with pineapple, ham, green peppers and cheese. It was a fantastic combination!
It wasn't until 8:00 Friday night that I remembered but I did remember to make the cinnamon bread so we had French Toast for brunch on Saturday.
For breakfast at the end of the week I experimented with Apple Cinnamon Bagels. They were good but there's definitely room for improvement.

I'm looking for a recipe for French Toast Bagels. Can anyone point me toward one?

  • Monday: Chicken Tetrazzini: I love this dish! It's been awhile since we've had it simply because I haven't found a decent price on green peppers.
  • Tuesday: Hawaiian Tuna Sandwiches: This is a delightfully fresh twist on tuna sandwiches.
  • Wednesday: Cheese Quiche: This is one of my husbands favorite dishes. Sadly, I cannot recall the last time I made it.
  • Thursday: Sweet and Sour Pork: This was one of my favorites when I was younger. I'm going to try this sauce.
  • Friday: Pizza Night! Pepperoni: We'll actually have it this week!
  • Saturday Brunch: Waffles: I can guarantee we haven't had this since sometime in March so this will be a nice change.
  • Sunday: Leftovers
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Foreshadowing

These are the recipes I've marked in the last couple weeks.

We actually had the Teriyaki Chicken Salad Sandwiches this week and loved them. Hopefully we'll be able to try some of these others soon.

This is linked to Friday Favorites.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Menu 5-9

After taking April off I'm back! I'm going to try a little different approach this time which will hopefully work better for me.
Now that it's May I'm eliminating Soup Night. We've had a few nice days in a row now so hopefully we're 100% done with the crummy weather and we can keep moving on into spring. I'm going to add more sandwich type meals into the mix, though for now they won't be on an assigned night. I will miss Soup Night though because it really helped me plan since I just had to pick a soup out.
  • Monday: Either some sort of stromboli or Ham and Cheddar Loaf: We've had the Ham and Cheddar before and enjoyed it but I know my husband likes stromboli so we'll see if I can find a good recipe.
  • Tuesday: Cream Cheese Pasta: Our schedules might be criss-crossing a bit at dinner so this will be an easy meal to throw in the oven that I'll prepare before Tuesday.
  • Wednesday: Sesame Chicken: We haven't had an Asian themed dish for a while.
  • Thursday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches: Subway has been running commercials for their chicken salad sandwiches and it always sounds so good so when I came across this recipe last week I knew we had to try it!
  • Friday: Pizza Night! Pepperoni: Keeping it simple.
  • Saturday Brunch: French Toast: This, as always, will be dependent on me remembering to make cinnamon bread Thursday or Friday.
  • Sunday: Leftovers
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