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  1. Monday, July 16

    Free Giveaway! Head Country BBQ Gift Pack!

    I’m excited to announce a random giveaway for the week!
    Head Country Barbecue, which I mentioned in my ribs post, is giving away a gift pack with all 6 of their products to one lucky TWFD reader! Gift pack includes BBQ Sauce Original, BBQ Sauce Hickory, BBQ Sauce Hot, Championship Seasoning, Garden Rich Salsa & Premium Marinade. Perfect for summer grilling!

    Like all the other giveaways, just post a comment, any comment, by Midnight PT on Monday, July 23. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 24.

    Head Country BBQ sauce is awesome – make sure you enter!


  2. Sunday, July 15

    Week 25 Menu

    This week’s menu isn’t very inspiring, so I’m counting on the rest of you – post your menus! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a few carry-overs from last week, our anniversary is this weekend, and I leave next Monday for 3 weeks…so Sunday night is an easy meal since I’ll be packing furiously! I have some good posts planned for the next few days, so I won’t be a total waste this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    MONDAY:
    Pat’s Oriental Chicken Salad
    – Chicken Shu Mai from Trader Joe’s frozen section
    Ginger Dipping Sauce


    TUESDAY:
    – Orange Chicken
    – Rice
    – Veggie
    – Leftover Chicken Shu Mai

    WEDNESDAY:
    Pork Chops
    – Wild & Long grain rice
    – Vegggie

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Our anniversary! Going out to DINNER…no Cate! ๐Ÿ™‚

    SATURDAY:
    – Hot Dogs or hamburgers on the grill
    – Chips
    – Fresh fruit

    SUNDAY:
    – Chicken cordon bleu (from the freezer section at grocery store)
    – Rice
    – Veggie


  3. Wednesday, July 11

    The Goods: Leeks!

    After all this meatiness, time to feature a VEGETABLE. Without further ado, meet the leek!


    When I was looking through my leek pictures to do this post, I noticed there were potatoes and carrots on the cutting board. For the life of me I cannot remember what I was making that night! But I do know this…it was a soup. Leeks are GREAT in soups. There are leeks in the Butternut Squash Soup recipe I have posted and I’ve used them in other soups that are blended at the end (good in veggie soups).

    A few other leek-y ideas from Miss Rachael Ray. BLT Smashed Potatoes (I have made these and they were AWESOME) and Bacon, Potato, Leek & Crab Chowder (which I haven’t made but sounds mighty fine).

    Why do I like leeks? They are part of the garlic/onion family (they look like HUGE scallions). They are, however, milder and give a nice flavor to whatever you are cooking.

    Never cooked with leeks? Here’s how to clean them: Cut off the root end and the green top, leaving 2″ of green. Slice leek lengthwise and clean leek under running water, making sure to get the dirt out of all the layers (when they grow, the pick up lots of dirt inside). Follow your recipe as directed.


  4. Monday, July 9

    Featured Recipe: RIBS & Great BBQ Sauce

    First off, my apologies to all the vegetarians out there…this is a very MEATY post. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first time I had ribs, my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Mark made them for the 4th of July and I was SOLD. And, as I mentioned recently, all I want to eat lately is ribs from Phil’s BBQ (here in San Diego).


    Nate and I took a hand at grilling our first ribs this weekend (pictured). They were yummy yummy and cost about half as if we’d gone out. So, here’s how Barbara and Mark taught us how to do it – it’s easy, although cleaning the roasting pan – not so fun.

    Featured Recipe: RIBS & Great BBQ Sauce
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Beef
    Instructions
    1. Cook ribs in big roasting pan at 250 degrees for about 5 hours. Place ribs on a rack in the pan and keep some water in the bottom of the pan while cooking. You can roast the day before and refrigerate until youโ€™re ready to grill.
    2. Cook ribs on grill, low heat setting, for about 30 minutes or until theyโ€™re hot. While theyโ€™re cooking, keep slathering with BBQ sauce and turning every few minutes.
    3. โ€œWhat BBQ sauce should I use?โ€ you may be wondering. Barbโ€™s favorite by far is Head Country BBQ sauce, and we have to agree. It is seriously yummy, and you can order it online easy as pie!

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  5. Sunday, July 8

    Week 24 Menu

    Sorry I’m a little late tonight, but it’s still Sunday, at least in California!

    Tonight we made ribs. YUM. But I’m putting it on my menu for tomorrow b/c we haven’t had the steaks yet (am I craving meat?), so doing a little swaperoo. Tune in tomorrow for the ‘how to cook ribs’ tips!

    MONDAY:
    – Ribs
    – Summer Squash
    Cornbread
    – Zatarain’s Black Beans & Rice (we didn’t eat these last week…they are SO GOOD, you gotta try! My aunt who lived in New Orleans loves the Zatarain’s brand – says it’s pretty authentic tasting)


    TUESDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner! Waffles & Fresh Fruit

    WEDNESDAY:
    Chili
    – Corn chips
    – Fruit or something light

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Eat out

    SATURDAY:
    Pat’s Oriental Chicken Salad
    – Chicken Shu Mai from Trader Joe’s frozen section

    SUNDAY:
    – Orange Chicken
    – Rice
    – Veggie
    – Leftover Chicken Shu Mai

    Now it’s your turn – share your menu, whatever it may be! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Saturday, July 7

    Music Overload!

    When I started this blog, a big part of my weekly post was the Song of the Week. Ever since I’ve been pregnant (i.e. SICK AS A DOG) and not cooking as much, I’ve been terrible about featuring my favorite music. Now that I’m back in the kitchen (more or less), iTunes is again playing a role in my nightly cooking routine, so the tunes are back!

    Since I’m WEEKS & WEEKS behind on my “Song of the Week,” I’m going to give you a whiz-bang of a music post today. When I was pregnant with Cate I made a CD for myself with a bunch of “lullabies” that I would one day sing to our little baby (now babies!). I wanted some GOOD music that would be fun to sing and fun for my kids to grow up with. (The “Sweet Baby James” album will forever be burned in my brain after singing those songs countless times with my dad and his guitar when I was young.)

    I thought sharing the list might be nice of me since I have such great taste. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, these songs RULE. Uh, this is one LONG post…
    Click here to see the full post and list of songs!

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    1. ‘Blackbird’ by Sarah McLachlan. A beautiful Beatles cover from the “I Am Sam” soundtrack.

    2. ‘Humble Me’ by Norah Jones. A sad song, but again, beautiful.

    3. ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ by Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. A GREAT Marley cover – more “lullaby-ish” than the original Marley version. AWESOME lyrics.

    4. ‘Angel From Montgomery’ by Susan Tedeschi.A super duper version of this awesome classic song.

    5. ‘I’ll Fly Away’ by Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch. Get ready for a few more of these GREAT “O Brother, Where Art Thou” songs!

    6. ‘In the Lord’s Arms’ by Ben Harper. LOVE IT.

    7. ‘Who Will Sing Me Lullabies’ by Kate Rusby. Kate is a modern Irish folk singer – you can hear the “irishness” in her voice, but it’s not overk
    ill and her music is really enchanting.

    8. ‘Down to the River to Pray’ by Alison Krauss. What would we do without the “O Brother” soundtrack I ask you?!?!

    9. ‘In the Garden’ by Susan Tedeschi. Here’s Susan again – seriously, I’ve told you guys about her before – you’ve GOTTA listen to her.

    10. ‘By My Side’ by Ben Harper. Perhaps one of my all time favorite Ben songs. He’s making a lot of appearances on this list too…hmmm…I’ve already admitted to my crush. He rules.

    11. ‘Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby’ by Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch. O Brother, here they are again.

    12. ‘Case of You’ by Joni Mitchell. Maybe not the happiest song, but this is by far my favorite Joni Mitchell song EVER. Wish I could sing it like her.

    13. ‘I Am Weary’ by the Cox Family. Sorry…more “O Brother”

    14. ‘Helplessly Hoping’ by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. One of their prettiest songs.

    And YES…the last two songs are from “O Brother”

    15. ‘In the Highways’ by the Peasall Sisters. My very musical brother-in-law Jake (who first introduced us to this album way back in the day) has visions of his future children singing in 3-part harmony whenever he hears this song. So cute!

    16. ‘You Are my Sunshine’ by Norman Blake. I gotta tell you about another version I found this week, however – by Elizabeth Mitchell. Elizabeth’s version is my favorite and would have taken Norman’s place had I known about her 3 years ago.

    Alright, I think 16 songs should cover me for the missing weeks! Now get on iTunes and get listening!

    Sorry all the links to Amazon in this post are to the actual CDs…one day I may set up the links to the Amazon MP3s, but it will take me FOREVER. So, until then, links stay as is.


  7. Friday, July 6

    The Goods: Calrose Rice

    Last night as I was cooking my rice I thought, hey, this rice would make for a good blog post, so here we go…I LOVE CALROSE RICE. It’s my favorite. I serve it with all of our meals that need rice as a base – Indian food, Asian food, good ole casseroles, everything! There are definitely more flavorful, fragrant rices out there like jasmine and basmati. I appreciate them, but this is usually my first pick.


    If you haven’t had calrose, it’s a white sticky rice. You don’t need a rice cooker – it comes out PERFECTLY on my stove every time (1 1/2 C rice to 2 C water, bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer until done). One downfall – it dries out when you save it, not as great the next day (think Chinese take-out rice leftovers), but good enough! Okay, done imparting rice wisdom.


  8. Wednesday, July 4

    Have a Wonderful 4th, Wherever You May Be!


  9. Monday, July 2

    Happy 4th of July!

    The 4th of July is in two days – are you ready? I’m not! I have NO idea what we’ll be doing that day, but I’m sure it will be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was thinking maybe you all could inspire me…please share your favorite 4th of July food or tradition! Recipes most definitely welcome – just post a comment!

    I figured I should provide SOME kind of inspiration…the Hostess with the Mostess found this GREAT idea on Martha Stewart. It’s from the Kids magazine, but I agree with Jenn (the hostess!), it looks like a perfect 4th of July breakfast! Plus I love french toast. Thanks, Jenn! (and thanks Martha, too, I suppose…) (photo from Martha Stewart – my first non-Jane food pic)


  10. Sunday, July 1

    Week 23 Menu

    It’s Sunday already?!?!?

    Thank you so much for all your awesome menus last week – I really do read them every week when I’m planning. It’s such a help. This past week I actually COOKED more than once…so now I’m feeling a bit more inspired. So, thanks for your menus! Keep ’em coming!

    MONDAY:
    – TJ’s Masala (Indian) simmer sauce, cooked with chicken and garbanzo beans
    – Rice
    – Veggie

    TUESDAY:
    – Nate out of town, so Cate and I are going to party it up…or eat cereal. ๐Ÿ™‚

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Happy 4th of July!! (I have no idea what we’re going to do for the 4th…check back tomorrow for a special 4th of July planning post!)

    THURSDAY:
    – Herb Crusted Steaks
    – Twice Baked Potatoes

    FRIDAY:
    – Homemade hawaiian pizza

    SATURDAY:
    – Grilled pork chops
    – Zatairan’s Red Beans & Rice (yummy mix!!)
    – Veggie

    SUNDAY:
    – Dinner at friends’ home!