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  1. Sunday, October 5, 2008

    Week 89 Menu

    A funny thing happened last night.  I grabbed a fortune cookie, opened the wrapper, cracked the cookie, pulled out the fortune, tossed said fortune in the trash and ate the cookie.  About 5 minutes later I picked up another fortune cookie and when I got to the fortune, I realized I hadn’t read my last fortune.  And not only had I not read it, but I threw it away without even THINKING about reading it.  Why so funny, you ask?  Well, I’ve never ever done that before.  I’ve always read my “fortune,” which usually goes something like, “You have nice hair.”  Yes, they are always SO helpful, but still, you gotta read your fortune, right?  Apparently my subconscious doesn’t think so.  Now I don’t know my future or the state of my hair.  Bummer. But the cookie was GOOD.

    I can’t believe not one of you commented on the fact I ate GOAT last week.  Yes, people, we had goat for dinner.  No response?  Really?

    On to the menu!

    – Eat out (I’m bumping the eat out night up to Monday…big deadline Tues morning, so not even going to pretned 

    – Egg McMuffins (homemade)
    – Smoothies

    Kitchen Sink Quesadillas
    – Guacamole & Chips

    – Leftovers

    – Pizza

    – Eat out

    Spinach & Pancetta Stuffed Shells w/Asiago Cream Sauce (this is getting ridiculous!  how many weeks has this been on the menu?  I’m SO EXCITED to make and eat this dish, but it’s just not happening.  It’s GOING to happen this week)
    – Garlic Bread
    – Salad

    Okay, your turn!  On your mark, get set, MENUS!

  2. Thursday, October 2, 2008

    Featured Recipe: Curried Squash & Chicken Soup

    I’ve been a real slacker cook lately.  I mean, it WAS my birthday after all. But I’m back in the kitchen and, as per Nate’s request, I’ve been trying new recipes more often lately.  The latest experiment – Curried Squash and Chicken Soup, a recipe from my good friend Natalee.

    It was quite yummy and healthy to boot.  And SO EASY.  The only trick is finding the curry paste, which is usually at Asian markets.  But seriously, even on a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this soup added no extra stress whatsoever.

    A few quick notes. Nate commented it would be good on rice if it was a little thicker.  I may try that – I’ll either cut the water or add a little cornstarch at the end.

    And, believe it or not, I have lemongrass growing in my flower garden!  So, I threw a few whole blades of grass into the crockpot and pulled them before serving.  It gave the soup such a great, fresh flavor!

    Without further ado, the recipe!

    Featured Recipe: Curried Squash & Chicken Soup
    From Eating Well via my friend Natalee Maynes
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Poultry
    Serves: 2-3
    • 1 10-ounce package frozen pureed winter squash
    • ½ cup coconut milk
    • ½ cup water
    • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced (can be added to soup raw) (Jane note: I just threw big hunks of raw chicken in that I cut with kitchen scissors, then broke it up with a fork at the end)
    • 1 6-ounce bag baby spinach (Jane note – I would chop up the spinach a bit before throwing it in for better texture in the soup)
    • 2 kaffir lime leaves (or 2 T lime juice)
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • ½-1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    1. Natalee’s favorite way to do this is in the crockpot because it allows all of the yummy Thai flavors to come out. Just throw it all in and cook on high for two or three hours–yummy! A great addition to this (but tricky to find anywhere except an Asian market) is LEMONGRASS!!! It is divine and makes it even that much better.


  3. Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition

    Okay, maybe it’s not so extreme, but This Week for Dinner has undergone a makeover!  I am so excited about it I could eat chocolate!  What does this all mean to you?

    – The blog is prettier and easier to get around. 🙂

    – Recipes & Links are now at the top of the page (aren’t those tabs cool, by the way?).  And over the next few weeks I’m going to get the recipes even MORE organized.  It’s gonna rule.  Stay tuned!

    – All of the categories are in one place on the right of the page.

    Quick note…I’ve moved the blog to WordPress, so links in older posts might act funny.  I’m working through the glitches, I promise.  If, for some reason, you click a link that doesn’t work, feel free to email and I will track it down for you. Chances are it’s a recipe and you can find it on the Recipes tab at the top of the site. Oh, and the comments page is different, but I know you can handle it. 😉  Please keep leaving your comments!  I love hearing from all of you!

    Big thanks to my awesome bro, Christian, and Aaron Harp…without their technical GENIUS this makeover would be merely a dream.