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  1. Monday, November 14, 2022

    Week 758 Weekly Menu

    Hello! Apologies for missing last week…I run communications at my company and we announced a proposed merger, so basically I didn’t do much of anything but work. But I’m back to normal, thank goodness! 

    Week 758 weekly dinner menu from This Week for Dinner





    • Leftovers


    • Homemade hamburgers


    • Takeout


    • Spicy Chicken Tacos (going to grab the pre-marinated chicken thights from our local tortilleria)

    Your turn! Share your meal plan below and have a fantastic week!

  2. Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Week 617 Weekly Menu

    Hey all! It’s menu time, let’s go!

    Weekly Menu #617: Pork chops, Asian Chicken Salad, Orange Chicken, Turkey Boursin Baguetts, Turkey Burgers

    – Pork Chops & Apples
    – Mashed Potatoes & Broccoli

    – Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad

    Orange Chicken
    – Rice

    – Leftovers

    – Turkey Boursin Baguettes

    – Eat out

    – Homemade Turkey Burgers

    Please share your own meal plans in the comments below! They are incredibly helpful for me and so many others! 

  3. Friday, August 15, 2014

    Friday Show and Tell

    Happy Friday! I’m currently sitting in Pacific City, Oregon looking out my hotel window at the ocean, where there is a HUGE rock poking through the fog to say good morning. My visit to Tillamook has been amazing and I’ll definitely share more next week! For now you can go look at all my pictures from the trip so far on Instagram and I need to go get gussied up to meet some Tillamook cows!

    view from the cape kiwanda inn in pacific city, oregon by @janemaynard

    Here are my food posts on Babble and Cosmo this week!

    Everyone gets a turn during show and tell, so please share your own stuff!

  4. Sunday, November 10, 2013

    Week 355 Menu

    These bananas are going to be used in something out-of-this-world-delicious later today. Well, assuming all goes well it will be out-of-this-world-delicious. And, if all does in fact go well, you’ll be getting the recipe this week. Everyone cross fingers and toes!

    bananas |

    How is it time to plan another menu? SERIOUSLY.

    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas
    – Rice and beans

    White Chicken Chili

    Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

    – Leftovers

    – Take out

    – Nate and I are going to the Stanford/USC football game. GO STANFORD!

    Broccoli and Chicken Pasta with Cream Sauce
    – Salad and garlic knots

    As always, I can’t wait to see what you’ve all got cooking for the week. Thank you for posting your menus!

  5. Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Week 347 Menu

    I am already making our second batch of homemade granola bars! I can’t believe how many we went through in just three days. I think having six guests and two soccer games this weekend may have had something to do with it!

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    I’m feeling a bit under the weather and not really wanting to sit here at the computer planning a menu, so I’m pounding this out as fast as I can!

    Bistro Chicken
    – Mashed Potatoes + a veggie

    Chicken Soup with Rice

    – Chicken Croissants (got moved to this week)
    – Veggie

    – Leftovers

    – Take out

    – Homemade pizza (Hawaiian and Honey Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onions)

    – Fresh Fruit

    Your turn! Bring on the menus! I was so happy to see a few long-time reader, first-time menu posters last week! Hope to see more of you! 🙂

  6. Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Week 313 Menu… and Albion Givaway Winner!

    Hey everyone! We are almost to San Diego, which is why my menu isn’t done yet, but as you know, I never let a Sunday go by without a menu post! Plus, I need to announce the Albion giveaway winner! So here goes!

    First, the winner of the Albion Signature Hoodie: Comment #193 Brenda, who liked the So Meshed Suit, was our lucky, randomly-selected winner. Congratulations Brenda! For everyone else, don’t forget to use the code TWFD10 to get $10 off any order plus free shipping on the Albion website.

    Second, menu time! Since I am literally driving on the freeway…wait, almost literally, Nate is doing the actual driving…I’m going to be a slacker and wait until I have Internet to get my menu up. But just because I’m a slacker doesn’t mean you get to be. 😉 Please, please, please share your menu for the week so you can inspire one another!

    Thanks everyone and have a great week!

  7. Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Grammy McCarthy’s Brownies

    Nate’s Grammy lives south of Boston in a perfectly scenic, coastal New England town. Her home is on a lovely little gulf where you can watch the tide and the plethora of birds go about their daily business. I have so many memories there, of time spent with Nate and his family, experiencing all the emotions and rites of passage you experience with family, including our own wedding reception.

    Of course, as is often the case, there are many food associations with Grammy’s home. The two food items that are always in abundance when we visit are blueberry muffins and brownies, both of which we all eat far too quickly!

    Nate loves Grammy’s brownies. There are a few things in Nate’s mind that I think no one will ever live up to in comparison with Grammy. Her brownies are one of those things. I, of course, am always trying oodles of different brownie recipes, so I actually rarely use her recipe. Not because I don’t love them. I’m just into comparing brownie recipes! So, on Mother’s Day evening, after Nate had cooked up a divine filet mignon dinner, he said, “Do we have stuff to make brownies?” To which I replied, “Yes!” And then he said, “Okay, I’ll make them, but I’m making them my way.” Which means Grammy’s way, of course.

    The brownies tasted exactly like Grammy’s. Nate was beyond happy with the result. And it was a great Mother’s Day present for me…delicious brownies and happy memories of days and nights on the gulf. Who could ask for more?

    A note on this recipe. Yes, she uses shortening. And, yes, Nate used it, too. And, to be honest, these brownies come out with a great texture – not gooey at all, but not dried out, either.  They are the texture you expect a brownie to be and have a nice crust on top. Also, they are not uber chocolatey. If you have Julia Child’s brownies on one end of the spectrum (i.e. the super duper gooey moist chocolatey end of the spectrum), then these are on the other end. Chocolatey enough, but not overwhelming. Nikki, my anti-chocolate friend, might even give them a try!

    Oh, one more thing, unlike most brownies in my life, I actually think I like these better the second day.

    Grammy McCarthy's Brownies
    From Grammy McCarthy
    Cuisine: Dessert
    • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (Grammy uses Fleishmans, we used whatever was on hand)
    • ⅓ cup shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ¾ cup flour
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    1. Melt chocolate and shortening in a double boiler over hot water. Take off heat and add sugar. Add eggs when mixture has cooled a bit. Mix dry ingredients together then add to the wet ingredients. Mix in ½ C broken (wal)nuts. (Since it was Mother’s Day, Nate left these out for me. Because we all know how I feel about walnuts.) Spread in well-greased, 8”³ X 8”³ pan.
    2. Bake at 350 degrees for ~20-25 mins.
    3. There will be a dull crust when almost done – take out. You also want your fork or toothpick to come out clean.
    4. Cut when cool.


  8. Thursday, August 12, 2010

    This site is safe – promise!

    Just a quick message…the red screen of fear popped up again today in regards to my site having malware. There is no malware. The site is safe. My developer has sworn on a stack of WordPress bibles that we’re good to go. Google blacklisted me again this afternoon, so we just have to {not so patiently} wait for them to review the site AGAIN and whitelist me. So…bottom line, the warning message may still be popping up, but you can safely click through to the site.

    Thanks for your patience…and thanks to all of you who helped out!

  9. Sunday, August 1, 2010

    Week 184 Menu

    Yesterday was a sad day. We had to pack up and leave the Cape. Total bummer. The week was fantastic and included this fresh corn on the cob and spicy grilled chicken wings (recipes to come if I can wrangle them from my soon-to-be brother-in-law). 

    This week is going to be nutso banana pants CRAZY. I’m driving alone with the girls to New Jersey. Then the Avery SocialLuxe Lounge (which I am co-hosting) is finally happening on Thursday. And THEN I have BlogHer ’10.  It’s going to be a pretty amazing weekend…including a small private party with Nate Berkus. CAN’T WAIT.

    Enough rambling, here’s my “menu.” Ha! Some menu. Please please pleae share your menu for the week so people can actually get some decent ideas on here! 🙂

    – On the road

    – At my parents’ in NJ…I think we should just have lots of fresh corn on the cob for dinner

    – Stuffing swag bags for SocialLuxe in NYC

    SOCIALLUXE!!! I selected the menu for the party. I can’t remember what I picked, I just know it sounded fancy and fab!

    – There are about a billion parties for BlogHer that night. Who the heck knows what I’ll be eating?

    – Early in the day it’s my nephew’s 1st birthday party! There’s no cake like 1st birthday cake! That night I’ll be hangin’ with Mr. Berkus. Yea!

    – Last night on the East Coast! Dinner with my family.

  10. Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    Best Baked Beans

    The recipe I’m about to give you is dangerously delicious. If you like baked beans, you’ll LOVE these. I made them for the 4th of July and they were a hit, even with my most-of-the-time-vegetarian friend. Thanks to my mom’s sisters who introduced me to this baked beans recipe to begin with. I have no idea where they originally got it from, perhaps I should do some digging. Wait. I’m rambling. Enjoy the beans!

    Best Baked Beans
    Recipe type: Side Dish, Beans
    • 2 large cans baked beans (~3 lb 5 oz total)
    • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • ½ pound bacon, chopped
    • 2 rings pineapple (or one small can pineapple chunks, broken apart with your fingers)
    1. Sauté the onion and green pepper over medium heat until starting to get soft. Add the bacon and sauté until bacon is cooked through. Drain grease.
    2. While the onion and pepper are doing their thing, mix together the beans, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and pineapple. When the sautéd stuff is done, add it to the bean mixture. Bake in a 300-degree oven or in a crockpot on high for 2-3 hours. (I got a late start when I made these, so I baked at 350 for about 1 hour and they came out fine.)