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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Week 178 Menu and Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! Nate requested Indian food, so I’m making Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) today.  I can’t wait to eat it myself! We’re having a combined Father’s Day-Birthday celebration for Nate today, and he’s requested Strawberry Shortcake for his birthday cake. I’ve never made traditional strawberry shortcake before, so if anyone has a good recipe for the biscuits, please share!

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The girls and I are driving to Utah on Tuesday, where I will be speaking at the Evo Conference (The Evolution of Women in Social Media). I’m SO excited and will definitely be reporting on the trip. This means I don’t have a menu this week, so I am relying on YOU to share and inspire one another!

– Whatever I can throw together while frantically finishing up last minute trip preparations. I think I’ll be stealing one of your ideas from Friday’s post!

– Driving to Utah in a Lincoln MKT (provided by Ford for our trip)…honestly, I can’t wait to drive bajillions of miles in that car!

– Eat out in Salt Lake somewhere

– Opening Keynote and Dinner at Evo

– Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Park City

– Closing Party at Evo with Families!

– Getting together with friends…probably potluck of some sort!

See, I told you I didn’t have a menu. You really need to share your menu this week and do my job for me!

Oh, and don’t forget to call your dad.


  1. You should make these lemon buttermilk biscuits for your shortcakes. They are easy and SO good!

    Can’t wait to see you at EVO this week!

  2. Love the new changes to the site. Great to have that menu bar. 🙂 We are heading to Utah as well. I am bringing the whole family for vacation, but I’ll be up at Evo. Can’t wait to see you!

    Our car looks pretty similar to that one, but it is a Subaru Tribeca (love it) and of course not brand new. We have had it 2 years this fall and it was 2 years old when we bought it, so it’s not up to date with all the cool gadgets.

    I really wish it had iphone/ipod docking in it like so many of the newer cars had. But it’s been a great bigger car for our family without being HUGE. And the third and second rows fold completely flat. Last time we went to Utah we drove home with tons of boxes from Ikea (new desk and bookcase) in the car, with the kids, and our luggage and it amazingly all fit!

    SUNDAY: Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken, Orzo, & Greek Salad. Kiwi-Lime Bars for dessert.

    MONDAY: Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Jasmine Rice

    TUESDAY: Leftovers

    WEDNESDAY: Bagel Sandwiches and fruit (eating in the car while we travel to Utah)

    THURSDAY: Dinner at Evo Conference Opening Keynote

    FRIDAY: Eat out in Park City (Maybe Cafe Rio) and dessert at the PBS Kids Suite Party

    SATURDAY: Bush Bean’s Closing Party at Evo

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    Hi Jane. The recipe from Maria looked good! I have been teaching shortcakes to kids all week. They have been so impressed with themselves. I do tell them to get their dough together in the bowl, turn it out onto the bench, press it to the desired thickness, and cut it. By not rolling or kneading, you’ll avoid overworking it. You should have butter lumps. Also, I give them a good 15 minutes in the freezer before I put them in the oven. When you brush the top with egg wash, be careful not to let it drip down the sides much. Otherwise they won’t rise up as well.

    Okay, her’s my favorite ratio…
    A little more rich than a scone

    2.5 C AP flour
    3 T sugar
    1 T baking powder
    .25 t salt
    1 stick COLD cubed butter (do this first and chill)

    1 egg whisked with
    .5 C + 2 T half and half, or whole milk, (also chilled)

    The egg and added sugar take these from scone to cake. Lemon zest is still a welcome addition, especially with a little basin in the strawberries.

    P.S. I’m making strawberry pie today.

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    Okay Jane – try these for fabulous shortcake:

    Menu? What’s that? Oh yeah – the thing I should have made up by now!

    We’ve got a niece visiting this week, and we’ve got plans to be out and about a lot this week – after working 3/4 days in early mornings. UGH. I will be toast by the end of each day – given I’ve just recovered from another illness and am needing to baby myself a bit still.

    So – we’ll do our best to be intentional, economical, and use up what’s in the stores since we’re pretty much broke as can be! 🙂

    Have a great trip!

  5. Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Pork Roast, Corn on the Cob, fruit, Homemade Crescent Rolls
    Sunday – Meatball Sub Casserole, fruit, green beans
    Monday – Fish with Cheesy Cilantro Sauce, broccoli, fruit
    Tuesday – Chicken Pot Pie, fruit
    Wednesday – BBQ Honey Chicken Kebobs, grilled asparagus and zucchini
    Thursday – Leftovers

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    Sunday: Mom and Dad’s for dinner (burgers?)
    Monday: Breakfast for Dinner with the last of our CSA eggs.
    Tuesday: Greek Salad with grilled chicken and pitas, watermelon
    Wednesday: BBQ pulled pork in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, watermelon, CSA spinach/vegies?
    Thursday: Hotdish, green beans
    Friday: Halibut, wild rice, salad
    Saturday: Fiesta: tacos, jicama salad, grapes

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    Nancy Deininger

    sunday – lobster tails on the grill
    monday – grilled flank steak
    tuesday – turkey keilbasi
    wednesday – lamb pizza on the grill
    thursday – turkey lettuce cups
    friday – indian spiced chicken pitas
    saturday – at the Phillies game!

  8. Sunday: Grilled Pork Chops, Homemade Mac&Cheese, Crash Potatoes and Salad
    Monday: Creamy Taco Mac with corn on the cob and salad
    Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with carrots, bell peppers and chips
    Wednesday: Southwest Chicken Salad with fresh corn and black bean salsa
    Thursday: Hopefully a Big Girl’s Night, so Dustin & KJ are on their own
    Friday: LobsterFest fundraiser for the Grove Rotary (My husband ordered me steak. Really? It’s LOBSTERFest. Sigh.)
    Saturday: Dustin & his folks are off to his 10 year class reunion, so KJ & I are on our own. I’m thinking a mommy daughter dinner somewhere is in order

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    Safe travels and have a great time! Can’t wait to hear you reports from the conference 🙂

    Sun: Chicken with green apples and wild rice
    Mon: Ground beef tostadas
    Tue: Pork with asparagus and mushrooms, salad
    Wed: Chicken milanese with red onion and arugula salad
    Thr: Pan seared steak with spinach, grapes and toasted almonds
    Fri: Sauteed chicken with steamed kale and some other veggies or rice
    Sat: English muffin pizzas
    Sun: Leaving for a conference in Denver so who knows what they’re providing for dinner, have to be at the airport at 4am..ugh!

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    Erika B.

    Have a fun and safe trip!

    Sunday-Turkey Sandwiches, Hummus with Chips and Peanut Slaw
    Monday-Frozen Veggie Pizza, Baby Broccoli and Peaches
    Tuesday-Pasta, Green Salad and Plums
    Wednesday-Fried Egg Sandwiches,Roasted Zucchini and Raspberries
    Thursday-tbd? Will be a late night.
    Friday-out or Something Frozen

  11. Sunday: Szechuan Noodles (Ina Garten)
    Monday: Pot roast with carrots and potatoes
    Tuesday: BBQ shredded chicken sandwiches
    Wednesday: Pumpkin pancakes
    Thursday: Homemade pizza of some sort
    Friday: Chicken Pot Pie (from the freezer stash)
    Saturday: Friends coming over

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    Jennifer Toone

    The best strawberry shortcake biscuits I’ve ever done are Cream Scones with Currants from the Food Network. Just leave out the currants. You can use lemon zest or orange zest or leave out the zest altogether. They make a great substitute for your standard shortcake! Happy Father’s Day!

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    Fri: {House-sitting for Friends}
    Sat: {House-sitting for Friends}
    Sun: Enchiladas + Green Salad + Tres Leches Cupcakes
    Mon: Black Beans & Rice + Fruit
    Tues: Hamburgers + Corn on Cob + Watermelon
    Wed: Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken + Brown Rice/Tortillas + Fruit
    Thur: Omelets + Toast + Smoothies

    Good luck at the Conference!!

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    M-Leftover Spaghetti
    T-Subway Subs
    S-Pork chops, stuffing, veg

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    I have a new baby and am adjusting to getting dinner on the table when the baby is always fussy in the afternoon! I recently came onto the idea of fixing dinner the night before after the baby has gone to bed, so I’m hoping to get back to menu-planning and cooking more. I love your site for ideas and motivation!

    Mon – lasagna
    Tues – leftovers
    Wed – chicken fajitas w/Pioneer Woman’s refried black beans
    Thurs – fajita salad
    Fri – veggie quiche
    Sat – leftovers
    Sun – breakfast for dinner

  16. Mmm! Everyone’s menus look so scrumptious! I’m still adjusting to cooking for one this summer while my hubby is away, so I’m keeping it simple.
    M – German Pancake
    T – Angel hair pasta w/ mushrooms in a pesto cream sauce
    W – freezer meal @ work
    Th – crockpot meal of some sort (friends coming over)
    F – Apricot Chicken w/ risotto and peas
    Sa – Turkey Chili

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    Jenn E.

    Monday- California Club Wrapinis (it’s a wrap, grilled like a panini. I got the idea from Jason’s Deli)
    Tuesday- Mexican Layer Dip (technically an app, but we love it so much, we eat it for dinner)
    Wednesday- something quick, probaby out
    Thursday-Rib Eye on the Grill
    Friday-Hoagies (out at a movie festival)
    Saturday- Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad
    Sunday- Out in Baltimore

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    Su: Dinner at DHs family – Dessert with my family. Happy Father’s Day!!
    M: Creamy Taco Mac – I’ve been wanting to try this for months and finally broke down
    T: Cornflake Chicken Tenders and some kind of pasta side
    W: Leftover Rigatoni with Turkey Bolognese Sauce
    R: Chicken Cordon Blue Panini
    F: Going to a Rehearsal Dinner
    Sa: Good friends’ wedding

  19. Cleaning out the fridge/freezer/pantry a little bit this week since we’ll be out of town this coming weekend.

    -Spicy Black Bean Burgers
    -Sweet Potato Fries

    -Shrimp Jambalaya

    -Grilled Brats
    -Steak Fries

    -Huevos Rancheros

    -Out of Town

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    I haven’t had a chance to get my meal plan for the week done. Stirfry tonight … but Jane I have a recipe for a different twist on strawberry shortcake.

    In my strawberries I mix some sugar and a touch of lemon juice to taste and mash it up.

    Then I take sliced pound cake butter both sides and grill it (either on panini grill or skillet)

    For the whipped cream sometimes I add a touch of maple extract instead of vanilla.

    Assemble and indulge!

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    Have a great time this week!!

    Monday – Herb rubbed grilled sirloin steak
    Tuesday – bbq chicken
    Wednesday – Subs
    Thursday – Macaroni & Cheese
    Friday – Homemade pizza

  22. Monday: Lentil Ham Soup
    Tuesday: Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Salad
    Wednesday: Butter Chicken and Peas
    Thursday: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs with fresh Veggies
    Friday: Tilapia with Rosemary and Garlic Potatoes and Salad
    Saturday: Creamy Shrimp Pasta and Broccoli
    Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner and Leftovers

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    Sun – Beef Wellington (Papi’s request)
    Mon – Jane’s Orange Chicken!
    Tue – Pasta with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella
    Wed – Pizza
    Thu – Beef Broccoli
    Fri – Ham, cheese and avocado sandwiches
    Sat – out

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    Biscuits – hah – let them eat CAKE!

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    M – Kale, Steak, Quinoa
    T – Chicken lettuce wraps
    W – BBQ chicken, peas, rice
    T – Pork chops, collards, polenta
    F – Trinidad chicken stew
    S – dinner out

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    Have a great trip!

    Mon: Tomato Basil Paninis, homemade sweet potato chips, fruit
    Tue: BLT Wraps, carrot sticks, green salad and some awesome homemade ranch
    Wed: Meatloaf, baked taters, corn on the cob
    TH: Grilled shrimp on the BBQ w/ pineapple brown rice
    Fri: Out to eat, we made it to the weekend!!
    Sat: Chicken Fajitas w/ black beans
    Sun: Chicken Ceasar wraps w/ fresh fruit and crudites
    Easy menu this week, it is going to be so so hot here!

  27. Jane, I’m really looking forward to meeting you on Friday. Safe travels!

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