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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week 349 Menu

When we lived in San Diego previously, Nate would get The Viking chocolate cake from Extraordinary Desserts every year for my birthday. That’s right, an ENTIRE cake. It was decadent and thoughtful and something I looked forward to all year. Then…we moved away. Nate tried with all his might to find a cake in the Bay Area to take The Viking’s place, and, while we found some delicious cakes, nothing lived up to the legend of The Viking. I have to admit, this cake is one of the best things about moving back to San Diego…maybe even better than the weather! Nate got me the cake this week and it was just as good as we remembered! Layers of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate pastry cream, ganache and a sweet-crunchy-praline-nutty coating on the outside, The Viking is the best chocolate cake ever. Yeah, I said it.

the viking extraordinary desserts |

Enough cake talk. On to the menu! We were supposed to have pot roast tonight, but we made last-minute plans with some friends who are in from out of town, so we’ll have a nice Sunday dinner on a weeknight instead!

– Pot roast
– Mashed potatoes, gravy and a veggie

– Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Chicken Caesar Wraps
– Chips and fresh fruit

– Leftovers

– Quiche

– Eat out

– Lasagna

You know the drill – time to share your menus for the week. Thank you!


  1. 1
    Kim from PA

    Sounds like you had a decadent & delicious birthday!

    Sun: Wegmans hoagies & chips while watching the Eagles/Broncho’s game

    Mon: Baked cod, roasted butternut squash, green beans

    Tue: Homemade chicken nuggets with dipping sauce, carrot sticks, sliced apples

    Wed: Maple glazed salmon, mixed veggies

    Thu: Pumpkin pasta sauce, whole wheat bow tie pasta, salad

    Fri & Sat: Business Conference

  2. Sun: Cheeseburger macaroni, green beans, bread
    Mon: Chicken Egg Noodle (in the crockpot), salad, bread
    Tues: Tacos, chips/salsa
    Wed: Roast, potatoes, carrots, (in the crockpot), rolls
    Thurs: Chicken Tortilla Soup (in the crockpot)
    Friday Pizza
    Saturday: Eat out
    Flipflops and Polkadots:

  3. 3

    Sat – bison medalions, roasted eggplant & cherry tomato risotto
    Sun – grilled chicken over arugula salad
    Mon – black bean burgers, green beans, roasted acorn squash
    Tues – spinach tortelloni w/ chicken sausage and red peppers
    Wed – butternut squash soup w/ fresh bread
    Thurs – shephards pie
    Fri – homemade pizza

  4. Monday: Blackened Tilapia Po Boy with Garlicky Green Onion Aioli and Coleslaw
    Tuesday: dinner out
    Wednesday: Tarragon Chicken Salad on lettuce with dinner rolls
    Thursday: Baked Taquitos
    Friday: out of town
    Saturday: out of town
    Sunday: Maple Dijon Chicken and Parmesan-Basil Rice Pilaf

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    Like always, we have a list of meals but I don’t designate a day since I never know if I’ll have time for something.

    Rotini with Italian sausage, classico sauce, cottage cheese, mozzerella cheese (a kind of lazy/laid back lasagna pasta), garlic bread and salad

    Roast with veggies, mashed potatoes, gravy.

    Macaroni and cheese with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, sour cream, etc. (taco mac?)

    Rice, black beans, fajita chicken, calico corn, cheese, sour cream, avocado, salsa (a burrito bowl)

    Lasagna rollups, pasta sauce, salad, garlic bread

    Breakfast for dinner – waffles, eggs, sausage


  6. Dinners this week: (I have a goal of getting our 3 year old daughter to eat dinner this week. The past month or so, she’s been happy to go to bed instead of eating dinner. Here’s to hoping she will like some of these dinners!)
    Sunday – Game day food. Nachos with lots of toppings (beans, tomatoes, guac, etc).
    Monday – Homemade fish sticks with an herb dipping sauce and carrot slaw.
    Tuesday РSpaghetti with veggie crumbles, saut̩ed garden greens, fresh bread.
    Wednesday – Fried rice with veggie chicken.
    Thursday – Breakfast for dinner (taking the easy way out, I know). Pancakes and eggs and bacon, with a fruit salad.
    Friday – Slow cooker veggie chili with cornbread.
    Saturday – Pasta with broccoli and walnuts.

    Any tips for getting a picky 3 year old to eat dinner?

    • Have you tried soups? My picky eater loves soup and will eat almost anything in a soup. Breakfast for dinner is an easy way to sneak in vegs too…pumpkin pancakes, zucchini chocolate muffins, kale and/or spinach in smoothies. Also make-your-own pizzas. I just put lots of vegs in the pizza sauce. Hope this helps a bit. I understand your pain…dinner time is usually the hardest part of the day w/ my lil guy.

    • My “research” shows the more you can have him/her help with preparation, the more likely he/she will eat it! Tearing/spinning lettuce for salad, breading chicken/fish sticks, stirring batter, grating parmesan.

      I second and third the make-your-own pizzas and pumpkin pancakes (see above reason). I found 2 or 3 veggies she’ll actually eat, and I make them all. the. time. I sneak veggie purees and flax in a lot of things too (burgers, mac-n-cheese, pancakes, cornbread, meatballs, you name it!!) Start small and increase over time while cackling “bwahahaha.”

    • Melissa

      I’ll say this, just keep letting her go to bed hungry. Eventually she will get it! My little one is finally trying things- she is 6 now. In my house you eat what we eat or you don’t get dinner (or dessert!). It took so long to break her though, she is a tough cookie! Nothing helped either not letting her pick the groceries not helping with prep NOTHING! And she always knew when I was being sneaky with veggies! We are getting there now she will eat most pasta and try the meat. I usually serve fruit instead of veggies and she will at least try it.

    • Leslie

      Toothpicks! When each of my kids went through their picky phases, I would just cut or roll the food small and stick a toothpick in it. I know it sounds silly, but they loved picking up the pieces with the toothpick. Still works on my picky 5-year-old when I need her to eat fruit.

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks everyone! Great ideas to try, plus I feel a little better.

    • Jane Maynard

      love all the support and responses – you are all wonderful! 🙂

  7. Monday – Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze
    Tuesday – Pork Loin with Rosemary, Balsamic Vinegar & Vanilla Fig Jam
    Wednesday – Sausage & Pepper Pasta
    Thursday – Pot Roast with Bacon, Garlic & Rosemary
    Friday – out to dinner
    Saturday – Chicken Stuffing Casserole
    Sunday – Slow Cooker Chili

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    Wow, it’s been a long time since I commented, or meal planned for that matter. I’m trying very hard to get back on the wagon! Now that harvest is finally (almost) over and I can count on the hubbs being home for dinner, this will hopefully get more consistent!

    Sunday: BLT Chicken Salad with warm Bacon Dressing for the adults. Chicken, Veggies, Mashed Potatoes for the kiddo
    Monday: Salmon, Brussel Sprouts, Rice
    Tuesday: Pizza, salad
    Wednesday: CCD Teaching, eat with the HS kids
    Thursday: Off to celebrate homecoming at my husbands college alma mater… CHILD FREE
    Friday: Eating something wonderful without having to cut anything for anyone
    Saturday: More eating of adult only food
    Sunday: Spaghetti and sausages

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    Sunday – Baked haddock, corn on the cob, cukes and tomatoes
    Monday – Leftovers
    Tuesday – Chicken alfredo, salad
    Wednesday – Taco Pie
    Thursday – Ham, fried potatoes, green beans, applesauce
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Perch, baked potatoes, vegetable medley

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    Sunday – beef brisket chili & corn bread (made a double batch to freeze for another dinner)
    Monday – parmesan crusted tilapia for the grown ups, fish sticks for the kiddos
    Tuesday – Sausage & Rice Casserole (double batch to freeze)
    Wednesday – crock pot bbq chicken
    Thursday – breakfast for dinner
    Friday – grilled flank steak
    Saturday – date night!

  11. 12
    Lisa W.

    Su: Homemade blueberry-white chocolate ice cream…yum!
    We had tons of appetizers for charger vs cowboy football game(breaded mushrooms, soft pretzels, chili nachos) so we’re skipping dinner & going straight to dessert.

    M: beer can chicken/garlicky red potatoes/green beans
    Didn’t get to this last week…

    Tu: chicken salad sliders/potato salad/fruit

    W: slow- cooker Hawaiin pork/steamed brown jasmine rice/pineapple

    Th: hubby out of town so its Mac n cheese/salad/fruit for me & my lil guy.

    F: l/o or take-out
    My mom, brother, & his new girlfriend are coming to visit… not sure when they’ll be here.

    Sa: b-day dinner for bff’s hubby. I’m making braciole (Italian roast stuffed w/ breadcrumbs, cheese, & garlic)/pearl couscous pilaf/arugula salad

    Su: ???
    Not sure when fam is leaving…

  12. I want The Viking!!! I’ll settle for some Texas Chocolate Cake that’s staring at me 🙂

    Sunday: Smothered Pork Chops over rice, oven roasted green beans and hot french rolls
    Monday: Taco soup with the fixings (made and refrigerated on Saturday)
    Tuesday: Fried rice and potstickers
    Wednesday: Corn, Jalapeño, and Chicken quesadillas
    Thursday: Loaded Baked Potatoes and salad
    Friday: Going to get my favorite taco stand tacos
    Saturday: BLTs with chips

    Hope everyone has a great week. Can’t believe it’s already October.

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    Sat L- Leftovers
    D- Hot Dogs; Onion Rings
    Sun L- Stir-Fry
    D- Chicken & Apple Chili; Hassleback Potatoes
    Mon L- Brunch
    D- Nibbles
    Tues- MLB
    Wed- Something Tex-Mexy
    Thur- Tomato Steak
    Fri- MLB

    We have way too many leftovers right now.

  14. Sunday: Picnic at the beach: cheese/turkey/crackers, apples, yogurt and cookies (nothing special culinarily, but the fact it’s at the beach is super-special!)
    Monday: Pasta and orange carrots
    Tuesday: Chicken, veggie and quinoa casserole
    Wednesday: Pumpkin pancakes
    Thursday: Italian Beef in the slow cooker
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out

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    OMG! This last week was so crazy. In short my menu this week: nothing. I have no idea. Went to the grocery bought a pork tenderloin and some ground beef. Hopefully I can come up with something using those two meats. My little girl wants pizza and movie night Friday so I guess there is that. Ugh!

  16. 17

    Sat: steak fajitas, 3 bean salad, green chopped salad
    Sun: baked cod with buttery cracker topping, whole wheat pasta, spinach salad
    Mon: leftover fajitas
    Tues: BBQ chicken panini, Cesar salad
    Wed: roast chicken, sweet potato fries, green beans
    Thurs: chicken noodle soup, honey whole wheat bread, salad
    Fri: pizza, raw vegetables

  17. 18

    I hope you had an awesome birthday, Jane! But really, how could you not with a cake like that? Too bad I can’t get one mail ordered to Canada!

    Monday: BBQ chicken, rice pilaf, roasted cauliflower
    Tuesday: Crockpot Cheeseburger casserole, carrot & celery sticks
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday: ATK/TWFD Chicken Pot Pie, salad
    Friday: eat out
    Saturday: Breaded Pork Cutlets with honey mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Sunday: Veggie Spaghetti, garlic bread

    • Jane Maynard

      someone else commented on here (I’m scrolling down to thank them!) that the owner of the shop has a cook book “extraordinary cakes’ by karen krasne – it’s in that book! if you feel adventurous you should look into it! (there are like twenty layers to prepare but it’s probably worth it!)

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    sun: 13-bean soup with chorizo, tomato salad
    mon: broccoli cheddar stuffed chicken, rice, broccoli
    tues: ATK/TWFD chicken pot pie, salad
    weds: mini turkey meatloaves, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans
    thurs: out
    fri: roasted stuffed flank steak, roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli
    sat: stuffed peppers, salad

  19. 20

    Monday: Honey Soy Vegetable Stir Fry
    Tuesday: Roast Vegetable soup (mainly squash and potatoes) with crusty bread
    Wednesday: BBQ Pork Ribs & Coleslaw
    Thursday: Dinner @ Inlaws
    Friday: Steak and Chips
    Saturday: eat out
    Sunday: Probably eat out also

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    Mon: Tomato risotto
    Tue: Potato and goat’s cheese pizza, salad
    Wed: Merguez sausages roasted with veg and potatoes
    Thur: Pasta with pepperonata and salad
    Fri: Fish and chips, peas
    Sat: Lamb curry with dumplings, spiced kale
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s, taking dessert, ideally something with apples that isn’t pie or crumble.

  21. Monday – Bacon wrapped stuffed pork loin with rice

    Tuesday – Honey Pork Ramen

    Wednesday – Curry and Rice

    Thursday – Pot Pie Pasta Bake – My husband does not like pot pie but I love it so I am going to try to make the filling that stir in pasta and bake it, we will see how it goes!

    Friday – BBQ pork sandwiches with potato salad

    Saturday – Lemon Parsley Pork Chops, French Fries, and Gravy

    Sunday – Leftover Stew

  22. 23

    Hi, after coming back from vacation I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Since I cannot eat gluten, i pretty much cook every single meal i eat so it was soooo nice to have someone else cooking for me on vacation (and doing the dishes!). I had a few mishaps and a few days of not feeling that great but all in all it was a good vaca. Now back to the kitchen (sigh…..)

    Sunday – Tacos (with these horrible corn tortillas that totally fell apart!)

    Monday – Tomato bisque soup in crockpot

    Tuesday – Hot dogs & coleslaw

    Wednesday – Asian lettuce wraps

    Thursay – Leftover

    Friday – Cheese, wine, and fruit

    Saturday – OUT !

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m so glad you enjoyed having someone else cook for you (even if it wasn’t perfect) – must have been wonderful!

    • Tara

      oh yes…it was great to have someone else do it. i really took for granted the ease of just going out to eat or getting take out but not anymore. i try not to complain to much. I remind myself that i’m in control of my health and there are not many health issues that you can eradicate simply by avoiding a certain food group. for example, a cancer sufferer would love it if all they had to do was give up a food and they were “cured”. someone said that to me once and it changed my perspective. but alas i still whine a lot 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      hey, you know, sometimes you just gotta whine, keeps you sane! 😉

  23. 24

    I think there is an Extraordinary Desserts cookbook that has the Viking Cake recipe in it. You are such an amazing cook, I would love to know if you tried to make the cake yourself if it came out as well!

    • Jane Maynard

      lisa, you are an angel sent from above! I don’t know why I never thought to see if karen krasne had a cookbook. you were right and I bought the book as soon as I read your comment! sure enough, the recipe is in there. nate asked if I’m ever going to tackle it. he also suggested that it might not be a good thing that I have the power to make this cake in my hands…we seriously ate the 10 inch cake in one week no problem. scary! 😉

      THANK YOU!

  24. 25

    Sunday. Husband was finally home after a two week business trip. We celebrated with steak on the grill roasted zucchini and smashed potatoes!
    Monday. Chorizo stuffed peppers and salad
    Tuesday pumpkin Alfredo pasta and salad
    Wednesday. Out to new restaurant in town !
    Thursday eating any leftovers
    Friday – Monday away for the weekend! Rock and roll hall of fame !

    • Tara

      Hi Nancy. I’m from Ohio and still haven’t made it up to the HOF. Did you like it ? How long would you say the avg. person would want to spend there ? Its funny how they say you never explore your own hometown and in this case its true for me and the HOF.

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    Monday: Crock pot Chili (using a recipe to make it like Wendy’s)
    Tuesday: Chili Cheese burritos (making use of leftovers!)
    Wednesday: Egg salad sandwhiches
    Thursday: Pierorgies and peas
    Friday: Frozen Pizza
    Saturday: Pulled Pork Buns and oven fries

  26. 27

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Mon – Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits
    Tues – Chicken potato casserole, broccoli
    Wed – Beef Stroganoff, broccoli
    Thurs – Spaghetti w/marinara, salad, garlic breadsticks
    Fri – Football Homecoming Game – Eat at the game
    Sat – Marching Band Competition – Eat at the competition
    Sun – Crockpot Taco Soup

    Have a great week!

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    Sunday – Meatball subs with caesar salad and fruit
    Monday – Broccoli Beef stir-fry with quinoa and edamame
    Tuesday – Bring something home from a restaurant (I have some gift cards to use) or the grocery store pre-made dinners-to-go
    Wednesday – Barbeque sandwiches with cole slaw
    Thursday – pizza
    Friday – Fish sticks, mac&cheese, carrots
    Saturday – Grilled Mahi, baked potato, baked beans

  28. 29
    Denise Nh

    S: Homemade big macs & oven fries
    M: Chicken parm w/3 ingredient pasta sauce (in honor of Marcella Hazen), pasta & garlic bread
    T: Chicken pot pie filling over biscuits
    W: Grits topped with marsala mushrooms & sauteed spinach
    T: Roasted pork tenderloin with cranberry maple balsamic sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans
    F: Turkey apple panini’s w/carrot ginger soup
    S: Out or takeout

  29. 30

    Sunday- Italian chicken and rice
    Monday- Potpie
    Tuesday- Buffalo chicken soup
    Wednesday- Chicken, broccoli and rice casserole
    Thursday- Veggie stew
    Friday- Yetos Superb Pumpkin and Goat Cheese soup
    Saturday- Corned beef and cabbage rolls

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    Sun.- New Eng. Clam chowder and Sriracha Mango pulled chicken sandwiches
    Mon. Shepard’s pie
    Tues. Preschool Pot luck dinner
    Wed. Macaroni and Broccoli and salad
    Thurs. open face hot chicken sandwiches with sweet potatoes and string beans
    Fri. Date night
    Sat. Not sure yet

  31. 32

    Oh man we live in Santee and I LOVE Extraordinary Desserts! AMAZING! Also, have you been to D Bar? (owned by Keegan Gerhard of Food Network fame) If not, you must go and order anything off the dessert menu, because it is also amazing! Anyway, what I’m trying to say is hope you had a wonderful birthday! Here’s my menu:
    Monday-Italian style kebabs and mashed potatoes
    Tuesday-Ravioli with green beans and bread
    Wednesday-Pasta Fagioli soup and grilled cheese
    Thursday-Sloppy joes, roasted squash and apples
    Friday-Homemade pizza
    Saturday-Eat out
    Sunday-Crockpot roast and rolls

  32. 33

    I don’t think I’ve posted since school’s started. Things have been crazy but I think we’re finally settling into a routine ”” life with three busy teenagers is crazy!

    Sunday: We had grilled steaks with avocado, radish and fresh corn salad and grilled asparagus.
    Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic foccacia bread and sauteed zucchini.
    Tuesday: Leftovers/take out. Two of the kids grab takeout in between marching band rehearsal and orchestra rehearsal. The rest of us typically grab leftovers.
    Wednesday: Orange chicken, brown rice and roasted broccoli.
    Thursday: Our local Wendy’s is debuting the new style of Wendy’s and the marching band members and family get to eat for free during the preview/test run night.
    Friday: Turkey chipotle chili with the leftovers for chili cheese fries during football on Sunday.
    Saturday: Shrimp noodle bowls.

    • Jane Maynard

      I can only imagine what life with three teenagers would be like – owen has NOTHING on his schedule right now and our oldest is 8 and I already feel like life is insane! 😉

  33. 34

    I’m a few days behind this week.

    September 22
    Baltimore Pit Beef
    Cole Slaw
    Sweet Corn
    Apple Galette

    September 28
    Corn chowder
    Whole wheat sandwich bread
    Apple Pie

    October 6
    Pan-fried pork chops with orange gastrique

    October 13
    On vacation

    October 20
    Eggs Benedict
    Home Fries

    October 27
    Soup or stew

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    This week..
    Sunday: roasted chicken, roasted yams, carrots, parsnips
    Monday: loaded baked potatoes, big salad
    Tuesday: chicken and dumpling soup
    Wednesday: BBQ pork chops ( teriyaki style)’ rice, edamame, kale chips
    Thursday: black bean chili, cornbread
    Friday: pizza, broccoli

    Dumplings recipe- it’s a staple to our fall/ winter nights.
    4 cups flour
    2 Cups milk
    2 eggs
    1 tsp salt & pepper

    Mix well and use hot spoon to drop into boiling soup.

    9 cups stock
    Handful of kale
    Cooked chicken

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