Category Archives: Thursday/Friday Recipe Exchange
Another week has flown by. This week’s menus include some of my favorites.
Monday, Cream of Potato Cheese Soup, always perfect on a chilly fall day.
Potato Soup Photo by JeffreyW
Wednesday features Pan-Fried Catfish and Buttered Potatoes. You can find all the menus here: October Menus 2
Thursday is a German Pocket Burgers and Apple Strudel. And Friday will have the kids licking their fingers with Buffalo Chicken Legs, a healthy alternative to deep fried buffalo chicken.
Complete shopping lists are here: October Weekly Shopping List 2 A reminder that the menus and shopping lists are color coordinated. You can easily disregard any item you won’t need.
Tonight’s bonus recipe is Garlic Biscuits Which you can find here.(perfect with potato cheese soup).
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend! – TaMara
JeffreyW makes a yummy pot roast
I’ve been running to keep up with things and it looks like that is going to continue until the holidays, but I want to try and continue with the weekly menus. Here is the first of our October’s menus. I will do my best to keep this up…
Monday is my favorite Taco Salad and Tuesday is a super easy Creamy Chicken.
Full menus are here: October Menus 1
Wednesday features a Slow-Cooker Pot Roast and a sweet Ice Cream Delight for dessert.
JeffreyW makes Gumbo
Finally, Thursday is an easy Gumbo and Creole Salad and Friday is kid favorite Chili-Mac.
The week’s shopping list can be found here: October Weekly Shopping List 1 Remember it’s color-coordinated so you can eliminate any items from recipes you aren’t using.
In honor of Friday the 13th, this week’s bonus recipe is Bewitched Roasted Squash and Apple Soup, click here.
That’s it for this week.
This is a little late, but I suppose better late than never. I’ve been crazy with work and glued to hurricane coverage, as I have Florida family (and friends).
Since we are moving into cooler weather, I’m bringing the meals in from the grill and into the kitchen. Although we do have a Grilled Steak on Monday – it’s in a soy/wine marinade that I love because you can use an inexpensive cut of beef and still get a great steak out of it.
One of my favorite meals, Red Beans and Rice, heads up Wednesday’s menu. And Friday is a slow-cooker BBQ Beef on Kaiser Rolls.
All the PDF menus can be found here: September Week 2 Menus
The color-coded weekly shopping list is here: September Week 2 Shopping List The color coding allows you to eliminate any ingredients you won’t need if you skip a recipe.
Tonight’s bonus recipe is Creole Vegetables and Black Beans, which can be found here.
If you any questions, hit the comments and I’ll try and get you an answer. Have a great week!
If it’s a pizza photo, it has to be JeffreyW’s.
Fall is not quite here, so the menus still include grilling favorites. Monday is Fruit Juice Marinated Chicken on the grill. Tuesday is Pasta Rustica and Garlic Cheesy Bread.
For all of the PDF menus, click here: September Week One Menus
Thursday is Spicy Beef and Broccoli and Friday is a fun Kid’s Menu of fun and easy pizzas.
Complete shopping lists are here: September Week One Shopping List
Tonight’s bonus recipe is Blueberry Coffeecake, found here .
If you have any questions about any of the recipes, let me know in the comments.
JeffreyW’s yummy zucchini and summer squash
A little delayed this weekend. No real excuse, except life, as usual, was a little hectic. Today I went for my first ride in at least a year. Had to test out my bike after the crew that was here to replace my furnace and add energy upgrades, also fixed my bike. Loved those guys.
When I got home, I was startled to find a hawk sitting peacefully in my driveway, awaiting my return. I believe he was a young Cooper’s hawk.
For this week, we are raiding the garden – Zucchini and Summer Squash Saute featured along with a Family BLT on Monday.
One of JeffreyW’s many BLT photos. Now I’m hungry.
You can find all the menus and recipes here: July Menus Week Three
At least someone has fresh tomatoes…mine are a long way from JeffreyW’s crop.
Click here for the PDF of the shopping lists, July Week Three Shopping List. Reminder that they are color-coordinated and you can easily cross out ingredients you won’t be using.
Technically this is my BBQ pulled pork sandwich, but you get the idea.
Friday’s menu features Slowcooker Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, perfect for those hot mid-summer days when you don’t even want to fire up the grill.
I’ll be out of town next weekend, so next’s recipes could be delayed. I’m a little nervous – first time with the new pet sitter. She seems great and has had Great Danes herself. But I never know if Bixby is going to be a big lovebug or decide to throw his weight around. And fingers crossed Bailey doesn’t decide to eat any more furniture. Crazy dogs.
JeffreyW is the pizza king.
I’ve been busy in the yard today, so this will be short and sweet. For the menus, click here: July Week Two Menus
Tuesday features Adobo Sirloin and Garlic Roasted potatoes.
JeffreyW grills up some garlic potato wedges and steak.
Wednesday serves up a sweet Oatmeal Apple Cookie, along with an easy Tuna Macaroni Salad.
And Friday offers up two quick pizza dough recipes for a family night of Fresh Pizza built with your favorite toppings.
Shopping list is here: July Week Two Shopping List and remember it’s color coordinated so you can easily skip ingredients from the recipes you’re not using.
As always, you can substitute ingredients to suit your own tastes – skip the tuna in the macaroni salad and add a variety of fresh garden vegetables for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner. Choose your favorite cut of steak or bone-in chicken instead of boneless breasts and substitute favorite vegetables for any of the suggested ones.
And finally, a bonus recipe, since peaches are starting to show up at the local farm stands:
Spicy Peach Dressing
- 2 large peaches, peeled, pitted and quartered
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 jalapeño or other hot pepper, halved and seeded
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Purée all of the ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Continue to blend, on low, while adding oil slowly. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate.
Spinach Chicken Salad
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 1/2 small sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 lb cleaned baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
- 1 peach, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
- 3 ounces crumbled bleu cheese or chevre
Place the chicken in a plastic zipper bag with ½ cup of dressing. Marinate 2 hours in refrigerator. Remove chicken, discard marinade and grill until cooked through (170 degrees at center).
Toss the spinach, onion, walnuts and cheese with the remaining 3/4 cup dressing. Slice the grilled chicken and arrange on top of the salad.
Serving: 4 to 6
Enjoy! – TaMara
JeffreyW makes dill potato salad
I didn’t forget as July began that we needed the first of the month’s menus. But last week my house (and thus my office) was chaotic. I had many, many worker bees doing major energy upgrades, including installing a high efficiency furnace and conditioning the crawl space. The net result so far is my house has been about 10 degrees cooler on the hottest day.
Needless to say, I did not get a lot of work done, so Friday and Saturday were spent catching up. Today I was able to get to the menus.
Tuesday being 4th of July, the recipes are picnic ready and can easily be doubled for a big group. Including a traditional Potato Salad.
Click here for all the menus and recipes: July Week One Menu
JeffreyW’s tasty looking marinated pork chops
I’m counting on a heatwave so the rest of the week is grilling and cold salads. Monday features Marinated Pork Chops and Grilled Pineapple.
Complete shopping lists are here: July Week One Shopping List. Remember they are color coordinated, so it’s easy to eliminate any items if you are skipping a recipe.
The week finishes out with Fajita Steak Salad and Grilled Asparagus. If you grill the steak the night before (to serve cold), you can broil the asparagus instead of grilling it.
Photo from JeffreyW, of course 😉
That’s it for this week’s menus. Later today I’ll try and put together a collection of our July 4th recipes we’ve posted over the years.
All this week’s photos are from JeffreyW’s library
This week, at the bottom of the menus is a list of substitutions and ideas, save that for future weeks.
As we finish up June, there are more grilling recipes and a couple of quick and simple meals for those busy days when being in the kitchen needs to be kept to the minimum.
Here are June’s menus and recipes: June Week Four Menu (click for printable PDF)
Monday features Chicken Carbonara. Along with a Sautéed Mushroom Salad
Thursday, Toasted Tuna Sandwiches are paired with a tasty chilled Wild Rice Salad, that can be prepared ahead of time for an easy dinner.
And Friday’s Kid Friendly recipes include Quesadillas and a sweet summer salad.
Click here for the shopping lists: June Week Four Shopping List. Remember they are color coordinated to the menus, so easy to eliminate any ingredients when you skip a recipe. (You skipped a recipe?!? 🙂 )
What’s on your menu this week? Let me know in the comments if you have a question about any of the meals.
We’re partying there tonight. Bixby turned three.
Here are the menus for week three: June Menu Week Three
Highlights: Grilled Salmon with Orange Glaze (Thursday) Greek Grilled Potatoes (Monday) and a yummy Chocolate Orange-Cream ice cream treat (Friday).
Here are the shopping lists – remember they are color coordinated so you can easily eliminate any recipe ingredients you aren’t going to use. June Week Three Shopping List
If you have any questions on any of the recipes, hit the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. What’s on your plate this weekend?
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday is Tomato-Pasta Salad
Sorry for the delay, as you can see here I had a big project yesterday. Continuing with our summer menu project, here are this week’s menus, recipes and shopping lists. Lots of garden fresh ingredients and grilling as summer kicks into gear.
JeffreyW has a great blueberry harvest. Perfect for Wednesday’s Blueberry-Lemon Parfait
For the PDF of week two menus and recipes, click here: June Week Two Menus
Shopping lists are here: June Week Two Shopping List
Don’t forget the staples, here.
That’s it for this week’s menus. You can find last week’s menu, recipes and shopping list here.
What’s on your menu this week?