New Year, New Food

“…and mom and dad could hardly wait for school to start again…”  Really?   That must have been when school lunches were actually tasty and nutritious and the bus came after 6:20am….

Saturday the girls and I had a fun day in Georgetown.  It was my ***Christmas break is almost over let’s get out of the house and do something fun together*** idea.  We did a lot of window shopping and people watching, then we ate, of course.  Pizza Paradiso for Margherita pizza, Panino Grosso and Arugula salad with creamy garlic dressing.   Oh wow, the garlic dressing!  Sprinkles for cupcakes – red velvet, coconut, chocolate peanut butter, black &white.  Oh so good!  We wanted to get a cup of coffee at Baked & Wired, but alas, the line was around the block.  The night ended with a fantastic meal at a local place, Vin 909.  What a great day!

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As for the rest of the week, here’s what we ended up with:

  • Sunday night we returned to our Sunday steak theme, with NY strip steaks, parmesan risotto, sautéed mushrooms and salad.  Super yummy, and a special treat!  (NY strip steaks were on sale at WFM this weekend but still a special treat.)
  • Monday I cleaned out the potato drawer, and roasted two sheet pans of Yukon gold and red skinned potatoes with an onion and olive oil.  Halfway through I threw a cut up whole chicken on top of one pan, and a bunch of multi-color carrots to the other pan.  I love those multi color carrots.  Hey kids, foods do come in many colors!
  • Tuesday was soccer night (Return of the Soccer Carpool after a nice holiday break), so we made tamales (we ordered extra for Christmas Eve and froze them), black beans and roasted broccoli.  Delish!
  • Wednesday we will all be home for dinner (yes, all SIX of us!) and Ana gets to pick the meal as she goes back to school Thursday morning.  Stuffed pork loin, grandma’s rice, haricots verts, salad, and sticky toffee pudding cake for dessert.
  • Things get less predictable towards the end of the week.  I have some sausages in the freezer for Thursday, and I’ll find a starch and vegetable to go with them.  Leftover roasted potatoes and frozen peas maybe?  Corn pudding if I’m feeling like mixing and cooking….
  • Friday is usually big salad night, with leftovers or eggs and fresh bread (did you know you can buy par-baked bread at WFM bakery?  Freeze it at home then bake for 15 minutes at 400 for hot fresh bread).
  • So far for the weekend this King cake is the only thing on my to-do list.  I’ll look here or here for recipe ideas after the sugar rush.   Or, this Thai coconut soup came into my mail box today and it looks perfect for this time of year!

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Happy New 2016 and Happy Food to you!  xo M.

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New Year, New Food

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