Okay! This week seems like a good time to resurrect the original purpose of this series, which was to help each other plan meals, discover new recipes, avoid hideous disasters, and so on. I’d absolutely love to hear you meal ideas — one recipe, or a whole week’s worth of dishes. What’s for supper at your house? Share in the comments; or, if you have a blog, you can add a link to this post by using the blue frog button at the bottom of the page. If it’s not showing up, please let me know so I can kill myself.
Here’s what we had this week:
Bagel, egg, sausage, and cheese sandwiches
This is the easiest meal in the world. Toast a bunch of bagels, fry up a bunch of eggs, cook a bunch of sausage, and serve platters of everything with cheese. It’s so easy that I like to challenge myself a bit, by seeing how many platters of bagels I can ruin. Then, after I figure that out (it’s two, by the way. That’s twelve bagels turned into charcoal), I decide that this time, I’m gonna set the timer, so I don’t burn the next batch. So I do, and guess what? I set the timer for two minutes too long, and burned the next twelve bagels, too. But this time, it was intentional!
I also burned the sausages. The eggs were okay.
Meatloaf, Hobbit bread, salad
I cook a fine meatloaf, if I do say so myself.
I had seven pounds of beef and used the basic Fanny Farmer recipe (not in a buttered loaf pan, though! Blech. I shape the loaves on top of a broiler pan so the fat can drain off a bit). I went a little heavy on the Worcestershire sauce, and I also spread some ketchup around the outside before baking. Gorgeous and savory, if a little charred in spots.
My current favorite daughter volunteered to make her famous Hobbit Bread, which is a woven-topped loaf (or three) stuffed with mushrooms, onions, and cheese (recipe found in An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery). She used storebought balls of pizza dough.
I did set the timer for too long and they got a little burnt, so I was forced to only throw eleven pieces of this down my gullet.
And we had salad, because I am your mother and wish you to suffer.
Baked ziti with sausage; salad
Ziti, crumbled sausage meat, jarred sauce, and a ton of fresh basil. Nobody really likes this meal, so I made enough to fill one of Arizona’s smaller and less famous but equally enchanting canyons. I dutifully ate it for lunch for two days, and then threw the rest out.
Pulled pork sandwiches, red onions, potato puffs
One hunk of pork, one can of Narragansett beer, lots of salt and pepper. Cover loosely with tinfoil, cook at 200 for several hours; shred with forks and fingers, mix with bottled BBQ sauce, serve with red onions.
I remembered to set aside pulled pork for my husband and daughter, who were working late. I didn’t remember to put it away. I didn’t realize the dog was watching me not put it away.
My husband and daughter found an empty tray on the floor and ordered pizza. I cried.
At least I didn’t burn anything this time.
Chicken burgers, chips, carrots with hummus
Nothing to report, except that I like my chicken burgers with some horseradish sauce. Fawncy!
Tacos, tortilla chips and salsa
I cooked the meat earlier in the day, then refrigerated it, then heated it up in the microwave, and then microwaved my individual taco. What would life even be like without these modern time-saving appliances?
Gochujang tuna with sesame seeds; white rice
Today is a very special day, for today we will try a new brand of gochujang (Korean fermented pepper paste).
You just mix it up with whatever you want and put some toasted sesame seeds on top and feel so dang smart.
Here it is: the blue frog button! It should say, “Click to view and add your links!” Or just click on whatever’s there. I’m making my list early, so hoping to be inspired with your menus!