You know you want to click to look inside. Go to amazon, I can wait.
Aside - Yes, I know the cookbook is a riff off a ridiculously horrifically written book that I cannot believe my book club made me suffer through, biting my lip all the way out of agony for the English language and the lost art of editing. Note that Wine Club is capitalized in this post, but book club is not. They need to earn that status back.
Anyhoo, this post is for my friend Nicky, who happens to be in said book club and felt as I did about said ridiculous "book", and who upon hearing that I had an estimated 80 or so dinner menus in our regular family dinner rotation was in awe. And shock. And slight disbelief, although she is too nice to ever accuse me of out-and-out lying. So rather than making such an accusation outright, she kindly challenged me to write them all down for her,"So I can add some things to the mix." Since I love her, and since I have already influenced her to make a weekly menu board like mine in her own kitchen so that her family gets off her back on Sunday evenings about what they will be eating for dinner on Wednesday like mine finally has done, I agreed to do so, and in doing so I hope to break her out of the 10-15 recycled dishes cycle she is currently in, and with which all of us who grew up in the 70s are well familiar. Say it with me now - "Tacos, spaghetti, hamburgers, chicken, mac and cheese - REPEAT!" Provided I did not have to also list the various sides I make along with the main dishes, I was good with it all. Actually I could use some help in the side dish department, but don't tell Nicky that. She thinks I am superhuman cook extraordinaire and I want her to continue to worship me.
Here we go, a list of everything I make more than twice a year, which turns out to be only 65, but in all fairness items with an ** could actually count as more than one as they are prepared slightly differently each time, which would bring me closer to my estimate.
- Salmon with mustard wine sauce
- Salmon with red wine sauce
- Baked salmon with onions and capers
- Grilled salmon with various marinades**
- Grilled salmon on salad with feta and olives
- Grilled Tuna
- Grilled Shrimp kabobs
- Shrimp and linguine with goat cheese and lemon sauce
- Baked cod with various items to flavor it (thyme, lemon, shallots, wine)**
- Mussels - basic steamed
- Mussels - insanely good recipe involving coconut milk and spices
- Crab cakes
- Fish tacos
- Tilapia - baked with various flavoring items as cod**
- Chicken parm
- Whole chicken in the crockpot
- Chicken roll ups with sundried tomatoes and pest
- Grilled chicken with various marinades**
- Chicken caesar salad
- Cobb salad with chicken
- Chicken fajitas
- Chicken wraps (more veggie, less guac)
- Chicken stir fry
- Cheater fully cooked rotisserie chicken from any grocery store
- Orange sesame chicken
- Swiss Chicken Almondine casserole
- Chicken salad over lettuce
- Buffalo Chicken salad
- Chicken cacciatore
- Pork tenderloin grilled with various marinades**
- Pork roast
- Clean out the pantry crockpot ribs
- Baby back ribs
- Steak tornados with bacon and herbs
- Pacific rim grilled flank steak
- Steak fajitas
- Steak wraps
- Steak tips with various marinades**
- Steak over green salad
- Beef strogonoff
- Hamburger strogonoff
- Beef enchiladas in crockpot
- Spaghetti and meatballs
- Cheeseburger pie
- BBQ beef
- Homemade pizza/Meat pie
- Antipasto salad
- Macaroni and Cheese - homemade
- Pasta Carbonara
- Linguine Alfredo (only when husband not home as the meatlessness might kill him)
- Baked Potato Soup
- French Onion Soup
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Tortellini Soup
- Chicken Noodle soup
- Chicken Tortilla soup
- Clam Chowder - Manhattan
- Clam Chowder - New England
- Cream of Asparagus S0up
- Various quiches
- Beef Stew
I also enjoy making a couple of new recipes each month. Some end up in the rotation, some are thrown out onto the street and eaten by neighborhood dogs. Tonight I am trying "Bobby Flay chicken", as you can see by the below photo of my handy dandy dry erase menu board. You can also see that Paige, my resident spelling non-genius, enjoys helping plan the menu.
|So close on the word "chicken." And yet so far. So very, very far.|
I'll let you know if it makes the cut.
Please don't invite me for dinner on the night you make #18. I'm on a pest-free diet.
What time is dinner?? I don't do dishes.
I adore you Beth! And worship you. Thank you - lots of inspiration here.
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