Friday, January 14, 2011

What's for dinner?

In November, I and two other families started a dinner co-op, which I wrote about here. We were all so happy when the holidays were over and we could start it up again! I'll be keeping an updated list of our weekly menus on this post, if anyone needs dinner inspiration.

America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook = ATK
The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2012 = CTV
Comfort Food Fast = CFF
Cook's Illustrated = CI

This week's menu:
Me: Country tomato bisque, artisan bread with caramelized onions rolled up inside, dark chocolate brownies
O Family: raw veggie spring rolls with Thai peanut sauce; noodle stir fry with tofu, peanuts, carrots, and broccoli; gingersnaps

Previous weeks:
Me: Quinoa "mac & cheese", roasted garlic lemon broccoli, artisan bread
Me: hearty Tuscan bean soup (CTV), braised green beans (ATK), cranberry-orange bread, garlic-rubbed toast

Me: BBQ beef with caramelized onions, cranberry-orange bread (ATK)

Me: White bean & garlic soup, quinoa pilaf with apples & almonds, braised carrots with lemon, honey, & thyme (all recipes from ATK)

Me: Peruvian chicken with spicy mayonnaise, roasted crispy potatoes, raw vegetables (recipes from CI).

Me: French onion soup (CTV), artisan bread, salad with goat cheese & sweet peppers, lemon pound cake.

O Family: Thai noodles & vegetables in peanut sauce, fruit salad, banana bread.

Me: White chicken chili topped with a "salsa" made of red onions, raw apple cider vinegar, raw sugar, paprika, celery seed, lemon juice, and salt; saffron rice pilaf; broccoli, cabbage, & carrow slaw.
O Family: green peppers stuffed with brown rice, zucchini, and raisins and topped with sour cream, chives, and almonds; broccoli carrot soup; artisan bread.

Me: Roasted butternut squash soup (the recipe is fairly complex, but it's really, really good), artisan no-knead bread, vegan chocolate cake (similar to the Moosewood recipe)

P Family: roast chicken, roasted root vegetables, green salad

Me: split green lentils with tomatoes; saffron rice pilaf with raisins and cashews (both recipes from Indian Home Cooking by Raghavan Iyer, which I highly recommend); artisan bread

Me: potato, bacon, & mushroom soup topped with cheddar cheese; artisan bread; baby spinach with feta cheese.
O Family: Thai peanut stirfy on basmati rice; pumpkin cake
P Family: spinach/ricotta/mushroom calzone; salami/olive/mozzarella calzone; homemade marinara sauce; oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Me: country tomato bisque; artisan baguette, leftover Blessingway cake (they didn't mind!)
O Family: egg, sausage, onion, & green pepper bake; banana coconut cream pie
P Family: barley, lamb, & carrot stew; green salad; bread
Me: black beans, quinoa, zucchini, tomatoes, avocados & green onions with a lime/olive oil/Tabasco dressing; butternut squash spice cake (I halved the brown sugar & dusted the top with powdered sugar); corn bread with whole corn mixed in
O Family: bean & beef chili topped with cheddar & sour cream; cornbread; green salad with blue cheese & red onions

P Family: [can't remember...]; green salad with fresh mozzarella & sunflower seeds
Me: whole wheat Belgian waffles; raspberry and blueberry syrups; whipped cream; salmon quiche
O Family: broccoli soup; olive bread; glazed carrots
P Family: spinach & mushroom souffle with tomato-balsamic topping; green salad with fresh mozzarella & tomatoes

Me: split pea soup, artisan bread; green salad with sugar snap peas and fresh mozzarella; Lebkuchen (German spice cookie, recipe from my German grandmother)
O Family: barley & vegetable soup; bread; broccoli and cauliflower in a garlic & herb sauce
P Family: curry with mushrooms & butternut squash; rice; pumpkin bread

Me: Moroccan lentil soup; fresh pineapple; homemade artisan bread; green salad with red onions, cranberries, & Gorgonzola
O Family: Indian vegetable curry; basmati rice; peach strudel
P Family: chicken & vegetable pot pie with puff pastry crust; green salad with red onions, feta, sunflower seeds, & Greek olives


  1. Thanks for sharing your recipes! Do you think your friends would share their potpie recipe so you could share with us? That picture looks amazing! My husband would be thrilled if I made homemade potpie.

  2. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary for a pot pie--potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, chicken, in a bit of a sauce with herbs. She used puff pastry for the top, which gave it a fun twist.

    BTW, this isn't the actual pot pie she made, just a picture I found of one on the internet. It looked pretty similar, except it was in a rectangular dish.


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