November 10th, 2013 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

Weekly DINNER Menu Sign


Madeira~Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef  |  Herbed Popovers  |  Brussels Sprouts  |   Apple Skillet Cake with a Rosemary Crumb Topping  *


Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Soup  *  |  Cranberry~Walnut~Kale Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette  *  


Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings  *  |  A Mixed Green Salad with Ginger Dressing  *


Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola  *  |  Baked Broccoli Rabe  *


Steamed Clams in a White Wine & Garlic Broth  |  Rustic Bread


Meatballs & Marinara  |  Spaghetti Squash  |  Basil Caesar Salad

{  *  denotes a new recipe  }


A few notes on this week’s menu:

SUNDAY:  Tonight we are celebrating Michael’s birthday with his favorite dinner…Madeira~Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef. His official birthday is Wednesday but, unfortunately, a business trip to Finland has him leaving Monday morning and returning on Friday afternoon.  The birthday boy is a meat and potatoes guy {minus the potatoes} so his favorite popovers will be served along with skillet-roasted Brussels sprouts.  

Prime Rib Dinner Collage

Michael is a carnivore through and through but he does not have much of a sweet tooth.  Not a fan of cakes with frosting, he prefers fruit pies or warm crumbles served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  This evening, his birthday cake combines the flavors of apples and rosemary and it is cooked in, and served directly from, a cast iron skillet.

MONDAY:  A fall classic, butternut squash soup, gets a flavor boost from roasted pears, a heaping amount of sage and a dose of Chinese five~spice powder in this new recipe.   A kale salad featuring cranberries will be served alongside our soup this evening.

TUESDAY:  One of my favorite go~to sources for dinner menu inspiration is Nigel Slater’s, The Kitchen Diaries.  I often open the volume and go directly to the current day and month in his diary to see what he was cooking at this time of year when the book was written.  Tonight’s salad comes from his November 10th journal entry and the chicken wings from a few days prior on October 29th.  The children adore chicken wings and the recipe for this oven-baked version has just a few simple ingredients:  mustard, honey, lemon & garlic.

WEDNESDAY:  This recipe for pasta with a vodka cream sauce comes from Ina Garten and it sounds like pure comfort food: sautéed onions & garlic, reduced vodka, and tomatoes bake slowly in the oven, thereby concentrating their flavors, before adding the pasta. The dish is finished off with a splash of cream and freshly grated cheese.  Broccoli rabe, baked with Parmesan cheese, will complete this meatless meal.

THURSDAY:  A bowl of steamed clams is one of the children’s favorite dinners but Michael is not a fan of these little mollusks so this is often a dinner we enjoy during his travels.  Usually paired with pasta for Linguine Vongole, I am omitting the pasta this evening as that carb appeared on last night’s dinner plate.  Tonight, fresh bakery bread will be served with the clams to soak up all that wonderful broth!

Steamed Clams Collage

FRIDAY:  Michael is home tonight so meat is back on the menu!  When I first made this dish a few weeks ago it turned out to be the BEST meatballs & “spaghetti” we have ever tasted and the leftover meatballs made amazing sub/sandwiches which the children took to school for lunch two days later {they apparently shared those sandwiches because I have since received a handful of messages from school moms requesting the recipe for these meatballs}. This evening’s Basil Caesar Salad features a classic caesar dressing freshened up with the addition of chopped basil leaves, which also serve as a nice complement to the meatballs.  This is the meal Michael requested for his first night home and we are all looking forward to it!


Caesar Salad Collage


Have a wonderful week everyone!

K Initial


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