September 15th, 2013 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

Weekly DINNER Menu Sign


Grilled Whole Chickens  |  Jeweled Rice  |  Spinach Salad

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Chopped Salad with Tomato Buttermilk Dressing

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Pasta Bolognese  |  Kale Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

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Sambal Chicken Skewers  |  Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Mint

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A few notes on this week’s menu…

First, as you can see from above, my “Dinner Concierge” week ends on Wednesday at which time I put on my “horse show Mom” hat.  Thursday morning, at approximately 3:30 a.m. the girls, Tuffy {of course}, the horses and I will begin our  journey South to Paso Robles, CA for the Area VI Championships.  Myself, 1 terrier, 2 girls, 3 horses, 6 saddles, 6 bridles, 4 bales of hay, 10 bales of shavings, 6 water buckets, 3 tack trunks, as well as numerous horse blankets, bandages, wraps, boots, and more general horse stuff than I care to tally up, will all be tightly packed in here…

Horse Carriage

Not to mention our own “human” provisions for 4 days.  Every square inch of our truck and trailer will be put to good use.  For those of you that have had children, think of packing the world’s largest diaper bag and that is what loading that horse trailer is like.  Kidding aside, these trips have been such a big and memorable part of the girls’ childhood and I feel so privileged to be able to share this time with them.  Michael will work from home Wednesday through Friday and he will be doing the cooking and serving for the football team dinner on Friday night.  As for Thursday, well it is a total boys’ night and it always amuses me to hear what they, in fact, enjoyed for dinner.

On another note {and I am not so sure this is as obvious as the first}, this week’s dinner menu is the first time in 50 weeks {and 323 posts} that I have generated a weekly dinner menu completely from dishes that I have previously made.  Can you believe the 1-year anniversary of The Dinner Concierge is just 2 weeks away?   I have been passionate in my commitment to providing new and exciting dinners for my family, with minimal repetition, and the pay-off is an arsenal of over 300 wonderful recipes {please be patient, I know my recipe index is severely outdated}.  Since this week is going to be out-of-control busy getting ready for our trip {I knew I wouldn’t be able to juggle preparations with photographing food and writing blogs}, I decided to tap into the treasure chest of dinners past and come up with a weekly dinner menu both you and I could enjoy.  I must tell you that I had the BEST time last night sitting with my family, gathered around my iPad, picking our favorite dinners from the past year.  The choices you see above are only 4 from a list of over 100 “favorites” that we compiled.

So, while I won’t be posting everyday this week as usual, you can click on any of the photos above in the menu to be taken to my original post which includes the recipe{s}.  I also invite you to visit my Tumblr blog for over 5,353 posts of recipes and other culinary inspiration. You can also check back here and keep track of our horsey adventures on Instagram {the Instagram photo box is over there in the right hand column just above the Categories section}…you don’t need to be members of either service to visit my little corner of the social media world at both of those sites so explore and enjoy!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

K Initial

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