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post #2261 of 2722
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Okay, I forced myself to sit down and browse my Pinterest dinner boards for some ideas. Tonight I'm going to make chicken marsala, which is perfect because I have some mushrooms that I need to use up, and a bottle of marsala that's been open forever (which I literally only use in this one recipe). 

 

A couple of other things from my Pinterest boards that I'll try over the next few weeks - 

 

Apple Cider Chicken

Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Minestrone Pasta Salad

Goulash

 

I've made all of these at least once or twice before, so I won't have to learn anything new, but it will be nice to get something a little different on the table. And I'm looking forward to turkey noodle soup after Thursday! I've got a sixteen pound bird, so I'll probably have plenty of extra turkey stock to freeze as well. And I'll need to bake up some rye bread on Friday so we can have turkey sandwiches on Saturday for tree trimming. Good thing I work from home on Fridays so I can peek at the stove every once in a while during the day! 

 

Speaking of tree trimming, we always get our tree and decorate the house on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So Friday night I'll bake a special coffee cake so breakfast is all ready to go, then I plan on having turkey sandwiches and stuff for lunch. Should be a really fun day - is anyone else doing tree trimming next weekend?

 

So I guess slowly but surely, I'm getting back into the swing of things with the food malaise. 

post #2262 of 2722

We're heading off to Thanksgiving with friends this week, so I'll have to report back afterward what we made for the big meal. I know there will be turkey, but beyond that, not sure. DH and I would like to make sweetpotato/goat cheese/kale mash, fennel/beet/orange salad and maybe the cranberry cake Budget Bytes posted the other day. But we'll have to see what the friends have planned!

 

kitchensqueen - This year Xmas tree trimming will have to wait until next week due to our trip. We have a firm rule about no Xmas stuff before Thanksgiving. Almost couldn't hold DD2 back from watching an Xmas movie the other day ;-) We can't wait to start.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving and Hannukah everyone!

post #2263 of 2722
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kitchensqueen - This year Xmas tree trimming will have to wait until next week due to our trip. We have a firm rule about no Xmas stuff before Thanksgiving. Almost couldn't hold DD2 back from watching an Xmas movie the other day ;-) We can't wait to start.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving and Hannukah everyone!

 

Same here, but I think the snow flurries we've been having this week has made me get itching to get into holiday mode. Have a great holiday while you're out and about!

 

Tonight husband surprised me by having dinner totally done by the time I got home. He knows it's hell week at work so I'm just coming home exhausted and mentally crushed. He made Italian dressing marinated chicken in the crockpot, with herbed rice, falafel and hummus on the side. A really nice surprise. 

post #2264 of 2722
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Our Thanksgiving dinner was a great success. I lazed out last night and didn't do any prep before hand, but it all worked out. I switched out a few things at the last minute, but it all turned out really good. We had - 

 

Chardonnay and honey glazed roasted turkey

Bread stuffing

Mashed potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cinnamon

Green beans

Home made cranberry sauce 

Pumpkin pie with a pate brisee crust (basically, a sweetened pie dough). I had extra dough left and I discovered a mini turkey cookie cutter in my stash, so I adorned it with little turkeys. 

Chocolate icebox pie

 

My MIL brought appetizers - assorted crackers, two cheeses, summer sausage and huge shrimp and cocktail sauce. We only ate a third of the shrimp, so I've got to think of something else to do with the rest of it tomorrow so it doesn't go to waste. I may do a spicy lemon shrimp pasta for dinner tomorrow night (husband - who works in retail - has the day off!). And of course, I've got the turkey carcass going for stock. Husband suggested we do it in the crockpot overnight for a no-fuss version, we tossed in the carcass, an onion, a few carrots and some celery, with as much water as the crockpot could hold. So we'll see how it turns out tomorrow. 

 

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We're all in pajamas getting ready to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving together, so off I go! 

post #2265 of 2722

I saw this on FB today and thought I would share, some great ideas for non traditional turkey soups, which I love since I tire quickly of turkey noodle (I'll still make a smaller one for the kids, but definitely something different and spicy for dh and I) http://www.blogher.com/ten-turkey-soup-recipes-your-family-will-love-plus-your-turkey-soup-comments?page=0,11

 

Thanksgiving went well and I had quite the spread! Today we are going to a local hotel for the night to swim, sit in the hot tub and watch cable tv. A little escape from reality :) There is a Costco across the street so we'll walk over and have hot dogs for dinner. We'll have turkey cranberry sandwiches for lunch.

 

I started my turkey stock last night, so it will be ready for soup this weekend and tetrazzini in the near future. I prefer to make stock in the crock pot and I have a 5 qt one, but it's not big enough for the turkey carcass, so I'm doing it on the stove.

post #2266 of 2722
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Thanksgiving went well and I had quite the spread! Today we are going to a local hotel for the night to swim, sit in the hot tub and watch cable tv. A little escape from reality :) There is a Costco across the street so we'll walk over and have hot dogs for dinner. We'll have turkey cranberry sandwiches for lunch.

 

That is awesome! 

post #2267 of 2722
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We did turkey noodle casserole here. Sooo good. One of my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers. 

 

That being said, I think we're ready for a change from poultry over the next few days. Thinking either goulash or minestrone pasta salad for tomorrow. 

post #2268 of 2722

We had steak tacos last night, we needed a little more break from turkey.

 

I'm going to make a turkey tetrazzini later this week, once we are ready for more turkey. It's a pretty easy dish and my family loves it served with broccoli.

 

The stock is done and there's enough to portion out two ziplocs to use in tetrazzini and chicken and rice, and the rest for two soups today: turkey noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for the kiddos and turkey tortilla soup topped with avocado, shredded cabbage and sour cream for the adults.

 

I'm also making potato pancakes from the leftover mashed potatoes for lunch. The first batch didn't turn out so well, they didn't want to stay together, so I added some flour to the remaining mixture and will try another batch in a bit (once I no longer feel like throwing the griddle out the window :)

post #2269 of 2722
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Little Man did not nap today, so dinner was pretty much the last on my mind. Just threw together a quick potato soup. 

post #2270 of 2722

Back from Thanksgiving & done with a couple of hell projects for work, so looking forward to carving out some time to do fun Christmas cooking and stuff this month!

 

We didn't end up cooking our own recipes for Thanksgiving, since our hosts had already planned the meal, but we helped cook. I made hot artichoke dip and a vegetarian mushroom gravy (by Mollie Katzen) that was really good. It was potluck and otherwise we had turkey, gravy, stuffing, squash, hashbrown casserole, cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, and brussels sprouts, plus a cheese and vegetable plate & crackers. Dessert was a Greek apricot pastry and pumpkin pie.

 

Tonight I had school, so I threw together a black bean/sweet potato/corn chili with homemade chili seasoning I found on the Internet. I also came home from vacation with 3 large squashes, so those have to be worked into meals, plus a waffle iron (yum! I think I'll stock up the freezer.) Still have a new panini press I won at an event that I need to try out, too.

post #2271 of 2722
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I'm recipe testing a makeover of a flop from last week - I was trying to make Norwegian meatballs and they just didn't come together, so it was basically ground meat with a beef dill gravy that I served with mashed potatoes. So I got to thinking... a spin on Shepherd's Pie? So I'm trying it out properly tonight. If it pasts muster, I'm going to post it to my blog. Fingers crossed for a win-win!

post #2272 of 2722

Tonight - no idea! I will let the spirit move me when I am at the store today. Pizza bread might be a good idea. Crockpot baked potatoes with toppings and hopefully one of the spaghetti squash I came home from T-giving with.

Tomorrow - Baked lemon tilapia salmon, jasmine rice, green salad, and garlic bread + my DH is making beet salad. My dad is coming to dinner.

 

Love those Scandinavian meatballs with creamy sauce, potatoes and lingonberry jam! Must hit IKEA soon... Actually we're planning to go there over the kids' winter break. :-)


Edited by Ragana - 12/6/13 at 11:37am
post #2273 of 2722
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Little Man is spending the night at my in laws so we can have a bit of a date night for my birthday weekend. So husband is making me red wine marinated steak for dinner tonight, and I think he's making mashed potatoes and some veg with it.

post #2274 of 2722
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Last night's steak turned out so good! And I will say, it was really nice not to cook. Tonight we're changing speeds a little bit and I'm making goulash. Just good old fashioned comfort food that we can eat out of big old steaming bowl. It's only in the 20's outside - I wish it would snow! 

post #2275 of 2722
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More goulash here tonight, since I made a giant vat of it yesterday. But now today it's snowing! I'm so excited, and looking forward to a cozy day in. 

post #2276 of 2722

It sure did snow! We had panini (cheese, tuna/cheese and ham/cheese), beet salad, and miso soup. I need to use up some leftovers tonight - two baked potatoes and a bowl of spaghetti squash. Casserole?

post #2277 of 2722

Last night I made ricotta gnocchi, perfect to warm up cold bellies. With a simple tomato basil sauce, zucchini noodles, broccoli, garlic bread and apples.

 

Not sure what I'm doing for tonight, but do have my menu for the week:

Moroccan chicken and rice with chick peas, broccoli, fruit

Ground beef tacos/tostadas, salad, carrots, fruit

Salmon, parmesan risotto, sautéed brussels sprouts, broccoli, fruit

Quiche (sausage, spinach, mushroom, bell pepper, cheese), roasted sweet potatoes, fruit

Turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sautéed brussels sprouts, broccoli, fruit

Turkey tetrazzini, broccoli, fruit

 

I'm leaning toward quiche or salmon tonight. We usually have tacos on Tuesdays because we have gymnastics after school and it's easy to make beforehand.

post #2278 of 2722

Tonight is venison broccoli and colorful potatoes.

post #2279 of 2722
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It sure did snow! 

 

I love it! Well, I mean - trudging up South Wacker with ice crystals blowing into my face and dodging falling chunks off ice coming off the high rises to get into the office this morning wasn't so great, but other than that - love it! 

 

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Tonight is venison broccoli and colorful potatoes.

 

That sounds so good!

 

Tonight we're doing a little something different - I made pineapple chicken stir fry type thing. The recipe is literally just chicken and pineapple over rice with a pineapple/wine/soy sauce sauce though, so it's really begging for veg. Next time I'm going to add in fresh scallions at the end, and maybe cashews. But so far the flavor is great! 

post #2280 of 2722

Grilled chicken breast (yes, I still grill...it's still in the 80s here) with salt and cracked pepper for husband. Roasted pork for son (from deli hot case). Breaded catfish for daughter and I (from deli). Random sides of black beans and rice or lima beans or mac and cheese (from deli). Milk for kids....water for me and husband. A piece of mint chocolate cookie fudge shared by my daughter and I for dessert. My daughter has tennis at 5:30 on Mondays so it kills any plans of actually cooking....which doesn't happen often to begin with. 

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