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long weekend coming up

Wolvie's picture

and what are we all doing/cooking?


Me - I am finishing off all of my home projects, and am thinking of the following menu:


Saturday:


Baked eggs with chard, goat cheese and bacon


daytime munchies - zucc. rice torta squares and a salad of some sort(not Paula Deen's)


Dinner: grilled chix with walnuts and pomegranate glaze
carrots in cumin


Dessert: Charlotte's Citron cake


Sunday:


Pancakes and sausage


Munchies: chicken liver crostini's, and another salad(still not Paula's)


Dinner: lemongrass pork
cauliflower leek kugel


Dessert - left over cake with ice cream


Monday:


no specific breakfast in mind, most likely brioche based cinnamon pecan rolls.


Munchies - any left overs from above, and extra grilled veggies


Dinner - the ubiquitous, but required hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, and more grilled veggies.


Dessert - FC's strawberry crisps (newest issue) - although I think I am going to make this with toasted brioche crumbs instead of regular white bread crumbs.


General libations, I'm thinking pineapple vodka martini's and thai basil infused mojitos. By the pool. As close as I can get for now to the vista Ashley recently posted. ;-)



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TracyK's picture

(post #30920, reply #1 of 168)

Oh man, I can't get that far forward. After two concerts, unexpected houseguests, and a short business trip to NYC during which I was so busy I didn't even have time for a slice of pizza (WAH!) and which required so much pre-work I pulled an all-nighter to get it done, the only thing I can think about for this weekend is SLEEPING.


However, come hell or high water, I am taking myself to the farmer's market one day this weekend. Also thinking about finally cooking the ribs I bought on sale last month ($4 each for a big rack of St. Louis-cut ribs, woo hoo!). Or going out and finding crabs somewhere.


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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #30920, reply #2 of 168)

>>Or going out and finding crabs somewhere<<


heh. Does VM approve of this plan?


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TracyK's picture

(post #30920, reply #4 of 168)

He was enthusiastic and appreciative when I can back from MeanFest II with crabs, so he'll likely approve. ;-)

Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

SallyBR1's picture

(post #30920, reply #6 of 168)

I like a guy that open-minded. He is a keeper.

MadMom's picture

(post #30920, reply #8 of 168)

If I had come back from Meaniefest II with crabs, doubt my DH would have been so supportive!


We have no major plans...will have our Fort Hood contingent here to visit, DD, DSIL, two DGSs, and two majorly huge dogs.  Will celebrate Kevin's third birthday (a week late, but as his father says, he doesn't know what day it is!) and just relax with my two favorite veterans on memorial day.




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Adele's picture

(post #30920, reply #3 of 168)

Summer.  Pulled pork, sauces:  Vinegar, mustard, tomato.  The tomato is going to be Spicy Tomato Ketchup that I made last year, this time I'm making enough to can.  Buttermilk coleslaw.


IF the oven guy calls today or tomorrow with the part:  Chocolate puff pastry by Pierre Hermes.  (I'll be able to pull off the pork because I can keep it at 250)


 


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ashleyd's picture

(post #30920, reply #5 of 168)

Unfortunately no such vistas for me this weekend, so much for original plans! Saturday night we're out to friends for dinner and the indications are that it will be a multi-course job, inspired by my event last year which they much enjoyed, so it should be a pleasant evening. Not only is she a good cook but he keeps an excellent cellar including some d**n fine Chablis so all round top event. Sunday will be spent loading a van with furniture and "stuff" to take to DS who has - finally, at the third attempt - managed to buy a house and take posession. Since his marriage a year ago, we, along with his MIL, have been a repository for his presents and things they have bought during the year, so it will be good to get the space back! Anniversary dinner for them on Sunday, if we can find a decent restaurant in his new area that is open on Sunday (prospects don't look good, it may yet be a takeaway!). Monday back home to recuperate!


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #30920, reply #7 of 168)

All of a sudden the weekend plans are changed - from a big dinner party to just the two of us until Tuesday evening.... (not that we mind...)

On the menu:
Serious lawn mowing and yard work -
Serious walking (at least two hours walk on Sat, 1.5 hs on Sunday) + strength training for legs
Wash the dogs
Cooking projects - undecided. I might make filet mignon croustades from Fine Cooking

On Tuesday we have a big dinner planned - we'll meet the parents of stepson's girlfriend. SHe moves to LA on Wednesday, the parents will fly from Florida to help her move. We are told they are very conservative and we should NOT discuss politics. :-)

Edited to add - this time I caught one of my typos before posting...

instead of lawn mowing, I wrote - "LAW MOWING"

I guess I'm watching too many Law and Orders lately
I am making oven-barbecued brisket, rice, beans.....


Edited 5/26/2005 9:24 am ET by SallyBR1

Marcia's picture

(post #30920, reply #9 of 168)

I think we'll stay around the house and hope we'll do some weeding both inside and outside.


Cauliflower leek kugel? Could you point me to the recipe, please? If you have to post, there is no hurry. Have a wonderful weekend! Your family and friends do eat well.

Jean's picture

(post #30920, reply #10 of 168)

We expect to see DD#2 and family on Sunday and Monday. Menu not decided. We could do pork tenderloins or marinated venison tenderloin kabobs with peanut sauce. Burgers one of those days for sure, and I'm in the mood for some of Mean's Texas Caviar.


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pamilyn's picture

(post #30920, reply #11 of 168)

paint, paint, paint...I just bought a rental house and I need to paint the entire inside so I can get it rented.....Maybe I will go gangbusters and get it all done on Sunday so I have monday to plant my pumpkins and melons and cukes....Not much cooking for me this weekend....   :(  Pamilyn

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DeannaS's picture

(post #30920, reply #28 of 168)

You bought a rental house? In this housing market? You go girl.

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pamilyn's picture

(post #30920, reply #34 of 168)

Yeah, I'm crazy.....  :)  Seriously, it is on the west side in an up and comming neighborhood behind stop and go on university avenue out by Brennens. I hope I can rent it with out any problem. I am having the floors redone. My hubby and I are putting a new kitchen in it..VERY small kitchen, not many cabinets!! But this weekend it is painting, cleaning, washing windows and maybe take the kitchen out if we have time. Do you know anyone looking to rent a very nice house 10 minutes to campus? 3 bedroom, all hardwood floors, full finished basement with new carpet. Nice yard with garden space and a garage.  Pamilyn

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DeannaS's picture

(post #30920, reply #37 of 168)

Sorry, no. I don't know anyone looking for a house to rent. Well, I know someone, but I think they changed their mind and decided to stay where they're at, since she's going to be giving birth about August 15th, and moving at the same time seems pretty nasty.

Sounds like a cute house, though. I'm sure you'll rent it out with no problem.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #30920, reply #56 of 168)

move that to Chapel Hill and you have a taker. ;-)


Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


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Wolvie's picture

(post #30920, reply #19 of 168)

cauliflower leek kugel with almond herb crust


Sounds good - mostly good reviews - definitely something different, and something that will be munchable all day, as I have mucho house/yard chores to do.



Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


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Marcia's picture

(post #30920, reply #31 of 168)

Thanks, Wolvie. This was meant to be - yesterday I purchased fresh parsley and a huge bunch of dill at Whole Foods and I always have almonds in the house. Cut up leeks in the freezer, too. All I will need is cauliflower, and I was going to the local farm market anyway, since local strawberries are in, and they're fabulous this year.


You've inspired me...let's see...we'll have a pork tenderloin cooked with umeboshi vinegar, garlic and fresh sage, the kugel, a potato galette and strawberries for dessert. Thanks again.


 

Wolvie's picture

(post #30920, reply #59 of 168)

okay - there is another vinegar for me to try. The menu sounds great!


Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


Dave Barry





 

 

Marcia's picture

(post #30920, reply #65 of 168)

Umiboshi vinegar is not really vinegar but brine from pickling plums and is very salty. I use it for flavoring various things and never for salads. If you do use it for salad, leave out the salt! The fruits the vinegar is from are called umeboshi plums but are actually a variety of apricot, I believe. Go figure. You'll have luck finding it in a health food store or a place like Whole Foods. The brand I'm most familiar with is Eden, and it's a staple in our house.

Marcia's picture

(post #30920, reply #136 of 168)

I made the kugel with some trepidation because none of us is too fond of cauliflower or casseroley things, but it just sounded good to me. I subbed butter for the olive oil and added a little sour cream to the mashed cauliflower, mostly because I can't leave things alone. We loved it, and I thank you again. Serves eight...I think not.

Li's picture

(post #30920, reply #12 of 168)

A note on the strawberry crisp: The recipe only needs 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar.

The extra 2 Tbs. was for the original garnish of lightly sweetened whipped cream. Later we decided that a pour of cream (or a scoop of ice cream) would be better; sadly, we forgot to delete the extra sugar in the ingredient list.

There will be a correction in FC73.

Edited to added: brioche crumbs. mmmmmmm.

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Edited 5/26/2005 1:28 pm ET by Li

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Wolvie's picture

(post #30920, reply #20 of 168)

thanks for the heads up, Li. I most likely will decrease the cs even more - we'll see how the strawberries are running. :-)


Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


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MadMom's picture

(post #30920, reply #32 of 168)

Wolvie, I decided to make your vanilla ice cream last night, but my computer was acting up and couldn't print out the recipe, so just jotted down the ingredients.  Only problem was that I didn't cook it until it was thick after I added the yolks, just cooled and added the cream.  Should I try to cook it this morning with the cream in it, or just freeze it as is, or what?  I hate to toss it all.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #30920, reply #33 of 168)

Not wolvie but I would go ahead and cook it a little--to coat a spoon.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #30920, reply #55 of 168)

me- I would just freeze it as is. It will still taste great, it will just not have the over the top mouthfeel. You must try it that way someday - that Lee Bailey know's his stuff!


Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


Dave Barry





 

 

Lexi's picture

(post #30920, reply #13 of 168)

This will be a goofy weekend for us.  We have been house hunting for what seems like forever and are meeting with an architect late tomorrow afternoon to look at 2 homes we're considering, both of which would need work  -- probaby end up having dinner at someplace in the 'burbs.  Saturday -- drive out to the 'burbs to look at a couple of newly listed homes in the a.m., then back home (we live in the city) to make a potluck dish for a gathering back in the 'burbs on Saturday evening.  We have cousins coming into town from Seattle to attend a function -- brunch here on Sunday, then a barbecue at the home of friends later in the day, you guessed it, back in the 'burbs.  I have to find time to make a cake to bring.  Wish I hadn't offered, but who knew the weekend would get so hectic?  I'm thinking I'll make Ina Garten's lemon cakes tomorrow morning, freeze them, then glaze them on Sunday.  Monday -- lunch with our cousins, then drive them to the airport -- guess where that is?  Monday night -- order out!    

 

 

pamilyn's picture

(post #30920, reply #14 of 168)

Oh Lee!!!!  I could never live there. Whenever I complain about traffic in Madison,(Ha, Ha..) I have to remind myself of Chicago traffic. I guess you will be doing just a little driving this weekend!! Whay are you thinking of moving out to the Burbs? Just curious...Pamilyn

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Lexi's picture

(post #30920, reply #15 of 168)

Whay are you thinking of moving out to the Burbs?


Gosh, there are lots of reasons.  We've been living in a lakefront high-rise for almost 20 years (we're about 5 minutes from Trotter's), and, although we have a large and lovely apartment with beautiful views of the lake and the city, we're both fed up with community living and all it's attendant hassles and problems.  For instance, I haven't been able to open all of the windows for years because there is tuckpointing, roofing, or some other work going on, either on our building or on nearby buildings, all of which creates dust, filth and noise.  We've had 5 floods, always from somewhere above us, that have caused damage, upheaval and great aggravation.  We had 2 floods just in the past year and had to move out both times (along with much of our furniture, including a grand piano) in order to have new floors laid, ceilings replastered, rooms repainted, etc.  Our insurance carrier is thrilled.  We know the chances are it will happen again. 


My kitchen has become a particular sore point.  It's wonderfully equipped and has loads of storage; but it's an interior space -- no windows, no fresh air, no way to vent to the outside.  When I'm cooking up a storm and both ovens and all 4 burners are going, it's like being in Hell.  I couldn't stand it without the AC, which has to be on even in January.  The lack of sunlight and air has finally gotten to me. 


We miss outdoor space terribly.  The lake is beautiful, but I miss grass and trees and birdsong.  I miss peace and quiet.  I miss a garden (yes, I know deer will fight me for it).  DH misses a place to grill (me too).  In good weather, I could practicallt live outdoors.  Here, there is literally no place where we can be outside and enjoy a lovely day quietly, no place to read a book without having to listen to someone's conversation or music (not even on the roofdeck), no place, other than a restaurant patio, to have a meal or a glass of wine and enjoy a summer evening.  When you live where we do, you need a destination in order to go out -- you can't just walk outside to have your morning coffee on the patio in shorts and bare feet -- and you need to dress and look presentable in order to go through the lobby and out on the street!


Then there are the kids.  All of our children and grandchilden live in other states (boo hoo).  It will be fabulous to have more than 1 guest bedroom when they come to visit; I love the tumult that comes through the door with them, but after about the third day, having people sleeping on the sofabeds in the library and in DH's study, and on air mattresses on the living room floor loses some of it's charm.  It will be great to have a family room or finished basement where the kids can play without our having to be concerned about damage to our things.  We adore our GC, but we do not have a child-friendly space where they can just be kids.  So far I've learned that peanut butter is not very good for Persian rugs, washable marker (orange) does not wash out of silk taffeta (fortunately, the dining room chairs needed to be recovered anyway), drooly fingers (my darling GS was teething) leave smears that are very hard to polish out of antique French chests (my grandmother's), and chocolate won't clean out of a white sofa, no matter what they promise about Scotchguard.  And then there's that outdoor space problem and the airless kitchen where everyone likes to gather!


We loved living in the city for many years.  It was fascinating and exciting, and it will be hard to give up the easy access to all the wonderful things Chicago offers and which we enjoy.  We even walk the 2 miles to the office when the weather is decent.  Life is a series of trade-offs, however, and we've reached big-city overload and need to get out.  Green Acres, here we come! 


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Edited 5/27/2005 2:36 am ET by lee

 

Jean's picture

(post #30920, reply #16 of 168)

Wow, I'm glad she did. You just made me so happy and thankful that we live in our little rural 9 acres, even if we do have to listen to the kids across the street playing there godawful music while they're playing basketball in the summer.  They won't be there forever.


We can grab a cup of coffee in the morning and go out off the backporch if the weather is nice, relax on the deck and enjoy the ponds, listen to the waterfall,see the frogs and the goldfish, watch the orioles and the catbirds eating from the orange feeder and the hummingbirds sipping from their nectar feeder or the flowers in the garden.  If we want to we can take our coffee down to the koi ponds, sit on the swing there and watch them beg for cheerios. Thanks for reminding me of all the reasons we chose to retire here, and how blessed we are.


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Lexi's picture

(post #30920, reply #18 of 168)

Sigh.  Sounds heavenly.