Just the other day I commented to David that I haven't had more than a few bites of watermelon all summer! The watermelon gods must have heard me, because guess what's showing up in our CSA box this week? This is also the first week in months where I have not double booked myself every night, so it also means getting back to meal time normalcy. For those of you new to this menu series, take a closer look at my planning method here.
It's my birthday week! It's also looking like this unusually cold and rainy weather is finally moving on, just in time for a glorious holiday weekend. I hope you have plans which include being outdoors and grilling, we certainly do. It's been way too long since I've posted a weekly menu. This is mostly because my schedule got crazy (see the last menu post for details), so our lunches and dinners relied heavily on quick salads, eggs, and canned tuna/salmon. I have nothing against these things, they just don't make for very interesting blogging. But fear not! My kitchen is back in action, plus...STRAWBERRIES!
I am notorious for over booking myself. I say "yes" to just about everything because I truly enjoy staying engaged in my community and seeing my friends, but sometimes this means I don't get a single night to just go home after work. This coming week is one of those weeks, which means simple recipes will be key in making sure dinners happen.
I'm not sure what it's like where you live right now, but DC can't make up its mind; one day we are nearing 70 degrees, and the next we struggle to touch 30. These huge swings in temperature make getting dressed in the morning much harder than it should be, plus I can't seem to kick this cold. Okay, I'm done whining...on to a menu which I am hoping will lift my spirits this week.
This week's menu planning took a little extra thinking; one dinner out, one night helping at cooking school, and hosting friends for a casual weeknight meal creates a more complex, but exciting puzzle. I am certainly looking forward to trying new things this week, and encourage you to do the same - happy cooking!
David and I woke up to this...chilling to the bones ice, and sleet; the perfect kind of day to drag myself to a favorite coffee shop (thanks Songbyrd Cafe), and write. This week's menu took a little longer to plan than usual; multiple outings, work holiday lunches, and the onset of food boredom forced me to think more creatively.
Welcome to the first installment of the Weekly Menu Series!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about why weekly menu planning work for me. While it requires a little extra time each week, it reduces daily kitchen stress, and makes grocery shopping more efficient. In order to demystify the process, I want to start sharing my plans, and associated grocery lists on a more regular basis. Enjoy!
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