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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekly Menu 4/16+

Club Wraps
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pork Chop Casserole
Green Beans
EZ Salisbury Steak
Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Fajitas
Banana Pudding
Baked BBQ Chicken
Buttered Noodles
Mexicali Skillet Dinner
EZ Spanish Rice
Shrimp Tacos
EZ Refried Beans

Sunday afternoon I dug out my copy of the Buckholts Cotton Festival Cookbook, 3rd Edition (1990) looking for a recipe for kolaches, but alas no one shared their secret recipe. So I turned to my favorite Pioneer Woman and made her cinnamon roll recipe. WOW, are those delish. Yes, it's a lot of butter, but I managed to limit myself to only three sticks, well four once you count the icing. I'd better not think about THAT too much. Yes, I've been having one bite EVERY DAY, and I put one pan into the freezer for a post-Easter treat that I might not tell anyone else about.

The ladies of Buckholts were the inspiration for most of the menu this week. If you aren't sure where Buckholts is, it's right between Pettibone and Heidenhammer, and if that doesn’t help, look east of Temple on a Texas map; right in the heart of the Blackland Prairie. I couldn’t find any recipes from L's Aunt Gladys, but she sure could cook.

EZ also seemed to be the secondary theme for the week. Who knows what will show up next week. :)

Club Wraps
  • Large flour tortillas
  • ham & turkey lunch meat
  • bacon bits (no bacos, please)
  • lettuce & tomatoes
  • honey mustard (equal parts of each)
  • fancy mayo (mayo + jarred pesto)
  • sliced cheese
warm a large tortilla in hot skillet, spread with mayo/mustard or both then pile on your meats and cheese, top it off with some lettuce and tomato, then wrap it up like a burrito, tucking the ends in first before you begin to roll. Then slice on the diagonal and you've made a wrap instead of a burrito.

Chocolate Chip cookies
Palm Sunday
Pork Chop Casserole (Corrine Widner)
  • 6-8 pork chops
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, sliced thin
  • flour, salt & pepper
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • onions (optional)
Salt, pepper and flour pork chops, then brown in hot grease. Set aside. Place thinly sliced potatoes in greased 9x13 pan. Salt and pepper the potatoes; arrange browned chops on top. Combine milk, cream soup and pour over chops and potatoes. Cover with foil and bake at least one hour at 350 degrees, or until tender.
Green Beans

1. This is a very easy way to make Salisbury steak and if you have a better way, please use that recipe. You won't hurt my feelings.
Salisbury Steak
  • Ground meat, seasoned and shaped into patties
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (or use canned)
  • 1 c chopped onions
  • 1 packet brown gravy
Brown seasoned patties in skillet 3-4 min per side, just as they are getting brown, but not fully cooked yet; remove to plate. Saute onions and mushrooms in grease of beef, if any, or add 1-2T butter. When beginning to get tender, add 2 c water (or amt called for on packet), and packet of gravy mix. Stir to remove lumps, then add patties back in. Cover and simmer until gravy is thick and patties are fully cooked.
Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Fajitas
Banana Pudding
  • 1 small box vanilla pudding
  • 2 c milk
  • 2-3 sliced bananas
  • nilla wafers
Mix pudding according to box directions. Slice bananas directly into pudding as it begins to set. Fold in. Then 'strategically' place wafers in and around bowl so that there is a good layer of cookies to go with the pudding. Be sure to make the requisite happy face on the top with the wafers too.

1. If you'd rather just use bottled BBQ sauce, I won't tell anyone, and you can even cook this on the grill and have real BBQ chicken instead.

Baked BBQ Chicken (Neicy Burleson)
  • 3lb chicken pieces
  • 2T butter
  • ½ c chopped onion
  • 1 ½ c ketchup
  • 1T lemon or pickle juice
  • 1 c water
  • 3T Worcestershire sauce
Place chicken in 9x13 pan. Saute onion in butter; add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 degrees uncovered until chicken is well done (baste often); about 45 minutes.
Buttered Noodles

  1. It's a bit more yellow, but I will probably use yellow squash instead of zucchini, just because I like the way the yellow squash tastes. Oh if only my yellow squash plants would sprout in the garden.
  2. You could even top the dinner with some grated cheese. I'm sure Mrs. Martinez wouldn’t mind.

Mexicali Skillet Dinner (Frances Martinez)
  • 1 lb steak or roast cut into 1” pieces (salt and pepper)
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • ½ c chopped onions
  • ½ c chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp salt, garlic powder, cumin
Quarter squash and then slice into ½” pieces, set aside. In medium skillet brown steak and onions in oil and ~1T butter (for flavor). Remove meat and set aside. In same skillet, combine squash, corn, tomatoes + sauce, seasonings; simmer. Add meat and onions and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Easy Spanish Rice
Combine ½ c picante sauce plus 1 ½ c water to 1 c rice and simmer for 15 minutes.

Good Friday
  1. If you'd rather make these tacos with chicken, it will translate easily and you can support your local church's fish fry tonight.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos
  • 3T olive oil
  • 2T lime juice
  • 4tsp Montreal seasoning
  • 1 ½ lb raw peeled shrimp
Combine ingredients in ziploc bag and turn to coat. Seal and chill at least 10 minutes, but not more than 1 hour (the lime juice actually starts to cook the shrimp).

Easy Refried Beans (Southern Living)
  • 2 cans 20 oz refried beans
  • 4 oz chive flavored cream cheese
  • ½ tsp cumin
Combine in 2quart baking dish. Top with 2T finely chopped red onion and 1 c crumbled queso fresco (or cheddar). Bake at 450 for 25 min, until cheese melts

1 comment:

morethanamominaminivan said...

Andrea, I love your suggestion of adding cream cheese and cumin to refried beans! I will never go back to bland refried again! So yummy!