Sunday, November 15, 2009


The food pics are even worse than usual because I was in a hurry!

Despite a wreck on the only highway you can use to get to our house which delayed some of the guests up to an hour and a half, the Julia Child dinner party was a big success. All of the food was excellent! We added an eleventh guest and since there was not a dish left on the menu for her to cook, she brought a selection of French cheeses to nibble on while we waited for everyone to arrive. It is a good thing we had that since we would all have been ravenous by the time the last guests arrived. The only change I’d make if I made the menu again would be to substitute something green for the tomatoes. They were very good, but could practically have been a main course by itself since they are stuffed with ground lamb. Something a little lighter and fresher would have been nice.

Another Sunday, another round of meal planning:

Sunday – Chili, romaine salad with avocado dressing
Monday – Penne with roasted vegetables and goat cheese, mixed green salad with honey-orange vinaigrette
Tuesday – Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, oven-roasted asparagus with thyme, sautéed cherry tomatoes
Wednesday – Maple-mustard pork tenderloin with caramelized apples, roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli sautéed with brown garlic
Thursday – Turkey meatballs with quick and spicy tomato sauce and whole wheat pasta, green bean vinaigrette

Friday will be my Dark Days Challenge meal, likely trout, but I haven’t worked out the rest.

There are a couple of new recipes included for the week. The penne with roasted vegetables and goat cheese is my Meatless Monday meal this week. The kids are not going to be wild about it, so I’ve tried to make the rest of the week more kid friendly. I’ve never made the Maple- mustard pork tenderloin with caramelized apples either but it sounded like a nice fall recipe. The turkey meatloaf is one of our favorites – the recipe makes an enormous amount so I cut it in half and still have leftovers for turkey meatloaf sandwiches. Yum!


JGH said...

Ok, I think I'm gonna try some turkey meatloaf this week. For some reason I never seem to like stuff made with ground turkey, but everyone else in my family seems to go for it. I really appreciate that you're putting the links to the recipes in your posts!

the mommy porch said...

I truly love this turkey meatloaf! It is a Barefoot Contessa recipe, but unlike a lot of hers, it does not have a bunch of fattening stuff in it.