Let’s just start by saying: “Yes, there will be pancakes!” The past week has sped by so fast that I feel like I just wrote a menu post yesterday but the calendar tells me it has been 7 whole days. Fortunately for everyone we have just about used up all the ham so we can have a variety of meals this week. We’re traveling for Christmas so I’m trying to empty the refrigerator and use up other perishable goods like bread, potatoes, and onions. I have a large round of Cojita cheese that my husband bought last week by accident when he was looking for Mexican melting cheese for the macaroni as well as some green beans, mushrooms, and kale left from last week’s menu. So let’s see what we can come up with.
Monday: Hand-fried Snakes and Tomatoes. NO, that’s not a typo! It’s what Peyton calls a one-skillet meal we make that is actually called: Pan-fried steak and potatoes (with onions, green beans, and mushrooms). It all started one day when she was about 4 years old and asked her father what he was cooking for dinner.
PJ: What’s for dinner? It smells good!
Dad: Pan-fried steak and potatoes
Presley picks this moment to walk into the kitchen.
Presley: What’s for dinner?
PJ: Hand-fried Snakes and tomatoes!
Tuesday: Leftover bean soup and ham sandwiches. Hopefully this is the end of the ham but it will make a perfect dinner since we are going to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Melba theatre after dinner. And no, I don’t think the girls will be getting popcorn this time. (Well, maybe a small order)
Wednesday: Carne Asada steak tacos with cojita cheese. Presley loves this Mexican crumbling cheese on tacos (or just about anything else) and steak is her favorite food so she should be ecstatic tonight. We like these on soft flour tortillas with pico de gallo, sliced avocado and shredded lettuce.
Thursday: French Onion Soup with salad. I was watching The Kitchen this weekend and I swear Geoffrey Zakarian uses the same recipe I use. How about that? This will use up the rest of the onions, French bread, and kale. I think we’ll have kale Caesar-salad-style with Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese. I will have to pick up some Gruyere cheese though because you can’t have French onion soup without it.
Friday: You get shorted this week because Peyton is singing with her Third Grade Honor Choir at our State Capitol building in Little Rock. So we get to eat at our favorite restaurant, The Pantry.
Saturday: I’ll make yesterday up to you with a recipe for Santa Pancakes. Use your favorite pancake recipe and decorate according to the picture. Enjoy!