Meal Planning Monday.

January 26, 2009

I'm trying out a new format for my weekly menus. Sort of goofy, I know. But I always wanted to have a restaurant and write the menus... sadly (*sniff sniff*) I don't think I'm ever going to get that restaurant.

tacos "old school"
ground turkey
homemade seasoning mix
freshly made taco shells
shredded iceberg
cheddar, radish and avocado
tacupeto salsa (we are obsessed)

braised short ribs
green acres baby carrots
creme fraiche mashed potatoes

veal scallopine
robertson meyer lemon sauce
mushroom risotto

roasted tomato soup
gruyere crouton
green acres mixed greens

turkey meatloaf
roasted sweet potatoes
sauteed green acres russian kale
(doubling this dinner to take to a sick friend)


  1. I've totally fantasized about my own restaurant with a chalkboard menu that changes everyday - like I've seen in England. :)

    I also love that you're making "old school" tacos. I've been wanting to post about this for awhile now, including a recipe for homemade seasoning -- because I'm so happy I discovered the recipe awhile back. Sometimes I just crave the tacos my mom made, minus the pre-packaged mix.

    When I start blogging again, I'm planning to finally write about my culinary endeavors.

  2. I would have a very tough time deciding what to order at this restaurant.

  3. We too are obsessed with tacupeto salsa and chip's..So Yummy!!!
    I like the new meal planning monday format..

  4. I have so totally written out goofy little restaurant menus for fun. It's actually harder than you think!

    Maybe one of these days, when one of us wins the lottery - we can open our restaurant. Just remember that old joke. What's the best way to make a small fortune in the restaurant business? Start with a large one. Ba dum bum.

  5. What do you use for your taco seasonings? When I try to make my own, they are either so bland I'm not sure why I bothered or they are so spicy my kids won't eat them.
    And can you point me to the braise recipe? I'm looking for one of those for this incoming snowy weather...thanks! I know--homework from the blog, what fun is that?! But you are hitting all my foodie buttons today!

  6. Tried the Pork and Chimichurri Rice dish last week and it was a big hit with 4/5 family members (there is always at least one holdout but he liked the pork "naked"). Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. I second the taco seasoning recipe! I can never match the taste of those packets, is that bad??!!! :)

    Would love to know!

  8. This is the basic seasoning mix I use (based on my mom's recipe). I adjust based on what I have. I think you have to have a lot of chili powder (and salt) in it to make it taste like those packets. I also saute a chopped onion in with the meat.

    Taco Seasoning Mix

    6 tsp. Chili Powder
    2 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
    5 tsp. Paprika
    3 tsp. Onion Powder
    4 1/2 tsp. Cumin
    1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
    2 t. salt

    Use 1/4 c. (or so) of mix and add one cup of water, to one pound of cooked ground beef/turkey/chicken. Simmer for a few minutes until it thickens a bit.

    MemeGRL: this is the basic braised short rib recipe I use, but I change it up a little sometimes(like today I don't have olives, so I'm skipping those):

  9. Jora, i'd kill to eat dinner at your house for a week. ;-) If you ever do open a restaurant, i'll definitely be there!


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