Mindylynns Kitchen

March 9, 2010

Menu Planning

Filed under: Menu Planning — Mindy M. @ 10:16 pm

Tuesday: Foaccacia bread topped with hummus, olive oil, basil, pine nuts, onion, zucchini, mushroom, & tomato (hold the mushroom for kevin and add some shrimp on his side) *note this turned out AMAZING.  I brushed a little olive oil over the bread, spread the hummus, and the topped it with the before mentioned toppings and little shredded harvati and put it in the oven long enough for the bread to get crispy, the shrimp to cook, the cheese to melt and the veggies to cook a little.  this is a do over for sure.

Wednesday:  Wild Pheasant (thanks darryl!) seared and covered with an onion & garlic white wine and cream sauce, served over steamed rice w/ asparagus…*note this pheasant was a fat ass…literally I’ve never seen so much fat come out of a bird before…my cream sauce broke because of it…I skimmed the excess fat off and we ate it anyways.  the flavors were good, but I’m not sure to what temperature pheasant should be cooked to…med. rare like duck? because all the way cooked like chicken was tough and chewey.

Thursday:  Tempura fried shrimp covered in lemon curd (a.k.a the best lemon chicken EVER) over left over steamed rice & stir fried broccoli

Friday:  Beef Brisket

Saturday: Spaghetti

Sunday: night out

Chicken Salad (rotisserie chicken, grapes, mayonaise, plain greek yogurt, candied walnuts)

Honey Yogurt w/ granola for breakfast

August 19, 2009


Filed under: Menu Planning — Mindy M. @ 4:25 pm

So for the longest time I’ve wanting to purchase a cuisinart ice cream maker. Unfortunately I’ve yet to do so. So, I’m stuck day dreaming…I would like to make a vanilla ice cream, then a really strong stawberry ice cream and swirl them together with a ribbon of balsamic reduction. mmmmmhhhm

July 15, 2009

Menu Planning for the 3rd month of July

Filed under: Menu Planning — Mindy M. @ 2:05 am

Well, I started out with a plan.  And then I decided I was sick and tired of grocery stores so I tossed out that plan.  I want fresh food.  I want to eat healthy.  Ever since I had lea I’ve been feeling like crap.  Well, having a gall bladder stuffed full of blueberry sized stone’s didn’t help, but even after having it removed I haven’t begun to feel better.  SO, off to the farmer’s market, and a healthier life style. 

Our (my four month daughter was along for the ride) loot consisted of:
Beet (one only for the parrots)
baby carrots
a multitude of squash
fingerling potatoes in a variety of colors
lemon cucumbers (my absolute favorites)
and the crowning glory of my veggie treasure trove…Squash blossoms!

So what shall I make…

Smoked Salmon, zucchini & dill Frittata
I purchased a package of cold smoked salmon (also known as lox or nova) from costco, I then divided it up into manageable portions and froze it.  I love it with brie on ritz, but I’ve been meaning to add it to a frittata with fresh dill.  Which I picked up from the farmer’s market so yummo. I’ll also add some zucchini just to round it out.  *tip* add a little bisquick to your frittata egg mixture for a nice texture. 

Mustard Tango Sockeye with Mashed Potatoes
Sear fish, then deglaze the pan with white wine, add lemon zest, a little lemon juice, course ground mustard and chopped fresh dill, maybe a little garlic.  For the mashed potaters…after boiling them in salted water place them back in the empty but warm pan ontop of the burner (which is off now but still warm) and let them sit for a few minutes…this will make your mashed potatoes fulffy.  then smoosh them with a potato masher with sour cream, butter, cheddar cheese (not to much), a little milk and crushed garlic…salt and pepper to taste.  Yet another recipe that my husband prefers to all others…take that all other mashed potato recipes, picky picky food hater kevin loves my mashed potatoes best! 

Ginger crusted pork loin with fingerling potatoes
Costco love…3 vaccuum sealed porkloins for under $15.  I froze them and I’m gonna whip one out, defrost it then roll it in crushed crystalized ginger, paprika, a little garlic and tiny bit of brown sugar.  rotiserie cook it and baste it with apple juice.  toss the fingerling potatoes with olive oil salt and ginger and roast until soft.  try some ginger garlic onion chard. 

Lemon Cucumber Sunomono with shrimp
So Lea and I had lunch at a sushi restaurant, and this salad was so good I wasn’t just seeing stars I was seeing comets.  It was delicious.  So I’ll be making it for kev and me to keep in the fridge. 

Chard rolls
Sushi rice, pine nuts, raisins (preferably golden) maybe some rotiserie chicken.  Good snack possibilites maybe a little feta?  I’m just kind playing with ideas here.  There’s a lot of chard.

Goat cheese, marscapone, basil stuffed squash blossoms over steamed polenta
So as soon as I saw the squash blossoms I just KNEW that I had to stuff them with goat cheese and basil, a little marscapone to cut down on the “tang” of the goat cheese, basil because I love basil and I got a beautiful bunch at the farmer’s market, and some chopped pine nuts for their wonderful texture.  dredged in egg and flour then fried.  Served over polenta, made with milk a wee bit of sugar and some whole corn, just before the corn meal is fully cooked, steam it until the corn meal is soft.  Maybe top with a little cream sauce.

Mindy’s bruschetta & bruschetta salad
So, I want what I want…and what I want is fresh made crostini topped with chevre, sliced tomato, fresh basil, and olive oil and balsalmic vinegar…I still need to go to the local coop and pick up a couple of things tomatoes being one of those things otherwise I’d be eating this RIGHT now.  Also I love a bruschetta salad…spinach, tomato, goat cheese, crumbled miltons crackers or homemade croutons toss with olive oil and balsalmic vinegar.  YUM

 Minestrone/tortilla soup
I know this sounds CRAZY.  But it’s smart…I swear.  Carrots, celery, onion, garlic, sauted and the pan deglazed with chicken stock.  Add three kinds of beans, I like kidney, white bean and black bean or garbanzo (it depends on whats in the pantry) and a bottle of marinara sauce, at this point devinde the soup into two parts.  In the minestrone pot add squash and pasta at the end, and some basil if you got it.  In the tortilla pot, add chicken (I’ll be using chunks from a rotiserie costco chicken), corn & cabbage.  Garnish the tortilla soup with tortilla strips (or tortilla chips if you are feeling lazy) avacado chunks, and sour cream.  Both freeze pretty well, although I prefer to freeze them with out the fresh veggies. 

 Chicken Dumpling Soup
Let’s use the rest of that rotiserie chicken from Costco.  Recipe to follow. Another FAVORITE of my family, of ALL of my family. 

Stuffed mushroom caps
I got a package of baby bellas at costco so let’s stuff ’em with bacon, goat cheese, basil…spinach?

Mushroom Omellete

Smoked Salmon eggs benedict
with fressh dill in the sauce.  goose bumps.  Sounds so good. 

Let’s get cookin’







June 18, 2009

What’s for dinner this week

Filed under: Menu Planning — Mindy M. @ 9:09 am

Applesauce Salmon, roasted Asparagus, and tomato basil bisque
-well my origional plan was to make the tomato bisque, but the safeway select brand was on sale when I was grocery shopping so I cheated…Unfortunately I still haven’t perfected cooking fish in my stainless steel pans so it stuck pretty badly.  I think part of the problem is the pans I have, have rather steep sides so Im not able to get underneath my fish without damaging it


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