Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Labor day weekend!

Salutations! I hope everyone is enjoying thier weekend. I have a new project finally! I am altering some cool vintage curtains my neighbor gave me, Bless her!
I am totally in love with these and plan on decorating the living room around them, all vintage bird themed. I am looking for some old birdie print to join the curtain and maybe a few bird cages too!

Anyways here is a look at my little man on his first day of school!
First Day of school

Gene got laid off again...hello economy. Good thing I can make a cheap menu fit for a king! I am picking many things that are in the freezer, or that I have on hand to minimize my spending. I still managed to spend $55 at the store this week anyways! I will have to tighten it up a bit more next week. He was told this lay off is for just a month, but as I recall he was told that last time! Here's the menu, enjoy. Evie

The skewers were so popular last week I picked them to grill again.
Sweet and Sour Pork kabobs
steamed rice

2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin
1 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 pound boneless pork, cut into 1-inch pieces
green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

In a small saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil; add carrots. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until almost tender; drain well. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Set pineapple aside. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, soy sauce, hoisin, sugar, garlic and reserved pineapple juice. Pour over cubed pork; let stand for 30 minutes. On soaked wooden skewers, alternate the pork, carrots, peppers and reserved pineapple. Grill over medium-hot heat for 5-6 minutes or until meat is tender, basting with reserved marinade. Serve with hot steamed rice.

Corn and salmon chowder

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 pound potatoes - peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
12 ounces smoked or cooked salmon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I cooked mine in the oven)
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 cup half and half

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine the butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, and celery. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onions are transparent. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir well to make a dry roux. Gradually add the chicken broth and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the potatoes, tarragon, thyme, and paprika. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in the salmon, wine, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer over low heat, uncovered for 10 minutes. Mix in the half-and-half and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not let the chowder boil after adding the half-and-half. Serve hot.

Oven Fried Chicken
steamed zucchini and yellow squash

6 tablespoons butter, melted
5 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons cornmeal
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up

Place butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine dry ingredients. Dip chicken in butter, then roll in crumb mixture. Place in a greased baking pan. Spray pieces lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear.

2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Trim ends from squash. Cut each one in half, then cut each half lengthwise into quarters. Place squash and garlic into a steamer basket, then place the steamer basket into the pot. Steam for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the squash are tender. Transfer squash to a large bowl. Mash the garlic and put it in the bowl with the squash. Drizzle the olive oil into the bowl and toss until the vegetables are coated with oil and garlic.

Breakfast for dinner
(your choice)
We are having Biscuits and gravy, eggs and fruit.

Pierogies and sauerkraut
heated smoked sausage

Purchase store bought pierogies. Boil and serve with warmed sauerkraut. Pan fry the smoked sausage.

Have a great week lovlies!

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