Monday, February 04, 2008

This Week's Kitchen Creations

Well, I thought about making gumbo this week in commemoration of Mardi Gras (not that we really celebrate Fat Tuesday or anything, but I love these holidays because they lend menu-planning inspiration), but then I wasn’t really in the mood for it … so that’s just how it goes.

Here's a picture of the tortilla soup I'll make. We LOVE this recipe!

Here's my plan:

1) Rotisserie chicken, broccoli w/ cheddar sauce (recipe below), pumpkin dinner rolls

2) Baked potato bar

3) Chili-chicken lettuce wraps (from Everyday Food) w/ vegetables and steamed rice

4) Emeril’s Chicken Tortilla Soup w/ homemade tortilla strips, corn casserole, green salad

5) Croque-madame, roasted asparagus, fruit

The croque-madame is something Kevin had at a restaurant and loved, so I’m going to try to recreate it. I think it’s supposed to have b├ęchamel sauce but this time I’m going for speed and I’ll just use the suggested mayo (this week I’ll gladly take the help)!

This is the first time I'm making the chili-chicken lettuce wraps. Shannon got me a subscription to Everyday Food and I love it so far!

Here’s the cheddar broccoli recipe we like (I thought it was online but I couldn’t find it):

Steamed Broccoli with Cheddar Sauce

1 1/4 pounds broccoli
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup milk
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Steam broccoli; transfer to a large bowl. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until foamy. Whisk in flour; cook, whisking, until mixture darkens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mustard and milk; simmer, whisking, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until just melted; season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over broccoli; serve.


Megan said...

You can also join me in celebrating Chinese New Year on Thursday! We are going to either make jiaozi (a dumpling) or I'm going to go to a local Chinese grocery and buy it frozen and then boil them. They are a traditional food to make on the eve of the New Year, but I think I'll do them on the actual holiday! Happy Year of the Rat! :)

Micah & Brad said...

Have you made the pumpkin rolls before? I've been wondering if they're as good as others have said. Pumpkin and wheat germ are not things I normally keep on hand, so I'm trying to decide whether it's worth adding them to my list :). I'd love to hear your review!

Monica said...

That tortilla soup looks wonderful! We've been enjoying the pumpkin rolls, too. Even I can make these:)

Have a great week.

Dan & Angel said...

I enjoy reading your weekly menus. :) It's great for ideas when I get stuck in a rut of menu planning.

Just curious--does Meredith eat most of what you make, or do you have to make something separate just for her? I don't know very many two year olds who would like spicy tortilla soup, so I'll be impressed if she does! ;)

Missi said...

I'm always so impressed by your weekly menus. I am pretty sure I have less then half going on in my life as you do and yet I never seem to find the time to menu plan. I really ought to. I love the inspiration of reading what you are planning. To often my meals are so ordinary and boring.

That soup looks SO yummy!

Kevin & Amy said...

Megan, I thought about Chinese too! That's awesome you're celebrating it this year.

Angel, I don't think I can take the credit but Meredith eats pretty much anything. I'm grateful she's not a picky eater. We've never offered her another option besides what we're eating. She always tries whatever you put in front of her. Sometimes she protests but usually we can always get her to eat at least "three bites" if we tell her she has to before she can get down from the table. I will admit, sometimes we also tell her "if you eat X, then we will give you Y." Y being some sort of treat. To me it's worth that half brownie if she's willing to eat a mound of squash. :)