Short version: Chocolate chip pancakes at home, camp food on the mountain
Long version: A. took Cubby and Charlie scouting for the elk hunt Cubby drew for December. The mountain he drew is over three hours away, so they were camping and I threw together a bunch of random food for them.
They had a couple of leftover pork chops, cheese, salami, bread, peanut butter, canned sardines, crackers, apples, cherries, carrot sticks and raw green beans, and cookies. I have no idea what of that they ate for dinner and what they ate the next day for breakfast and lunch, but almost all of it did get eaten at some point.
I made chocolate chip pancakes for the children remaining at home, so they could feel they were having fun too, even if they were just sitting at home with boring old Mom. They spent the afternoon grazing in the garden on tomatoes, green beans, and thinned carrots, so I figured their vegetal needs were met.
Short version: Steaks with garlic/basil butter, garlic bread, roasted sweet potatoes/bell pepper/onion, roasted green beans
Long version: For the return of the campers, I cooked all the remaining steaks my parents sent us for our anniversary. It was a lot of steak, but there wasn't all that much left over.
I didn't have any steak sauce left, so instead I made some garlic butter by mixing one clove raw garlic and the remains of some roasted garlic into soft butter, and then a few minced basil leaves as well.
You know how food people like to go on about how it's the little extras that make food extraordinary? I hate to admit it, but they're right. That butter made the steaks way better than you would think. Which is annoying, because it's those little things that are often just that much too much for me when I'm trying to get dinner on the table night after night for six people.
It's delicious when I do make the effort, though.
Short version: Sausage/rice skillet, sauteed calabacita/green beans/tomato/onion
Long version: Cheap breakfast sausage+onion+rice+frozen peas+cheese. And the vegetables were calabacita, chopped green beans, a couple of tomatoes, onion and garlic.
I just love it when I can harvest multiple vegetables from the garden for dinner.
Short version: Breakfast sausage patties, curried split peas, leftover rice, green beans, cookies
Long version: School is starting for us next week, so I was busy all this Monday doing various required teacher trainings. While I was busy, Cubby decided it was an excellent opportunity to bake cookies. He found a recipe in my old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for oatmeal/peanut butter/chocolate chip cookies.
"I didn't realize the recipe is supposed to make 60 cookies," he said ingenuously when he was telling me about his baking adventure.
So we had some cookies.
Break for a random photo of the backyard garden:
Short version: Loose meat sandwiches, green salad with ranch dressing
Long version: "Loose meat sandwiches" is definitely one of the most unappetizing-sounding foods ever. But wait! It gets even grosser! Loose meat sandwiches made with chub meat!
I did use the cheap ground beef from the chub for this, though. All I did was brown the meat, cook some onions in there, then simmer that with barbecue sauce. My mother used to do this, and we called them sloppy joes, but I'm not sure barbecue sauce is usually used in sloppy joes.
Doesn't matter. It was easy, and fast, and all of the children liked it. Win.
Short version: Carnitas-style pork, rice, carrot sticks with curry dip
Long version: Pork butt (another unfortunate food naming situation) cooked in the morning, then fried for dinner. Never bad.
Every child cleaned his or her plate with this one, mostly because of the curry dip. Jack and Poppy dipped their carrots in the curry dip, dipped their meat in the curry dip, and then, for good measure, mixed the rest of their curry dip in with their rice.
Whatever works, right?
Short version: Tuna salad for kids, leftovers for A., randomness for me
Long version: The kids ate their tuna salad with crackers and some frozen green beans. The green beans were still frozen, and I just threw them right on top of their bowls of tuna with a few crackers. Gourmet, without a doubt.
A. ate some leftover pork with barbecue sauce, and some leftover rice.
I made myself a couple of pieces of bacon with sauteed calabacita, onion, garlic, tomato, and melted cheese. And thus were we all fed.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?