Fifteen days until Christmas. Please don’t throw things at me; it’s not my fault. Time’s just whooshing by on us and there’s nothing we can do about it except try to dig our heels in and hold on for the ride.
I have to tell you, I didn’t think I was going to be able to stick to the menu plan last week because of Dudette imminent Tae Kwon Do testing and the extra time they’re keeping her on the mats to practice every night, but aside from one dish which I’ll get to tonight, I did pretty well. And it feels good. My desk, however, it suffers from the process of choosing the recipes to use. Molly remains unfazed.
Monday: I’m definitely making the Braised Chile-Spiced Short Ribs, the second recipe I ever blogged about when I started with Gourmet Magazine. I wanted to make this last week but never got to it. I bought the ribs so it’s a done deal. In fact, to keep it all in the family, for dessert I’ll make the Brandied Pumpkin Pie from the new old Gourmet Magazine I found at the library last week.
Tuesday: If you read all the way down, you’ll see that my giveaway for this week is The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook. I’m making their Moravian Chicken Pie from that book. Since I live in the heart of Moravian country, it’s perfect. Since I need to get my groove on with regard to Christmas cookies, I’m making my Espresso Brandy Balls this week, maybe today.
Wednesday: I see Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce in our near future. It’s quick and easy, which is what I need these days. I’ve also had my eye on the Lime and Ginger Chewies in Better Homes and Gardens. That’s why I bought limes.
Thursday: I love the look of Pork Medallions in Cooking Light this month. They’re on the menu. I might pair them with Leek and Pea Risotto, another old Gourmet Magazine recipe..
Friday: Leftover night, but I deserve Irish Coffee thanks to Fine Cooking. It’s the classic in their Classic / Classic Update section.
Saturday: I see a Dutch Baby from The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook as our breakfast. I’m also thinking that we can have Black Bean and Chicken Enchiladas with Smoky Mole Sauce for supper. It was one of the recipes from the premiere issue of The Deen Bros. Good Cooking Magazine that blew us away with its yumminess.
Sunday: I never got to the Lemon-Garlic Roast Chicken with Yuzu Kosho in Fine Cooking because I couldn’t find Yuzu Kosho. I’m going to continue looking and hope I can make this. I’ll also make a batch of Cinnamon Roll Scones. If you’ve been around for any amount of time, you know how much I love scones, these ones in particular.
This whole Meal Plan Monday thing is thanks to The Organized Junkie. If you’d like to join in, head on over and get yourself set up. It’s fun (and organized…whoda thunk it).
Cook’s Country ‘The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook’
This Week’s Giveaway: Cook’s Country’s ‘The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook’.
Coinciding with the airing of the TV show’s fifth season, The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook includes every recipe, tasting, and testing from all five seasons. With an average of 1.7 million viewers per week, Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen, has become one of the most popular cooking shows on public television. Filmed in a renovated 1806 farmhouse with a working test kitchen, the TV show features the best of American home cooking with an emphasis on regional and heirloom fare as well as illuminating snapshots of America s culinary legacy.
Starting today, you can enter to win Cook’s Country’s ‘The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook’. Here are the official instructions on how you can enter to win five different times:
- Leave a comment that answers a question. My question is this: What’s Your Absolutely Have To Watch Christmas Cartoon; How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer? That’s the only required entry.
- Follow me on Twitter and let me know in a separate comment that you’ve done so or that you already do. That’s a second entry. If you don’t do Twitter, just leave a comment saying you don’t do Twitter (smart person).
- Tweet the following announcement: I’ve entered to win @The_Mom_Chef’s Cook’s Country cookbook giveaway. You should too. @TestKitchen #giveaway. http://bit.ly/Vtdy1E. Then return and leave me a comment letting me know you did so as another entry. (See the whole ‘I don’t do Twitter’ thing in number 2.)
- Follow me on facebook and let me know in a separate comment that you do. If you already too, click the like button on one of my recent posts (I need to feel the love like Tinkerbell needs kids to clap), then return and let me know you’ve done that in a separate comment.
- Share about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, then return and let me know you’ve done that in a separate comment.
- Leave comments by 10 a.m. EST, Sunday, December 16. At that time I’ll let random.org choose the winner.
- The giveaway is open to those living in the continental United States only.