Menu Plan Monday & A Cook's Country Cookbook Giveaway

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Share about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, then return and let me know you’ve done that in a separate comment.
  6. Leave comments by 10 a.m. EST, Sunday, December 16. At that time I’ll let random.org choose the winner.
  7. The giveaway is open to those living in the continental United States only.

Menu Plan Monday & a Fine Cooking 'Comfort Food' Cookbook Giveaway

Happy Monday, friends. And, even more importantly, happy December. Christmas aside, there’s just something about the month of December that I love. The weather has finally settled into the season, but it’s not too cold and unlike January, we’re not sick of it and whining for spring yet. December is warm sweaters, fires in the fireplace and food magazines filled with recipes that contain the words braised, stewed and slow cooked. These are all happy things.

It is December, so I’ve switched out the magazines for a new batch this month, and I mean batch. They all looked so incredible, I couldn’t just stick with two or three. Throughout the month, you can expect to see recipes from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, All You, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking and Food & Wine. Since Fine Cooking’s Comfort Food cookbook is my giveaway this week, I’ll dip into it as well.

But, it’s Monday and time for the week’s menus. This is what I’m thinking the family will have this week.

Monday: Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter sounds good. I’ll make Honey Cloverleaf Rolls from All You to go with them.

Tuesday: The Curry-Spiced Noodles from Cooking Light beg to be made on a regular basis in our house. Even though it’s meatless, it’s filling and delicious. That’ll be dinner. Since I never got around to making the Spicy Gingerbread Twigs last week, I’ll make those as well.

Wednesday: I’m up in the air between the Roasted Tandoori Chicken or the North Indian Chicken Curry in Fine Cooking’s ‘Comfort Food’ cookbook. Whichever one we do have for dinner, I’ll be working on a Christmas gift or two; All You’s Mulling Syrup.

Thursday: I want to give the Braised Chile-Spiced Short Ribs a go again. This was the third dish I made when I started blogging and it was delicious, although you can’t tell from that photo. Hopefully I’ll be able to update it!

Friday: I’m thinking we’ll be having leftovers tonight, but I’ll make it up to the family with Christmas cookies. Maybe I’ll try All You’s Gingerbread cookies. The little men always make me smile.

Saturday: Martha’s going to start our Saturday off right with Baked Banana Pecan Oatmeal. It sounds amazing. Dinner will be Smothered Pork Chops from Cook’s Illustrated. I’m actually wanting to try out the Mushroom, Leek and Fontina Gratin that’s in Fine Cooking to see if it’ll be on our Christmas dinner table this year. The pork is just the along-side in this case.

Sunday: How does Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Carrots, Onions and Garlic sound? Yeah, I thought so too. Fine Cooking’s Comfort Food cookbook will provide our Sunday dinner. Maybe Dudette and I will make Christmas cookies in the afternoon.

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).

Fine Cooking ‘Comfort Food’ Cookbook Giveaway

This Week’s Giveaway: Fine Cooking’s ‘Comfort Food’ Cookbook.

The photo, title and tag lines speak for themselves. This book is all about comfort food, warmth, and home around the table. I’ve made several of the dishes already (like the Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Beer and Grainy Mustard Sauce) and have loved every one.

Serve up delicious, soul-satisfying food any night of the week with this new recipe collection from Fine Cooking. Among the 200 favorites are classics like meatloaf, beef stew, and macaroni and cheese as well as modern updates and ethnic specialties such as Thai curry, Moroccan vegetable ragout, and Brazilian chicken and shrimp. Cooks will gain confidence and get great results every time thanks to Fine Cooking’s signature tips and secrets from the pros, step-by-step photos to help master techniques, ingredient profiles, shortcuts, and handy kitchen advice. Fine Cooking Comfort Food serves up one delicious cookbook.

You know you want this. And, you could win it. You just have to enter. To do that, follow the simple instructions below.

Starting today, you can enter to win Fine Cooking’s ‘Comfort Food Cookbook’.  Here are the official instructions on how you can enter to win five different times:

  1. Leave a comment that answers a question. Since we just watched The Muppet Movie, my question is this: Which is your favorite Muppet character? That’s one entry.
  2. 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).
  3. Tweet the following announcement: I’ve entered to win @The_Mom_Chef’s Fine Cooking cookbook giveaway. You should too. @FineCooking #giveaway.  http://bit.ly/TDad2q. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Share about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, then return and let me know you’ve done that in a separate comment.
  6. Leave comments by 10 a.m. EST, Sunday, December 9. At that time I’ll let random.org choose the winner.
  7. The giveaway is open to those living in the continental United States only.

This giveaway is closed.

Menu Plan Monday & MyRecipes.com 'America's Favorite Food' Cookbook Giveaway

Once upon a time someone told me that if you do something for 28 days in a row, it becomes a habit. This is my fourth week of using a menu plan. My question is this; am I heading into that magic 28 number or do I need to get 28 Mondays under my belt before menu planning (which works), is something that comes a bit more naturally?

Regardless, I have put together a menu for this week. It goes something like this.

Monday: I’m in the mood for ribs, so since it will be in the 60’s today, we’ll be having the Deen brothers Sweet and Smoky Baby Backs. I’ve made them before and we loved them. I’ll pair them with the Bacon Hasselback Potatoes from Food Network magazine.

Tuesday: My real man eats quiche and I have some spinach that needs to be eaten before it liquifies, so we’ll have Ham, Swiss and Spinach Quiche for supper. It’s an All You magazine recipe that can be found in America’s Favorite Food cookbook. I’ll pair the quiche with Steakhouse Hash Browns from Cook’s Country.

Wednesday: This month’s anniversary issue of Cooking Light includes Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca, a dish that we loved the first time they published it. It’s dinner. For dessert, Walnut-Crusted Apple Pie from the same magazine.

Thursday: I’m diving back into America’s Favorite Food cookbook and using my brand new Kenmore slow cooker (still doing the happy dance over that one). I’ll make the Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast. It looks amazing. And for Hubby and Dudette’s lunches; Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Friday: Dudette’s been begging me for Spaghetti Carbonara so we’ll have some version of that for supper.

Saturday: It’s December; Christmas month and new magazines. I’ve been itching to try the Spicy Gingerbread Twigs that are in Better Homes and Gardens, so I’ll make those. Dinner will be Portuguese Chicken, a Bon Appetit recipe from last year that we loved.

Sunday: If I can find yuzu kosho, I’ll make Fine Cooking’s Lemon-Garlic Roast Chicken with Yuzu Kosho. At this point, however, I don’t even know what it is. I’ll serve it with Orzo with Brown Butter and Parmesan.

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).

This Week’s Giveaway: MyRecipes.com’s America’s Favorite Food Cookbook. You see those names up there? All those fantastic magazines? They’re all in this cookbook. Two hundred of the top-rated recipes from some of the best food magazines out there.

MyRecipes.com is home to more than 50,000 recipes from magazine and cookbook brands including Southern Living, Cooking Light, Sunset, Real Simple, All You, Health, Coastal Living, and Oxmoor House. Each page in the book connects readers exclusively to interactive bonus features online, from how-to videos to customizable recipes and shopping lists. Every inspired recipe will be accompanied by a full-color photograph.

You know you want this. And, you could win it. You just have to enter. To do that, follow the simple instructions below.

Starting today, you can enter to win MyRecipe.com’s America’s Favorite Food Cookbook.  Here are the official instructions on how you can enter to win five different times:

  1. Leave a comment that answers this question: When do you put up your Christmas tree? That’s one entry.
  2. 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).
  3. Tweet the following announcement: I’ve entered to win @The_Mom_Chef’s MyRecipes.com cookbook giveaway. You should too. @My_Recipes #giveaway.  http://bit.ly/TlRq9y 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. Share about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, then return and let me know you’ve done that in a separate comment.
  6. Leave comments by 10 a.m. EST, Sunday, December 2. At that time I’ll let random.org choose the winner.
  7. The giveaway is open to those living in the continental United States only.

Menu Plan Monday – Week Four & A Giveaway: A Fine Cooking Magazine Subscription

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving week. Even though I’m going to attempt to stick to a menu, it is this week and so there’s a good chance that plans will change (don’t they always?). If you really want to see if I’ve made some of the dishes, check back over the course of the week. If the dishes that don’t have links do, you’ll know for sure that I made them. How’s that for accountability!

Monday: I already have my cast iron skillet on the stove and am ready to make the Omelet with Turmeric, Tomato and Onions from Cooking Light for breakfast. Fiery Chicken Thighs with Persian Rice from the same magazine are on the menu for dinner tonight. [Thanksgiving prep: My turkey is already soaking in a brandy bath. I’ll slosh more brandy around it over the course of the day. Then I’ll switch over to a dry brine, covering the bird tonight with rub of salt and lemon zest.]

Tuesday: I need to empty the fridge, so we’re going to have leftovers. [Thanksgiving prep: The turkey will just sit there and brine. It’s drunk by now anyhow. I’ll make a Blueberry Lattice Pie from and Pumpkin Pie for the feast’s dessert. I’ll also tear up my bread for stuffing in the evening so it can sit out and dry up a bit.]

Wednesday: I’m afraid the family will have to wing it. There are cold cuts in the fridge and boxes of cereal in the pantry. [The plastic wrap comes off the turkey today and it will have 24 hours to dry out a bit…in more ways than one. I’ll spend the day preparing my mom’s Boeregs. I’ll also make my French Silk Pie.]

Thursday: The big day. In addition to the dishes noted above, I’m serving my Mom’s Brandy Marinated Turkey (with adjustments for the dry brine), my mother-in-law’s bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, a creamy broccoli casserole, corn, cranberry sauce and a bunch of other stuff.

Friday: Leftovers. I’m not cooking.

Saturday: I never got to that Rustic Turkey Soup from Ladies’ Home Journal last week, but I still want to try it so it’s on the menu.

Sunday: Easy is necessary. Sicilian Pizza with Sausage and Peppers sounds perfect. It’s from Food Network Magazine. Since it’s also a football day, I’ll make Food Network’s Chile-Rubbed Wings.

This Week’s Giveaway

If you know me at all, you know how much I love this magazine. I read it from cover to cover several times over the course of the month. It’s all about the food. Recipes, tips, tricks, plans, ideas, advice, it’s all in there. There are dishes that are as challenging as the cake you see, but other as comforting as a Turkey Noodle Casserole. All delicious.

So, when the nice people at Fine Cooking offered me a subscription to include in my giveaways, I got very excited. I love the idea of sharing what I love so much with you.

So, here’s the normal drill.

Starting today, you can enter to win a year’s subscription to Fine Cooking Magazine.  Here are the official instructions on how you can enter to win five different times:

  1. Leave a comment that answers this question: Who is your favorite cartoon character of all time? That’s one entry.
  2. 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.
  3. Tweet the following announcement: Enter to win @The_Mom_Chef’s @finecooking magazine subscription #giveaway.  http://bit.ly/UQeHWo Then return and leave me a comment letting me know you did so as another entry.
  4. 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.
  5. Share about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, then return and let me know you’ve done that in a separate comment.
  6. Leave comments by 10 a.m. EST, Sunday, November 25. At that time I’ll let random.org choose the winner.
  7. The giveaway is open to those living in the continental United States only.

This giveaway is closed.

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).

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week Three (And a Giveaway)

Happy Monday! I hope you’re ready to jump into this week before Thanksgiving with both feet. I’m in week three of trying to do a better job of planning out my weekly menu and am pretty darn proud of myself for how well I kept to my plan last week. Since we did have a full turkey dinner (you’ll be hearing all about that over the course of this week), the creative use of leftovers will be the theme.

Monday: White Bean Turkey Chili was on my mind before I even cooked the bird. I love the stuff and think it has some addictive properties because I can’t get enough of it. I’m also working on a project for Kitchen Daily and Kraft so there will be a Winter Berry Chocolate Tart for dessert.

Tuesday: I’ll take a break from cooking and the family will do our normal forage through the fridge (ok, that could include a Monte Cubano since they’re easy). I do want to try Cooking Light’s Omelet with Turmeric, Tomato and Onions for breakfast though.

Wednesday: I figure we’ll need a break from turkey so I’ll make a Spiced Pork Tenderloin instead with Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes.

Thursday: There will be one more Thanksgiving dinner with another turkey dinner, this time leftovers. But, I’ve wanted to try Cooking Light’s take on Mushroom and Leek Stuffing since I made Food Network’s Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding last week (review coming soon).

Friday: Ladies’ Home Journal is the only magazine that’s provided me with an after-Thanksgiving recipe so I’ll give their Rustic Turkey Soup a try for supper. I’ll pair it with hearty, rustic kneadless bread.

Saturday: Beef. It calls.  Since I’ll be getting ready for my next giveaway, I’m going to get you ready for the next one by making Brandied Cranberry Short-Rib Stew from My Recipes’ America’s Favorite Food Cookbook. It looks to be a great segue dinner as we leave Thanksgiving behind and start looking towards Christmas.

Sunday: Since we go to church in the morning, I need something that either cooks a long time or comes together quickly. Getting over the holiday, I’ll go with quick. Curry-Spiced Noodles from Cooking Light is a family favorite and sounds perfect. The lack of meat is an added bonus.

The Giveaway

I promised a giveaway this week (I’ll be having one every week from now until Christmas) and here it is. Over 500 pages of hard-bound goodness. You’ve already seen the Chicken Enchilada Casserole and Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes recently, but there was also the Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca some time back that’s showing up in this book as well as many other dishes.

As we head into the new year, this will be your go-to book for healthy family meals, I promise. I’m already diving into my copy regularly and will continue to do so.

So, here’s the normal drill.

Starting today, you can enter to win Cooking Light’s The New Way To Cook Light.  Here are the official instructions:

  1. Leave a comment that answers this question: In this week before Thanksgiving, what are you scrambling to find a recipe for; the turkey, A side? Dessert? If you’re all set to go, just tell me a funny story. It’s all good. That’s one entry.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and let me know in a separate comment that you’ve done so. That’s a second entry.
  3. Tweet the following announcement: Enter to win @The_Mom_Chef’s @Cooking_Light cookbook #giveaway. It ends Sunday (you still have time)! http://bit.ly/W3lya9 Then return and leave me a comment letting me know you did so as another entry.
  4. Leave comments by 10 a.m. EST, Sunday, November 18. At that time I’ll use random.org to find the winner.
  5. The giveaway is open to those living in the continental United States only.

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).

This Giveaway is closed!