Monday, September 5, 2011

Cool Weather Cooking

I can't believe I'm saying this. It's time to include fall-ish recipes! After, what, 57 days of triple digit temperatures, I was about to throw away everything in my kitchen that produced heat: good bye, stove! Good bye, oven! Good bye, microwave! Just to make room for like 6 more refrigerators, or maybe just have my whole kitchen be one of those walk-in coolers you see on TV. (You know the kind that someone always gets accidentally locked in?)

But this morning I actually had to wear a jacket to ride my bike. And my nose is cold. And my coffee is fabulously steamy. And that, my friends, means this dinner diva is thinking about meatloaves and pork chops and, yes, even chili.

Monday: leftovers

Tuesday: Oven fish-n-chips, coleslaw

Wednesday: meatloaf, smashed potatoes, roasted asparagus

1 lb each ground beef and ground turkey
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 t. dried mustard
1 t. dried sage
1/4 t. ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients (I use a mixer, but one could use his or her hands) and shape into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 min-1 hr. Serve with ketchup, if desired.

Thursday: Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, salad, baked potato chips

Friday: Flank Steak Stir Fry, steamed brown rice

Saturday: Deep Dish Pizza, salad

Sunday: Garlic Chicken Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Steamed Broccoli