11.24.2010

Firsts

I remember a lot of "firsts" in my life. My first car. My first kiss. My first apartment. My first sale when I worked in Financial Planning; even the first time I made my sales goal when I worked in Newspaper advertising. And, don't even get me started on all the firsts regarding Madaline - for there are plenty. Many more than you would probably care to have to read. Especially on my food blog.
Your probably wondering where I am headed with all of this. Well, today is an important day of firsts for The Townsend Bakery. Some might call it a notch. Some might even go so far as to call it a milestone. Me? I call it a first. Hopefully, the first of many.Because, today? Today, I made delivery on our first sale. My first paid order. And, all I can keep thinking is - my goodness, what do I do if they don't like the way that they taste?

11.23.2010

Menu Plan Monday: November 22 - November 28th

Last week actually went according to plan. I was a bit surprised. This week - I'm a wee bit late with posting what we are eating because I was still trying to hammer out what we will be having from Wednesday on and over the weekend. It gets a bit trickier this week, because after today - daycare is closed. That means my husband and I are responsible for feeding the child Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and countless snacks through out the day. *whew* No wonder the grocery bill was so outlandish this week. And, I will have to go again on either Friday or Saturday.

On a brighter note, hopefully I can get the camera back from my Mom. She returned last weekend from visiting my sister who is studying abroad in Wales this fall semester. That way, I should have LOTS and LOTS of yummy photos & recipes to share either at the end of this week and next week!

And, I'd like to wish you all a "HAPPY TURKEY DAY" and have a good week!

This Week's Menu:

Monday
Breakfast for Dinner
Cinnamon Bread French Toast
Sausage

Tuesday
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole

Wednesday
Breakfast:
Cereal
Lunch:
PB&J on Whole Wheat
Chips/veggies/fruit
Dinner:
Grilled Cheese & Oven French Fries

Thursday
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Breakfast:
Bagels or Cereal
Lunch:
Cheese, Crackers, Fruit
Dinner:
Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Smashed Taters
Gravy, Cranberry Chutney, Sweet Potato Casserole,
Rolls
Pumpkin Roll, Cherry Pie

Friday
Breakfast:
Pancakes & Sausage
Lunch:
Turkey Stuffing Cranberry Sandwiches
Dinner:
Pizza

Saturday
Breakfast:
Bagels or Cereal
Lunch:
Leftovers
Dinner:
Turkey Soup

Sunday
Breakfast:
Waffles & Sausage
Lunch:
What ever you can pull out of the fridge
Dinner:
Scallop Taters & Ham
Peas
Enjoy!

11.17.2010

RE-DO Recipe: Cheesy Saucy Balls Roll Up

Meatballs. I love meatballs. My family loves meatballs. Especially homemade meatballs. Besides, macaroni and cheese, I'd say that it ranks as one of my all time favorite comfort foods. There is just a certain kind of comfort one can find in a pot full of simmering sauce and meatballs. However, one can only eat so much spaghetti and meatballs. A few Sunday's ago we had a nice dinner. Toasted warm garlic bread and heaping plates of 'sketti and meatballs'. I am one to put more meatballs on my plate than 'sketti'. As are the other members of my family as well. Which always means that there is usually about a 1/2 pound of cooked sketti left but not too many saucy balls. So, the few I did have left, I tucked carefully inside a Tupperware container and put them in the back of the fridge. I hoped that that they would be there later in the week, as I had a plan brewing in my head.
Now - now of you might find it odd, me being Polish, that I have such an affinity for Italian food. Then again, I have an affinity for good food, regardless of origin, so perhaps it doesn't really matter. But, Italian food, GOOD Italian food takes up more space on my food chart than anything else. I like good pizza, good sauce, my noodles cooked al dente, cannolis (dear GAWD do I love me some cannoli) and occasionally, I like calzones. Now, the reason I say occasionally, is that most calzones for me have way to much bread, too much ricotta cheese and not enough of the other good filling ingredients. And, so as that plan I had brewing in my head? I was going to put my take my leftover saucy balls and make it kinda like a calzones.
As you can see, it certainly was not the prettiest meal I have ever pulled out of my oven. But, darn if it wasn't tasty. Part of me wonders that perhaps if I hadn't had the tiny hands of my Mayhem Maker helping to push and pull the dough as I spread it out on the pan, it would have looked more purdy. But, well, what fun would that be? Not matter how much of an eye sore it was, the two cheeses melted together perfectly with the quartered up saucy balls and oozed out of the sides in spots, where it was barely held together by the golden brown crispy pizza dough. Yum! It only took about 30-40 minutes total to make, from start to finish - depending on how brown you want your crust. I like mine crispy so I baked mine longer. Add really all you need to do add a little side salad, maybe a glass of good red wine and you have yourself a really easy weeknight dinner.

Cheesy Saucy Balls Roll Up
Leftover Meatball & Sauce, meatballs cut up into bite sized pieces (I had about 12 meatballs left over)*
6 slices Provolone Cheese**
6 slices Mozzarella Cheese**
1 tube of refrigerated thin crust pizza dough

*I see no reason why you'd have to wait until you had left over meatballs to make this - as I'm sure it would be just as tasty with frozen meatballs
**I get my cheese slices from the deli counter, that way I get to choose how thick or thin they are sliced. You could certainly use shredded mozzarella cheese or even one one of those Italian Blend shredded cheese. If your going the shredded cheese route - I'd use a total of 2 cups*


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Re-heat your leftover saucy balls (I choose to do this on the stove top, but I don't see why you couldn't do this in the microwave)

Roll out your pizza dough out to a 15" by 10" rectangle and place on a a cookie sheet.

Arrange all 6 slices of provolone cheese on top of dough. Evenly spread your heated through saucy ball mixture on top of provolone cheese. Arrange all 6 slices of mozzarella over top of saucy ball mixture.

Fold short sides of the dough in about 1-1.5 inches. Then, just roll it up like you would a jelly roll. Do you best to seal seam together and place seam side down in the in the center of your pan.

Bake, for about 20-30 minutes until a nice golden brown. Let sit for about 5 minutes before you slice.

Enjoy!

11.15.2010

Menu Plan Monday: November 15 - November 21st

Ah. Yeah. So, planning a week's worth of meals is only useful if one actually follows the plan that she has laid out. But, then again, change it good. As long as one is able to adapt to the change. All is good.

If you haven't figured it out yet, things got all jumbled up last week. And, that is really a bit of an understatement. I took a package of burgers out of the freezer that never got cooked and had to be thrown away. We had an unplanned fends for yourself night. We ran out of milk and eggs - but thankfully not on the same day.

Hopefully things will got a big smoother this week. At least that is what I'm hoping for.

This Week's Menu:

Monday
Subs
*I have to run to Wegman's after work - and it's just easy*

Tuesday
Breakfast For Dinner
Homemade Waffles & Sausage

Wednesday
Hodge-Podge/Fend for Yourself
*Madaline is eating with my Parent's as I have a 6pm meeting & the Hubby will be at work*

Thursday
Ravioli's with Red Sauce
Italian Bread

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Nachos

Sunday
Homemade Mac & Cheese w/Ham

Enjoy!

11.09.2010

Menu Plan Monday: November 8 - November 14th

Ok. Ok. Ok. I'm really hoping that this is not going to be a trend. I swear to you my loyal reader that I had the BEST of intentions in posting this week's menu yesterday. But, as you well you know what they say about good intentions. However, late in the day, it looked like I might be shaking up the menu a bit, and next thing I knew - the day had gotten away from me.

I do want to update you - I shook things up a wee bit over the weekend. Last week's menu had us eating Scallop Taters and Ham on Sunday. As it turned out - Madaline and I spent the entire weekend at home. It was kinda cold out and so, I wanted soothing, stick too your ribs good home cooked comfort foods. As a result? We had homemade scallop taters & ham for dinner Saturday night and then I made meatloaf with smashed potatoes and mixed veg on Sunday night.

I have some pictures to edit - and hopefully will have some quick and easy RE-DO recipes for you later this week. Hope every one has a good week!!!

This Week's Menu:

Monday
Oven Fried Chicken
Long Grain & Wild Rice
Green Beans

Tuesday
Burgers
Oven Toasted Hash Browns

Wednesday
Ravolis
Fresh Baked Bread

Thursday
(I'm home all day - because of the Veteran's Day holiday our daycare is closed)
Breakfast:
Pancakes and Sausage
Lunch:
Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets & French Fried
Dinner:
Homemade Soup
(Just not sure what kind yet)
Fresh Baked Bread

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
Nachos

Sunday
Eating Out to celebrate a birthday in the family

Enjoy!

11.03.2010

RE-DO Recipe: Cheesy Chili Pie

Last week I made a crock pot full of warm, steamy, slightly spicy chili. Nothing fancy - just some chili seasoning mix, 2 pounds of browned up ground beast, 1 can of kidney beans (drained & well rinsed), 1 can of tomato sauce, and 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Since, I am a crazy fanatic that likes crispy well browned ground beast - there was really nothing for the crock pot to do other than heat the ingredient through. So, I put it on low before I left for work, and then my husband turned it to warm at about noon. I didn't want it to burn. Yuck! Burnt, blackened, charred chili is not high on my list of things to eat.
And, so, after dinner Tuesday night and the Hubs & I both eating it as "chili" the next day for lunch leftovers, there was STILL some left. Nothing pains me more than throwing out food. Especially food that has meat of some kind it it - because meat is do damn expensive. And, so, for about another $5.00 (if that) I turned that chili into a whole different meal.
You can call it Chili Lasagna, Cheesy Chili Tortilla Bake, or what it's called in my house: 'Cheesy Chili Pie'. All are fitting. All, I know, is it was easy, simple, and the longest part of the whole dish was waiting for the oven to pre-heat to 400 degrees. It took me less than 10 minutes to put the whole dish together - and then about another 15 minutes it spent in the oven turning into this cheesy, bubbly, warm your body from the inside out pie plate full of goodness. Serve it with a salad or maybe even some quick Mexican corn saute (corn, peppers, onions - little butter - all heated together) and you've got yourself a complete dinner that is super flavorful and isn't going to break the weekly grocery budget.

Cheesy Chili Pie
Leftover Chili (I maybe had 3 cups of chili left)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
12 small flour tortillas

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a 9" pie plate with cooking spray. Set aside.

Reheat chili (I reheated mine on the stove top - or you could easily do this in the microwave).

Line bottom of pie plate with 4 flour tortillas - overlapping each one slightly. Evenly distribute 1/2 of reheated chili on top of tortillas. Sprinkle chili with 1/2 cup of cheese. Top with another 4 tortillas, remaining chili and 1/2 cup of cheese.

Place remaining 4 tortilla shells on top and cover with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

11.02.2010

Menu Plan Monday: November 2 - November 7th

Yes, I know Monday was YESTERDAY.

Yes, I am well AWARE that today is TUESDAY.

My philosophy for the week is better late than never. Ok? I hope so. {moving on.....}

Life is has just been that darn crazy. I think it may have had something to do with sewing a Halloween costume and not getting to the grocery store over the weekend. Add in that I have an extra day of solo parenting (the Hubby is going on a fishing trip) and I am feel like I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off. All of this is clear in this week's menu. It's crystal clear that I am I'm not into doing a whole lot of cooking this week. Things are easy, quick, and in some cases, a bit high in sodium (eh-hmm...hot dogs!). And, while this is not an ideal week for my family in regards to dinner - I am ok with it. We haven't had a week full of food like this in a long time. Sometimes, something has to give, and this week - it's what we are eating for dinner.

This Week's Menu:

Monday
Wegman's Subs

Tuesday
Cheesy Meatball Roll-Up
*RE-Do Recipe*

Wednesday
Crescent Wrapped Cheesy Hot Dogs
Mac-n-Cheese (out of a box)

Thursday
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Tomato Soup

Friday
Pizza

Saturday
*see note on Saturday from this post*

Sunday
Scallop Taters & Ham