weekly dinner menu, march 6th - march 12th

hello lovelies and happy weekend.  i hope that this post finds you happy and well on this first march saturday of 2011.   i cherish the thought that you are about to pour over this post to make your dinner meal plans for the week.  and, speaking of meal planning, several of you have asked me to incorporate a market shopping list with the menu post each week so that you can prep your refrigerators and cabinets in advance, making it easier to follow along with my menu and make the suggested recipes.  i love the idea, so i am going to give it a try!  i organized it the same way i organize my own list- starting with pantry items, then proteins, dairy, produce, and ending with grains (in fact, it's exactly the way my shopping list looks aside from my breakfast and lunch items).  i am assuming, when creating the shopping list, that you have a somewhat stocked spice rack and baking goods shelf- the basics like salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, baking soda and powder, sugar, flour (please alert me if this is not true and i can start adding spcies and baking goods until we stock it up), so i am only including the spices or baking goods that might be used more rarely.  it's a work in progress, but i am pretty happy with the way the list turned out this week...i would love to know what you think! market shopping list:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons file powder
  • cinnamon sticks 
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • salsa
  • nutella
  • 7 cups fish stock
  • 2 cups + 1 pint shucked oysters
  • 1 cup crabmeat
  • 1 pound small shrimp 
  • creme fraiche
  • fresh mozzarella cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • eggs
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • butter
  • basil
  • garlic, a couple heads
  • swiss chard
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 onions
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • scallions
  • lime
  • 2 grapefruits
  • tuscan bread
  • flour tortillas
  • tortilla chips
  • saltine crackers
  • cornmeal
  • pasta
  • kingcake from your favorite bakery
  • lots of celebrating this week!  first, happy mardi gras to everyone!  do you guys celebrate this holiday?  every year when i was growing up, we travelled to new orleans as a family to go "parading" with our family friends...it was one of our most favorite things to do!  i climbed up on my dad's shoulders and yelled to the passing floats, "throw me something, mister!" at the top of my lungs...i came home with bags of beads, moon pies, and cheap plastic toys and stuffed animals.  now, david and i still celebrate, but typically in a much more low-key way!...usually we just stay at home and make a cajun dinner for ourselves. 

    on wednesday, my nephew is turning TWO!  two.  goodness.  happy birthday, sam!  the three of us are looking forward to eating cake with you soon!  and, a very happy birthday wish to my best friend, rebecca!  i know you will be prepping for your big fundraiser, but take at least a little break to enjoy a piece of cake and a glass of wine on your special day!

    sunday: pasta with homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil with a side of rainbow chard and tuscan bread

    monday: black bean soft tacos

    tuesday: seafood gumbo and king cake

    wednesday: nutella birthday cookies in honor of sam, the two year old birthday boy!

    thursday: in celebration of rebecca's birthday, i'm doing two dessert posts in a row!  this time a more "adult" desert...grapefruit poundcake

    friday: fried gulf oysters and cinnamon roasted potatoes

    saturday: birthday celebration for sam today...off of kitchen duty tonight.