Monday, May 19, 2008

Weekly Menu - 5/18 - 5/23

The weather here has really kicked into spring, dare we say it almost summer, here which means you'll be seeing a lot more grilling recipes from us. This is our first summer in a house so we can retire the grill pan for the summer & break in that new grill we got for our birthdays.
Our new grill is a Char-Broil 4 burner gas grill with a side burner, which Consumer Reports rated a Best Buy. Its probably a little bigger than we needed for the two of us but we wanted something that would allow us to cook for lots of people if we wanted. Also the 4 burners give us plenty of cooking options, for example, with this week's ribs we are able to turn only two burners on & cook the ribs over indirect heat. My Dad tried to talk us into charcoal but we really like the convenience of gas, sorry Dad. We also bought a smoker box this weekend so we'll be able to get a good smoky flavor from gas hopefully!

Ok, now on to Menu Planning Monday. As usual come back during the week for the recipes & results for each meal.

Raspberry Lime Glazed Ribs with Tangy Almond Slaw - Our entry to this month's Royal Food Joust - RESULT - This meal turned out fabulous. I love the bbq sauce because it has the right blend of sweet, tangy & heat. (I cheated a little & we made this on Sunday but that is really our menu planning day.)

Curried Pea Frittata - From Bon App├ętit - RESULT - This was so good! I'll definitely make this light dinner again.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas - We use a wonderful store bought Tequila Lime marinade on the chicken.

Asian Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes - We usually do this in the oven but this week we'll be grilling it. - RESULT - This one is always a favorite with us.

Sea Salt & Thyme Turkey Burgers - One of my favorites - RESULT - We made homemade hamburger buns, yum. I won't buy them again.

Grilled Sausage & Vegetables - We went out for dinner instead

This week's cupcakes will be Apricot & Almond - RESULT - These were so good & I finally found a buttercream frosting I like.


Mom24 said...

I'll have to check out the marinade. I've wasted so much money buying ones we didn't like, that I've given up, unless we have a recommendation. I would love to have one for fajitas. Can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

we usually make a fajita marinade out of lime, dried chiles and a bunch of other stuff, but i never remember to write down the ingredients so i can post it - thanks for the reminder.

those ribs are KILLING ME, they look so freaking good.

Anonymous said...

Another great looking menu. Good luck in the Foodie Joust. Those ribs look great!

Anonymous said...

I would have recommended charcoal, but I can understand the desire for convenience. I hope the smoker box produces great results.

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