Monday, November 30, 2009

Weekly Menu 11/30 - 12/05/09

We are home from our extended Thanksgiving vacation. We drove down to Memphis to visit my parents. We decided to take some extra time to drive there & follow the Mississippi on smaller roads rather than drive the direct route. We also decided to avoid the typical road trips food stops like McDonalds, Culvers & such as much as possible.
Hungry Peddler La Crosse, WICheese Curds!Iowa Farmland Sunset
Lunch in LaCrosse was at the Hungry Peddler (it was hard to find anything but bars in downtown LaCrosse). We had a fantastic & huge lunch here for very little money. Gotta stop for Wisconsin cheese curds to snack on in the car. Sunset over the Iowa farmlands.
Pasteur Restaurant Moline, IL
We had an amazing Vietnamese dinner at the Pasteur Restaurant in Moline, IL. We ended up here thanks to recommendations on Urban Spoon & Yelp. The kind of neighborhood place where the owner greets everyone & knows if you are new to the restaurant. He is very proud of the food they cook & quick to tell you they don't use any MSG & make all their sauces from scratch. One of the best Vietnamese meals we've had.
EATFried Bologna Sandwich?!
Cheri-Top Drive InJack & Jill
Scenes from Muscatine, IA where you can apparently get fried bologna sandwiches at Hardee's.
Boiled PeanutsSt. Louis BBQ
ArchBudweiser Plant
In St Louis, we had boiled peanuts & barbecue at Bandanas. The next morning we drove through the city to see the arch & the Budweiser Plant.
Zappo ChipsPearl's Oyster HouseMemphis Thanksgiving Sunset
In Memphis, we mainly ate home-cooked meals at my parents but Matt did try some Zapp's Voodoo Gumbo Chips & we had some great seafood at Pearl's Oyster House for lunch on Friday. We were also treated to a beautiful sunset over the Mississippi on Thanksgiving.
We ate at a few other special places we'll highlight in later posts.

On to Menu Planning Monday....

Ancho Pork and Hominy Soup

Maple Roast Chicken & Squash

Spanish Spaghetti

Roast Vegetables & Goat Cheese over Couscous

Chicken Lentil Stew

Turkey Cabbage Rolls

Matt is making Corn & Sausage Chowder & a Clam Chowder for lunches this week. This week's Christmas cookie will be a Brown Butter Sugar Cookie.

Don't forget to enter our Thanksgiving giveaway which ends on Thursday, Dec. 3! Also We are featured in 20 Questions on Refrigerator Soup this week, read all about us here.

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George Gaston said...

kat & Matt... Thanks for taking us along on your road trip to visit your family. There is nothing better than driving through the countryside on the old US highways. Looks like you had a terrific time are now back safely at home.

Great weekly menu ~ the Chicken Lentil Stew sounds marvelous!

Fresh Local and Best said...

It's been a while since I've seen cheese curds, it's so wonderfully Wisconsin!

Sara said...

Sounds like it was a great trip - you gotta love Memphis!! I spent 6 years growing up there and have very fond memories of the city.

What do boiled peanuts taste like? I've never heard of them!

Stacey Snacks said...

Fried bologna and cheese, and I thought I was a sophisticated eater and knew it all! Thanks for taking us along.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday, and thanks for sharing the road trip with us.

By the way it is Zapp's Potato Chips, just so you know.

Lori said...

What a great way to eat on a road trip! All those places sound so great that I might have to take a little trip myself. Glad to have the tips and reviews!

Lori said...

Nice little trip you two had. I like doing stuff like that. I am looking forward to your menu.

Alicia Foodycat said...

You covered a lot of ground! Glad you found good food the whole way along!

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