We were incredibly busy this last week (and still not feeling well) so we needed fast meals every night. The only meal that took longer than 5-30 minutes was the fried chicken which was our Sunday dinner. Gigi, short for Great-Grandma, came out to the house and it was so nice having a family dinner with everyone together. I forgot all about making a dessert but everyone was nice enough to forgive me. Kai and I have our roles down now when we make fried chicken and everything goes pretty smoothly. It’s a crazy hectic mess but I love seeing every burner on the stove going and corn bread in the oven.

These days what I really love is when the kids are occupied and I can have Kai all to myself for a few minutes while we cook dinner. It reminds me of when we were in college and trying to cook on our crappy little half stove in a crappy efficiency apartment. It was completely impossible to cook on the stove top or bake in that oven because all of our pans were too big but we were so proud of every meal we made together.

Meal Plan:

  • Broiled Salmon Cakes with Risotto¬†and Asparagus
    • For the above recipe I substituted salmon for crab in equal parts and it was amazing. Someday we’ll try it with crab and I’ll probably die.
    • For perfect crisp-tender asparagus. Trim tough ends and lay out on a baking sheet. Toss with a little olive oil and salt. Bake at 400 for 5 minutes.
  • Frenchmen Sandwich with Salad
    • Frenchmen Sandwich: 4 slices blackforest ham, 6 slices gouda, and 3 plums on rosemary peasant bread with honey mustard. Start broiler and slice bread thinly. Place 8 slices single file on a baking sheet. Mix about 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard with 1 tablespoon honey (or whatever ratio you like) and spread on four of the bread slices. Top all bread slices with half a slice of cheese and broil for a couple of minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. While the cheese is melting, slice plums thinly. When cheese is melted, top one side with ham and the other with plum slices. Put back under the broiler until ham and plums are warmed through. Top ham slices with another half slice of cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and put the sandwich together, pressing firmly to ensure adequate smooshing and adherence of cheese. Makes four sandwiches.
  • Sesame Beef Lettuce Wraps
  • Pasta with Salad
  • Fried Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and Corn
    • I made country gravy for the potatoes but I really didn’t care for the recipe. It was really bland and I let it get way too thick. I’ll share one when I find a good one.