It was a very busy weekend getting ready for the Thanksgiving break ahead. We spent a lot of time menu planning not just for the holiday but for the weekday meals leading up to it, and for meals afterwards. But most importantly we had to think about this weekend’s meals first. Last night we enjoyed a wonderful pork tenderloin stuffed with mushroom duxelles, bacon, and parsley. We accompanied the pork with roasted asparagus and spiralized sweet potato frites.
We use the app Evernote to create the menu and grocery list. We also use Evernote to lay out our schedule beginning on Monday detailing preparation and cooking leading up to Thanksgiving day. For us the planning and preparation is as much fun as the eating. With the menu laid out for the week I started my “hunting and gathering”, a.k.a. grocery shopping.
We thought we would keep things simple tonight and decided to make home-made Sloppy Joes that we will serve on brioche rolls.
My parents arrive on Monday. For Monday night’s dinner we will revisit the Saturday night stuffed pork tenderloin. We will accompany it with roasted butternut squash with spinach and cranberries. My daughter arrives from college on Tuesday. She put in a request for Mexican Tortilla soup. For the soup I will use a previously made duck broth, mirepoix (onion, celery, carrot), garlic, cumin, oregano, chopped tomatoes, chick peas, shredded chicken, rice, lemon juice, and lime juice. The piece-de-resistance is the addition on top of cubed avocado, cheddar cheese, and fried tortilla shell strips. My son arrives from college on Wednesday. Since we start with Thanksgiving preparations on Wednesday I wanted to make a simple recipe for dinner that night. I am making a delicious slow-cooker Bolognese sauce that we will serve with Rigatoni pasta. This weekend’s quote is by American hurdler Joel Brown.
I was also very busy this weekend assembling my Winter Village. Yes my friends, I start decorating for Christmas and listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Tis the Season!! See my village here. https://thelabyrinthguide.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/what-the-dr-prescribed/