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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's On The Menu?

What's On The Menu???

During our "financially lean years" I did menu planning on a larger scale. Trying to stretch meals for two adults  and two growing boys wasn't an easy task on one paycheck. Now that we both work and our children are no longer at home, menu planning is spontaneous.

I keep a well stocked pantry of basic food items and we purchase low~fat meats, fresh produce, and dairy items for 5 ~ 7 days at a time. Most of the Menu Planning On Crooked Creek is done to host an occasion or celebration.

This year "Mr. Ed" and I hosted the annual Father's Day luncheon. We were joined by our son and daughter~in~law to honor "Mr. Ed"! Here's What's On The Menu!
  • B~B~Q Ribs
  • Green Salad
  • Mac 'n Cheese
  • Croissants
  • Brownie with Ice Cream
  • Iced Tea

On Crooked Creek a Green Salad consists of Iceberg Lettuce
Purple Leaf Lettuce, Celery, Purple Onion, Fresh Basil, Fresh Chive and crumbled Bacon !

I prefer to chop all the greens and layer them accordingly. This makes enough for two. . .

. . .or keep layering  until there's enough for four!

 I often make a homemade salad dressing to aid "Mr. Ed" in controlling his sodium intake. We have found this Creamy Mustard Vinagrette to be an On Crooked Creek "House Favorite".

Creamy Mustard Vinagrette

3 tablespoons Champagne Vinegar
1/2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Minced Fresh Garlic
3/4 teaspoon Coarse Ground Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salad greens for 6 to 8 people.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Toss the greens with enough dressing to moisten and serve immediately. For optimum flavor; keep the dressing at room temperature until serving.

I use white wine vinegar.
To keep it from being bitter, I add a pinch of sugar.

That's What's On The Menu On Crooked Creek for this week!
We're joining Yvonne @ StoneGable for her brand new linky party, a weekly meme, On The Menu Monday. . .

Please stop by June 26th for StoneGable's first On The Menu Monday for some great menus, recipes,  tips. . .  and more fun than you can shake a wooden spoon at!

Until next time. . .
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