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Jun 15, 2013 05:05 PM

What are you making this weekend?

I do a lot of cooking most weekends, it just works out better for my family at this point in time. Unless we have sports practices, games, tournies or other activities to attend, I try to make progress for the week on Saturday & Sunday. Sometimes I bake, but generally I am a cook, not a baker, unless it's a special occasion.

This weekend is Fathers Day here in America, so we treat it like a holiday. I made a chicken and rice with bacon dinner last night. Tonight, will be spaghetti carbonara with grilled garlic breadsticks and a grilled romaine salad. Sunday will be a dry rubbed flat iron steak, grilled, with dried oregano & basil, garlic powder and pepper. Along with the steak, I will make some seared jumbo scallops. Can't decide yet on a sauce for them.... But I'm doubling up the protein since A) the steak is 1.5# and B) I also have two growing sons to feed. I'm forgoing a starch since I figure we will fill up on the protein. Still noodling sides, but thinking of another grilled salad and some haricots verts.

What about you? What are you making this weekend?

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  1. Strawberry jam, with berries I picked this morning. For Father's day, steaks on the grill, green salad with raspberries and glazed walnuts, roasted or grilled tiny red potatoes, and maybe a cheesecake.

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    1. re: sunflwrsdh

      Oh, how nice, strawberry jam. Don't know why I don't think to do that when I am overrun with ripe fruit..... Thanks for the idea!

    2. 2 special food projects this weekend: Scallion pancake and baked falafel. The pancakes were gobbled up before and during dinner and the falafel will be made tomorrow.

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      1. re: tcamp

        Oh, I love falafel..... What did you make with the scallion pancakes? Haven't made those in a while.... Makes me crave moo shu....

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Served them with flank steak marinated in soy sauce, ginger, garlic and rosemary plus broccoli and fried rice. Fridge clean up day!

        2. re: tcamp

          Whose recipe for scallion pancakes did you use. I made serious eats ones and was happy but always interested in other ones. There are soooo many recipes out there.

        3. I made pork dumplings and shrimp pad Thai today, along with a carrot cake. I don't need the calories of a carrot cake, but I'm missing my dad and it was his favorite. That's my excuse for the extra calories. Tomorrow will be an all-day TexMex cooking marathon of veggie enchiladas, braised pork for taco filling, beans ala Rick Bayless, and CI's Mexican Rice. All pedestrian stuff, but all good to me:)

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          1. re: KrumTx

            Love love love tex-mex. Will have to check out CI's rice recipe, I've been meaning to tweak mine. And I love hearing about those of you making things for your Dads that aren't around or nearby, just because you miss him..... Makes me want to rethink my menu a bit.... But then again, my Dad loves everything....

          2. Making strawberry shortcake using smitten kitchenstrawberry cream biscuits.
            Am also poaching a whole chicken for a simple chicken , greens and potato salad; will serve with my Boston baked beans.

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            1. re: magiesmom

              That all sounds very nice! I should check out that strawberry shortcake recipe.....

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                you should; you will make it again and again,

            2. Almond scones, half we gobbled up, and half for the freezer. Lots of carmelized onions to use all week. Cherry apple something, maybe mini tarts.

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              1. re: mamacooking

                What a great idea to do a huge batch of caramelized onions for the week. I must steal this idea, thank you!