Weekly Menu Planning - January 2023

Hi, everyone. Feeling the winter blahs here in Boston - I vaguely remember what sunshine looks like…

Cooking for two adults and a tween.

Sun: stuffed peppers, roasted (orange) cauliflower

Mon: Indian-spiced chicken burgers in pita (rebranded as “chicken in pita”) and tomato-chickpea soup - Rachael Ray

Tues: turkey cutlets, baked potatoes, broccoli

Weds: chicken and green bean stir-fry https://thewoksoflife.com/wprm_print/26361

Thurs: “loaded black bean soup” aka BBS with lots of toppings

Fri: tbd


Thanks! The Cook’s Country recipe was a little easier (no marination, just a straight oven braise with no browning or anything) and still delicious. I can do a paraphrase if anyone is interested.


I’ve been able to get parts for my 90s-era Cuisinart (just got a new feed tube last fall) through the Cuisinart site. I think I’ve also used this site. Good luck however you do it!


Cooking for one in mid-coast Maine. Busy at work and have to twice take 2-3 hours out of the day for medical appointments so it’s plan ahead or eat cereal.

Su (tonight): weisswurst, mashed potatoes, roasted veg
M: reheated smoked baby back ribs, vinegar-based slaw
Tu: reheated smoked pork chop, reheated mashed potatoes and roasted veg
W: tacos using anticipated leftover smoked pork, slaw
Th: can hopefully squeeze in a trip to the fishmonger with second appointment but that will add half an hour I might not have, so either fish or the other weisswurst out of the freezer, sides tbd but probably out of the freezer
F: fish or Friday night takeout dinner from tiny local general store
Sa: ???


Cooking for 1 at the Jersey Shore

Sunday: homemade pepperoni pizza
Monday: Red chile chicken enchiladas from COTM, green beans with salsa dressing (in COTM)
Tuesday: Monday leftovers
Wednesday: air-fryer blackened salmon bites , cauliflower rice, green salad
Thursday: chicken tenders with garlic lime marinade (COTM), brown rice, zoodles
Friday: Thursday leftovers
Saturday: homemade meatballs in homemade red sauce, cavatappi pasta, green salad


Thanks so much mbc!


Your Plan B is the same as my Plan B.


Sorry about the delayed response since I was trying to find a review I read awhile back but I’ll be damned if I can find it. I usually visit imdb and rotten tomatoes for the reviews. The rotten tomatoes reviews seem to be better balanced IMHO but some of the imdb reviews are useful. I remember reading a user review on the imdb site shortly after Parasite was released and the user described how North Americans tend to watch the film and they described it from the Korean perspective. There are now 3500 user reviews for that film on imdb and I don’t remember enough about the review to narrow the search :frowning: If I ever find an equally as helpful review I can share it here.


Helpful to have your description of your general movie-review technique, @ottawaoperadiva . I see that IMDB has a sort by review-date feature, and can go from oldest to most recent. So scanning the first 100 reviews after release-date is possible and interesting, even if the specific one you liked best may not be among those.


Dinner for 3 in Ontario, Canada

Sunday: takeout pizza, lasagna, wings and Caesar
Monday : Portuguese beans and leftovers

Tue: roasted chicken
Wed: leftover chicken
Thu: beef, undecided prep
Fri: salmon,undecided prep.


You’re cool :grin:

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Hello to everyone from the cloudy and gray Twin Cities of MN (and lots of time in Duluth MN) where I would really like to see the sun for a bit. The home reno is racing toward a conclusion (hooray?) but I just can’t seem to keep up with the to do list. We said we would prime and paint ourselves to save money; I’m guessing if the company was responsible for the said tasks the timing would be a bit more “orderly” But looking forwards to being back home. Although after a long weekend in a hotel room, the apartment seems quite spacious. . . Meals have not been inspiring but I need to post for me to post so I have good habits again in the future: Actuals and plans for 2 adults and 2 growing girls:

Thurs - Sat 21: Takeout and restaurant meals while traveling to and cheering on the team’s skaters in Duluth. Big kiddo had some trouble with nosebleeds but she worked very hard and had great sportsmanship and I am such a proud Mama. Some club members need a refresher in gracious non- wining. Or their parents do. I digress. . . The hotel restaurant had excellent fries and cheese curds. Also a lovely NZ sauvignon blanc. Big kiddo loved the chicken pot pie

Sun 22; Back to the apartment after a late lunch before driving home with the fridge acting as a freezer See also gallon of milk cube (GRR!) Scrambled eggs and avocado toast. Crudite that the hotel fridge didn’t freeze. Trouble with refrigeration devices seems to be a constant in my life

Mon 23: Tonight! Both girls skated with coach. Meatballs and sauce from freezer, Mr Autumm boiled pasta. Grapes

Tues 24: Both kiddos skate at different rinks. Need to do a major fridge replenish so TBD

Weds 25: The 6th grade skiing field trip! Shrimp tacos with freezer shrimp and assorted fixings

Going forwards not sure. Trying to use up all the stuff we moved to the apartment so we can move back home


I hear you on the rethinking DIY parts of projects… I have had to reconsider how much it would cost for us to get supplies plus the cost of our time (and cost of what we’re not doing to do the DIY project) compared to the cost to outsource it. Sometimes saving money actually costs more.

Also, I misread Monday as “Mr. autumm boiled grapes” - I missed the word “pasta” in there. :joy:


Belated post of actuals as we continue to struggle to get our 2nd refrigerator fixed. Officially on week four. When the 1st fridge is only 17 cuft, it makes everything a struggle. Sigh. 1stWP.

The holiday meal was a blast and there are some pictures over in this post

Sunday - omelet and salad instead of cheese plate as we prepped for Monday.
Monday - lovely post-holiday celebratory meal chronicled here:

Tuesday - I don’t honestly remember
Wednesday - freezer jap chae and vegetable pancakes

Thursday - leftovers
Friday - dinner out

Saturday - pasta
Sunday - amazing cheese plate that I forgot to snap a pic of

I will be so happy when this fridge issue is over.


Week 4 of 52.
Two overachiever cooks in the SF Bay Area cooking for ourselves.
More available in the markets this week with all this lovely sunshine, but we are still limited on refrigerated space.

Monday - Moussaka from the freezer
Tuesday - Beans & Greens
Wednesday - Leftovers with a dram for Robbie Burns
Thursday - Mushroom Tofu stirfry
Friday - omelet and greens
Saturday - Robbie Burns dinner made at home
Sunday - cheese plate with some lovely crudite and breads


we use a block format - with notes as needed. changes abound . . .


The February discussion is ready for whenever your plan is more about next-month than January.


Greetings People.

A birthday on the upcoming weekend (not mine), and a special request for a few meat-and-potato-type meals. Happy to provide same. Will bake a cake, too! Fridge, freezer and pantry clean-out also continues.

Cooking for two adults in the PNW:

FRI: Peruvian chicken on the grill. Tex-Mex inspired Caesar salad.

SAT: With a nod to @mbcraw4d, pan-roasted chicken thighs ala Splendid Table. Mashed potatoes. Green veg TBD. KAF’s vanilla bundt cake topped with garden strawberries from the freezer.

SUN: Beef on the grill. Horseradish sauce. Leftover mashed potatoes. Green veg TBD. More cake.

MON: Old school tacos from leftover Peruvian chicken.

TUE: Burgers on the grill. Homemade ciabatta rolls. Pickled veg.

WED: Pan-fried halibut filet. Spuds of some sort. Veg TBD.

THUR: More tacos.


Hi, all! Cooking for 2 in Chattanooga, where our furnace has been out since Wednesday and we’re (well, DH is) still looking for the best solution…You’d think I’d be all about the hours-long oven braises, but not feeling that quite yet!
Breakfast: Baked apple pancakes
Saturday, January 28: Chicken provençal from Cook’s Country, maybe a gratin, cabbage and cauliflower salad
Sunday: Old-school shrimp curry from my mom’s recipe box, rice, homemade vanilla pudding
Monday: Tomato clafoutis; something green
Tuesday: scrounge
Wednesday: Pasta with kale pesto
Thursday: more scrounge
Friday: Spicy green beans and tofu

Stay warm and have a good week! Happy cooking!


Oh my, mbcrw4d! If you can do without a furnace for 3 days in January there, Tennessee is moving up on my “live somewhere South before I’m 70” relocation-destinations research list.