Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cajun Parsnip Fries

These parsnip fries are easy and fast to make and taste delicious!! It took the 3 Things a few bites to warm up to them, but my husband and I devoured the whole tray we had made. Fabulous. I even made a quick dip of curry powder and mayo - tasted out of this world.

1 lb parsnips
1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) Cajun or Tex Mex seasoning blend
salsa or your favourite dipping sauce

Peel parsnips and cut into French-fry-size pieces. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Toss with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil; spread out in single layer.

Bake in 375 F oven, flipping once or twice, until golden and tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Toss with remaining oil, seasoning, and salt to taste. Serve with dipping sauce.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Week of December 20, 2009 **The Christmas Edition**

Whew. I am *almost* ready for Christmas. The busiest part of the season is actually over for me - we have no more major parties or events to attend, gifts are all purchased and just need to be wrapped, cards and gifts have been mailed, teacher and other special gifts have been baked, cooked, wrapped and delivered, and the tree is up and decorated. All that is left for me to do is some grocery shopping and a couple more rounds of baking.

Which means I finally have some time to focus on one of the most important aspects of the holidays - the COOKING!!

This is a quiet year at home with just the five of us, so I have arranged a few nights to have friends over for dinner, but Christmas dinner will be just us on our own. I don't think I can muster up the energy to cook a turkey, just for my husband and I (the kids are huge turkey lovers) so I think a roast chicken will be a nice, pleasant alternative. It's still white meat and there will be lots of gravy and potatoes!!

Sunday: Beef Stew home-made bread, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber and Goat Cheese Salad
Monday: Pasta with Shrimp and Broccoli
Tuesday: Sauteed Spinach with Crisp Pancetta
Wednesday: Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta
Thursday: Crockpot Taco Soup
Friday: Roasted Mashed Potatoes and Yams, Roast Chicken
Saturday: Drunken Garlic Pot Roast

I'm also toying with the idea of making these Blueberry Struesel Muffins to eat on Christmas morning and will definitely be doing a few Cucumber Sandwiches for lunches.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday this year!! Enjoy it and relax.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Week of December 6, 2009

The Malaysian Mango Chicken Curry we had last week was easy and delicious. Two out of three kids ate it and loved it, and both of us grown ups thought it was perfect. It will definitely be appearing on our menu plan again in the future!

I'm hoping to get to some of my Christmas baking this week, so I'll add those recipes as I make my way through this festive month.

Sunday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Monday: Salmon, Potatoes and Green Beans
Tuesday: Avocado Shrimp Salad
Wednesday: Quick Chicken Stew, Cajun Parsnip Fries
Thursday: French Shallot Soup
Friday: Christmas Party Dinner
Saturday: Dinner with friends