Marin mama’s weekly dinner menu for October 28th

I want to start off by saying THANK YOU to all of you for all the amazing comments and emails last week celebrating my blog’s first birthday. It was so nice to hear all your positive comments, and I savored each and every one of them, so thanks for taking the time to jot down a few words. I spent much of last week in the kitchen cooking up some new and not so new recipes. It was rainy and cool so I was content just puttering around the kitchen. I tried a new cupcake recipe on Sunday to bring to our friend’s house. Zoe, the videographer, videotaped the whole process, so we will feature the video along with the recipe. We had such a great time cooking, photographing and videotaping it all. I love working on blog stuff with the kids. Eli came in to lend a hand sampling it all.  He had to test each step, just to be sure it was blog worthy.  Cute little guy! Here’s a sneak peak at the cupcakes. They are dark chocolate cupcakes with a creamy chocolate frosting.  The frosting is light and airy so it compliments the richness of the cupcakes. 

I baked up the chocolate chip pumpkin bundt cake again. After the cupcakes were gone, my kids looked at me with their dark brown eyes asking what was I making up next for dessert?  I had some extra pumpkin puree sitting in the fridge, so why not bake another pumpkin bundt cake, right?  It’s so good!  

I did make a few healthy things though, like these quinoa cakes.  I paired them with my heirloom tomato soup for lunch and it was yummy!  They are great little soup dippers.


I also found a fantastic kid friendly (kid friendly meaning no raw eggs or anchovies) Caesar salad dressing that Eli is literally going bonkers over. He has requested the salad for dinner every night. I promise to post these above recipes soon.
Oh, and I wanted you to all know that I updated my popover recipe.  It’s the same recipe as far as ingredients go, but I tried cooking them another way and they got huge!  Check it out!  I’m always looking to improve my favorite recipes.  

OK, so here’s what I’m cooking up this week:

Sunday:  We’re eating out tonight, as Eli has his Alcatraz birthday party today and Zoe has a soccer game at 4:45, so DJ’s here we come! The boys are beyond excited to tour the famous prison with their dads.  It’s a gorgeous day for it as well, warm and sunny. After the prison tour, they’re all heading up to Ghirardelli for some ice cream sundaes. I love the sundaes at Ghirardelli.  Zoe and I always split the mint chocolate chip with dark chocolate fudge, yum!  We head over to Ghirardelli quite a bit for an after dinner treat, as it only takes 15 minutes. It’s always a fun treat to head into the city for dessert.  

Monday:  Roasted red pepper and tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. This is an easy meatless Monday night dinner.  Monday’s are tough, so I tend to want a dinner that’s uncomplicated, like a simple pasta or soup and sandwich combination. 
I’m roasting up the peppers today so they will be ready to go when I make the soup tomorrow.
This is an easy one-bowl meal that I can’t get enough of.  I love having leftovers of this for lunch. 
Wednesday:  It’s Halloween!  Happy Halloween! We’re celebrating Halloween at our friend Carrie’s house.  What’s on the menu?  Pizza, wine for the adults and I’m going to bring a batch of the kid friendly caesar kale salad as well as my lacinato kale salad.  We have to make sure to get our veggies in before the candy overload. Zoe will eat with us, but she plans on heading out with her friends afterwards. John’s going to head out with Eli and his gang to trick-or-treat while I head home to pass out candy. 
Thanks for hosting everyone Carrie!  
 Eli has his class Halloween party today so I’m getting up extra early to bake a batch of these mini pumpkin muffin poppers.  

Thursday:  Ok, so I don’t have an excuse for take out anymore since Eli is finished with soccer (see my sad face).  I’m a bit bummed, as it was nice having a night off from cooking.  Zoe still has dance, and her pick up runs close to dinner time, so Thursdays are either going to be leftover nights or something very easy.
This Thursday is leftover or should I say, “clean out the fridge night.” We will be featuring roasted red pepper soup, whole-wheat spaghetti pasta, popovers, and if there’s some lettuce and kale leftover, a salad.  I usually bake popovers on Thursday afternoon, as Zoe likes having one for lunch on Fridays along with some kale salad, and Eli likes them for breakfast warmed up with jelly inside.  

Friday:  This Friday were doing something different.  The kid’s have been missing my spaghetti with cheesy broiled tomatoes and basil, so were making that!  The tomatoes are like mini pizzas on top of the pasta, so it’s bit like eating a real pizza.
What are you cooking up this week?  
Anything special that you would like to share?
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  • Sue/the view from great island October 28, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Love this post—-everything looks so tempting, but that last pasta with the mini tomato pizzas—wow!

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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks October 28, 2012, 5:43 pm

    I am with Sue above, the last pic with the melted cheese, mmmmm, they look great! The cheese is browned to perfection.

    Glad that another pumpkin/choc bundt was made! And look at all those cupcakes!

    I love it when I can remake recipes, i.e. the popovers, and find even better ways of doing it or get better results than the original.

    Have a great week, Jackie! :)

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    • Jacquelyn Grandy October 28, 2012, 10:17 pm

      Hi Averie! Yes, I just love brown and crispy cheese. Undercooked cheese on pizza or pasta doesn’t fly in our house. It’s always fun experimenting with the familiar and family favorite recipes. I make those popovers weekly so you would think I would have it down to a science by now!
      xoxo,
      Jackie

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  • Dots & Stripes October 30, 2012, 3:35 am

    For your quinoa cakes, do you use your couscous recipe and just sub in quinoa? Looking to pair those with some soup this week!

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    • Jacquelyn Grandy October 30, 2012, 1:40 pm

      Hi there! I love your picture, so cute! The quinoa cakes are a different recipe. I have thought to substitute quinoa for the couscous, but haven’t tried it as of yet. I will try and post the quinoa recipe this week. Have you made the couscous cakes yet? They go amazing with soup.

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    • Dots and Stripes October 30, 2012, 10:19 pm

      Thank you! I love your recipes (I am quite obsessed with kale myself!). I have not made the couscous cakes yet, but I have lots of quinoa on hand in my pantry. Hmmm..!

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    • Jacquelyn Grandy October 30, 2012, 10:33 pm

      Thanks again girl, I’m glad you like the recipes! I’m posting the quinoa recipe either tomorrow, (if I get the time tonight) or definitely on Thursday. I just made an amazing kale salad that I will post soon. SO easy and super yummy!

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    • Dots and Stripes October 30, 2012, 11:54 pm

      Looking forward to both!!! Thank you in advance!

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  • Dots & Stripes October 30, 2012, 3:35 am

    For your quinoa cakes, do you use your couscous recipe and just sub in quinoa? Looking to pair those with some soup this week!

    Reply
  • Anonymous October 30, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I just came across your blog and I think it’s awesome! I was having a hard time deciding what to make my family for dinner this week until I found your blog. One night this week I’m making tacos. To make them easier I make a double batch of meat filling and freeze it. When it’s time for dinner I warm the frozen block of filling in a pot – presto! :) Thanks for you post.

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    • Jacquelyn Grandy October 30, 2012, 1:43 pm

      Yaay! I love hearing from new readers. If you’re looking for more weekly menu ideas, you can click on the weekly dinner menu photo on the sidebar and it will link you to all the previous posts. I love your taco idea, what a timesaver :)
      xoxo,
      Jackie

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  • bakerfamily5 October 30, 2012, 6:27 pm

    I did your chicken parmesan last night by broiling it at the end makes it EXCELLENT!!!! Will do that trick every time now!!!

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    • Jacquelyn Grandy October 30, 2012, 10:33 pm

      Hey you! Yes, you have to broil the cheese. Crispy cheese rocks!

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  • Kitchen Belleicious November 1, 2012, 2:45 am

    the cupcakes, the popovers, the pasta- gosh what a spectacular week at your house! wishing i lived next door

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