The Yummy Side of Life…

Menu for the Week
June 30, 2008, 10:11 am
Filed under: Weekly Menu

Monday: Shake and Bake Chicken, Baby Carrots, Strawberries

Tuesday: Free-for-All

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Meatsauce, Green Beans, French Roll

Thursday: Morningstar Burger Patties Topped with Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes, Salad, Rolls

Friday: Hot Dogs, French Fries, Fruit Salad, Baked Beans

Saturday: Probably eating out since I have to work until 7

Sunday: Chicken Crescent Pockets from, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad


Picture of the Day…
June 23, 2008, 10:01 pm
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Raspberry Shortcake

Raspberry “shortcake” with Cool Whip topping.

Summer Vegetable Salad
June 22, 2008, 7:47 pm
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Summer Salad

(inspired by a salad I came across on

  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped into large pieces
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded, ribbed and chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, halved, seeded, and sliced
  • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 handfuls precut carrots
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • S&P to taste

Mix all vegetables together with dressing. Chill for one hour before serving.

We had this for supper tonight. Phil has been wanting me to make a salad that one of his bosses served at her 4th of July party last year. One problem: I didn’t like it all that much. So, I started searching and came across a recipe I kinda thought would be a good substitute. A few change, and voila! We have success 🙂 Next time, I think I’ll take out the squash/zucchini and substitute cucumber in its place. The green onions are great in it. They add some onion flavor, but are not sooooo overpowering! I also think it would be good with italian dressing and some feta mixed in, so we might try that next time…

Garlic Cheddar Chicken
June 22, 2008, 7:31 pm
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Garlic Cheddar chicken

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs (I substituted panko just because I like it better)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I used good old Kraft… Didn’t feel like shelling out the $$)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded thin (Forgot to pound it… turned out just fine)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and cook the garlic until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano, pepper, and salt.
  4. Dip each chicken breast in the garlic butter to coat, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with any remaining butter and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture. (I laid out a layer of panko on the bottom of the pan to help the bottom stay a little more crispy. It seemed to work).
  5. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Serves 4.

Okay, so I must admit that this was the second time I’ve *tried* a Garlic Chedar Chicken recipe. The first recipe I tried was NOT good. I don’t even remember what happened except that there was a lot of poultry seasoning involved. This one from AllRecipes is so good, though! I made a couple of substitutions just because and forgot to pound the meat, so I was hoping it would be okay. I even burned the garlic when cooking it (turned away for just a second!! Isn’t that how it always happens???), and it was STILL fabulous!

June 8, 2008, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Chicken, Dinner, Pork, Sides, Weekly Menu

It’s been abnormally busy for this time of year! I had a job interview two Thursdays ago which occupied my thoughts until this past Friday when I found out I didn’t make the cut. Ah well, such is life 🙂

Good news is: I’m in the mood to cook! Nothing fancy, I should say, but nonetheless, my tummy is rumbling at the creations I have planned for this week.

Monday: Burgers at the baseball game…

Tuesday: Free-for-all. I have ballet, so hubs usually has Subway or something frozen.

Wednesday: Rubbed pork chops with green beans and mashed potatoes.

Thursday: Black bean and salsa soup with tortilla chips and homemade salsa.

Friday or Saturday (depending on which night we eat out): Garlic cheddar chicken with a side salad (dressings of our choice) and French rolls.

Sunday: Egg Drop Soup with frozen egg rolls.