Still Cooking My Way Through America’s Test Kitchen

I’ve really been enjoying the recipes, and learning a few new things from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. This will probably be the last week that I cook so many new things from the cookbook, but I really wanted to give it a good workout and then be able to write an honest review for you. Watch for that soon!

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My cooking has always been limited to plain old home cooking, and there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that. Nosirree! However, I love to cook, and I love to learn new things. Combining those two loves makes a terrific combination. My guys are not “gourmet” eaters, and would live contentedly on burgers, tacos and meatloaf if I’d let them. I want to cook to please them, of course, but a bored cook isn’t a good thing either. Plus, I’d love for my boys to have a broader appreciation of various types of foods.

Having a kitchen where I actually have room to prep and cook is wonderful, and it’s really allowed me to finally begin to satisfy that yearning to learn more in the kitchen. Hey! I’m 57 years old, and this old dog can still learn plenty of new tricks!

I’m trying four new dishes from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook this week, and all the rest are family favorites. As usual, I plan my menus based on what I have in my freezer and pantry. I shop the sales to keep my freezer and pantry well – stocked, and that makes my method of menu planning a breeze, and it saves me money, too! If menu planning is new to you, my Menu Planning Series will help!

Here’s our menu for the week! I’m linking up with Laura’s Menu Plan Monday this week, too.

Breakfast – waffles
Lunch – Cheese Quesadillas and applesauce
Dinner – Apricot-Orange Chicken Bake (from America’s Test Kitchen), Couscous, Green Salad

Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – On Your Own (Piano Lesson Day)
Dinner – Fried Ham Steak with Cider Gravy (from America’s Test Kitchen), Fried Potatoes, Green Beans

Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, Almond Poppy Seed Bread Toast
Lunch – Meat and Cheese Sandwiches, Applesauce
Dinner – Mediterranean Meat Pie, French Bread

Breakfast – Oatmeal
Lunch – canned soup, crackers
Dinner – Beef, Bean and Cheese Burritos, Green Salad

Breakfast – Pancakes
Lunch – PBJ Sandwiches, Baby Carrots & Ranch Dip
Dinner – Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Spicy Honey Glaze (from America’s Test Kitchen), Spanish Rice, Green Salad

Breakfast – Cereal
Lunch – Cheese Nachos
Dinner – Slow Cooker Weeknight Chili (from America’s Test Kitchen), Corn Muffins

Breakfast – South of the Border Coffee Cake
Lunch – Out after church
Dinner – Aztec Quiche, toast

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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