Monday, March 17, 2014

My Pinterest Menu: Week of March 17th

I am back from Nashville...and I am dragging! Needing my coffee badly : )  That's next, but right now, I have to say I am excited about this week's menu.  Tonight especially, because it is ...St. Patrick's Day!!!!!!

I don't usually include dessert recipes, because my family does not eat desserts regularly, but today warrants one.  And this one is a doozy!  I made the same thing for St. Patty's Day last year, and it was a huge hit, so I thought I would revisit these much loved recipes.  

And since, Monday's fare is a little heavier, I left the rest of the menu a little lighter and little healthier. But you gotta splurge on St. Patty's Day!!!...right?

Here is this week's menu...Enjoy : )

via Closet Cooking

via Closet Cooking

via The Mobile Bay Mag 

via Simply Delicious

via Tartine and Apron Strings

via Comfy in the Kitchen

The Grocery List:

Bangers and Colcannon with Guinness Onion Gravy-
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch slices
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 small head cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound sausage (Irish or English bangers if you can get them)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 bottle Guinness
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • milk to taste

    Chocolate Stout Cake with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting-
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish cream

Pomegranate Pear Walnut Salad-
9 ounces mixed greens
1 pear, sliced
1/2 cup pitted sliced Medjool dates
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 ounces goat cheese
pomegranate balsamic vinegar
walnut oil

Greek Chicken Bake with Tzatziki-
8 plump, free range chicken thighs
1 head of garlic, halved
red onions, cut into wedges
100g Calamata olives
olive oil, to drizzle
2 tsp dried oregano
salt & pepper to taste
juice of 1 lemon
Mediterranean Delicacies Tzatziki
warm pita breads
extra lemon wedges

   Honey Lime Tequila Shrimp Tacos-
2 pounds (454 g) raw shrimps, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons raw honey
juice of 2 limes + 1 lime
1/2 cup tequila
1 medium onion, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle (optional)
2 avocados, diced
1/2 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice [about 2-3 limes]
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup light, neutral oil, such as grapeseed
1 cup (250 ml) sour cream or créme fraîche [low fat can be used]
1 to 2 pieces of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce [canned]
12 – 15 homemade or store-bought good quality yellow or white corn tortilla
a handful of cilantro, finely chopped

Honey Balsamic Chicken over Rice-
4 chicken breasts
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups italian dressing
salt, pepper, thyme
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp honey
1 cup feta cheese
½ cup pecans
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chick peas

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