This Week’s Menu.
February 6th – 12th

My time this week has been taken up by chickens, a migraine, a vomiting cat, dying plants, a highly secret experiment, and my newfound love of relaxing (I’m surprisingly maintaining my New Year’s resolution to relax).

So I don’t have the two or three sentences of “banter” I normally have before my Menu of the Week.  You shall have to deal with it.

Crap.  That was 3 sentences wasn’t it?

I’m nothing if not a liar.

Here you go … the inspirational menu for the week.


Oh. And the menu is all wonky and stupid and the spacing is off. That wasn’t the result of a migraine or vomiting cat, but rather a 20/20 special on celebrity weddings gone awry. Sorry … it’s part of my relaxing regimen.


  1. Marti says:

    Prime Rib AND mashed potatoes AND parm-asparagus AND you think you get dessert? Surely not! NO DESSERT FOR YOU!

    • Karen says:

      Marti – I will TOO have dessert. Actually, I’m not really a dessert person, but while I was coming up with the menu I found a packaged chocolate cake mix in my cupboard I want to get rid of. I hate to say it, but those packaged cake mixes (Duncan Hines) are pretty stinkin’ good. TOTALLY not the sort of thing you’d expect me to say I’m sure but … they’re pretty stinkin’ good. So … where was I? Oh, right. SUCK IT. Let them eat cake. ~ karen

      • Kim says:

        I love those cake mixes…growing up that was what my mother used most of the time. I dress them up with made from scratch frosting. Devils food cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting! My people love it!

        • Karen says:

          Kim – The fella makes them with canned chocolate frosting, but grates orange zest over the top once it’s frosted and puts it under a dome. Within no time the zest infuses the chocolate icing and we have orange/chocolate icing. ~ karen!

      • Teri says:

        Duncan Hines cakes are great. If you add a box of choc pudding (dry) to the mix and add and extra egg to the rest of the ingredients the cake comes out AWESOMELY moist and tasty beyond good. Oh I do specialty cakes on the side so I know this…

    • Ariel says:

      Uhmmmm, Karen I think you’re amazing and the highlight of my week but why did I have as the banner on the bottom of your post?!

      • Karen says:

        LOL. Wow. Um. I have no idea. Where do you mean? Along the sidebar? I have no control over those ads really. They’re from my ad network. Very strange. ~ karen

  2. Becky says:

    There should be a universal law that states NO ONE is allowed to post menus that include chocolate freaking cake after 11pm… I wasn’t hungry two minutes ago and now my stomach is growling, and my mouth is watering..

    not.fair. 😉

  3. Funny, I pictured you sitting on the sofa with laptop, dreaming up menu, never thought of you looking in the cupboard to see what needs to be used up! (easy known I don’t do weekly menus and easy known I should!)
    Hadn’t heard of perogies, just googled them and I think they’ll be very popular here, anything that has tons of carbs goes down well with my kids!

    • Karen says:

      Mimi – To do my menu I’m usually sitting on the floor in front of the fire with the flyers around me. Earlier in the day I’d seen the cake mix and thought … better use that up. ~ karen

  4. Mandy Y says:

    I have to ask….what on earth are Perogies? I’ve never heard the term before 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Mandy Y – They’re like dumplings sort of. An Eastern European Ravioli I guess you could say. You boil and then quickly fry them with onions. They’re a circle of dough with a cheese filling. Cottage cheese or cheddar cheese, or sometimes other things as well like broccoli or onion or jalapeno peppers … whatever. ~ karen

  5. Laura Bee says:

    mmmm Beef barley soup….

  6. JoDee Luna says:

    My best friend (owner of Kate Coury’s Farmhouse) told me about your blog. She was right. I’m intrigued!

  7. Sabrina@LouLouSucre says:

    It’s wonderful that you make a menu every week. I wish that I were that motivated to cook. I do love it, just not every night. Your menu sounds wonderful, btw. Love prime rib!!

  8. Nancy says:

    Perogies are good..we like them filled with mashed potatoes and cheese..You can also deep fry them until the outside is crispy..Yum

  9. Barbie says:

    I always love the menu of the week! It helps to inspire me for my upcoming week! Hope your migraine and vomiting cat are better, and I am so glad you are relaxing….it’s a hard thing to do sometimes…I totally get it. Have a great weekend Karen. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Barbie – My weekend of relaxing has randomly taken a turn for the worse. My plan was to vacuum the kitchen. I’ve since vacuumed all the floors, washed them and am now on a full on cleaning rampage. I’m typing this with a bottle of windex in my left hand. 🙁 ~ karen

  10. Deb says:

    Put DOWN the Windex and WALK AWAY from the Hoover, your making me look bad.

  11. Cynthia says:

    Another easy shortcut for the fella – if you’re in a hurry just put 1 or 2 lunch size chocolate puddings on as “icing”… It’s fun to put your cake mix into plain old ice cream cones, bake em and then pudding on top! These aren’t just for kids either.

    • Karen says:

      Cynthia – Oh, I think I might have to draw the line at chocolate pudding icing. I’m sure *he* wouldn’t … but I might! 🙂 ~ karen

  12. ok, I’ll be over on Sunday.
    Oh, those fabulous triangle buns from Costco are EVIL!!!! I over indulged on them for about 2 bags, read the ingredients and then started to make my own bread. EVIL EVIL! If you aren’t ready to give them up, don’t read the ingredient list… yet. Don’t even peek.
    thanks for the inspiration once again.

  13. Melody Madden says:

    Are those Panko Onions Rings from the Earth To Table Cookbook? Have you made them before? I bought the book after you mentioned it on your blog and it is phenomenal…not only a great read but terrific seasonal recipes. Have not tried the onion rings yet

    • Karen says:

      Melody! Yes indeed they are the Panko Onion Rings from Earth to Table cookbook! I’m going to use the same premise to make calamari rings today as a snack! (topped with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar) ~ karen

  14. Gail says:

    I stumbled upon your blog while I was on Pinterest this weekend (I’m a sucker for a pretty picture), and found your blog. Anyone can have a blog, but not everyone can write with captivating humor like you! I’m hooked, so thank you.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get my Dremel and grandma’s old s&p shakers…

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