This Week’s Menu.
January 23rd – 29th

As I mentioned there will be no funny.  No stories, no chit chat.  Just an inspirational menu.

And an original knock, knock joke written by me.  Karen.

Knock Knock.

Who’s there?


Jimmy Who?

I’m sorry to have to correct you but it’s actually  pronounced Choo. 

© Karen


Jan 23rd - 29th


Potato Pancakes

Tie Dye roasted beets

Curried Chicken Salad

Homemade Pizza Sauce, Homemade Pizza Dough, BBQed Pizza

Teriyaki Sauce (from Shish Kebab recipe)



  1. Do you think it’s right to be salivating at 6:10am?

  2. Ann says:

    Is the maple balsamic dressing homemade? If so, i would love that recipe

  3. Lorrinda says:

    I tried the Jeff Crump pizza dough you shared last week, with your Lebanese pizza sauce. Pefect! Thanks for finally ending my search for the perfect homemade pizza recipes, these have definietly gone into my binder and I threw out all my other crappy ones. I’m anxiously awaiting your recommendations for the perfect cheese…
    Your maple balsamic dressing sounds yummy…I’d love to try that too.

  4. Barbie says:

    Thanks for the weekly inspiration Karen! I LOVE potatoes! I LOVE me some beets….this year we grew golden beets! LOVE….and I cannot WAIT to try the tie dye recipe! Golden beets are super expensive and hard to find around here…so it will have to wait until garden time. I have a super amazing recipe I can share with you using golden beets…however not nearly as impressive as your tie dye ones! You always amaze me! 🙂

  5. Violet says:

    Those tie-dye beets are awfully perty — like happy little disks of sunshine. I bet they’d be a great home remedy for SAD sufferers. They’d save money, too, because those full-spectrum lamps cost a fortune (sure, they’re still cheaper than a 4 month trip to Bermuda, but not as cheap as beets!). I wonder what would happen if you put a few random drops of food color (green & blue) on the outside of a golden beet. Some day I’m going to try that to see if anything happens.

  6. gloria says:

    Holy crow, does that sound great! Would you like to adopt a surrogate mother-type person? Will gladly sleep with “the girls” in the coop (I have woolies for cold nights), will perform coop duty (whatever that entails, hey, I can learn) in trade for eating at your house. I’ll even take my meals in the coop to ensure your privacy. On a little tray. With one of those nice linen tea towels over the top. A flower in a vase would be nice, but now I’m just pushing it, aren’t I? Ok, ok, just push it out the door on a paper plate, I’m not picky. Well, maybe a little, not crazy about beets. But yours sound good, so I’m willing to give em a go. So whaddaya say?

  7. Clare says:

    Yum Karen, looks like a great week food-wise at your place. I definitely going to steal the teriyaki chicken skewers …

    I have to confess that I laughed wistfully to myself when I read about making extra mashed potatoes for the pancakes. It is such a great idea, but with a 13 year old boy having a growth spurt in our house, I don’t think it would matter how much mash I made, there is no way there would ever be any left overs.

  8. Anemone says:

    I will be making pizza this week…using your suggested dough and sauce recipe. I really can’t resist pizza. I will be using Oven cause I don’t have a grill. I wish I had a grill. It’s just not a good idea to type about food and read food post when you’re hungry.

  9. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Now I have a purpose this coming week. I must find some golden beets!

  10. Liz S. says:

    Beef stew and dumplings? Stupid question, but are the dumplings cooked in with the stew (like chicken and dumplings) or are the dumplings a side dish. Sounds crazy, but I think it would be awesome to cook dumplings in with the beef stew. I like to add egg noodles to my beef stew to stretch it out a little more. Guess then it’s technically a vegetable beef soup, but I don’t care.

  11. sera says:

    I’m sorry, did no one ask you for the homemade chili sauce recipe yet???

    • Karen says:

      They have …. I’m just so loaded up with chili sauce that I haven’t had to make any. Once I’m low, I’ll make a batch and post a tutorial. ~ karen

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