This Week’s Menu.
January 30th – February 5th

You may notice I’m having Orange Chicken again this week. It’s not because I’m particularly obsessed with Orange Chicken (although I am) it’s because we didn’t end up having it the other week for some reason. I can’t remember why. I may have instituted a work stoppage due to being angry over the amount of dirty coffee cups and used toothpicks I found throughout the house, including in the shag rug. But I can’t really remember.

Jan 30th - 5th


Sweet Potato Fries

Broccoli Soup

Orange chicken


Spaghetti & Meatballs

Garlic Cheese Bread

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  1. Barbie says:

    I was hoping to find the Potato/Leek soup recipe….. Sounds like your going to have some good grub next week! :))

  2. Bridget says:

    I wondered if you will share your Orange Chicken recipe? I have a million oranges (a long story involving Costco!) and my family eats many chickens. I would love to know how to make it!

  3. Nicole2 says:

    Thank you O Goddess of the Kitchen, I looked at your Sweet Potato Fries recipe and will try them for sure. The timing is perfect. I bought a giant sweet potato yesterday, just one, it’s so big it will feed my entire family and the neighbours on the street AND I’ll have leftovers. Now I have to go on the hunt for Sriracha sauce.

    And where did you find those beautiful matching containers for the fries and the sauce???? Too darn perfect!

    I mean, Martha Stewart has a whole company behind her to make things look so perfect and you can achieve this all by your little self!! Sooooo impressed.

  4. Brie says:

    Monday night? Yes, I’ll be there around 6. Can’t wait.

  5. Emma says:

    Can I come over for dinner on Monday night?? Steak AND crab legs? COME ON.

  6. Can I put in a plea for humble chicken and dumplings? I made it last week and had the remains as soup for lunch, and it was as if my mammy were smiling down from heaven in a ray of sunshine…

  7. Betty says:

    I made your Orange Chicken just this week. Only, because a couple of years of eating badly put on the weight, and I am now trying to lose that weight, I didn’t coat or deep fry the chicken. I left that chicken naked except for the little bit of oil I fried it in. I made the orange sauce as is and added a bit to an exact 1/2 cup of rice with some of the naked chicken. You know how you thought the orange sauce would last for two meals? My husband gobbled it all up. Offered to do the dishes and yes, while he did set aside enough for two leftover meals, the rest of it mysteriously disappeared. While I am positive the real thing is much, much better, the skinny version was pretty good too. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

  8. Sydney Davis says:

    holllly yum! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Gayla T says:

    I came across this recipe while surfing your recipe collection and have made it three times. It’s wonderful! All the ingredients in the right balance to make a sauce I’ve lusted after for a long time. Once you have a good sweet/sour recipe it can work for so many dishes. I was at the point that I was using bottled sauce but no more. I tried it as lemon chicken by substituting the juice and it still came out perfect. I think using the rice vinegar is the secret as all the recipes I have tried used white vinegar and it just didn’t have that special taste that the take out did. My family loves sweet and sour pork so I’m going to use this sauce with the pork chunks the next time. Panda a go go is gonna wonder where I go go’d to. LOL Thanks for working this one out to perfection. And no, you are not a dork….way too cool for that. You are cutting edge for sure.

  10. Awesome. Thanks for this I was just sitting here thinking WTF and I going to make for dinners this week!

  11. I had your orange chicken tonight. Delish. Of course, the kids didn’t like it, it was too saucy. So are they. I fooled them into finishing their cheese buns by making yummy croutons out of their dregs of bread. So stuff it!
    thanks for the inspirations

    • Karen says:

      Amanda – What kind of crazy kids do you have that don’t like sauce?! Hmm. I’d wonder about them. They might be alien kids. ~ karen

  12. Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for your weekly menu ideas. After nearly 40 years of marriage I have run out of ideas for dinner and I find the weekly meal plan a daunting task. Some weeks I’d be happy with a salad and cheese and crackers every day. Not so much my husband though who is mostly a meat and potatoes man.

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome. I took it off the blog for a while, but … I’ve discovered a lot of people relied on it for a few ideas so … it’s back. 🙂 ~ karen

  13. Tasha says:

    Broccoli soup to the rescue! Tonight was supposed to be pork butt (hee) but when I looked for recipes, they all said crockpot it! So, what’s for dinner. Broccoli soup with croutons and cheese. Quick, yummy, and it warmed me up as I was still cold after the Chinese New Years parade.

    I too have an alien child. He had his unblended, without cheese. Weird.

    • Karen says:

      Tasha – Yay! I mean, not for having an alien child. For that you have my sympathies. Weird kid. But yay for the broccoli soup and the fact that your alien child will eat it any way at all! I’m looking forward to broccoli soup night. 🙂 Such an easy recipe and always good. ~ karen

  14. Jenny says:

    Take care in posting what day you will be eating steak and crab legs. Michelle Obama may show up.

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