This Week’s Menu!
August 13th – 19th.

I have a great, GREAT week coming up for you on The Art of Doing Stuff.  Posts I’m really excited about.

But what I’m most excited for next week is eating more Curried Chicken Salad.   Honest to God, I can’t get enough of this stuff.  I don’t even put it on toast or lettuce anymore.  I make it, then stand at the counter and eat it out of the bowl until I’m peeing curry.

Beef & Broccoli I’m not totally in love with but I cam eat it.  The fella loves it, so I make it.  I figure it’s my “duty” seeing as I’m the one who is always deciding on the menu for the week.

That’s something I remember about living at home. I couldn’t wait until I was the one that decided what I was having for dinner. For every meal  of joy and excitement I found at that colonial maple kitchen table with matching chairs, there was also the meal of dread and despair.  For every mound of lasagna there was a day of pork chops drenched in cream of mushroom soup.

There’s nothing worse than being starving and being served glop.  Not that my mother’s cooking was glop, but she liked cream of mushroom soup.  I hated it.  She liked boiled cabbage.  I hated it.

So one of the joys of living on my own has always been cooking things I love and eating them.  So every once in a while I’ll cook something I know the fella loves that I don’t.

Just to be fair.  You know. ‘Cause I’m a really good person.

Plus, when I’m eating something I don’t love for dinner, I always have room for snacking later on.  So if we’re having beef & broccoli for dinner you know I’ll also be having Ruffles and dip with television.

I find it’s an excellent compromise. That I do out of the goodness of my heart.  ‘Cause I’m a really good person who likes potato chips a lot.



Links to the Recipes!


Karen’s Curried Chicken Salad – The BEST chicken salad you’ll ever eat.

Karen’s Beet Salad w/ Orange Juice Dressing


  1. For lunch today I had the BEST salad, melons and arugula with a little parma ham, dressing was reduced balsamic. I loved it so much I had the salted caramel pudding as well, and half my husband’s calamari.

  2. Erika says:

    LOL I had ruffles and dip last night. The kids had hotdogs!

  3. Gayla T says:

    I’m laughing at you eating it standing at the counter. I caught myself standing with the fridge door open eating it out of the bowl. You can get away with being disgusting when you live alone. I can’t do it when my girls are here for fear of them seeing me as one of those “do as I say, not as I do” people. I am one but I’m trying to raise the quality of the family in years to come. I come from a long line of Rednecks but choose to do better. Most of the time. I was cooking chicken at midnight and also made Tabouli Salad and Cauliflower Salad, two dishes I love but no one else does. I make them and eat the whole thing over a few days. MMMmmmmmm! I now have added the curry that has almost no curry in it salad and your beet salad to my fav catagory.

  4. Carol says:

    Hey! How about the sweet and sour meatball recipe?

  5. Marti says:

    I went vegetarian two weeks ago. Do you have (more) good veg-head recipes, Karen?

  6. Marti says:

    Come on… I know you can do this. You have a front yard full of “I CAN DO THIS.” And don’t gimme that carrot soup recipe. I *already* love that.

  7. Marti says:

    No, that’s cheating. I already like the Fire Broth so much that I’m going to drop this ridiculous ruse and go right back to eating it, once the weather gets cold.

    Come on… I know you have a little tofu in you somewhere. And that may be the one-in-a-million Fella that would actually allow the stuff on his dinner plate.

    He seems to go along with every other thing you do. 😉

  8. Karen and Marti…

    check out the “fields of greens” cookbook, by Annie Somerville…just about everything I have made from that book is delicious! The Moroccan lentil soup is everyone’s fave around here.
    thanks for the recipes Karen!

  9. Brooke says:

    Any response to the sweet-and-sour meatball recipe request?

  10. Moe says:

    I’m going to try that chicken salad recipe. I’m not sure if I like curry so I’ll start slow with it. But it sounds and looks so yummy. I’m also going to do the Hippie cookies. I’m trying to do low carb and these sound delicious.
    What are your thoughts on balsamic vinegar??? I’m not a fan of vinegar but so many people make salads with it that I’m thinking perhaps I should give that a try too.
    Must go try and find the beet salad recipe. I love beets.
    I bought a patio tomato plant this year and had the first little tomato off it this morning, sliced on my plate with my bacon and eggs. Oh my, what a difference from the store bought tomatoes. A little slice of heaven. Yummmm. Can’t wait for the next one to ripen. :o)

    • Karen says:

      Moe – All the recipe links are at the end of the post. The Beet salad one is there. As far as vinegar goes I have/use every type of vinegar possible. Balsamic vinegar is great. I use it almost every day. But if you don’t like vinegar …. you may not like it. What with it being vinegar and all. 🙂 White balsamic vinegar is a bit sweeter than regular balsamic. You might like that. ~ karen!

  11. Moe says:

    Thanks Karen, that beet salad sure looks like something I’d like to try.
    I’ve never heard of white balsamic vinegar but I’ll try to find it and give it a try. I’d like to find a simple salad dressing that I LOVE so that I don’t mind eating more salads. I’m not much of a salad person. :o( … but I’m trying. :o)

  12. Nicole says:

    Sounds freakin awesome. I’ll be over Monday.

  13. magali says:

    sweet and sour meatballs sound sooo good!!!

  14. Brooke says:

    Why do I not see the recipe for sweet-and-sour meatballs?

  15. Kathy S says:

    Karen, is that really your handwriting or do you use a computer font? Just askin’… It’s beautious!

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