This Week’s Menu
March 5th – 11th.

As you know, I agreed to start writing out my weekly menu for you again on one condition. That condition being … there would be no funny. No humour, not little stories, no work. Just the menu. NO other writing.

I take that all back.

So, did ya hear the one about the girl, the blog and the Homie awards?

As of midnight tonight, the Art of Doing Stuff has been nominated for an Apartment Therapy Homie Award. Best DIY Blog category.

So that means I need to thank everyone who voted for me. Thank you! Ahem.

It also means I have to ask you to vote for me again, in this final round, which will end with the announcement of the winner on Friday.

To register so you can vote for me for an Apartment Therapy Homie, click here.

Then come back and vote for The Art of Doing Stuff by clicking here.

Then sit back, put your feet up and get a little dinner inspiration by looking below … here.

Mar 5 - Mar 11


Recipe Links

Tofu Marinade

Guaranteed Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Jeff Crump’s Pizza Dough

Pizza Sauce

How to cook a pizza on the BBQ

Thanks again for all of your votes. You’re my special friends. Who I know from the Internet. Which doesn’t really mean you’re my friends so much as … people from the Internet. Who the hell are you people anyway? You’re freakin’ me out.



  1. Ok, so NOW I can go vote for you again? Is that what you mean?

    And um, unless your name is Dan Quayle (or pluralizing it) “potato” has no “e.” It’s actually a political thing here in the U.S.

    Wait… does that make this an international incident??? KAREN CAUSED AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT!!! WOOHOO!!!

  2. Susan says:

    I’m all worn out…. How bout cooking one of these dishes and I won’t have to! 🙂

  3. Susan says:

    BTW…. I voted in each category for you and congrats you’re winning by a mile!

  4. Liz says:

    As one of these strange people from the internet I have noticed a typo 😛

    You missed the ) in Mon’s menu 🙂

    Doing maths at uni makes brackets very obvious



    • Karen says:

      It has since been rectified. I think you’ll all find the “Menu of the Week” will consistently have typos, spelling errors and general mayhem. (I do the menu very quickly ~ karen and yes … that lack of bracket was JUST for you. 🙂

  5. Rachel says:

    Did you get the idea for the Buddha Bowl from Fresh? That’s my favourite vegetarian restaurant EVER! Their Big Salad also rocks my world.

  6. Stefanie says:

    Your readers (you’re totally leading the voting right now!!) can still save with the KAREN coupon and get a baby Buddha bowl at Favor the Earth so they can make your yummy Monday meal!

  7. Kris says:

    Thanks for the menu, just a tip, if you read it first thing in the morning, before you have your coffee, without your glasses on, you don’t even notice the mistakes!! I’ve never heard of Fresh or Favor the Earth, I’ll definately check them out. By the way, Karen, what do you win by being the best blog, a virtual trophy, bragging rights? Looks like you should start writing your acceptance speach!!

    • Karen says:

      Hey Kris, Well … I win $50, LOL. The reason I want to win is because it’s such GREAT exposure for my website. I’ve been doing it for 2 years now and I devote 6 days a week, about 9 or 10 hours a day to it. It’s a lot of work but I LOVE it. I love the writing, the photography, the content and interacting with the readers, because my readers are pretty hilarious. So, more exposure means more money which means more cash for better posts and a greater chance I can continue to keep the blog going. Phew. So that’s what I win. 🙂 Favor the Earth is one of my new advertisers. Great stuff. All recycled/green products. ~ karen!

  8. Kris says:

    That’s why you’re so good at at, because you LOVE doing it! “Follow Your Bliss”! And by the way, I just noticed that I spelled speech wrong, it was a sympathetic spelling error.

  9. Pat says:

    Karen, thanks for providing the links for us to vote. The last time I tried, things went sideways, but it worked this time. I work on a computer at work all day with oodles of programs and then get home and flounder with my laptop. It provides endless amusement for my teenage/adult children whose eyes must get tired from being rolled around in their sockets in exasperation. (But then they’ve never cooked a six course turkey dinner either!)

    You deserve to win!

  10. Robbin Caskenette says:

    Hi Karen

    What cashew chicken recipe do you use? I love it at the Thai restaurants, but didn’t like it when I tried to make it. I like the sweet, spicy with oranges version. Is that the same as yours?

  11. Micol says:

    one vote from me 🙂

  12. Rebecca says:

    Just voted. You’ve got a nice lead on the competition!

  13. Jake says:

    Can’t believe you do Tofu, you seem so normal.

  14. I want to try making a dish with tofu so bad! That marinade looks scrumptious!

    • Karen says:

      It’s really good! To make the buddha bowl, fill a bowl with brown rice, drizzle with warmed up spicy peanut sauce, top with marinated tofu (or chicken) and partially cooked bean sprouts. Drizzle entire dish with spicy peanut sauce again. ~ karen

  15. Deb says:

    Just voted for you, funny Lady!!! You’re ahead, by the way!!! Congrats!!!

  16. Susan says:

    Yup, happily cast my vote for you again (not sure why they need round two though). Thanks for the Buddha Bowl reminder – will have to make it this week too.

  17. Gayla T says:

    Ok, enough with the Karen stuff. I found out today who you really are, Cameron. I kept thinking I knew you from somewhere and then I saw pic of you with your real name, Cameron Diaz and I had you! Now, why would a girl who makes the money you do making movies have to work that many hours a day for $50 a year is beyond me. So maybe your are getting ready for a new role as a funny, pretty chicken loving lady with a DIY blog. LOve it! I’m hoping they have written in a part of a chubby old lady with a house full of dogs cats and grandkids who thinks the star is wasting her life when she should be a stand up comedian with her own show in Vegas. Call me….we’ll do lunch.

  18. Cindy Marlow says:

    I don’t understand how you didn’t win the Bloggies. You were way above everyone point wise in the first round. I hope it’s a consolation that you are definitely 1st place in the hearts and minds (and chuckle boxes) of your rabid followers…I mean avid. We’ll get ’em next year!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cindy! Thank you! But I’m not sure what you’re talking about, LOL. If you’re talking about the Apartment Therapy “Homie” awards, voting continues until Friday at noon. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Cindy Marlow says:

        My bad! I thought the voting ended at midnight last night. That must have been in the alternate universe that I sometimes live in. I’m so glad we have time to boost you back up to #1!!!

  19. Jen Heicklen says:

    The way you are working vote getting, you would make one hell of a pimp. Good luck to ya! 🙂

  20. Clare says:

    Heading over there to vote as soon as I finish this note. Hope your migraine has gone away!

    The thing I love about your menus is their split personality. Some nights you do the ‘my body is a temple’ thing and others you let rip with pork belly and mash, or steak and fries. It amuses me because it reminds me so much of my own eating patterns …

    • Karen says:

      Clare – Life and food are all about balance. And potato chips. We always eat homemade meals though. No frozen foods and rarely any take out. Maybe once every 2 months. To me, as long as you’re making the pork belly yourself … you’re fine. (at least that’s my theory) Heh. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Oop! And thanks for the vote! ~ karen

      • Clare says:

        My Grandmother used to say ‘all things in moderation’. Very very true. I love your pork belly theory! Hehehe. We also cook everything from scratch, or rather my husband does: he loves cooking, and I love eating his food. Match made in heaven. 🙂

  21. Clare says:

    ugh, it is typo central here today. *the thing I love about your menus ARE their split personality*


  22. ruth says:

    yay, my vote counts! Congrats on your lead, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Ruth! But did you vote recently? Like today or yesterday? My lead is officially gone with this new round. At least it’s to a deserving blog. However … that doesn’t mean I don’t wanna win against them. ~ karen

  23. Janey says:

    Not a big voter. Most elections are rigged with dead people anyway…. well I guess that gave away that I’m in the U.S.
    Keep the kitten please.

  24. Janey says:

    oops… the “they make me sneeze” part got cut off.

    am not a horrible kitten hating reader. promise.

  25. YvonneM says:

    Second Round! I’m vote #414, hang in there Karen, your followers will get you to the top once more!

  26. ruth says:

    Yup I voted again! and will continue to do so….

  27. I just stopped by via AT. I’m kind of in love. Love your blog, love that menu…but I won’t be sharing it with my husband. I’m afraid we’re still eating out of the freezer I stuffed chock full of meals before our 12 week old arrived!

    • Karen says:

      Feicity – I can’t say I blame you. I *love* cooking but … I also love not cooking, LOL. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you vote for me! ~ karen p.s. When my niece had her latest baby girl, my present to her was bringing over all her family meals for the first 7 days. It went over WELL.

  28. Lorrinda says:

    I’m one of those weird internet cyberstalker people who enjoys lurking on your blog. But I never leave comments, so I figured the least I could do was click on your link and vote for you! I’m vote #507. Good luck!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Lorrinda! That’s fantastic. Thanks for coming out of your comment closet to help me out. I really appreciate it. ~ karen!

  29. Patti says:

    Ooh! Please share your chinese green beans recipe! Are they spicy? I loveeeee spicy chinese green beans and have yet to have found the perfect recipe!!!!

  30. Lonelle says:

    Vote #696!!

  31. Lucy says:

    Hi Karen: can you share your braised pork belly recipe, or post a link if you did in the past? Never made it ad I am curious to see how you do it. Thanks!

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