This Week’s Menu!
May 14th – 20th.

Next weekend is the official “GO AHEAD AND PLANT YOUR TOMATOES’ weekend in Southern Ontario.  That means supposedly the chance of frost has passed.  May 10th was the actual frost free date, but everyone is encouraged to be safe and wait until the long weekend, when … chances are they’ll be really drunk and won’t care if a big frost comes and wipes out all their tomatoes and geraniums.  Yup.

So, being that next weekend is a big, outside, kick your shoes in the air and run through the grass kindda weekend, there’s gonna be BBQey, long weekend kindda meals.  In the spring and summer it’s a lot easier to plan your meals, because you can just stand outside and sniff the air.  Hmm.  Chicken.  That smells good.  Then you put chicken blinders on your hens and slap a couple of capons on the BBQ.



Recipe Links

Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce 

There you have it.  This week’s menu.  That’s the plan anyway.


  1. DonnaBoo says:

    Mmmm. Here in South Texas we’ve had tomatoes in dirt for awhile. Have been harvesting some (dunno what kind, markers are lost in there somewhere). Nothing like a slightly warm fresh tomato straight from your garden! Forget how juicy and tasty tomatoes can be!

    Grilled steaks, baked idahos and sweets, some grilled broccoli, green salad from the garden. Mother’s Day feast!

  2. Mary Werner says:

    Or kick your shoes off and run thru the veggies since there is no grass now!

  3. Becca says:

    Oooooh… Piri Piri Chicken. Yum! I adore Piri Piri Chicken! LOVE IT! Do you have your own recipe for Piri Piri sauce? Or maybe you have a good sauce you can recommend. I haven’t yet found a good bottled Piri Piri and would love your advice on this one. Mouth watering in anticipation… okay, truth be known, I’m drooling.

  4. Thera says:

    The 20th is hubby’s b-day, so I am suspecting there will be steaks on the BBQ for us, but I am dying for either our original/secret recipe pasta salad or tuna pasta salad!

    • Karen says:

      Secret recipe pasta salad???? I guess it’s pointless to ask for it right? Or is it just a bottle of Kraft Greek dressing? 🙂 ~ karen

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    As soon as I got my postponement from the hospital..I ran out to the Amish greenhouse and bought some veggie plants..4 kinds of tomatoes..4 kinds of peppers..Vadilla onions..and pumpkins..40 cents for each single plant..they will be in the ground tomorrow..then I will be going back for a few kinds of lettuce and some herbs..If we are lucky we will get the corn planted that we planned for this year..Can’t wait for all this fresh yummy-ness..

  6. Susannah says:

    Tomatoes being planted! Tomatoes being eaten! Good grief, here in northern Vermont we are a good two to three weeks away from planting…those who play it safe, like me, that is. I will be making sacrifices to the Tomato Goddesses to spare my tomatoes from the f#***%$ing blight this year.
    Hey! I could sacrifice those yucky tomato hornworms, right? A little altar, some chanting…

    • Karen says:

      Ah blight. Got my mother’s tomatoes last year or the year before. Can’t remember. They up and died though. That I remember. ~ karen

      • Gayla T says:

        In the old dog learning new tricks dept, my daughter said yesterday while planting tomatoes that if her husband Cameron keeps his paws of them they might get a good crop. Evidently, if a smoker touches the plants they get that blight and die. She says the county ag agent who has a blog did a thing on it. That’s all I know but it might be worth checking out.

  7. Thera says:

    Hmmm not Greek, but I will share, it’s actually the veggies that are unusual, as hubby will not eat tuna pasta, this is what I invented years ago and it’s a huge hit with our friends and family.

    1 large bag or rotini
    1 large bottle Kraft Ranch Dressing
    1 good sized head of broccoli
    1 cucumber
    3-4 stalks celery
    6 radish
    3-4 tops of green onion

    Boil up the rotini, drain, dump into a LARGE metal bowl, refrigerate as you do you the rest.

    Slice and dice all your veggies, dump in with the pasta, pour in at least 3/4 of the bottle of dressing. Mix well.
    (I use two big metal slotted spoons)
    Keep refrigerated and covered with seran wrap before and after serving.
    This easily serves 10-12 cereal bowls worth and you will need that much as this stuff is addicting 🙂

  8. Thera says:

    *of rotini not or lol

  9. Bobbie says:

    Quite aside from today’s menu:
    Found this on the blog called Sketch42 just now and knew it was for you. It’s called UrbanCoop 3.
    the full post here:
    Just because I loved your chicken videos and will they eat it and… and… 😀

  10. Gayla T says:

    Running through whose grass? Unless you have grass in the side yard? I’ve done a search here for the Peri Peri chicken and got everything but. I know it has to be hiding some place. My daughter and I thought we were having a garage sale but it was actually a swap meet. She took my stuff in her house and I took her’s to mine. Plus a couple of other neighbors brought stuff. I’ve vowed to take one thing out each time something comes in and it about evened out.

  11. Alice says:

    Hmm…just wondering what you’re going to get at Diary Queen…a yummy new journal, maybe?

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Oops. See? I have no time for writing this weekly menu post. I *always* screw something up on it. ~ karen

  12. Alex says:

    I knew there was a reason I found your blog. Last year I killed all the perennials I planted in the front garden. Something about ‘planting too early’. I totally would have put the tomato’s in early too. Thank God for this post.

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