Sunday, September 20, 2009

Menu Planning September 26th

This Week I finish cleaning up the garden for the fall, final pruning of wisteria, smocking a baby outfit, sewing curtains and a tablecloth for the bedroom, planning the next three weeks of class and birthday party. I am also baking pumpkin bread for some friends and neighbors.

This week's menu plan:

Sunday: New England Clam Chowder
Monday: Cheese Steaks and FF
Tuesday: Lemon Chicken, Fingerling Roasted Potatoes and spring salad mix.
Wednesday: Church
Thursday: Mini-quiche
Friday: Spring Green Risotto
Saturday: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Peas

Grocery List Necessary:

Spring Peas
Sub Rolls
Chicken Breasts
Fingerling Potatoes

Already have:


Mini_quiches are in the freezer

Cliff House New England Clam Chowder

  • 1 slice hickory-smoked bacon, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon The Cliff House Spice Blend (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 can clams (6-1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup bottled clam juice
  • 1-1/2 cups Half and Half
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and diced


To Create The Cliff House Spice Blend, blend 4 tsps oregano, 4 tsps dried parsley, 2 tsps marjoram, 2 tsps dill, 4 tsps thyme, 4 tsps basil, 1 tsp sage, 4 tsps rosemary, 2 tsps tarragon, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, crushing in a mortar if possible. Store in a resealable plastic bag to refrigerate.

In a heavy-bottomed, 4-pint soup kettle, sauté bacon, butter, onion, garlic and The Cliff House Spice Blend over low heat. Do not allow to brown. Drain clams and set aside, reserving the juice. Slowly stir the flour and clam juices in the sauté mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Add Half and Half and simmer 20 minutes. Add white pepper, potatoes and clams. Heat to serving temperature. Do not allow to boil, as this toughens the clams. Serve at once with crackers and warm cornbread.


  1. are so organized. I plan my meals while in the grocery store, according to what meats are on sale. After it is all put away, then I make my dinner list, in no particular daily order, just a list so that I remember what I bought. LOL! Always too much going on here... I have to stay on track so the boys don't sway me into going to Mickey D's.

    Have a wonderful week. Glad I got to visit with you this weekend!


  2. Be sure to come by tonight around 9pm (Eastern time) for the announcement so you don't miss out. I promise-it good-really really good.
    Its So Very Cheri


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