Menu Plan Monday- August 17

Brad's gluten free and dairy free cake that he liked

Brad's gluten free and dairy free cake that he liked

This week I’m changing it up a little from my monthly menu.  I’ve been playing with my food lately and want to share.  I’ve also been watching more shows on the Food Network.  They can really inspire me to use a new ingredient or try a dish from another part of the world.  I don’t like following recipes much as you will find when I share my story of the crab cakes from a new cookbook.  All in good time.

This week I’m continuing with my quest to prove that gluten free and dairy free still means, Good Food No Matter What!™  That means that no matter what ingredients you have to live without, your food should still taste good, look good and give you enjoyment as well as nourishment.

Have a wonderful week.  We are starting off celebrating a birthday which somehow must be the wrong number.  I can’t possibly now have kids that are 16 and 20 years old.  I’m only 29 myself!  UPDATE at the bottom on the cake shown above.

Monday- Celebration Dinner for Brad’s 16th Birthday

Tuesday- North African Ostrich Meatballs inspired by Melissa d’Arabian

Wednesday- Pupusas with either pork, beans or loroco flowers

Thursday- Spicy Mustard Chicken with corn

Friday- Special Hamburger with homemade fries

Saturday- Eating out with new friends at Corduroy in DC

Sunday- Polenta French Toast with Bacon

This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is Corn!

For more menu ideas check out Orgjunkie.

Last year's really bad birthday cake

Last year's really bad birthday cake

I love the look on is face.  This cake was really bad.  The icing tasted like shortening with water, which I think it was.  I’ve learned a lot in one year.

UPDATE- for those who have been asking about the cake that tasted good here’s the scoop.  I used a Cherrybrook Kitchen chocolate cake mix and their premade vanilla icing.  You can see the cake mix in our store.  The store page is listed at the top of this blog.  The chocolate candies around the side were made from Enjoy Life chocolate chips.  They are dairy, gluten and soy free.

11 Responses to Menu Plan Monday- August 17

  1. gfe--gluten free eas August 17, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Diane–Your birthday cake for your son is just beautiful! It's amazing how much we can learn in a relatively short time. I know your family is loving all your creations these days and why not with desserts like that and menus like this one? :-)

    Off to get Pesto Chicken with Sweet Potatoes (from Stephanie's blog, A Year of Crockpotting) in the crock pot for my girlfriends' dinner tonight. Keeping as much heat out of the kitchen as possible. (I'd put the crock pot on the porch if I wasn't afraid some varmints might rip through through the screen to get to it.) Have a great week!

    Shirley

    • Diane August 19, 2009 at 8:07 am #

      Shirley- Thanks for the compliment. I will say that I did have a head start but working it everyday and reading lots of cool blogs like yours has really been great. That dinner you’re cooking sounds great. Sounds like the porch might be a good way to catch tomorrow night’s dinner. :-)

  2. gfe--gluten free easily August 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Diane–Your birthday cake for your son is just beautiful! It’s amazing how much we can learn in a relatively short time. I know your family is loving all your creations these days and why not with desserts like that and menus like this one? :-)

    Off to get Pesto Chicken with Sweet Potatoes (from Stephanie’s blog, A Year of Crockpotting) in the crock pot for my girlfriends’ dinner tonight. Keeping as much heat out of the kitchen as possible. (I’d put the crock pot on the porch if I wasn’t afraid some varmints might rip through through the screen to get to it.) Have a great week!

    Shirley

    • Diane August 19, 2009 at 9:07 am #

      Shirley- Thanks for the compliment. I will say that I did have a head start but working it everyday and reading lots of cool blogs like yours has really been great. That dinner you're cooking sounds great. Sounds like the porch might be a good way to catch tomorrow night's dinner. :-)

  3. Jessie at Blog Schmo August 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Ah ha ha! I love the look on his face too. Poor guy, I've so been there. :)

    • Diane August 19, 2009 at 9:09 am #

      Jessie- What I give my family to eat is sometimes very funny. They are real troopers and give it a try. I'm glad I captured it on film although he often reminds me without the picture.

  4. Jessie at Blog Schmog August 18, 2009 at 2:15 am #

    Ah ha ha! I love the look on his face too. Poor guy, I’ve so been there. :)

    • Diane August 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

      Jessie- What I give my family to eat is sometimes very funny. They are real troopers and give it a try. I’m glad I captured it on film although he often reminds me without the picture.

  5. darnold23 August 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    I hope you will plan to join me next week for Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. Mister Linky will be up Tuesday ready for your delicious dish. Thanks for posting.

  6. darnold23 August 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    I hope you will plan to join me next week for Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. Mister Linky will be up Tuesday ready for your delicious dish. Thanks for posting.

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