ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!

I’m in a cooking mood! But that does not mean I want to spend all day in the kitchen. What I want to do is find new-to-me recipes to try, tweak and enjoy! How about you? Do you read cookbooks like romance novels and love to experiment with new recipes. Well, even if you don’t I’ve done a lot of that and the planning for you! All you have to do is shop for the food and make the meal!  Here’s what’s on the menu this week…

I’m LOVING Amazon Fresh in a big, big way! If you have an Amazon Prime account you can have groceries delivered to your door for $14.99 a month. I do really enjoy grocery shopping but I’ve become so busy that grocery shopping is harder and harder to fit into my schedule. And I hate loading all those bags into the car and unloading them! I think Amazon Fresh is the best thing since sliced bread! (ha-ha)  You can find out more about it on Amazon.


Bobby usually grills all year long but for some reason we have not broken out the grill yet this winter. Okay, Bobby time to get grillin’! I had jerk chicken a while back and just loved it. So I thought I should make my own. I’ve not tried this recipe, but you can’t go wrong with Epicurious! 


I love experimenting with new recipes. I’ve cooked long enough that I can usually tell if a recipe will be a winner or not. Medallions Of Pork With Pear Sauce sounds scrumptious!

Instead of pork loin chops I’m using a pork tenderloin and cutting it into medallions about 1 inch thick. The pear sauce sounds amazing. Pears are a fall and winter fruit around here.



Do you get rotisserie chickens from your grocers? They sure are convenient but UGH! They are often overcooked, have been sitting under warming lights, and scrawny! The only ready cooked chicken I get is from Costco. They are fabulous! But why not make your own! They are inexpensive and delicious and so so easy to do at home! And make two at a time! Cook smart!

I usually break them down after I roast them and use them for a few meals, lunches and save the carcass for soup and stock.

ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!


I have a culinary pet peeve and it involves salmon. Salmon is a gorgeous, moist, melt in your mouth fish. But for the most part, it is manhandled and overcooked and exposed to high death-to-salmon-flavor heat! 

Have you ever cooked salmon and had white gelatinous globs seep out from it? That is the beautiful, healthy fat of the salmon being forced out and cooked beyond recognition. High heat does that. And what you are left with is dry salmon!

Cook salmon low and slow and it will reward you with deliciousness! This is a great recipe to learn how to properly bake salmon! 

ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!


Every home cook should learn how to make Pasta Carbonara. It’s a favorite of chefs. After a night of working in a kitchen chefs often make themselves this pantry “bacon and eggs” pasta meal because it’s so quick and easy and delicious to whip up. 

Your family will think you slaved away but this recipe is a breeze to make! Your family will LOVE this recipe! Who doesn’t love pasta with pancetta in a creamy cheesy sauce?

If you cannot find Barilla Pronto Pasta (LOVE it) use regular pasta and cook it according to package directions.

ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!



Today I (hopefully) get my cast off! Then I am in a “boot” for another month. Oh, happy day!

Killer Fajitas is one of my favorite dinners and my family loves it too! There is a secret ingredient that gives these fajitas the most amazing flavor! The killer fajita post is an old one and maybe it does not have the best images, but this is a must-try recipe. I’m using the chicken from Tuesday in the fajitas!

When all the family gets together this is often on the menu!

ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!


Soup day! Music to my ears. Today’s soup is easy and very tasty. Even if you don’t like cauliflower you should try this recipe. It’s that good!

ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!



Bobby has been so wonderful during my time in a cast that I’m making his very favorite cookies. These sweet and cinnamony cookies came from Smitten Kitchen as did the image. If you are not familiar with this amazing blog, run don’t walk to see what Deb is doing in her tiny New York kitchen.



Pepper Jack Soup

My friend Fran brought me the best tasting Pepper Jack Soup last week for lunch. Now I’m on the hunt for a recipe that I can tweak and make my own. I’m starting with one from Cook The Story. YUM!

Zesty Ranch Crackers

Okay, these are not just a guilty pleasure but an obsession! I make a double batch and put them in a big glass canister. If you like salty/crunchy food this is a recipe to try!

ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!

Seriously good eats this week! What’s on your menu?



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ON THE MENU JANUARY 22- A week's worth of scrumptious dinner recipes!

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  1. Another YUMMY week of recipes. Thanks, Yvonne!

  2. Anne Marie says:

    Oh you are making me hungry!! You are not only a talented decorator but a talented cook!!

  3. As usual,everything looks yummy !

  4. Your Roasted Cauliflower Soup is a favorite at my house! We love it with a little swirl of truffle oil. Yummy!!!

  5. Love the cauliflower soup. A must try. Thanks Yvonne!!!

  6. Just about every Sunday, I roast a chicken . I know the skin is not particularly good for you, but I just have to eat some of that delicious, crispy skin with Old Bay Seasoning. Yum!
    You’re right about salmon. It is easy to overlook. My favourite way is to let it sit in a marinade for about 15 minutes and then grill it on the BBQ. The Coho or Spring have a bit more fat in them so perfect for the grill.
    We’re having chicken Fahitas tonight. Everyone loves to dress their own to suit their taste. I stir fry the chicken, then add the veggies, cooking until they are tender crisp. A good salsa, fresh grated old cheddar, sour cream, refrigerator be and and lettuce are our toppings.
    Off to explore your recipes some more.

  7. Peggie armsteong says:

    Most times one or two recipes in a blog sound good, but I must say every one of yours sounds delicious!

  8. That idea from Amazon is NEET. I hadn’t heard of that . Sure would save a lot of time from running to the store !

  9. Yum yum yum, everything looks delicious!

    Ps, forgot to say I love your view of farm country, what a calming view!

  10. What a fabulous weeks worth of menus. I want to try them all!

  11. I love Salmon and can’t wait to try your Slow Baked Salmon for myself.

  12. Carol Elkins says:

    So many yummy recipes!

  13. Oh dear, my mouth is watering, I want to try all of these recipes…..Thanks!!! Have a Blessed Week Yvonne!!

  14. Ann Black says:

    You made me hungry! Cannot wait to try them

  15. Jeannie S says:

    Everything looks scrumptious! Thank you for some great recipes. Blessings to you and your recovery.

  16. Kim Powers says:

    Showing my husband your menu…. he loves to try new things . Thanks for sharing !

  17. These are some yummy recipes to pin. Thanks.

  18. Avril Crundwell says:

    I love how you put your meals together… I wish I loved cooking. I’m always busy with projects and other things that I don’t have time to cook so my poor family has to fend for themselves most of the time. However, since my kids are all adults those that are still in the home pitch in. I am grateful for your lovely ideas and inspiration.

  19. I have never heard of using pepper jelly in fajitas. It sounds very interesting and something we’ll definitely try.

  20. Yea! Happy Day for you on Friday ! I hope you get your cast off!

  21. Martha Durick says:

    You are so right about the salmon.

  22. It all sounds yummy! I also save the carcus and make broth . so much healthier than store bought too!

  23. mattsgramma says:

    So happy to hear you are progressing to a boot and thank you for all the new menu suggestions!

  24. Looking forward to trying the salmon recipe!

  25. Now I’m really hungry! Everything looks great!

  26. If only my menfolk would be more adventurous with food. Yummy!

  27. Janet Howard says:

    Yummy is right! I love salmon and asparagus! I put the salmon on a grill pan in the oven sprayed with Olive Oil. Let it cook a few minutes then add the asparagus on the same pan. I’ll have to “try” roasting my own chicken. I always take the shortcut! Great ideas.

  28. Janet Howard says:

    sorry – I don’t spray my oven with Olive Oil – but the pan! ha….