ON THE MENU WEEK OF DEC 31 ST- A week's worth of scrumptious recipes ready for you to make.

Happy New Year FRIENDS!!!! Let’s make 2018 will be the best yet!!! I hope you are enjoying ON THE MENU. Do you use any of the weekly recipes? Do you menu plan? Look for a post about the value of menu planning this week! Here’s what’s on the menu…

Today on Decorating Tips and Tricks we are talking about CHOOSING THE PERFECT SOFA.

SPOILER ALLERT!!!!!   This episode is hysterical and has lots of information!!! You will also learn Anita’s real name! This episode is a MUST listen to!



You can listen to any or all DDT episode HERE.



HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE! This year Bobby and I are ringing in the New Year at home. We usually have big plans but this year Bobby is working so a nice dinner together, a few hands of cards and an old movie sounds about right! 

Cod and spinach are a match made in heaven. And add a little prosciutto to the mix and OH YUM! What a great recipe from Kit’s Coastal!



Happy New Year! In my neck of the woods, we celebrate with pork and sauerkraut and mashed potatoes! I’ll make extra mashed potatoes for dinner tomorrow. And this Pennsylvania Dutch favorite is best in the slow cooker.


Chicken tenders take on the taste of what is put on them. And what better than cheddar and ranch! I’m making a double batch and using the leftovers to add to my lunch salads. YUM!



I love halupki aka cabbage rolls! They are a part of my heritage. But they are also very work intensive! Making a soup with all the delicious halupki ingredients is brilliant!  Thanks for the scrumptious recipe, Cooking Classy!



I am a purist when it comes to my favorite dish from the sea… Alaskan King Crab legs. They are quite a treat. Costco had them on sale so I bought a box and froze them.  The best way ever to cook these gorgeous legs is using a sous vide. To find out more about the sous vide method click HERE.


Nani’s sauteed chicken is on my menu often. First, it’s so delicious and easy to make and second, it brings back such sweet memories of my grandmother. If you want a little comfort food in your life, you might want to try this tasty dish!



I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tex Mex food! And when everything comes in a bowl… oh my scrumptious!!!!! Thanks, Kitchn for this amazing looking recipe!



Have you ever played Mexican Train dominoes? What a fun game. We play with a double set of dominoes. It’s not too mind taxing yet it does take lots of strategy. Young and old can be a part of Mexican Train dominoes!!!! And flan is a scrumptious custardy dessert to serve when playing!!!

Another new favorite game of mine is Hanabi. I’m addicted to playing!!!!!! Hanabi, unlike Mexican Train Dominoes, is a thinking game for sure!



Have a scrumptious week!

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  1. Everything looks yummy especially the cabbage roll soup.Enjoy your New Years Eve with Bobby.We are spending a quite night at home too.

  2. Lydia Langston says:

    Love the recipes. But yesterday we saved our hydrangeas using your blog post on the subject. Just brilliant thank you!

  3. Hi Yvonne,
    I made your Christmas Breakfast Casserole for brunch on Christmas Eve for my son and his family. It was a big success! Empty plates all round! Thank you for the recipe.
    Happy New Year from us all in the UK.

  4. Cassie Baker says:

    How do I listen to a pod cast I have tried and not able to get it to play Ihave never listened to a podcast before.

  5. Dear Yvonne,
    I’ve made a weekly meal plan for 50 years and when you did your survey I was one of the people who requested the return of your menus. I am grateful that you fulfill this request weekly. It jump starts the creative process for me to develop my own weekly meal plan. You inspire me/us and I do use many of your recipes. Thank you!

  6. This is the most wonderful, thoughtful thing you could ever do! Your recipe are simple and delicious at the same time. I’m always wondering what to cook and you now have the answers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. Teri in So Cal says:

    I absolutely love, love, love all of your post and menu’s. This week caught me by surprise. So funny, that before I read this weeks menu, my hubby and I went to the market and purchased what we needed to make sauerkraut & pork over potatoes. T is one of our favorite winter meals. Even though it’s been in the 70’s & 80’s here.

    You inspire me everyday,

    1. Send some of that warm weather here, Teri. It’s in the teens! BRRRRRRR!

  8. I, too, make a weekly meal plan and have done that for the 35 years of my marriage. I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. I’m so glad you brought back “On the Menu”. I look forward to it weekly, pin many of your recipes and use your weekly menu as a guide for my week. Many of the recipes you’ve shared over the years have become family favorites. Thanks so much!

  9. Thank you! I found a couple of your recipes I would like to try! And the one area where I really slack in is weekly menu planning! Any help you can give will be well received! Just not my strong suit! Looking forward to help & inspiration !

  10. Love the weekly menu. Due to low carb diet I have to tweak some of them but there is alot of inspiration with these posts!

  11. I don’t always use the recipes you suggest. Instead your menus inspire me or remind me of a recipe I already have on hand, but forgot about. Given that Christmas is a turkey day for us, tonight was turkey tetrazzini. New Years Day will have a version of hoppin John with smoked sausage. Yummy ?
    Thank you for all your lovely ideas.

  12. Have to tell you that I made your Christmas Beef Brisket for Christmas Eve dinner and it was absolutely delicious ?!! Everyone loved it! I also made twice baked potatoes as suggested. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us. Happy New Year to you & yours.

  13. Menu for the week looks good. I would like to try the sautéed chicken and the special treat. Always fun to get new ideas and yours are the greatest.

  14. Yvonne,
    Your menu this week sounds wonderful.
    I am going to try your cabbage roll soup, a very easy way to satisfy your craving for cabbage rolls.
    I am Hungarian on both sides, Father and Mother, all the way. If you would like my mother,s recipe for stuffed cabbage, I would be happy to email to you. It is the best ever. Of course I ate this many times while growing up.
    Every Eastern European country has a slightly different version of cabbage rolls. My mother always mixed grown beef and ground pork, it makes a big difference to have the pork in there. I would suggest you try that in the soup. I
    Many people think you can make the sauce from tomato soup….No Way. The Hungarian sauce and chopped cabbage in the bottom of the pot makes a huge difference in taste.
    When you feel like taking the time to make it, on a day with nothing else to do, you will be greatly rewarded..
    Please let me know how I can send you the recipe.
    A Very Blessed and Healthy New Year to you and your family…..Patty

    1. You are a fellow Hungarian after my own heart! I use pork and beef in my halupki

  15. Norma Rolader says:

    Sounds so yummy and thank you for sharing!!! I do try to make some of the items except the seafood items due to allergies God bless and Happy New Year to you and your husband

  16. Thanks for the menu ideas, have more options for my menu plan this week. Happy New Year

  17. Carol Thompson says:

    Yvonne, I love browsing your menus each week and the links to new-to-me food bloggers. I fixed your fish tacos at the beach this summer and for my husband’s birthday. We all love them. I look forward to trying the cod, spinach and prosciutto recipe this week.

  18. Yvonne, this week’s menu looks divine. We love anything Mexican so I’ll be sure to make the Chicken Burrito Bowls . Just want to shout out a big THANK YOU for all your posts in 2017 and a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for all of us.

  19. Connie Fowler says:

    I will definitely be trying the soup and the chicken. And Yvonne, I can’t believe you still have the energy to make all of this!

    1. I love to cook, but a menu plan is just that… a plan. On the days I was too sick to get out of bed I ate broth from the freezer.

  20. great carrot recipe …will be trying them, the cabbage soup, and the chicken too.

  21. Yvonne- I love you, your blog and your incredible upbeat attitude, but my one wish for you in 2018 is that you proofread your posts before sending them. The misspellings are driving me crazy! In your recipe for the flan alone, you spelled Kulua, ‘Kuhula’ twice and roaster was spelled ‘roster’ once. I know how hard it is to put out your posts every day, but it just makes you look bad if you keep misspelling words. Just some friendly advise.

    1. I know Sharon! I am a horrid speller and an even worse proofreader! I doubt things will change much as I use GRAMERLY and it still can’t help me. Unless you want to be my personal proofreader I guess you will have to love me through my mistakes. LOL! xo

  22. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.
    I will also be making pork roast and sauerkraut for my daughter’s family on New Year’s Day. That has been a tradition passed in my family for many generations. Hope it brings all of us a prosperous new year!

  23. Jeannette says:

    Thank you so much for the menu ideas! I would love to know how you make your Roast Pork & Sauerkraut, would you share that recipe/process? Thank you, Happy New Year!

  24. Love your menu and recipes selections and have tried so many and will definitely continue!!! Don’t stop! Happy New Year sweet Yvonne!!!

  25. I love the color of your front door. Do you by any chance remember the brand and name of the paint color?
    Thx ?

    1. I used Benjamin Moore paint on the front door. It was supposed to be gray but I think it was mixed wrong. So I have no idea the color. It has to be repainted this year and I’m still liking the door color. YIKES! Not sure what I’ll do!

  26. Happy New Year. Thank you for bringing back ‘What’s on the menu…’. One of my goals this year is menu planning to simplify my life. I am sure to be looking to Stonegable for inspiration. Thanks again!

  27. Love your menu posts. It gives me ideas & recipes to try. I prepared the “one skillet cheese penne” twice within a week’s time – once without meat –great both ways! Today I have the “holiday beef brisket” in my crock pot. Left instructions for those @ home. “Chicken Lombardy” will be the next dish I try from your repertoire-can’t wait to try it. Consistent Menu planning should be at the top of my NY resolutions, (my husband seems to think that). As we all know, Planning is one thing — Following it is another. Hope your 2018 is wonderful.

  28. Linda James says:

    Yvonne, I have to say that your recipe for Nani’s Sateed Chicken was scrumptious !!! I kept saying I was going to try it and tonight I finally did. Raving reviews!!! It lasted about 30 minutes and it was gone. Will definitely be making this one again, very soon. Thank you for a new family favorite.