What’s for supper? Vol. 3: so much pork

whats for supper

Yay, it’s Friday! Time for the What’s For Supper? round up, where you can share your inspired, inspiring, dull, or humiliating weekly menu, or pass along recipes, or find recipes, or just complain about food and feeding people and eating in general. Most of us think about food a lot, so why not talk about it here?

At the end of this post, you’ll find an InLinkz button, so you can add your post. Feel free to join in in the comments, too.

Here’s the inaugural What’s for Supper? post,
and here is vol. 2.

A few questions:

Is Friday the best day to post these? I leave the link-up open all week, so people can add to it whenever they like.

What about a question of the week? Something like, “What’s your favorite potluck dish?” or “What’s the best thing about cold-weather cooking?” or “Where are all these moths coming from, and should I just kill myself now, or what?” Or should I just keep it free-form?

And here we go.

Saturday
Domino’s terrible yet salty pizzas, Swiss Rolls, my brother-in-law’s homemade beer.

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Sunday
Kingston Pizza on the way home from the beach.

I’m linking to this restaurant not because the food was so outstanding (the fries were yummy, though), but because I feel bad that we drank bottled water from the van instead of ordering drinks, and I feel like we owe them. I had a cheesesteak. In Kansas, I met the inimitable Catharine Bitting, and I asked her why Philadelphians would let an empire rise and set on whether or not a candidate properly understands a cheesesteak. It’s just a sandwich, after all, yaas? She explained it’s because Philadelphians’ lives are so empty and miserable, they have nothing else to live for, so they focus all their energies on cheesesteaks.

Some of us spend a lot of time thinking about food, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Some of us spend kind of a lot of time thinking about food, and there is nothing wrong with that.

We had gotten about five hours of sleep all weekend, and so on Monday, I went shopping without a list. I just grabbed the panstless baby and lurched through the aisles grabbing anything that looked familiar. So the rest of the week looked like this:

Monday: Brats, potato chips, salad (a real one, not a “let’s say we had salad” salad), and five avocados that were right on the brink.

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Tuesday: Pulled pork sandwiches on onion rolls with red onions, spinach salad, and oven roasted potatoes.

We are close to being tired of pulled pork sandwiches, but we are not there yet! Aldi has these wonderful boneless half loins for $2.29 a pound, so I get a 4- to 5-pound hunk, put it in a shallow pan, pour a can of beer over it, salt and pepper it generously, cover it loosely with tinfoil, and chunk it in a 275 oven for a few hours. When it’s done all the way through, I slice or shred it with fork, knife, standing mixer, or whatever, and toss the fat to the dog so that he will continue to worship me as a god. The meat comes apart more easily if you work on it while it’s still hot. Then I throw the shredded meat right back into the beery juices

The beery, porky steam the fills the kitchen doesn't hurt, either.

The beery, porky steam the fills the kitchen all afternoon doesn’t hurt, either.

cover it with foil again, until it’s time to reheat it for dinner. It just gets better as leftovers, IF ANY. And I just use bottled BBQ sauce, because my homemade kind never thickens up enough. Go ahead, tell me what an inauthentic heretical pulled pork poseur I am. I can take it. I’m fortified with pork.

Re the potatoes, I was thinking, “Oh no, I just did oven roasted potatoes last week! Everyone will be bored reading about it again!” But then I remembered my kids really like oven roasted potatoes, so that settled that. I found a few envelopes of onion soup mix, so I used that for a quickie seasoning. It turned out not to be any faster or tastier than whatever seasonings I usually grab off the spice shelf.

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Wednesday
Sliced chicken breast served over salad and various raw veggies with bacon ranch dressing, and naan (from a mix that was on sale at Aldi).

For the chicken, Benny and I made a quick marinade of olive oil and lemon juice, with the Faithful Four: salt, pepper, oregano, and crushed garlic. She pronounced it “gross nemmonade,” and warned me that I would die if I ate it.

You will die.

You will die.

Duly noted. You let the chicken sit in the marinade for a few hours, then put it in a broiling pan under a high broiler for 15-20 minutes, turning once, until it’s golden brown. Let it sit for a few minutes (this lets the juice redistribute along the meat fibers or something) and then slice it. This meal makes me feel SO VIRTUOUS, I can hardly live with myself.

This is the first time I’ve made naan. I’ve never even eaten it before, so I have no idea if I did it right. Except I’m pretty sure I wasn’t supposed to burn it.

They look okay, but some of it was naan-edible, ho ho ho.

They look okay, but some of it was naan-edible, ho ho ho.

I think I didn’t make them flat enough. They turned out more like pancakes, and didn’t have the bubbles I see in pictures.

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Thursday
Teriyaki pork chops, flavored rice, frozen peas.

I just glugged a bottle of sauce over the chops and let them sit a couple of hours, then put them under the broiler for a short time until they edges were crisp. The kids begged for flavored rice, so threw some bouillon cubes into the water (one cube per cup of water) before adding the rice. I did manage to cook the peas until they were hot, so that was a win.

Before I discovered the bottle of teriyaki sauce, I asked Facebook for simple pork chop recipes made with non-exotic ingredients, which Facebook was happy to provide! It’s a long list, so I will make it a separate post, which you can see here. 

 

 

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Friday
I have no idea.

Did I mention I never actually made a meal plan this week — just kept putting meat in the cart until it looked like I had enough meat? I’ll have to buy something on the way home from school this afternoon. Probably spaghetti, le sigh.

Don’t forget to check out the separate pork chop post! There are dozens and dozens of simple ideas there.


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  • Amanda

    I like free form, but would also be happy to talk about a specific question of the week! Our week in meals:

    Saturday: Meatball subs with the leftover meatballs in sauce from the freezer, from a couple weeks ago (still have a full bag of raw meatballs, this was the leftover cooked stuff from the first half)

    Sunday: $6.99/any toppings medium pizzas from Pizza Hut (even though there are only two of us adults eating, we each get a pizza because we love pizza and eat way too much of it, and it gives us leftovers for lunch the next day.

    Monday: Bang bang chicken. I LOVE this recipe but do not make it often because I think frying food is a pain in the butt. Probably a good thing because otherwise I would be frying all the time and that wouldn’t be the healthiest. http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/06/bang-bang-chicken/

    Tuesday: Crockpot porkchops smothered in onion and bacon gravy, and a side of mashed potatoes.

    Wednesday: Red beans and rice with sliced smoked jalapeno sausage

    Thursday: Green chile chicken enchiladas. Complete last minute change of plans because I was at Kroger to pick up an emergency item and saw that the manager’s clearance section had lots of deeply discounted fancy cheese, including a big block of pepper jack. I had just happened to find my favorite yummy green chile sauce (505 brand) on clearance at Sprouts over the weekend and stocked up so I knew I had all the ingredients on hand once I got the cheese. Basically, cooked shredded chicken mixed with pepper jack, cumin, salt, pepper, green chile sauce, a can of diced green chiles, and sour cream for the filling. Roll up in tortillas and top with more green chile sauce and pepper jack, bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

    Friday: Cauliflower was on sale at Sprouts so I’m going to try this recipe tonight: http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/creamy-garlic-cauliflower-sauce/ Will add in sauteed mushrooms and sliced green peppers over linguine, maybe some Cajun seasoning depending on what I think of the flavor of the sauce.

    • Tori

      That Bang Bang Chicken looks soooo good. I feel the same way about Orange Chicken when I make it. Battering and frying lots of small pieces of meat is tedious.

      • Eileen

        This is exactly how I feel about the Copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets recipe. My kids go crazy for them. I was thinking about asking for one of those air fryer things for Christmas. In theory, it would be easier and healthier. Has anyone used one of them?

      • Amanda

        I know! When I’m first cutting up the meat I always look at the pile and think it looks a little small, but once I’m deep in the batter and frying process the amount of chicken seems so much larger and more burdensome.

  • rozdieterich

    Just saying, my favorite trick these days is to poach a package of chicken breasts (boned or boneless doesn’t matter, and if you store them in the poaching liquid, they won’t dry out). Then they’re there for chicken salad with grapes and pecans, chicken casseroles (yes, I cook from the ’60s), white chicken chili, or whatever. And my kitchen stays cool.

    • Eileen

      I started doing this about a year ago. Except I just go ahead and bake it. Or sometimes I grill it. Using precooked chicken comes out fine in recipes. Even in stir fries.

    • Amanda

      I agree, poaching chicken is the easiest way to get it cooked for all those recipes that call for already cooked chicken!

    • Anna

      Yup, my mom always says that having bags of diced cooked chicken in the freezer is like having a million dollars and I’ve come to believe that that’s pretty much true. I usually dump it in the crock pot to cook. Then, once it’s frozen in quart bags, I’m always within a half hour of dinner even if chaos otherwise reigns.

  • Tori

    I have to say, I love reading everyone’s meal plans to glean ideas from. And I love looking back over the week of what we’ve eaten, too. I think answering a question of the week could be fun!

    Saturday: Bean Burritos a la Rosita. I did make up some enchilada sauce because I like my burritos smothered.
    Sunday: Dinner at my parents’ house, we had ribs and stroganoff for an interesting combination.
    Monday: Leftover ribs (thanks, Mom!) with twice baked potatoes and fried zucchini cakes. My favorite way to eat zucchini!
    Tuesday: Chicken and biscuits. Kind of like pot pie filling, but with biscuits instead of in a pie.
    Wednesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce.
    Thursday: Green chile chicken corn chowder. I love this soup. Although the chiles gave me 7 hours of hot pepper hands when I sliced and roasted them last week. But I do love having roasted chiles in the freezer. So…worth it?
    Friday: Probably tuna melts. Or some other bread-based meal.

    • http://janalynmarie.blogspot.com/ Beadgirl

      Mmm … chicken and biscuits … I’m happy it’s September because I can start making stews and soups and pot pies again.

  • Eileen

    My goal this week was to use up last week’s perishables which were left unused due to our expensive take out extravaganza and I did it. I managed to keep our grocery bill for this week under $25 – basically just some milk and a very little fresh produce. I have a touch of extreme couponer in me so there’s generally lots of frozen food, but I also served up more processed food than I like.

    Saturday: Grilled chicken and roasted asparagus. I had marinated the chicken in avocado oil, garlic, onion, and a little red pepper. Delicious! If you haven’t tried avocado oil yet, I think you should. It’s a nice change.

    Sunday: Steaks on the grill, broccoli, corn on the cob Dessert was brownies (Duncan Hines) with ice cream

    Monday: My husband and I had some leftover grilled chicken and broccoli in a white sauce. The kids ate copycat TGIFriday’s potato skins. I just wing these and cheat with Costco Kirkland bacon crumbles but here’s an actual recipe. http://cincyshopper.com/copycat-tgi-fridays-potato-skins-recipe/ The kids love them and they’re really cheap! I make them at least once a month because I use the extra potato in a casserole that I make and freeze for a local soup kitchen.

    Tuesday: We tried those nitrate free hot dogs along with salad. My sister’s been raving about these healthier hot dogs. Eh, they tasted like hot dogs. Only I paid too much for them. I doubt I’ll make a habit of buying these as we don’t eat hot dogs that often and the unhealthy nitrate ones have a much longer use by date and are a lot cheaper.

    Wednesday: Quiche. For the first time ever I prebaked the crusts a little. I poked some holes in them with a fork, covered the sides with tin foil and took them out of the oven when they started to puff a little. Huge improvement. Crust wasn’t soggy at all. For the quiche I just threw together some evaporated milk, eggs, mexican cheese (because that’s what I had), spinach, dehydrated onions, Costco bacon crumbles, and a little salt. Best quiche I ever made. We also had the last of the spinach and some tomatoes from our garden as a salad.

    Thursday: Boys ate BJ’s meatballs with Ragu. I reheated the very last of the grilled chicken. Cooked up some frozen mixed veggies, which only one of my boys and I ate. My husband came in late and microwaved himself a Marie Callender chicken pot pie.

    Friday: Mac and cheese for the boys. Just the stuff out of the box. I’m hoping my husband and I go out tonight because I need a drink! Otherwise, I’ll probably just scramble some eggs.

  • Eileen

    Oh, and I think the Pat’s/Geno’s thing is way overblown by the media. It’s a trick we’re playing on all these stupid politicians. Those aren’t real Philly cheesesteaks. They’re disgusting! They’re made with CheezWhiz for goodness’ sake! “Hah! hah! Look at that idiot eating that slop!!” You think the South Philly locals are eating that crap when their gramma Maria just spent all day slaving over the best gravy and meatballs this side of the Atlantic? Uh, nope.

    The best cheesesteaks are in the neighborhoods. The guy around the corner from us makes outstanding cheesesteaks. But there are lots of quality places. Just not Pat’s or Geno’s.

    • http://www.ohthesimplejoys.wordpress.com Michelle B

      I completely agree. The best cheesesteak I found in Philly was from a place called “Drexel Pizza” lol… Pat and Geno’s yuck is yuck. Not a fan of canned mushrooms or cheez whiz on mine when the real stuff is available.

  • http://www.ohthesimplejoys.wordpress.com Michelle B

    The link up is displaying last weeks entries (or at least mine is showing?) Not sure why or if you want that, but thought I’d let you know in case not. Fridays are good, Sat or Sun would also be fine. I like the idea of a question if we have it like a week ahead, so we have time to write an answer with a meal / recipe post if that fits. I am writing this (or okay, planning to write this) not actually on Friday, so it’ll be ready to link up when you post yours.

    Love this, thanks for sharing your week! We need more pulled pork in our lives, but I broke the slow cooker and the dutch oven is a pain in the rear to clean. But pulled pork is worth it, so worth it. I’ll make it soon.

    • Eileen

      But Simcha showed us in this post how to make pulled pork in the actual oven! Who even knew you could do that? The only thing I was wondering is if it makes the house hot? The oven’s only at 275 but it’s supposed to be in there such a long time it made me wonder.

  • http://janalynmarie.blogspot.com/ Beadgirl

    I love naan, although I’ve never made it myself. I imagine it’s pretty simple? (Especially from a mix, ha.)

    Saturday: I returned from a 5-day visit with my mom and brother, and the kids had already eaten. Mr. Beadgirl fled the house ten minutes later, going to a favorite local restaurant, and he brought me back some rigatoni bolognese.

    Sunday: fish was on sale, so Mr. Beadgirl grilled a trout and a bass which he served with corn and tomatoes from the Queens County Farm (yes — Queens has an actual working farm!)

    Monday: I made a tortilla española (took me so frakking long to get that tilde, thanks Microsoft!) — a good way to use up eggs and potatoes. No real recipe, I just wing it (most recipes are almost identical anyway). I’ve been working on my technique, and it would have been perfect but for the fact that I got distracted by the news and burned it a bit.

    Tuesday: I had a very long day and a very tough afternoon, so when I went into the kitchen at 5 and realized I not only was too tired to cook, I couldn’t even remember what I was going to cook, I started to cry. Then I remembered my husband and I got paid that day, so I ordered pizza and chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks.

    Wednesday: roast chicken and potatoes, and kale chips: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/potato-and-kale-chips-with-lemon-mayonnaise-recipe.html (I don’t bother with the dip). Turns out the toddler loves kale chips! He ate almost the whole pan.

    Thursday: rice and beans. Although I am part Puerto Rican I prefer black beans (I have a friend who is part Cuban and she prefers red beans; we are culturally reversed). To the beans I add a few tablespoons of recaito (there’s supposed to be an accent on the “i”, I dearly want my mac laptop back), a common P.R. cooking base. Generally I use the Goya version, but the supermarket actually had cubanelle peppers for sale a couple of weeks ago, so I made my own and froze it in jars. It’s from an old cookbook, or I’d link to the recipe.

    Friday: Pizza. I’m using this dough recipe: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017334-quick-pizza-dough, although I think I prefer this one: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016230-robertas-pizza-dough. For the sauce I’ll just puree some canned tomatoes with a little oil and salt.

    Have I mentioned how much I hate this computer? I’ve had to fix a gazillion typos because of a twitchy keyboard.

  • Anna

    Let’s see. Can I remember a week? I kept thinking “remember, so you don’t look so spacey for this question on Friday.”
    Sat.: Pizza Hut for mostly free since everyone had coupons from the library’s summer reading program, including the twins so husband and I ate their pizza for them. Went to a parade this day, so any desserts this week were “eat something from your bag of loot.”
    Sunday: smoked pork roast. Yummy enough that all my kids liked it and so did the eleventy-million people we had over for (Leisure, the Basis of) Culture Club. The fried onions were, as always, popular too. That smoker and deep fryer were among our better purchases.
    Mon: tacos
    Tues: leftover tacos
    Wed: leftover pork roast, grapes, chips.
    Thurs: quiche (using a crust I’d made and frozen, purchased bacon pieces, and monterey jack and parmesan cheese since my kids won’t eat it if I use swiss), peach muffins, and broccoli. Look, a vegetable!
    Fri: grilled cheese or grilled pb&nutella depending on preference, apples, chips and salsa (husband is canning, so lots of salsa around here now and tomatoes are clearly a veggie or some kind of healthy produce anyway.)