Sometimes Monday throws you an impromptu party with strangers

If this week’s menu looks a lot like last week’s menu, it’s because I lost my grocery list somewhere between home and the store and then I couldn’t remember any food I’ve ever eaten or prepared in my lifetime. I guess that’s the problem with relying heavily on grocery lists and meal planning. I don’t do well when it comes to spontaneity. (This is true in groceries and in life in general.)

I was the first one in line this morning at the deli counter, but the three people working were all feverishly preparing a large online order that had just come in and was to be picked up in 15 minutes. By the time they got to me, there were five other people waiting. We chatted about our favorite deli meats and encouraged one another to try them. The deli employees overheard us and started slicing samples of everything we were all ordering to pass out. It was a lovely little deli party, and I learned that the expensive, fancy salami really is delicious.

Monday: Sandwiches
Our diners will have a choice of turkey, buffalo chicken or bourbon ham. Or just plain cheese, if you’re Poppy.

Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs
I made this last week with the intention of freezing some of the meatballs, but the meatballs all fell apart so I just stirred them into the sauce and had spaghetti with meat sauce for lunch for most of the week. I didn’t think I’d ever want spaghetti again, but here we are. I can’t quit you, pasta.

Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
I once asked Rockford what he’d like to see on the menu for the week, and he said “We could have breakfast for dinner one night. And we could have pancakes another…” He was completely earnest. The man loves breakfast. Happily for me, he also loves making breakfast.

Thursday: Something from the wok
I’ve never actually used a wok, but one has recently come into my possession. We’ll give it a spin this week.

Friday: Frozen pizza
Hopefully I remember to pick up a non-dairy one for myself.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

How to turn a giant mansion into an alien landscape

Dale Chihuly is an American artist who makes ginormous, colorful glass sculptures. Or rather, he conceives of giant glass sculptures and then puts a team to work on them because a couple of accidents years ago left him unable to do the glass-blowing himself. His largest piece is on the ceiling of the Bellagio in Las Vegas — I’ve never seen it, but I’d like to because it looks gorgeous — and

I’ve been admiring Chihuly’s work from afar for awhile now, but Poppy and I finally got to some of it in person at the Biltmore Estate. Most of the works are incorporated into the gardens, and they are colorful and stunning and have turned the normally sedate, elegant Biltmore grounds into an otherworldly “Annihilation” landscape.

The Dale Chihuly glass sculptures at the Biltmore Estate will be there until mid-October, so you still have a few months to see the installation. My favorite local art gallery, Momentum, is hosting a contemporary glass exhibit until August, too, so make sure you stop in there if you’re in Asheville in the next few weeks.

Guess who’s back, back again? It’s a menu plan. Tell a friend.

As I do from time to time, I’ve been thinking about shutting Butterscotch Sundae down. And I still haven’t made a decision about that, but obviously it hasn’t been a priority. It’s been … a bit since I posted.

But here it is Monday, and I without much on the schedule for the day. So let’s see if we can dip back into this.

Obviously, a lot of eating has gone on here at Butterscotch Sundae headquarters even though I haven’t told you about it. You could infer this from the fact that we are all still alive, but here are a few things I’ve made recently, if you need further evidence.

I’ve had the Cúrate cookbook for a couple of years, but I hadn’t made anything with it because it’s a little intimidating. I finally decided that roasted potatoes couldn’t be that difficult, so I tried the patatas bravas recipe. Holy moly, you guys, it was delicious.

patatas bravas from the Curate cookbook

Pete wanted me to make some peanut butter cup ice cream, and I obliged. I think this may be the first ice cream I’ve made since I went dairy-free. I popped a Lactaid so I could try it, and it was very, very good.

peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter cups

I had a hankering for bahn mi, and this Tofu Bahn Mi completely satisfied. I pickled a peach along with the veggies for a few minutes, and it made the whole thing soar. Now I just have to remember where I found the tofu marinade recipe.

Tofu bahn mi

Here’s what’ll be on our table this week.

Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs
I finally realized that without meatballs, I’m always hungry 30 minutes after I eat pasta. All hail the mighty protein.

Tuesday: Turkey sandwiches
Or maybe meatball sandwiches, if there are meatballs left over. And if I don’t eat those meatballs for breakfast.

Wednesday: Pepper, potatoes and sausages
I’m going to toss all of these with olive oil, salt and pepper and throw them in the oven.

Thursday: Festival of frozens
I’m not sure exactly what’s lurking in the freezer, but we’ll find out on Thursday. Hopefully it’s nothing gross.

Friday: A mystery
Not that there’s an epic surprise planned or anything. I just don’t have a plan yet.

So how’ve you been, and what’ve you been eating?

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

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