Weekly Menu 2/23 - 2/27


Guess what I (we) did last night!!

We went to the Alton Brown Live show! It seems like forever ago that I bought the tickets and aside from the pictures that Alton tweets at the show, I hadn't really heard much about it so I didn't know what to expect.

"Awesome" is what I should have expected. The side of Alton you see on television is not the only side to him. I spent the majority of the night blinking back the tears from laughing so hard. His 10 Things I'm Pretty Sure I'm Sure About Food list was not only accurate, but funny. Trout really does not belong in ice cream, ever. (Any Iron Chef fans know what I'm talking about?) There are two cooking demonstrations and our pizza one was made even more adorable by a little girl in the front row.

Alton shows off the pizza he made and then you hear this adorable, sweet childlike voice say "Can I have some pizza?" and the camera pans to this little girl in a dress and tights. While the audience was collectively "awww-ing", Alton sat down, brought her up on stage and had her sit on his lap while she took a bite of pizza. I usually don't think the things kids do are incredibly cute but this just topped everything. Alton retweeted the pic, if you're curious.

While I already have a copy of Good Eats 3, this came signed and even though it isn't personalized, I still had to get it.

I also picked up this shirt, because hey, who doesn't want an Alton Brown Live shirt?

I would absolutely go to see the show again but I would definitely splurge on the VIP tickets where you get to meet him and also sit much closer.

The meals for this week are pretty simple, two of them are from the freezer meals I made last week, one is a 20 minute meal using Vivi the Vitamix, one is a crock pot meal and the other is a 20-minute meal from Cooking Light. The theme for this week is convenience.

Sunday - Spicy Shepherd's Pie 

Monday - Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup

Tuesday - Gouda-Bacon Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Baked Potatoes, Corn

Wednesday - Chicken in Tomato-Caper Sauce

Thursday - Beef Tips in Mushroom Sauce

Breakfast this week will be a bell pepper and spinach fritatta and lunch will (hopefully) be a baked orzo with veggies and mozzarella dish.

"Hopefully" because it is still in the oven and doesn't look the way it does in the picture, although I followed the recipe pretty closely. It's just been a morning of food fails which is why it's 3:30 and I'm only now sharing this post with you. My first attempt for breakfast ended up in a cinnamon-sugary mess of a muffin pan and I'm not confident the pie I made turned out either.

At least there's Downton Abbey to look forward to tonight!

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