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Saturday, November 5, 2011

What is for dinner this week: November 6 - 12

I'm so very sorry for missing last weeks menu.  We had a very unexpected death in the family and had to travel to NJ for over a week.  Of course, the one thing I forgot was my laptop and so I couldn't post or do any work for Foot Notes By Kim or Grace MOPS....So, here is what we had a few weeks ago and all was delish!

  • Sunday: Philly Burger with sweet potato fries and a honey paprika dipping sauce
  • Monday: Spaghetti
  • Tuesday: Out to dinner
  • Wednesday: Tacos 
    • Taco Seasoning mix I use...I don't buy the prepackaged stuff it is too high in salt and this tastes SO much better....
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday:   Breaded Chicken Tenders 
    • These were really good!
  • Saturday: Chili

Tips to Entertaining Family on Thanksgiving Day

Buca di Beppo Italian Thanksgiving Dinner

Get out-of-town guests and family out and about this Thanksgiving day!

Thanksgiving offers Americans a blissfully long weekend with family and friends.  In fact, more people travel to be with loved ones Thanksgiving day than any other holiday.  But four or five days is a long time to spend hanging around the house – especially if it happens to be your house, and you’re the entertainment committee.

Get them out of the house and into Buca di Beppo for Thanksgiving fun.
You’ve done it before.  Spent days planning a Thanksgiving feast, scheduling, shopping, slicing, sautéing, dicing, baking, basting, broiling and boiling in your kitchen.  No doubt your guests absolutely loved all the special Thanksgiving foods you prepared and served at your magnificently decorated dining room table, and hopefully they helped you put away the leftovers and do the dishes afterwards.  However …

Wouldn’t it be a pleasure to relax and spend more quality time with everybody on Thanksgiving day?
Going to restaurants for Thanksgiving is a happy tradition for many families.  It’s about as cost effective as buying and cooking a ton of groceries, gets everybody out of the house for a change of scene, and frees the host or hostess to enjoy the day with friends and family.  There are so many Thanksgiving activities you simply cannot participate in holed up in the kitchen, so much Thanksgiving fun you’re missing when you stress over the preparation of all those Thanksgiving recipes and wash all those Thanksgiving dishes. Why not take a look at all the restaurants open on Thanksgiving and give one a try?

Buca di Beppo gets everybody out for Thanksgiving fun.  Dine as early as 11:00 AM!
Buca’s one of the nicest places to go on Thanksgiving.  Each restaurant is designed around a series of dining rooms of varying sizes, perfect for any group.  The atmosphere is warm and hospitable – the service friendly and professional, and all the food is served family style, an especially nice touch for Thanksgiving dinners.  And Buca opens at 11:00 AM this year, so whatever your Thanksgiving planning demands, Buca fits the bill.

This year’s Thanksgiving feast at Buca is a tour de force. 
It starts with salads and appetizers, moves on to roasted-to-a-turn white meat turkey served with a spicy Italian sausage stuffing flavored with garlic, sage and parmesan, rich gravy and whole-berry cranberry sauce.  Sides include traditional green beans, broccoli romano and garlic mashed potatoes, as well as some Italian-American favorites:  ravioli al pomodora, lasagna and penne basilica.

Dessert selections feature creamy homemade cheesecake, apple crostata and one of Buca’s own Thanksgiving recipes, pumpkin cannolis!  They’re a sensational seasonal creation your guests will remember and request next year – Thanksgiving traditions in the making!

And since Buca serves every dish family style, it’s easy to order enough Thanksgiving foods to give yourself plenty of leftovers to take home.  But if you don’t want to offer your guests turkey sandwiches for the rest of the week, you can leave the remains of the meal behind when you’re through – including the dirty dishes!

Having dinner at Buca makes time for all kinds of Thanksgiving activities.
Just imagine that a four-day weekend stretches in front of you.  Friends and family, some of whom you haven’t seen for a year or more, share stories, laughter and great food with you all weekend.  And you have a wonderful gift – something you can share with all your loved ones:  Time.

Instead of spending hours in the kitchen with at least half your attention on the stove, you can participate fully in Thanksgiving traditions, Thanksgiving activities, and Thanksgiving fun with people who mean a lot to you. Of all the Thanksgiving ideas you’ve ever heard, going out for Thanksgiving meals is one of the best.  It gives you the opportunity to slow down, enjoy and truly give thanks.

Don't forget to also visit I'm an Organizing Junkie for more menu plans. 
Enjoy your week, Be thankful for your blessings both big and small, Love your family, and don't forget to play with your food!

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