Friday, August 27, 2010

Menu Planning and Cupboard Restocking



Andrew and I will be spending the weekend menu planning and grocery shopping in anticipation of a visit by youngest son.  Stefan arrives on Tuesday for a week.  Work constraints didn't allow for both boys to be here at the same time which would have been ideal.  On the other hand, it stretches out family time for us.  With a boy on each coast, time together is precious whenever it works out.  And, it's even better when their wives come along as well.   

I've been pulling out cookbooks (a few are shown below) and making notes of favorite recipes--a number of which have come from my favorite blogs.  
 



So far, these have made the cut.  But, I'm still knee deep in possibilities.


Wishing all of you a delicious weekend!!

29 comments:

  1. What colorful, lovely books! I want to come to your house for a week and just eat!! But in looking those books over, I'm hoping you are not thinking of serving frog's legs!? Or maybe country fried frog, or frog stew?

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  2. I could spend days going through your cookbooks. Lovely collection.

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  3. I used to have an amazing collection of cookbooks! Unfortunately, I had to scale back to "the essentials." The internet is my main source of recipes now and basically, anything Ina creates is FABULOUS. May I say, YOU should write a cookbook! Your recipes are always delicious and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing them! Enjoy the visit, they go by so fast.

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  4. That is fun preparing menus for our children's visit.
    Emjoy!

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  5. Ginny: I'd love to have you come for a week! And, I'll prepare Frogmore Stew for your dining pleasure. And, to answer your question: No frogs are harmed in the preparation of Frogmore Stew!! The name comes from Frogmore Plantation where the stew was created. It contains ears of corn, potatoes, onions, and shrimp plus a few other ingredients depending on the interpretation.

    D.B.: I use a lot of recipes from my blogging friends and the internet. Also, I scaled down on cookbooks and cooking magazines when we moved here. It's hard to let go!

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  6. I am anticipating a week of drooling! LOL! It is fun to have them all together, but there is something very special about some one-on-one time, too. Hugs ~ Tanna

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  7. You have a wonderful collection of books. It's always such fun to prepare meals for visiting children. You are going to have a wonderful week. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. You do have a wonderful collection of books! So do I -- and I just got an e-mail that announced that my copy of "World's Best Soups" is on its way. We are having out-of-town guests for dinner tomorrow night. I have been thinking (and worrying) about the menu all week, until I was overwhelmed with the options -- at which point I asked my husband, "Do you think we could take them out to eat and come back here for dessert?" He said that would be fine (he understood that the grocery bill would probably be as much as the restaurant bill). So now, I'm worrying myself into a tizzy about what to serve for dessert. Love my cookbooks -- hate the decision-making part. Hope your time with your son is wonderful and know that your menu will be fabulous! Annie

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  9. Bonnie, I sooooo remember looking forward to visits from our kids when we lived in FL. I, like you, would plan out every meal to make sure I had everything in the house. Who wants to waste precious time with them, grocery shopping?!

    I would love to be able to taste your Frogmore Stew! My DD sent me a postcard from HHIsland with the recipe on it. Never have tried making it. Couldn't get past that yucky name! LOL

    I want to cook like Ina when I grow up. I tape all her shows & have several of her books.

    Enjoy your time with those guys!!!

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  10. So glad you get your kids home, even if it isn't together. They must love coming home to your cooking, Bonnie.

    Love the photos of your cookbooks. Much of my stuff has been in storage for two years, so I have about 10 cookbooks with me. It will be fun to reunite with the rest later.

    Enjoy your family time.
    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. I am a huge cookbook fan as well and you have chosen two of my favorites - the Frog and Simca. Ina Garten is always wonderful too. The other two, I must look for!

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  12. I just love cookbooks. I can get lost in them for hours. Barefoot Contessa is one of my favorite go to people for great recipes. She actually has taught me that simplicity is important when entertaining and that my guests are more important than the food. Carla

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  13. how nice you get to spend some family time! I'm sure anything you make will be well received, and it looks like you have a wealth of cookbooks to help you!
    Have a great weekend!

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  14. Have you ever considered running a B & B? I bet it would be a ridiculously successful gambit!

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  15. I know you are excited to have your son coming for a visit!! They always want to come home for mom's homecooking! I know he will love whatever you decide to make. Have a good weekend and be sweet to little old ladies at the farmers' market...it could be me :)

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  16. What fun! You get your son for a visit and planning and cooking. I love to go through recipes and make menus and shopping lists for everything from snacks to the best of dinners and deserts. Enjoy.

    Barb

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  17. I think it's great that you get to visit with another son now. Hope y'all have a wonderful time.

    We love cookbooks in our house. My adage...you can never have too many cookbooks. Our most recent favorites are those of Giada deLaurentis.

    Blessings on your weekend,
    Patti

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  18. Ahhhh...so many cookbooks- so little time. I love cookbooks too and I also love it when my kids visit. Lucky you!!!

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  19. I love books (I have a rather large collection much to my husband's chagrin) and I love spending afternoons/evening perusing through old cookbooks to find recipes. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family this weekend!
    http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com

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  20. Hi Bonnie..... Your other son is coming also for a week? How do you get your sons to take a week out of their lives to come home to see you all???? I can't EVER get my sons to visit us.... We visit them--but they don't seem to want to visit us... Oh Well---can you tell how jealous I am???? Are both of your boys married? Mine are --and they TRULY all stay SO busy.

    I'm sure you will find some delicious things to make while other son is there... I'm sure he will appreciate any of Mom's home-cooking.

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  21. Have a great weekend! I enjoy reading the old cookbooks also, well and the new ones. You have a great collection.

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  22. Bonnie...between your collection of wonderful recipe books and mine...we could open up a book boutique delight...muffins with that? I'll make the coffee ;o)

    Enjoy your family good times.

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  23. Planning meals for company is something I really enjoy too!Enjoy your week!

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  24. I have many of your books :) I love pulling them out and planning menus...so much fun. That is too bad that they couldn't be there at the same time, but at least your youngest is coming shortly after your visit from the oldest.
    Have fun :)

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  25. Sounds like fun -- and looks delicious! And I adore the photo at the top of your blog -- a harbinger of fall!

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  26. so many excellent cookbooks to choose from! I love menu planning! Be sure to tell us what you decide to make!

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  27. so you will be springing into cooking mode soon, enjoy your son and have a wonderful time together. i only have one cook book and have no idea where it is. my friends and family knew it would be a waste of money to give me a cook book. i do love looking at what you cook and readig your blog, but no cooking for me.

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  28. I'm intrigued by your Santa Fe cookbook- I just LOVE that place.

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