Busy Weekend Special

With threats of Hurricane Sandy and memories of last year’s Halloween snowstorm … it’s going to be a busy weekend. I’ve got to get out my pruning shears, rakes, weedwacker and leaf blower. It’s time to clean out the garden. With Halloween on Wednesday, well, I’ll need to track down my witch’s hat and cape. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll do a little baking for Halloween.

What about you? Will you be battening down the hatches for the winter? Putting the last of the T-shirts and shorts into storage? Or booking a ticket south? Maybe you’ll spend the weekend on a quest for the perfect Halloween costume and carving pumpkins? Or canvassing for your favorite candidate?

With all you have to do, you might be tempted to order in or go out for dinner …

Forget takeout … you can make your own delicious Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach or Greek Pizza. Or bake up your own signature pizzas. All you need is some pizza dough … whip up you favorite or buy some at your local pizzeria or supermarket … and a few great toppings. My Marinara Sauce will help get you started. Add you favorite cheese, creamy mozzarella or fontina and a little Parmigiano-Reggiano sounds good, and some yummy toppings. A simple green salad with a Classic Vinaigrette will be the perfect complement to your pizzas and flatbreads.

While the cheeses bubble put your feet up in front of the fire and relax with a glass of wine after the busy day. Want something to nibble while you wait for the pizzas? Hopefully, you’re like me and have a jar of homemade Tapenade in your refrigerator. If not, White Bean Hummus is quick and easy. (Just remember to make it up early in the day so the flavors will mix and mingle in time for the cocktail hour.) Serve the tapenade and/or hummus with fresh veggies – I like cucumber and red bell pepper chunks.

If you’d like to end the evening with something sweet, try my Bananas Foster. This sweet and delicious dessert comes together in minutes.

Not to forget Hurricane Sandy … if you are worried that high winds will knock out the ower, you might want to cook up a big pot of soup. Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup, Hearty Black Bean Soup or Curried Chicken & Lentil Soup are wonderful hearty soups and will warm you if you’re stuck in the dark.

Have a great weekend. Bon appétit!

What are your plans for this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click Here! for more seasonal menus or Here! for a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog!

I invite you to take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2012


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