Cooking with Karin

Monday, December 10, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: December 10, 2012

Here's what's cooking this week at Casa Calloway:

I've been craving the coffee cake my grandmother taught me to make when I was in middle school, so I'm thinking that making it is a good excuse to have breakfast for dinner! I'll do bacon and eggs and the coffee cake with a side of fresh fruit salad. (See the recipe below. It is a no-fail recipe that is super easy.)

I'm photo shooting this week, so we'll have some good leftovers for mid-week, but until then I plan on making some of my friend Rebecca's Herbed Leg Quarters with some Greek Potatoes and Blistered Brussels Sprouts.

It's not a weekly menu at Casa Calloway without a little pasta, so I'm going to make a quick Spaghetti Trapanese, one of my favorite discoveries of 2012. It doesn't look like much, but the flavor is complex and delicious. Plus, grape tomatoes are always "in season," and they're the base for the sauce.

Favorite son comes home from college late this week, so I'll make some of his favorites including My Meatloaf, which is yum (and I don't usually like meatloaf). I don't know whether I like it best the first night with mashed potatoes on the side or the second day, when it becomes meatloaf sandwiches...maybe the sandwiches win!

That's all I have on my radar for the week, since I'll be making five different dishes mid-week for my photo shoot. What's cooking at your casa this week?

Oh, and I hope to have a fun post with gifts from the kitchen links later this week.

-Herbed Leg Quarters
-Greek Potatoes
-Blistered Brussels Sprouts
-Spaghetti Trapanese
-My Meatloaf

Grandma Dorothy's Easy Coffee Cake

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F on convection bake. In a small bowl combine melted butter or margarine with brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Set aside.

Cream sugar, oil, egg and milk in a medium bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Pour batter into 9-inch square baking dish, 8-inch spring form pan, pie plate or muffin tins that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture over top of batter and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

As usual, I'm linking this post to Menu Plan Monday over at I'm an Organizing Junkie.