What We’re Eating This Week: September 7-12

IMG_0900Home cooked food is important to me. My husband and I put forth a great deal of effort (and let’s face it, a decent portion of our household budget) to eat well. It takes time each weekend for us to cook up the food we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the work week.

I love sharing recipes and hearing about what other people make at home. Maybe you like that too? This is a start of a semi-weekly feature round-up with links to the recipes I cook each week to feed my family.

So, in the spirit of sharing the wealth of great recipes, here is a round-up of what we will be eating this week:

Red wine poached pears served with vanilla ice cream

Five minute hummus from Real Simple

Pumpkin pecan scones with brown butter glaze from Joy the Baker

Spicy vegetarian chili from Joy the Baker

Drop biscuits from America’s Test Kitchen

Vegetable stir fry with peanuts from Real Simple

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Glug Glug: Ginger Press Cocktail

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There is nothing new under the sun. I remember being in a dramatic literature course back in high school and discussing how there are really only a few basic story plots (think man vs. nature, man vs. self, etc.). Although humans have been writing stories and plays for centuries, each tale can be broken down into the essential elements of those basic plots. It’s not a bad thing – it simply means that we take the existing structures available to us and build upon them with our own ideas and talents.

I think that lifestyle blogging can be like writing a story and trying to come up with a new plot: you can’t really do it. There are so many lifestyle bloggers out there doing creative things, and it is challenging to come up with something new. So you just have to be inventive with what you have, respect the work of others, and add your own ideas to the mix.

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This cocktail is my version of someone else’s excellent idea. One of my favorite places to eat in southeast Wisconsin is Cafe Sourette, a farm-to-table concept restaurant in West Bend. Every time I eat at Cafe Sourette, I order the ginger press cocktail. It has this wonderful, bright flavor. The spicy tang of ginger wakes me up every time. After craving the cocktail numerous times and ruling out the possibility of driving an hour round trip just to have one of my favorite drinks, I decided to create my own approximation of the ginger press. It is so easy to whip up on a hot afternoon, and it makes me feel fancy. Especially with the paper straw.

IMG_0969Ginger Press Cocktail

2 oz. Domaine du Canton ginger liqueur

Lemonade (homemade is good, but I was lazy and used Simply Lemonade)

Ice

Lemon slices

Fill a tumbler with ice. Pour in 2 ounces of Domaine du Canton ginger liqueur. (I recommend wiping down the lip of the Domaine du Canton bottle after you have poured, because it is a syrupy liqueur and you will thank yourself later when you don’t have to strong-arm the cap off of the bottle next time you open it.) Top with lemonade. Garnish with lemon slices. Candied ginger would be a nice garnish too, if you have it on hand. Add a straw and sip in the sunshine.