Election night has always been a big deal at our house. We settle ourselves around the TV to watch the returns, and serve finger foods to nosh on while we watch the returns come in.
In a change from tradition, YaYu has asked for fried chicken from Pono Market in Kapaa (the best fried chicken ever, according to her) along with macaroni and cheese for our election night meal this year. OK! Because of the time difference, election returns from the east coast will start becoming available here in early afternoon, but since YaYu will again be serving as a poll worker, she wants a more traditional meal when she finishes in the evening.
I have been wanting to try out some new mac & cheese recipes for a while, so this week I’m going to fix a simple recipe from the New York Times for a creamy macaroni & cheese that’s baked in the oven, and next week I’m trying one that’s prepared in the slow cooker. Whichever one ‘wins’ YaYu’s approval will be prepared again on election night.
Of course this means that for the next three weeks macaroni and cheese will be appearing on the menu here at Casa Aloha. I’m not sure I’m ready to indulge in something with that much dairy, but hopefully I can manage a small amount.
YaYu’s cross country season has ended, and since Friday night spaghetti dinners (for the swim team) won’t start again until after the first of the year, I’ll have to put something on the menu again for that night. We’ll stick with having leftovers on Saturday – I like finishing things up and that no one has to cook!
Here’s what’s on the menu this week:
- Tuesday (this evening): Spaghetti with marinara sauce; grilled Italian sausages (vegan for me); grilled zucchini; garlic bread
- Wednesday: Grilled steak; baked potatoes; sautéed Swiss chard (no steak for me)
- Thursday: Tofu & broccoli in spicy peanut sauce; steamed rice
- Friday: Creamy macaroni & cheese; salad
- Saturday: leftovers
- Sunday: Panzanella with beans
- Monday: Grilled ahi tuna; couscous; grilled zucchini
We plan to buy a bag of broccoli florets at Costco today, which will last us two to three meals. We’ll get Swiss chard, zucchini (YaYu’s favorite vegetable), cucumbers, a green pepper, and carrots at the farmers’ market this week, as well as more limes and bananas, but otherwise we’ll see what catches our eye and looks good (and is affordable). Brett is still doing the majority of cooking, but I’m pitching in more and more as I feel better.