“A Quiet WEEKEND” from the Empty Nesters…with great food

Here is a tour of our eats and drinks Thursday – Sunday, October 16-19, 2014.


Corn ChowderDinner: Cheddar, Corn, and Potato Chowder
A recipe from the Whole Foods App.  I serve it with Aurelia’s Chorizo.  You can find this on occasion at HEB (the Besitos – small links). Central Market also carries Aurelia’s chorizo products. The authentic flavors in this chorizo can no be beat!


Dinner: Conan’s Pizza – Marc grew up with this Austin landmark.  Still has the phone number memorized. (sorry – no picture.)

Wine: Cote 125 2013 Corbières, a new French offering from our favorite Austin wine shop, EAST END WINES.

Beer (my Dad joined us): Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale




SATURDAY NIGHT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

SteakDinner: Beef Ribeye, Bacon and Mushroom Potato Gratin, Salad, Chocolate Coconut Bars

Marc grilled Beef Ribeye, served with a Porcini Butter (an idea I borrowed from Vino Vino). The Potato Gratin was amazing! I found this recipe on a favorite blog – the Brown Eyed Baker. This recipe will definitely grace our table again, most likely when a friend like you is over for dinner.

Recipe link – Bacon, Mushroom and Potato Gratin

IMG_2129Wine: After finishing the Cote 125 Corbières from last night, we opened Domaine de Colette Régnié Beaujolais, another great French offering.

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For dessert, I made Chocolate Coconut Bars, a recipe from Martha Stewart.  All of the ingredients were already in my pantry, so this was easy and fun.  I substituted vanilla wafers for the graham crackers. I used a variety of chocolate chips – all were partial bags left over from a previous recipe (or Ben’s late night snacking). These bars are soft and chewy, but not sticky. We will be eating these all week long!

Recipe link – Chocolate Coconut Bars


Image 2Breakfast: Trader Joes’ Pumpkin Pancakes
At $2.99, this pancake mix is a real deal. They were very easy to make, needing a minimal amount of extra ingredients. The texture was soft and the flavor reminded me of Kirby Lane’s version. A nice treat for a quick breakfast before church.

Lunch: Sierras Mexican Restaurant in Georgetown
Our son, Nick, introduced us to this new place. Now that we are attending church in Georgetown, it is nice to eat locally so we can spend time with Nick. I’ve had the beef enchiladas both visits and they are great. Solid Tex-Mex fare with great service, good price point, and no wait.

Dinner: The famous Chicken Tamale Casserole – an Erck staple.
I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine years ago. I’ve altered it slightly, omitting the green chilies, and using one whole egg, instead of the egg white.  Heats up wonderfully as leftovers.

Recipe link – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-tamale-casserole

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