Whats For Dinner Next Week 8-7-11

We have set an all time record we have had the longest time of temperatures over 100 degrees in our history here in Texas. It is so hot ya'll, so come on in the house and get under this cool fan, we are just going to sit here and have a cold iced tea with a nice slice of cold pie. We will get this menu all put together for next week

Grilled Lemon Honey Chicken
Roasted Corn On The Cob
Okra and Tomatoes
Fresh Green Tossed Salad
Cottage Bread

Using The Left Over Chicken and Roasted Corn
Chicken Chop Salad
Heirloom Tomato Pie
Sliced Mixed Melon
Left Over Apricot Pie

Grilled Cilantro Flank Steak
Pinto Bean Soup
Miz Helen's Kitchen
The Pinto Bean Soup
2 cups of dried Pinto Beans
8 cups water
1 medium yellow onion chopped
3 cups stewed tomatoes and green chili's
3 cloves garlic minced
3 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
11/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Sort and rinse the beans really well. In a heavy dutch oven bring 8 cups of water to the boil add the beans.
Boil for 10 minutes, cover and turn off the heat, leaving the dutch oven on the burner. Let the beans stand for 2 hours. Add the onion, stewed tomatoes and green chili's, garlic, salt, pepper, ground cumin and oregano. Add enough hot water to keep the beans covered and cook on medium heat for 2 hours.
Tossed Green Mexican Salad
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Hot Grilled Tortillas 
Homemade Lime Ice Cream

Using The Left Over Flank Steak and Pinto Beans
Cilantro Steak Burrito's
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Lemon Sugar Cookies and the leftover Lime Ice Cream

Veggie Spring Rolls
Asian Cold Noodle Salad
Chicken and Peanut Sauce
Fortune Cookie 
" To Be Happy Seek Cool Temperature"

Shrimp Ka Bobs on The Grill
Tropical Rice Salad
Fire Roasted Squash and Peppers on The Grill
Garlic Buns
 Ice Cold Watermelon Slices


Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin  Kitty at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
Cool and Crisp Corn Salad  Vicky V. at  The Blest Nest
 Collards N Bacon  Shannon at Food Farm Health
Smore Pie  From Which Things Grow

I sure am glad that you were able to stop by and visit today. It is always so good to sit and visit with a friend. 
I hope that we will be seeing you at FULL PLATE THURSDAY right here at the cottage.
Take the time to give someone a hug today and come back to see me really soon!
Peace and Joy

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. Miz Helen, I'm adding the pinto bean soup to our menu this week! Thank you for sharing it! I hope your weather cools off soon. That kind of heat is brutal. My parents are in Houston and have been sharing with me how serious it is down there. Take care and stay cool!

  2. Miz Helen, I hope it cools off in Texas. This summer has been so unbearable in so many states. I hope to join you for FPT soon! xo,

  3. Yum another delicious week at your house. I love grilled flank steak. I always marinate mine in a little lime juice, canola oil, garlic and cilantro. I hope things cool off for you this week.

  4. You make your menus sound so good simply because of the wonderful way you have with words. I love my visits here. Hope it cools off some for you.

  5. Your menus are the best! I love each and every day. but the spring rolls and bean soup caught my attention! All is sooooo yummy. Thanks for inspiring all of us ON THE MENU MONDAY! Just a question, where do you get your culinary inspiration... your menus are fabulous!

  6. That soup sounds fantastic. I am so ready for fall. We are hot here in the Carolinas too!

  7. I so admire you ladies that can plan a whole week ahead! That is a real gift! Your entire menu sounds wonderful!!!! Would love those veggie spring rols! Have a great week and I hope to God it cools off there in Tx. for you all, I feel so bad for you and when I want to complain about our heat, I just think of you. XO, Pinky

  8. Your menus look terrific! I love your website...I'm going to look around for a while, :)

  9. Everything sounds delicious. Such organization! I really should do better at meal planning rather than approaching it with my usual whim.

  10. Looks like a week of delicious food at your home in Texas! I spotted the recipe for your apricot pie below - how scrumptious.


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