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Jill (Enter The Circus)

I saw the recipe for Baked Cod "Chowder", too. I thought it sounded good, so it will go on next week's menu!

Your menu for Sunday sounds so good!

I have my menu up on my blog. Have a great week with your mom!

Jmom

We're having a Korean beef soup tonight (and probably tomorrow) with rice and some sides.

On Wednesday we're having soy ginger chicken, slow cooked, with sesame green beans.

Thursdays we eat out or order in.

And that's as far as I've gotten with planning our meals for the week. If the baked cod chowder isn't too hard I may give it a try. Thanks for the idea.

Jules

Doooood- Had the best chicken enchiladas tonight (thankyouverymuch) and tortilla soup. Will have roasted pork loin this week, too. And...AND!! I was thinking more pasta, too. Puttanesca, though, with really good capers. Wow- "great minds..." and all that. Yip yip.

kat

I've got a lobster and shrimp bisque on my menu this week (kinda like a chowder, no?) that I am really excited about. Inspired by Paula Deen, actually. (I just hope I can pry the lobster meat out of the tail!)

We went out for Korean on Saturday night, and I have a real hankering for some bulgogi, which I am hoping to make next week!

Porter

This week I'm still undecided, but I made an awesome sauteed rapini with chili orange oil over the weekend and my family has requested it again. It's cold outside and I'm craving more chilis, perhaps chili lime butter tilapia, so easy and delish.

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