Saturday, February 2, 2019

A Quick and Simple Weeknight Meal and the Weekly Menu

And just like that, it is February.  Tomorrow starts the week long celebration of the Lunar New Year, known also as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.

Let's kick off the celebration with Dan Dan Pork, an Asian flavored ragu that is served over noodles.  In our house we call it, Chinese Spaghetti.

This quick and easy dish is perfect to enjoy during midweek.  I thought I would share it with you today and you could plan it for dinner on Tuesday, February 5th, when we celebrate the Year of the Pig.......

Get it?  Year of the Pig?  Dan Dan Pork?  Oh, never mind........

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We normally have a special dinner party each year to celebrate since our daughter is from China and our grand-daughter is half Chinese.  This year, however, we are going to a party at a restaurant where they will be serving an authentic 10 course dinner with entertainment and performances.  This dinner is on February 9th.  I will be sharing photos and our experience later this month.

This weekend is full as well.  Tonight we will be singing at 6 pm Mass.  The second year confirmation students are receiving the Sacrament and it is cause for celebration.  Marissa has asked her God-Parents to go out to dinner with us after Mass.

Tomorrow we are attending Phantom of the Opera with John, Kirs and John's parents.  We have been several times, two of them with John and Kirsten, but Marissa has never been and she is very excited.  We will enjoy dinner out after the play.

The bathroom demolition began last Wednesday. My house is a wreck but I am very excited and I know that the finished job will be worth all the inconvenience.

So the workers will be here all week.  I will be making extra portions at dinner all week so I can provide them with lunch each day.  

Other than that...the deep freeze seems to be over so the Teen should be back to school and hopefully acing her mid terms that were delayed.

Here is the recipe for "Chinese" Spaghetti.....

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Dan Dan Pork (Chinese Spaghetti)

prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins
An Asian flavored ragu that is served over noodles. In our house we call it, Chinese Spaghetti.


  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. dry sherry
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 2 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 T. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 T. corn starch
  • 2 t. brown sugar
  • 2 t. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 T. peanut oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 T. ginger paste
  • 1/4 c. minced cilantro leaves
  • Cooked Stir Fry Noodles
  • chopped roasted peanuts for garnish, if desired


  1. Whisk together the chicken broth, sherry, soy sauce, peanut butter, chili sauce, corn starch, brown sugar and sesame oil.  Set aside,.
  2. Heat peanut oil in wok over medium high heat.  Add pork and stir fry until browned and crumbly, about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute longer.  Stir in the broth mixture.  Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add noodles and cilantro to wok, toss to coat and serve.
  4. Garnish with peanuts, if desired.


Original recipe found in Cuisine at Home.
Created using The Recipes Generator

I am sharing my Weekly Menu....I will be posting a cocktail on Monday so that you can celebrate New Years Eve in style. I am also posting with some other groups during the week and will be updating you on the bathroom remodel so please stop by and see me.

Out to dinner after Mass

Out to dinner after Phantom

Meatless Monday
Corn Chowder (frozen and preserved in the Fall)
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Taco Tuesday
Mexican Chicken Casserole

Wednesday-Chinese New Year
Char Siu
Steamed Rice
Stir Fry Veggies

Pork Fried Rice (made with leftovers from Wednesday)

Fish Friday
Citrusy Scallops
Endive Salad

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