Memorial Day Menu Play Monday–May 30

My sister's chair she painted for a charity auction

First, I want to say thank you to all of the military servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives for the benefit and safety of our country. Words cannot express my gratitude to these brave men and women and their families. Also, thank you to all of those currently serving to protect our country.

We have had a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend so far, which is why I’m a little behind getting my post up today! We started it off celebrating our 4 year anniversary at 4th and Swift, an incredible restaurant here in Atlanta. This restaurant has been at the top of my list to try for a long time. We were not disappointed as it was one of the best restaurant meals we’ve had in quite a while. Chef Jay Swift uses fresh and local ingredients for much of the menu. The bartender even created some fresh“mocktails” for me since I cannot drink any alcohol for the next 9 months. The first was a nice lemon and ginger combination and the second was a pineapple juice concoction. Both were lovely.

Saturday was also a celebration as my niece graduated from high school. We are very proud of her and excited for her as she heads off to college in the fall. I had to leave the celebration early though as I had been asked at the last minute to do a live segment on CNN that afternoon.

This was my third appearance on CNN and quite different from the other two. It was so much fun, as always. But I certainly felt like I got the royal treatment as they sent a car for me to drive me to and from the studio. I guess this way they ensure that guests show up in plenty of time for live TV! Also, I had someone do my hair and touch up my make-up. This whole process really helped me relax, which in the end was a very good thing because when I got up on the set I had about 3 minutes before I went on the air. This was when I found out there were food props and the segment went a different direction from what we originally had discussed. But I had prepared well and was very comfortable with the topic, gluten-free diets. Unfortunately I completely forgot about getting any pictures of me on set! You can watch the segment here and I’ll be posting more on the topic later this week.  

We wrapped up the weekend grilling out with old and new friends. One of my dear friends who I used to work with in New York many years ago was in town visiting family. I had not seen her in years and never met her two cute boys. And she had never met my husband or son. It was great catching up.

So, after all that, here is this week’s menu:

Monday: Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Green Salad (bumped from last week)

Tuesday: Chicken and Vegetable Farro Risotto with Green Salad (bumped from last week)

Wednesday: Easy Salmon Cakes with Pressure Cooked Carrots and Broccoli

Thursday: Coconut Curry Pork from Meal Makeover Mom’s No Whine with Dinner with Brown Rice and Stir-fry Veggies

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Evening out

Sunday: Husband’s dinner creation

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!