Weekly Menu for April 19th thru April 24th

Whew, what a week! Do you find yourself seemingly busier now that spring has sprung?  Now that the days are longer I find I that I try not to waste a moment of daylight and cram as much as possible into that day.  This week seemed no different and yet will not stop until late Sunday night.  This is also the reason why this weeks blog will be posted late today, sorry.  Although, I must say that because of the type A personality I seem to possess I'm happy when I have a week where multiple tasks and activities are completed and enjoyed.  Weird, I know, but I really think that staying busy is my drug!
My in-laws are in town this week and we’ve had the opportunity to explore places in our community that we had not yet been able to, we had a wonderful day at the beach that allowed for a great day of peace and relaxation from the never ending to-do list,  filming for my recipe submission for the Real Women of Philadelphia contest ended up being a family affair and the weekend is spoken for with our daughters cheer competition.  Happily I have to say that regardless of the hectic week, it was a week filled with great conversation, much love and good food (thanks to my family for eating all the food I keep making for the contest) and we will be sad when the week is over.  I have also found that I can agree with many when they say sleep can be very overrated when one is having so much fun!  
Speaking of good food, I do have a week full of new recipes for you that I think your going to enjoy; and I’ve also included this weeks video for my Jalapeno Popper Burgers that I entered as my entree submission and I think it will make a great dinner option for you this week.  Next weeks submission will be desert, and the family seems very happy that there will be much cake to eat!  Well, my friends my hope is that whether your week is busy or mellow, it will be filled with great conversation, much love and good food.  As always, have a fabulous week!
A few reminders for the newbies; you can click the title of any recipe to access it and if you are interested in a blank grocery list sheet formatted for Excel, send me an email and I’ll send one off to you.  This sheet saves you time in the grocery store. As always you can email me at mydinnerplaybook@aol.com with any suggestions, recipe ideas or blog tips!  Don’t forget to sign up as a follower, by doing so you will show up in the “really cool people” slot.  Thanks for sending this blog off to family, friends and strangers!  As always, have a fabulous week!
Find this weeks Grocery List here
Quick Meal 1
It looks like Rachael Ray did it once again and created a meal full of flavor without killing the budget.  The combination of all the ingredients come together so well that you don’t feel like your eating a budget friendly meal.

Quick Meal 2
You guessed it, it’s time to have incorporate some fish into the menu.  This recipe has a lot going on in it and since tilapia is fairly mild, those of us that do not automatically choose fish as an option will enjoy this dish.
Got Some Time - Meal 1
As a wise man once said, “You can never go wrong with a burger”; the wise man being my husband loves burgers, in fact we all do and I have to say we ate these burgers twice this week; since the first round of filming didn’t turn out so well and both times were equally delicious.  Yum!  Check out my video here. 
Got Some Time Meal - 2
Fettuccine and Pancetta, need I say more?  I love Fettuccine and when my copy of Bon Appetit showed up in the mail this week the picture automatically made me want to make this dish, agreeing with those who say we eat with our eyes first.
Got Some Time Meal - 3
Now when I saw that this recipe takes 40 minutes I wasn’t sure why since I seem to get my Ham, Apple and Brie Paninis made in 25 or so and then figured out it’s the caramelized onions.  But since I’m a lover of all cheese and caramelized onions this one was worth the extra time.
Pass the Wine; I got all the time - Meal 1
May’s issue of Food Network Magazine had a challenge to create a recipe using potato chips and this recipe seemed to work for a weekend dinner with a twist, plus don’t we all have a bunch of bags of chips that have nothing but crumbs at the bottom?

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