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menu planning – a reprise of some of story’s favorites

you choose ::::

For something a little different, today’s post is about various menu plans, colored to your mood, your audience, or the environment in which you will enjoy the food. I had a hard time not wanting to change items around constantly. But then, that’s the beauty of it: you can do just that. There is no right or wrong. These are eclectic combinations, fusions of Middle Eastern with German, Italian and Mexican, and other-inspired.

I hesitated calling this “a reprise of some of story’s favorites,” I mean, there are so many favorite recipes in my index, it seems almost unfair to only call the list below my favorites. This is just the beginning. I could go on for pages with various permutations, but why? You are just as able, if not better, to do the same.



  A picnic in the sunshine (note the lack of mayonnaise)



tamarind cooler

rosemary focaccia

homemade ricotta

corn-avocado salad

hard boiled eggs with dukkah


  A nice dinner with family, and maybe a snobby dinner guest who needs to be impressed




parmesan pudding

fennel + apple + gouda

campanelle with pork, pine nuts, and olives

revelatory caramel cake


  A light vegetarian lunch on the weekend



pasta + zucchini + feta + sun-dried tomatoes

red pepper soup

raspberry sorbet


 Vegan delight



buckwheat salad with mushrooms, fennel, and parsley oil

persimmon (fuyu), pomegranate, and apple fruit salad

watermelon granita


  A care package to your favorite college student



joe froggers

peanut butter granola bars with cacao nibs

homemade cherry pie lärabars

stone fruit leather


  Chill out drinks and snacks for a ladies’ weekend



sgroppino al limone

persian-style iced tea with rosewater

crisp flatbread with za’atar

romesco-ish dip

bulgarian eggplant dip


 Tea tawlk on a lazy day



sage-mint tea

persimmon biscotti



  Comfort food all the way



whole-wheat chocolate “PB&J” brownies (or two layer cake)

strawberry-rhubarb crisp

oatmeal raisin ice cream


  A weekend breakfast with out-of-town guests



kaiserschmarrn with peaches and blackberries

eggs flamenco

rooibos chai


 Fruit bounty



apple and plum crumble

dried, chewy bananas




  • Yangsze May 7, 2012 Reply

    What a great idea! I love these sample menus — are you sure your true calling isn’t to write a cookbook?!!

    • story May 7, 2012 Reply

      Ha! I wish! Maybe someday if my dayjob doesn’t work out. 🙂

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