Menu Plan Monday: Fava Beans and cute apron giveaway


Don’t forget to read to the bottom for the cute kitchen apron giveaway!

Last week was brutal – a cold took me out on Tuesday, and without my menu plan of last week, we would have surely been eating out every night! The Orange Glazed Chicken from Everyday Food was excellent, and very easy. I used whole chicken legs, as I like to have drumsticks and thighs, and the marmalade made it very easy to put together. I also just threw the whole carrots onto the roasting pan about 1/2 way through, rather than cooking them on the stovetop. And I served with the Bulgur Pilaf from How to Cook Everything (this is the book I plan to send my kids off to college with!). 

This week we have a couple busy nights, so I am hoping I can come up with more quick and easy menus. Our Two Small Farms box this week contained Romaine Lettuce, Carrots, Shallots, Strawberries (these were ginormous, and consumed within the hour), Fava Beans, and Summer Squash. Here is my menu plan for the week:

Sunday: Fava bean appetizer, (I ended up running out of time, so served this with baby romaine lettuce and carrots, as a deconstructed salad. The dip was great!) Carrot risotto, Salad, Rhubarb Anise Upside-down cake

Monday: Stuffed Squash with Bulgur and Feta, Roasted Salmon, Salad

Tuesday: Squash-rice Casserole

Wednesday: Dinner out

Thursday: Pasta with Fava Beans and Sausage, Salad

Friday: TGIF Mini-block party (hope we aren’t rained out this week!)


Now to the giveaway! Last week, while I was home sick, in between coughing up a lung and sleeping, I managed to finish two cute kitchen aprons that would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift, one red, one yellow. So, I am having a contest! On Sunday, May 10th (Mother’s Day) I will select two winners, who will each receive one of these cute aprons below. They can keep the aprons or give them as gifts.

In the comment section below, in haiku format*, tell me why you want one of these aprons. Be clever, be cute, make me laugh, that is all I ask. 




*Ok, you don’t really have to use a haiku. Anything is fine. But, if you tweet about the contest, or post it on your Facebook page, then come back and comment about that, it will give you another chance to win. For example, Comment #1 might be “I really need a new apron because I don’t have anything as cute as that in my kitchen!”, Comment #2 might be “Tweeted about it,”, and Comment #3 might be “On my Facebook page”. See, easy peasy, 3 entries to win!


  1. I really need a new apron because my husband took mine (it was just a plain black one)! I would look much better in one of these cute aprons- and I don’t think that he would dare to wear it… well he might, but I would put up a bigger fight to keep it off him!

    Wish I had some sewing talent like yours!!

  2. I’m a kitchen klutz
    I really need an apron
    Those butterflies rock!

  3. Wow what a beautiful basket full. I am going to check out your squash recipes.

  4. Can’t have too many aprons.
    Your aprons are cute.
    May I have one of them, please?

  5. My son is a mess
    peanut butter on my shirt
    I need an apron


    My family eats
    A homemade meal for dinner
    Aprons keep me clean


    My baby’s nose runs
    I have to get dressed for work
    No snot on my shirt

    If there’s one thing ultimate has taught me, its the art of haiku!

  6. haha love the haikus, adorable aprons!

    umm all of your recipes sound delish, cant wait to try them out!

  7. I like to cook meals
    I make a messy kitchen
    I do not like spills

    Wow…I feel like that kid in junior high school who is late to class so the teacher makes them sing 🙂

    mariss last blog post..Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day: The Only Thing You Need to Bake Bread

  8. I really need an apron because I do not have one 🙂

  9. Aprons stop the mess
    Keep me clean and cheer the Bears
    Blue and Gold are best

    I still remember your mom and dad posting Big Game articles on their bathroom mirror when we were kids. Go Bears!

  10. Love the aprons… don’t need one, cuz I never use them, but I wanted to give a shout out to my long-time friend Gudrun!!! She’s a fantastic cook, and has so many other talents! Anyone who gets an apron will be a lucky duck.

  11. How come I can cook your recipe without your cute apron??

    I really really need a one.

    Because I left all of them in my home, Japan.
    Why didn’t bring them??

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