Reading Weekend

Sunday Meals & Another Book Rec

February 7, 2021

S: Cincinnati chili (Super Bowl tradition!) + 7-layer dip + veg and chips. (Josh is going to make a “Snack Stadium” with the veg / dip / chips . . . we will see how it turns out!)

M: either leftover chili (if enough) or copycat Panera Fuji apple chicken salad

T: leftovers (or the salad above if not made M)

W: Run Fast Eat Slow broccoli chèvre soup + Whole Foods Seeduction bread

R: Dinner Illustrated chicken katsu with cabbage slaw

F: leftovers

just had to include this pic b/c it was so cute


This book is so much FUN. There are some racy scenes and they are quite well done! It’s set in the 1940s and covers youth and excesses and theater and NYC.

It’s 460 pages and I am over half done from the past 2 days. Addictive and fast-reading and . . . yeah, just FUN.

cover is the US edition apparently!


  • Reply Sonna February 7, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    The magic of meal planning, it’s a must-do activity for me, otherwise my week feels off-balance. I haven’t read fiction in ages, probably because I mostly read novels when we travel and not much of that at the mo! But I’m keeping a list and will add this to it. This isn’t one I’d necessarily pick myself, but I’ve found that some of the best fiction I’ve read has been recommended 👍
    And that’s such a cute photo 😃

  • Reply Ashley G. February 7, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Just finished City of Girls today and LOVED it. Super fun.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns February 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    When friends say they don’t meal plan I am dumbfounded! How can you not plan your meals? How do you know what to get at the grocery store??? It boggles my mind! I love seeing what others make! I make carnitas for tacos in the instant pot tonight. We have a ton leftover so will have burrito bowls, sandwiches for my husband and nachos. Other meals are a turkey ragu pasta sauce there has finely chopped onion, celery and carrots that the toddler can’t detect/fish out, and a broccoli, cheese and ham rice skillet with leftover ham that we froze from Christmas.

  • Reply Jenny Rexrode February 7, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    City of Girls was so good! It was a little intimidating because it was long, but I couldn’t put it down!
    And yes, I totally agree about meal planning! I can’t even imagine. I plan two weeks at a time and do one big trip before the two weeks start and then do a quick trip between the two weeks for anything I ran out of that I wasn’t anticipating (usually milk, eggs, or lunch meat. It works well and saves money not buying tons of things you don’t need!

  • Reply Maya February 7, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Omigosh, I saw all these comments about meal planning and had to add I CANNOT do it! We gave it a try last week, and the only thing that got made according to plan were the poke bowls–because we like to use up fish the day we get it, if poss. Otherwise, we just get get a ton of fresh veg and and protein and figure it out based on what the chef/chef’s fam feels like. I’m an intuitive cook and enjoy cooking–planning just takes the joy out of it–or so it seems to me.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 8, 2021 at 6:21 am

      so interesting!! I would definitely say I am not an intuitive cook – I need inspiration from others! Maybe that’s part of it!

    • Reply Margaret February 8, 2021 at 9:29 am

      I’m a mix of the two. Like you I enjoy just picking what I want and am fairly intuitive but I’ve found intuitive is NOT a fun way to go when we all get home at 5pm tired and hungry. I try to plan about 4 meals a week that I know we have. Then if i feel inspired I can make something else and delay the plan, but if it’s a tired/late day I know I have something ready to go.

  • Reply Melissa February 9, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Curious how you will feel about the second half of the book! I too tore through the first half…and then…well…you decide. 😉

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 9, 2021 at 8:54 am

      Haha I’m 80% through now and I do sort of see what you mean BUT still really enjoying it 🙂

  • Reply Kim N February 9, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Intrigued by the broccoli chèvre soup but that link goes to the fuji apple salad again. I am a very loose meal planner. We repeat easy vegetarian meals that we always have the stuff for (pasta and sauce, stir fried rice and veggies, some kind of taco/nacho/quesadilla thing, etc.) and then I will usually buy one type of meat at the store each week and plan a meal around that. Throw in a night or two of takeout or leftovers and that usually gets us through.

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