Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Cheesy Ham Peas Baked Penne Casserole and the Hot Damn Sriracha Honey Butter Roasted Chicken!

Happy Sunday TKW Family! I’m coming to you from a house that has all bedrooms freshly painted! Trust me, this was a HUGE ordeal for us. You see one of things we failed to do when we moved in 11 years ago was paint the bedrooms. Now I mean no disrespect to anyone that loves the color blue (specifically ocean/robin egg blue) BUT bedrooms and kitchens should NOT be painted these colors! Okay fine, maybe, if you live near the ocean or what not but in the middle of the country in Pittsburgh most definitely not. These people were blue CRAZY! I mean they even tinted the plaster blue! Yes, seriously!

Each room took at least 2 coats of paint to cover it up and even after that some spots still needed touched up. And yes, we bought the really expensive paint that is supposed to cover in one coat. Um no.. it doesn’t. At least not in this house. We have 1 more day of painting (hallways and stairwells) and I am DONE DONE DONE painting for the rest of my life. Bold statement I know but seriously I should never be allowed to paint..ever! Now comes to fun/hard part – purging 11 years of accumulated stuff and then decorating. I’m OK with purging stuff though it’s Mr. Fantabulous that has a slight issue. The man is like MacGuyver which means every nut, every burnt out fan motor can be fixed or re-purposed. I still am going through my stuff. Like last night I went through my dressers and wardrobe and have 2 HUGE (I mean HUGE) boxes of clothes to donate. I still haven’t tackled the closet – that’s later today.

…and then there is the pig stuff. I have a lot of it and while I love pigs, I do need to reduce some of the items to my most favorite/sentimental pieces. The object here is when we do go to move, to move as little as possible. I mean we’ll keep our bedroom sets (I LOVE them, hand-made for us and super expensive – seriously LOVE Amish made furniture), and things like that but most everything else will go. We’ll actually have a private estate sale when the times comes as there is A LOT of stuff and moving will not be cheap so every little bit helps, right?

So I had such a super fun day yesterday! Mr. Fantabulous had some stuff he wanted to work on so I called up one of my dear friends (who is also a super foodie) to head to downtown Pittsburgh on a foodie-excursion. For those of you that have never been, Pittsburgh’s Strip District is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I’m sure other cities have them but Pittsburgh is special. It’s not a super huge city so you’re bound to run into someone you know. But the local shops, the foods and just the experience itself is incredible. From all-Italian store, polish specialty shops to street vendors selling crafts. If you ever get the chance, definitely visit as it’s absolutely incredible!


We stopped in one of our more ‘famous’ stores ‘Penn Mac’ which has been around since 1902 (or maybe 1903 – I forget). There you can taste thousands of cheeses from all around the world, dive deep into specialty meats and shop for authentic Italian eats. I seriously could have stayed there all day! I think I left that place with about 8 pounds of various cheeses, boxes of Italian Torrone for Mr. Fantabulous and containers of fresh foods. I’m seriously excited for lunch today as they made this artichoke giardiniera that I have been so excited to try!

Now that the painting is almost done I can go back to putting more time into TKW. I have so many recipes I need to share with you guys. With that I’ve been thinking.

TKW Is Hiring

I’m looking to hire a Virtual Assistant (I’d prefer local but hey we work in an age of technology so I’m OK with you being remote). If you are well-versed in Photoshop and Premiere (for video editing) send me an email to Lori@thekitchenwhisperer.net with a link to some of your work and your rates. I’m looking for someone to edit photos and videos.

With that, have one fantabulously amazing week!

♥ Monday – Spinach Chicken Caprese
♥ Tuesday – Cheesy Ham Peas Baked Penne Casserole
♥ Wednesday – Sriracha Honey Buttered Crispy Baked Oven Fried Wings
♥ Thursday – Crunchy Asian Hoisin Chicken over Brown Rice
♥ Friday – Ultimate Pittsburgh Steak Wedgie
♥ Saturday – Bourbon Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin
♥ Sunday – Hot Damn Sriracha Honey Butter Roasted Chicken
♥ Dessert of the week – Sugar Cookie Cups with Cheesecake Filling and Fresh Fruit

5 Responses to “Weekly Menu”

  • Debbie says:

    I grew up in Pittsburgh. Great City. I love your recipes and beautiful pictures. I can almost taste and smell the food.

  • Debbie says:

    I grew up in Pittsburgh. Great city. Love your recipes and beautiful food pictures – I can almost smell and taste the wonderful food.

  • I am DYING to know when the June All Clad sale will be this year. Same as always? First weekend of June? (Friday all day?) My daughter-in-law has a business meeting that weekend in Chicago can can fly into Pittsburgh first. But she needs to make flight arrangements soon. PLEASE divulge the dates! Thank you, thank you. Cynthia

  • Linda says:

    I’ve only been following your blog for a couple of weeks ago (just found it via Pinterest!), but I love it! Your recipes look great, and I love your writing style. Keep up the good work, sista! 😉

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Linda and welcome to the TKW Family! Thank you so much for your kind words! With me, I write like we’ve been friends for decades and we’re just sitting in my kitchen, sharing some cake and chatting the day away.

      If ever you have a question or need a recipe tweaked (say for a crock pot or pressure cooker) just drop me a note!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

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