Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Menu Week 13/ CCI makes miracles happen

Sad puppy raisers and O'Hanna
Arizona Puppies at Turn in Ceremony
Reflections from the Backcounter

The Backcounter is going on vacation! There will be a break for one week. I will resume the blog on June 12th! I am listing a past menu for this week as time does not allow the creation of a new one! This has been a whirlwind few days. We dropped off our puppy at the CCI center in Oceanside, California. It was an emotional rollercoaster. The ceremony was awe inspiring and the organization did a marvelous job of recognizing the effort and sacrifice made by the puppy raisers. We were privileged to see the awarding of graduate dogs to approximately 13 people who had completed the team training. The joy that these dogs bring to children, adults and families who are living with disabilities is breathtaking. This privilege, however, did nothing to mitigate the pain of giving up our beloved puppy O'Hanna and buckets of tears were shed. I did well until the entire group of puppy raisiers (about 30 pups and humans) were recognized from the audience with a standing ovation and a chorus of service dogs who all began barking on command. The symphony of sound was overwhelming and it was at that point that I lost it. CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) is truly bringing miracles to life..one life at a time. I am enclosing pictures from the day. If you have a big heart consider contacting them as there are 12 litters of puppies available in July and puppy raisers are desperately needed. I can't believe that I am saying this but we will probably be back on the list.

Menu Week 13

Pork Fried Rice http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/237524
with apologies to the recipe...use left over pork tenderloin from Sunday night
Green salad


One Pan Chicken Dinner
Chicken thighs, carrots, new potatoes onions. Layer vegetables on the bottom of a roasting pan and place rinsed and dried chicken thighs on top. Season with worcestershire, seasoned salt, pepper and basil. Roast at 350 degrees until done



Crockpot chili http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotchili/r/bl85c7.htm
Green salad
Cornbread http://southerncuisine.suite101.com/article.cfm/southerncornbread

Tuna melts http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/italian-tuna-melts
Carrot and celery sticks

Hope this helps with your week! Let me know how it goes. Links provided for inspiration and guidance!
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The Backcounter Buffet is written to help guide you through the week with ideas for feeding your family healthy and budget friendly meals. The Backcounter Buffet is the name our family gives to the weeknight buffet meals that are the mainstay of our family menus. I also hope to share with you the wisdom about life and of being a woman that my time on the planet and work with other women has bestowed upon me.If the kitchen is the heart of the home, food is the soul. In our two career family of five, we need simple solutions to the daunting task of meal planning and preparation.The purpose of this blog is to organize the weekly journey and catalogue recipes, ideas and wisdom for other families who hope to use the opportunity of the evening meal to reconnect, slow down and enjoy the blessings of the day.Thanks for reading and eating with us!Peace,

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