Dig Out Your Fancy Beads - It's Fat Tuesday!!!

DOTP is very excited to be celebrating Fat Tuesday for the third year running!  This Tuesday, we may not be riding on floats and drinking giant Hurricane's, but that's okay, we can be our own little Krewe here in Winston-Salem.  We'll bring the good food, you mix a cocktail, and we'll celebrate in style!

Tuesday, February 12th: Mardi Gras Menu

  • Central Grocery Mini Muffaletta Sandwiches
  • Shake Your Money Maker Chicken Jambalaya
  • Green Salad with Homemade New Orleans Remoulade Dressing
  • Vegetarian Option:  Eggplant & Roasted Red Pepper Muffaletta & Black Eyed Pea & Kale Jambalaya 
  • Kids' Option:  Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups & Fresh Fruit ($6)
  • Dessert:  Bourbon Street Brownies ($6)
GYTTW Options:

  • Booyah BBQ Stew & Cornbread (chicken or veggie, $25 reg, $30 large)
  • Asian Noodle Salad (chicken or veggie, $25 reg, $30 large)
  • Stuffed Red Peppers with Chorizo Risotto ($25 reg, $30 large)
  • Soup Dinner:  African Peanut Soup & Salad ($25 reg, $30 large)
  • Crock Pot Cuban Black Beans & Pork ($25)
  • Crock Pot Singapore Honey Sesame Chicken ($25)
  • Make Your Own Pizza Packs ($22 reg, $30 large)

Mini Grocery Store Items:

  • Mimi's Chile con Queso  & Chips ($5)
  • Southwest Porch Pockets & Zesty Cilantro Ranch Dip ($10)
  • Fresh Veggie Bags ($6)
  • Salad Packs with Chipotle Ranch Dressing, veggies & croutons ($10)
  • Cilantro Ranch Dressing (16 oz plastic container, $5, 16 oz glass gift bottle $10)
  • Vantastic Pimento Cheese - regular or spicy! ($5)
  • Camino Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Bread ($6)
  • Camino Bakery Pumpkin Bread ($5)

If you've never had Muffaletta Sandwiches in New Orleans, you should probably plan a trip there soon.  Seriously.  They are french bread sandwiches piled up with salami, ham & cheese, and then spread with a heart-stoppingly delicious spread.  We make a good one, and you'll wish you had more after they are gone, but I'm going to tell you now that if you ever have a Central Grocery Muffaletta that is bigger than your own face, and you eat the whole thing, you will begin trying to find a way to move to Louisiana.  Actually, pretty much anything you eat in Louisiana will make you wish you lived there, hurricanes be damned.  

Jambalaya is one of those dishes for which every respectable Louisianan has his or her own recipe.  It's a rice-based dish that can be made with whatever meats and veggies are available (usually andouille sausage & seafood, but occasionally alligator), seasoned and then, of course, liberally doused with Tabasco.  We make ours with chicken and andouille sausage for a dish that will knock your socks off with many great flavors.  We'll leave it up to you to spice it up with Tabasco (especially since this is a dish that kids seem to love, so we don't want to out-spice them!).  Our Vegetarian Jambalaya is delicious as well, so no one will miss out on the Mardi Gras fun!   

We at DOTP love all kinds of salad, and you may have noticed that we almost always include one with the meal.  Not only are they good for you, but they can really make a meal more flexible for different members of the family who may be watching carbs or calories or just trying to eat more veggies.  That said, we can't just eat boring old lettuce and tomato every day, so we try to come up with fun new dressings & salad mix-ins that make it more fun to eat those greens!  We love this Green Salad with Homemade Remoulade Dressing (inspired by the addictive sauce used as a dip for that famous Gulf Coast seafood!).  It's so good and fresh tasting that eating salad may be your favorite part of the meal!

Finish up dinner with a sweet treat - our delicious Bourbon Street Brownies are indeed made with a touch of bourbon, just for fun, and we're also honoring the Mardi Gras tradition of hiding a baby in the King Cake (but we don't really like King Cakes, so we are doing it with brownies)!  The person who finds the baby in his or her brownie gets to be King for the day - crown included!

Here's the quick rundown on all of our GYTTW options this week (somehow this list keeps growing!!!):

  • Booyah BBQ Stew & Cheesy Cornbread:  A hearty, meaty stew with smoked chicken and pork, beans, corn & more!  It's been our most favorite recent meal, and once you taste it, you'll see why!
  • Asian Noodle Salad Dinner:  One of our favorite family dinners - noodles, chicken, crunchy slaw and veggies all mixed in an amazing Sesame Soy Dressing!  Yum!
  • Stuffed Red Peppers with Chorizo Risotto:  This is a great Gluten Free recipe, loaded with flavor & perfect for a quick, easy dinner!  Fresh red peppers stuffed with a creamy rice and chorizo mixture - healthy and delish!
  • African Peanut with or without Chicken:  I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, and I think it's my all-time favorite soup.  It's loaded with chicken, veggies & rice, and there's something about it that makes you want to keep going back for more.  We have to keep it in stock around here!
  • Crock Pot Singapore Honey Sesame Chicken:  Made with chicken breasts, red peppers and a delicious homemade sauce, this Sesame Chicken is mild and delicious, and your house will smell amazing as you cook it up in your crock pot - by the time it's ready, your whole family will already be at the table waiting eagerly!
  • Crock Pot Cuban Black Bean and Pork:  I love black beans, and this savory combination is one of my favorite meals.  This combination is healthy (made with lean pork loin) and very family-friendly.  You can add to it with things you like, while pickier palates can enjoy it without any add-ons.  Over rice or on it's own, you'll be amazed how delicious and easy it is to make a crock pot meal that will disappear before your eyes!
  • Make Your Own Pizza Packs ($22/$30)
  • On a busy weeknight or a Game Night Friday with your family, these fun Make Your Own Pizza Packs are the best!  We had one this week, and my kids love putting them together and enjoying the delicious results (and I enjoyed not making dinner and cleaning up afterwards!).
Okay, I think that about covers it this week, but email me if I left anything out or you have any questions.

We're getting in the spirit of Mardi Gras already, and we hope you'll join us!!

Claire & Alex

Here are just a few things to keep in mind:
  • Email your order to dinnersontheporchorders@gmail.com and be specific!!!  
  • Size Matters!!  Now that we are offering Small, Regular and Large portions of our Main Meal, things are a little more complicated!  We only need you to specify if you want a Small or Large - if you don't specify a size, we will assume you want the Regular, $38 meal.  
  • If you do not like any particular ingredient, just let us know and we'll be happy to accommodate you.  If we can't do it, we'll let you know!
  • You will receive your confirmation & reminder on Monday night - call me asap on Tuesday morning if you do not receive that email because it means we do not have you on our list! 
  • Dinners will be delivered or be available for pick up at Sociale Gourmet on Tuesday afternoons between 2-6 pm.
  • If you are new, please send your address so we let you know if you are a pick-up or a delivery person.  
  • If you have any food allergies, please let us know!
  • If you like extras of anything like salsa, sour cream, etc, just let us know and we'll be glad to include it in your bag at no charge.
  • For any other questions, check out the Order 411 page or email me at dinnersontheporchorders@gmail.com