Everybody Falls for Fajitas!

Tuesday, March 5:  Fajita Night Extravaganza!
(small $32, regular $38, large $45)
Your choice of Carnitas, Grilled Chicken, or Roasted Veggies
Cilantro Rice
Smoky Borracho Beans with Bacon (or without, for veggie orders)
Good Fortune Salsa with Avocado, Corn, Red Peppers, Cilantro & Feta
Flour or Corn Tortillas (the whole meal will be GF if you opt for Corn Tortillas)
Toppings:  Cheese, Jalapeños, Salsa, Sour Cream
Green Salad with Homemade Cilantro Ranch
Add Mimi's Chile con Queso & Fresh Guacamole with Chips ($10)
Kids' Meal:  Cheese & Bean Quesadilla ($6)
Dessert:  Twisted Fork Pound Cake ($10)

GYTTW Options:
South Congress Chicken or Veggie Lasagna ($25 regular, $30 large)
Cowboy Meatballs & Pappy's Mashed Potatoes ($25 regular, $30 large)
Heartthrob Minestrone Soup with Camino Rosemary Garlic French Bread ($15 small, $25 large)
Crock Pot Chicken Chili Verde ($25)
Breakfast Egg & Cheese Strata ($25, veggie, bacon, or jalapeño sausage)
Make Your Own Pizza Packs ($22 regular, $30 large)

Optional Extras:
Mimi's Chile con Queso & Chips ($5)
Fresh Guacamole with Chips ($5)
Fresh Veggie Bag ($6)
Salad Pack ($10)
Camino Bakery Pumpkin Bread ($5)
Camino Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Bread ($6)
Vantastic Pimento Cheese - regular or spicy ($5)

So, one of the questions I get asked all the time is whether my own kids are picky eaters.  And since I like to talk, I can't just say "yes" or "no."  The answer is that there are three of them, and like most people, each of them have pretty specific likes and dislikes.  Individually, they all eat things that I never would have eaten as a child (and some things that I still don't like):  Finn, the oldest, loves tuna salad and sardines, Gus loves cucumbers and will try any hot sauce on a dare, and Ruby would eat salad and kalamata olives for every meal if I let her.  So "picky" is not exactly what's going on.  At the same time, however, it's nearly impossible to make a meal that they all like.  Finn loves spaghetti, while Gus won't eat it.  Gus loves stews and meat, while Ruby will rarely eat meat.  Finn is probably the most particular and will reject scrambled eggs, which he loves, if they are slightly brown because I let the butter burn a bit.  I finally gave up and taught him how to make them for himself so that I wouldn't be tempted to throw eggs at him in the mornings.  He also won't eat things with onions, and has some issues with mixed food.  The bottom line is that while I am happy that they all love to go out for sushi or will find something they like on the menu at an Indian restaurant, making a simple dinner for these spoiled little monsters is a bit of a pain.
Gus, Ruby & Finn

The only sanity that I've been able to find (aside from using Dinners on the Porch to satisfy my need for people to eat things that I cook), is to plan meals where everyone can make it just the way he or she wants.  I find it cuts down on my frustration, they kids may be more willing to try something if they are the ones to put it on their plates, and even if they don't end up eating everything, at least they are seeing a wide variety of foods being eaten.  I remember that growing up, we had a green salad for dinner almost every single night.  It was always lettuce, tomato, avocado and this Martinique Blue Cheese Vinaigrette dressing.  Every night.  We all ate the salad, but my brother and I would never, ever eat the avocado.  And my parents would always just say "more for us!" and not make a big deal of it.  Literally, I never ate it in all the 18 years of living at home with my parents.  And now, of course, I love it & have to restrain myself from eating it at every meal.  So, I don't know if my parents were actually trying to encourage me to be more adventurous or whether they just really liked avocados, but I do think of that when I despair that one of my kids refuses to even try something.  It may take 18 years or more, but one day they will come to their senses.  And in the meantime, more for me!

All of that is a long way of saying that this Fajita Night is a good family dinner.  We prepare all of these yummy fajita fillings  by hand, using authentic recipes that we love.*  You can enjoy everything wrapped up in a tortilla, on a bed of lettuce, or make separate little bites that never so much as touch one another.

I'm so excited this week to share a really special dessert:  Twisted Fork Pound Cake.  One of our favorite people has a sister who lives in Georgia and has her own food business.  Her pound cake is famous there, and for good reason - it's so moist and delicious with a little almond flavor - amazing.  My husband has declared it to be the most delicious thing he's ever eaten.  So, she has graciously offered to make some for us - our supplies are limited, so don't miss out!

Our GYTTW meals this week are some of our favorites.  We went all out Texan this week, in honor of Texas Independence Day March 2, and even if you're not a Texan, you can enjoy the great food!

 The South Congress Chicken Lasagna is a delicious Tex-Mex lasagna with homemade tomato salsa, chicken, black beans and roasted corn, cheese, and lasagna noodles.  And for those of you wondering, South Congress is where you need to go next time you're in Austin, Texas!

We were inspired to make Cowboy Meatballs again this week after I spent some time working on a new section of the blog called Raves (and Rants), and I was reading back through all of the emails I've saved from you about things you like and things that haven't been such big hits.  The last time we made these, there was a bit of a mix-up someone confused cumin for cayenne pepper in the recipe and many of our customers ended up with very spicy balls!  Plus, no one really mentioned it until we figured it out and asked them, so everyone was just sitting around their tables, breathing fire and wondering why we made the meatballs so dang spicy!  Anyway, these giant meatballs are awesome - not spicy! - with cheese bursting out of them.  Served over our delicious Pappy's Mashed Potatoes and covered with a tangy BBQ sauce, you'll have happy cowboys & girls at your house!

Heartthrob Minestrone Soup is another one of those things that just feels like warm slippers and a cosy chair.  It's so full of vegetables, beans, and pasta that it can hardly be called soup.  It's filling, healthy & delicious, and you'll love the pairing with the Camino Rosemary Garlic French Bread - winter meal perfection!

We love this week's Crock Pot meal - the Chicken Chili Verde.  It's got it all - flavorful seasonings, healthy lean chicken, beans, and great toppings.  After smelling the good smells of your crock pot at work all day, you'll dig in to a delicious, happy dinner!

Our Egg Stratas are always a favorite - they are great for weekend trips, lazy Sunday brunches, breakfast for dinner meas, or gifts for new moms.  So easy, so tasty!

Finally, we love that so many of you have been enjoying our Pizza Packs - it's such a fun way to get kids in the kitchen, enjoy a healthier version of something everyone loves, and have an easy dinner, all in one!  The Pack includes pizza flats, sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and a variety of fresh and fun toppings so everyone can make their own perfect pizza!

That's all we've got this week y'all!  I hope it all looks good, and we'll look forward to getting your great meals onto your Porch this Tuesday!

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

*We are aware, as many of your are, that it is possible to feed your family a similar style of food at a local eatery known as Moe's.  Moe's is the one "restaurant" that all three of my kids will always agree on - Gus once even agreed to get a haircut if I would take him there afterwards.  So I would not say anything against that establishment, but rather I will suggest that our Fajita Night Meal will be healthier, quieter, fresher, more relaxing, and possibly less expensive (unless you go on Kids' Eat Free Night, but there's a psychological price that you will pay for those "free" meals).