I’m excited! My daughter and I are meeting at “The Dinner A’Fare” (Slogan: 12 Meals. 2 Hours. Simple) tonight to make twelve dinners to take home and freeze. Last weekend when I was out shopping, I just happened to walk past their store. It had opened recently, and I didn’t even know it was there. I was headed to Office Depot which was a few doors down in the strip mall where I was shopping. I looked at their literature, and after I got home I got online and signed up.

Then I called both my daughter and daughter-in-law to see if they wanted to go at the same time. A few months back, we had all talked about going to one of the make-dinner-ahead-of-time-and-freeze-it places together. This was our opportunity. Unfortunately, my daughter-in-law has to work late tonight. So it’ll just be me and Stinkeroo, my daughter.

Here’s are the twelve dishes I’ll be making along with their official descriptions:

3 lb. Savory Herb Prime Rib Roast (Back by popular demand!! Last year we introduced our Prime Rib Roast that is out of this world and perfect for your Holiday dinner. Rubbed in a savory herb bouquet of rosemary, thyme, parsley, kosher salt, and coarse ground pepper, you can’t go wrong with this classic Christmas dinner. Serve this classic, mouthwatering roast with our flavorful horseradish sauce.)

(Note: 12/28/06  We had the prime rib roast for dinner tonight.  It is absolutely wonderful!  One of the best and tastiest meals I’ve ever had.  I served it with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, and fruit salad).

Pork Chops with Red Beans and Rice (The Dinner A’Fare has partnered with Uncle Ben’s to design this delicious dish. We take our center cut pork chops and marinate them in flavorful seasoning. Cooked to perfection and then paired with Uncle Ben’s red beans and rice! When all else fails, call your favorite uncle! A great Creole flavor to spice up your night! )

Note: (2-5-07) This was the last meal from this set that I cooked.  It was wonderful!  RT said it was one of the best flavored meals I’ve fixed.  Very tasty.  One thing for sure – the meat that The Dinner A’Fare uses is high quality.

Chili Lime Crab Cakes (Looking for a meal that’s light and delicious after shopping all day? Our crab claw meat is mixed with saltine crackers, ranch dressing, chili garlic sauce, egg, and limejuice. These are cooked quickly on the stovetop and served hot. Great for dinner or even better over a salad for lunch.)

(Note: 12/27/06 – We had these for dinner tonight, and they are wonderful!  I’d order this every month!)

Homemade Calzones (Any way you like it! We start with pizza cheese and add mushrooms, ham, peppers, onions, sausage, and pepperoni. Make them all the same, or different for each family member! Bake and serve with provided marinara sauce.)

(Note: 12/27/06 – Stinkeroo fixed these for her family tonight and she reported that they were delicious.  As a matter of fact, everyone liked them so much, she wishes she had gotten two dinners of them!)(Note: 1/5/07 – I liked these, too)

Bacon Bleau Cheese Turkey Burgers (Everyone loves burgers, but you can’t resist this melt in your mouth healthy version. Lean ground turkey; crumbled bacon and bleu cheese are a perfect combination. Leave out the bun for a low carb dinner.)

(later note: Stinkeroo cooked these and thought they were good – thought they would have been better if she’d grilled them rather than cooking them in the oven.  That means I’ll be sure to grill mine outside when I cook mine.) (Later Note:  We grilled ours outside, and they were delicious!  I’d buy these again, too.)

Parmesan Tilapia Filets (The whole family, especially the little ones, loves our Parmesan tilapia. These fillets are brushed with butter and then coated in Parmesan cheese and Italian breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. So easy to cook at home, they go straight from the freezer to the oven.)

Note:  VERY tasty – enjoyed these a lot (1-28-07) Stinkeroo said that even her 3 and 5-year olds loved this tilapia.

Crispy Barbecue Chip Chicken (This healthier version of fried chicken is actually baked in the oven! Kids of all sizes with love these tender chicken breasts rolled in crushed potato chips and baked with a crunchy outside! We’ve used Barbecue chips to give it that extra zing!)

(Later note: Stinkeroo cooked these and she and her husband both felt sick afterwards.  She said it was because the dish was so greasy.  I’m going to throw out the crushed potato chips before I cook mine and used baked Lays chips instead) (Even later note:  I used baked Lays barbecue chips, and they were wonderful.  Still a little greasy, though.  I don’t think it is necessary to pour the liquid butter on them before baking.  However, the taste was great, and we blotted some of the grease off of them.  I might try my own version of these again soon)

Argentinean Grilled Flank Steak with Black Bean Vinaigrette (Our famous flank steak is back, seasoned with lemon pepper, garlic, basil, soy, and cilantro. Drizzle on the mouth watering vinaigrette made of crushed black beans, garlic flavored olive oil, cumin, vinegar, and diced onions! This is a fabulous dish to serve on Saturday night when the new neighbors are over!)

(Note:  RT kept eating this and talking about how good it was.  It really was fantastic.  We grilled the flank steak outside on the  gas grill.  Delicious!)

Chicken Piccata (Back by popular demand and a Dinner A’Fare favorite! We use our boneless skinless chicken breasts, and pound them thin and lightly coat them with flour. Sautéed together with an out of this world sauce of lemon juice, white wine, capers and butter, our chicken breasts will melt in your mouth.)

(Note:  I loved this!  The lemon taste was a little strong, and there was too much butter.  However, those are minor criticisms.  It was really tasty and we ate every bite of it.  However, when Stinkeroo fixed hers, she said  they didn’t like the strong lemon taste and ended up not eating all of it.  Tone down the lemon, and it would be great.)

Crispy Orange Beef (Who doesn’t love our tender Aged Angus Flank Steak lightly floured and sautéed crisp. Simmered with Asian flavors of beef broth, low sodium soy sauce, garlic, and orange marmalade! This orange infused beef dish is best topped with some crispy Chinese noodles!)

(Later note: This was the first dish I cooked.  I think I cooked it wrong or something.  I must’ve missed the “lightly floured” part.  It ended up being good – but not as good as it sounds)

Provencal Chicken (Everyone loves an easy chicken dish to just throw in the oven! We use our boneless, skinless chicken breasts and season them in basil, a southern French favorite. Cooked along with navy beans, colorful bell peppers and diced tomatoes this dish is a perfect winter comfort food.)

(Note:  Very good dish!)

Chicken Alloute (Cold winter nights call for some hearty flavorful dinners! We top our boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a creamy garlic and herb whipped cheese. Wrap this bundle of flavor up inside a flaky pastry crust and dinner is off to the oven!)

(Later note: Stinkeroo cooked this and said it was delicious!) (Still later note:  I liked these, too – unlike other dishes, this was a little bland, but still good)

It all SOUNDS delicious! I’ll let you know how closely these glowing descriptions match up with reality. Stay tuned.

(January 25, 2007 update – click here)

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5 Responses to “Going to “The Dinner A’Fare” Tonight”

  1. carmen Says:

    one of these just opened near me. I’m wondering how the dishes taste, please let me know!

    Carol:  I will write a follow-up once we’ve been there (in just a couple hours) and after we’ve had a chance to taste a couple of the dishes.  Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jane Says:

    Well, yummy! That sounds like a lot of fun. I know you and Stinkeroo will have a ball.

    Carol: I’m looking forward to it, and I’ll let you know how it turns out and if the food is delicious.  Thanks for stopping by, cousin Jane!

  3. ruth Says:

    Get Lyn to tell you about the one out near here…. She went and even brought me some for a Christmas present last year. (hey i did not say that as a hint…really lol) Seriously Lyn and i talked about it because Lyn thought about going into the business…

    Carol:  There are franchises available.  This place Stinkeroo and I are going to tonight is new.  So they don’t have a lot of business yet.  However, IF they’re good, you can be sure I’ll go again.  I cook dinner just about every night, and it would be great to have some good meals in the freezer – ready to go.

  4. Heather Says:

    I live in Atlanta & I’ve been doing this for several months now. It has changed my life!

    Most all of it is GOOOOOOODDDDDd!

    (And my hubby doesn’t yet know!)

  5. jill Says:

    Just wrote a post about how much I think about preparing everyone’s meals. They should open one of these joints in NYC! Maybe they have one already. Could I post your post on my blog? I am new at this-

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