Autumn Mantle

Menu Of The Week


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I have not done a "menu of the week" for a while. This is actually two meals out of one, Roasted Ratatouille. There are a zillion ways to make ratatouille but I really love this method, but then I love roasted veggies in general and you will see a lot of recipes on my blog. I could write a recipe but I think Chocolate and Zuccine has such a  wonderful post about it.

I make a double batch, but it is important you do not fill your pan too much with veggies, because then they tend to steam, as oppoised to roast. So I do two pan and half way through switch them around. It might take a little bit longer to get it nice and crisp but you will have enough dinner for two meals.

First night, toss ratatouille with pasta, cheese and some fresh herbs. If the pasta seams dry, drizzle in a bit more olive oil.

Second night, make sandwiches with grilled sausages topped with ratatouille and some grated cheese.

I would serve a nice big salad, maybe a Cesar salad. Lemon is a really nice compliment to ratatouille.

For dessert I think these Girl Scout Samoas clones would be really fun to make xoxoxo


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Cathy Santarsiero

Mmmm....we love ratatouille as well. I dare not look at that Samoa clone receipt for I fear for my hips :) Hope you've been able to recover some of your computer files, Clarice. Happy Monday. xo Cat ^..^

nancy geaney

That does it! I'm coming over!!!


Dear Clarice,

What a charming home you have! I feel as if I have stepped into a fairytale! The photo is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing the recipes! I love Ratatouille and Samoa's are my absolute favorite!!! Can't wait to try!



I love, love, love ratatouille. I'll eat it for all three meals, if there's any leftover! It's great in an omelette as well. I've never tried it with the sausages in a sandwich, but I'll add that to my list of things to do with ratatouille.



What a beautiful photograph of Storybook Cottage, Clarice. I love the way that it is framed by the trees, and the path full of leaves is a pretty seasonal sight to see. I feel as if I've stepped into another world. Kinder and gentler. Thank you for being such a sweet friend.

Thank you for these suggestions for the roasted vegetables. I think serving them over pasta sounds especially good.

the pleasures of homemaking

Hi Clarice,

I make roasted veggies at least 4 times a week! We love them and they're so easy. I've never made ratatouille - will have to give it a try.


Gumbo Lily

Yum! Yum! I'm making something similar today. Roasted veggies in the oven along with German sausages. The sizzle and the aroma are a sense-ation in themselves. I'm planning to make this our Apple Day and I'll throw some locally-picked apples into a pan and bake them, sprinkling with some brown sugar and a splash of brandy for dessert. Of course, either ice cream or whipped cream over the top with some fresh-grated nutmeg for dessert!

Love the pic of the cottage in Storybook Woods and I noticed the scarlet red maple in the back peeking out. Beautiful. You are blessed.



Mmm yummy! For some reason, I had it in my head the ratatouille was a complicated dish. Who knew it was so simple? I imagine the house just smells scrumptious when you make this.

Fab photo. Your cozy cottage looks so beautiful, nestled amongst the trees. Your red (maple?) tree in the back is especially gorgeous!


Dear Clarice,
I am so glad you are doing menu of the week again! I love roasted veggies! I love your ideas for both dinners. The cookies look so good too. Thank you for sharing!!!

Your home is so gorgeous!!! It truly is a Storybook home, it is so charming and enchanting and I love all the trees. The Narnia lamppost goes perfectly with your home! I would feel so welcome and cozy there! Can I come over and play?
Love, Paula


I have just found your blog and love it! I will return again! Have a great day!

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