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The Dancing Noodle~10842 S. Parker Rd #10 Parker, Co 80134

Okay, so Parker is known for a lot of things but great restaurants is just not one of them. But did you all know that lurking near the library is a really good, really authentic Thai restaurant? Well, now you do and it is tasty! The Dancing Noodle, located just off Twenty Mile and Parker Rd. (in the strip mall behind Taco Bell, c’mon don’t try to pretend you haven’t had a late night Run for the Border!) is absolutely dee-lish! At least what we had was. I had the Pad See Ewe which turned out to be made with homemade noodles, SO good! My husband had Panang and again, Fan-Tastic!  All of the food has a delicious, homemade quality to it so it’s like being invited over to someone’s home for dinner but instead of getting Grandma’s chicken you get awesome Thai food! The place is very small, only a few tables, and is owned (and fully operated) by a couple who learned all of their cooking from family in Thailand. One of the best parts for me is that each meal is prepared to your own level of heat comfort and can be customized to your tastes. The owner/waitress is lovely and warm, providing service with a smile and lots of advice on ordering if you need it. Although the Dancing Noodle does look a bit dive-y at first glance, the friendly service and awesome food will make it well worth your while!

Oh, and did I mention…I’m still reeling…it’s in Parker!

Check it out for yourself  and tell me what you think…maybe we should meet for lunch!

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Sunday

  • Leftovers: Pasta Caprese
  • Garlic Bread

Monday

  • More Leftovers: Lemon/Parmesan Pasta
  • Spinach Salad

Tuesday

  • Toasted Egg Salad Sandwiches with Avocado and Provolone (SO good with hot sauce!)
  • Baked French Fries

Wednesday

  • Beef Fajitas
  • Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Thursday

  • Beef & Broccoli
  • Fried Rice

Friday

  • Lauren’s Big Concert so…Out to Pasquini’s we go!

Saturday

  • Dinner at a friend’s house (a fabulous cook I might add!)

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I do not know what I have been waiting for, maybe it was fear, or perhaps even confusion. I mean, are they garnish? Are they food? Are they meant to be planted in the garden? For years I have admired those “cute baby onions” from a distance, but only from the safety of the far end of the produce aisle where foods of my own caliber (the broccoli, the potato, and, yes, even the regular onion) dwell and warn me, as all good friends do, not to get above myself thinking I belong in that world. That world where fingerling potatoes and radicchio and mangoes belong. That world which seems meant only for friends dubbed, amazing cooks or Williams Sonoma employees or Mario Batali.

Well, last week, I had finally had enough. Those pearl onions, the vegetal version of the “cool girls” table and their reign of tyranny was going to end…now! I grabbed two bags, so smug in their purple mesh, and headed to the checkout. The girl behind the counter smiled at me as she rang them up, “What are you gonna do with these?” she asked. I peered at her from behind the People I was perusing, like so many evil masterminds before me, my passion had got the better of me. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. Her sweet smile quickly turned into a condescending smirk. She had seen the likes of me before. I could almost see the “Better men than you have tried and failed” in her eyes. For a moment my confidence wavered but I would not be deterred by a four-teen year old girl with an armful of Sillybanz, no, those onions were going down…

Oh, they still tried to intimidate, even from the counter, but they were no match for my skillet.

Tossing them in a little olive oil and butter quieted them down and the results were just as I had imagined sweet and caramelized and lightly onion-y, absolutely delicious, sort of the culinary equivalent of going to the prom with the onion’s boyfriend…Awesome.

If you would also like to give those mini onions what for here is the recipe that I used. They can also be a bit stubborn to peel, for a fast and easy way to remove the skin check this out.

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Sunday – Father’s Day/Birthday (for us!)

  • BBQ Ribs
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Pasta Caprese
  • And the Piece de Resistance…German Chocolate Birthday Cake with Vanilla Bean ice cream…Dee-lish!

Monday

  • Rotisserie Chicken (yes, made on my grill!)
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Grilled corn on the cob

Tuesday

  • Chicken, Rice, & Broccoli in a 9×13 Dish
  • Arugula Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette

Wednesday

  • Margharita Pizza from Scratch
  • Arugala Salad with Gwyneth’s Balsamic/Lime Vinaigrette

Thursday

  • Spaghetti Limone
  • Wedge Salad with Homeade Blue Cheese Dressing

Friday

  • Loaded Burritos
  • Spanish Rice

Saturday

  • Fish Tacos
  • Chips & Adam’s Amazing Salsa

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Meal Planning

I, myself, am a believer in meal planning. It saves time. It saves money. It saves marriages.

On Sunday evenings, I take a quick inventory of the old cupboards/refrigerator, do a quick family poll, do a quick check of my calendar for special occasions that week, and I sit down with pen and pad and plan it up!

Each week, I will post mine here and I am hoping you will, too!

Please, don’t be shy! Click on the comments and share yours too…mmm, I think I smell bacon!

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