SavoryGirl in Thailand & Cambodia…

We’re off to savor our way through Thailand and Cambodia for the next 2 ½ weeks, which unfortunately means that there won’t be any new menus or recipes during that time (stupid iWeb...working on changing this limitation of my site for the future!). I encourage you to go back through the archives to try out old menus and recipes. I promise to bring back lots of yummy authentic Thai recipes from my cooking class and of course many photos of my foodie travels.  I will also be tweeting as I travel so if you’re interested you can at least get small bites of our travels while we’re away. So where are we going?  Here’s our anticipated itinerary of places we’d like to go and thins we would like to do, but we’re always flexible so we’ll see how it changes:
DIY Tofu & Veggie Stir-Fry

It’s funny, we used to make stir fry all the time when we were younger and had less money but they seem to have fallen out of our regular cooking rotation these days, which is crazy because they’re simple, healthy and delicious. So tonight’s dish has inspired me to bring them back into the rotation a bit more often!

Since this is a DIY night, no precise recipe, but my approach is below in case your curious:
Red Wine & Rosemary Marinated Chicken
This is a nice and easy weeknight meal if you prepare in advance and marinate the chicken overnight.  I found this super yummy marinade that makes the chicken flavorful and tender on .  Great for that half bottle of wine that you left in the fridge for too long without drinking (does that happen? yes, when I don’t love the bottle I opened...but definitely good enough for cooking). We served the chicken with wild rice and roasted brussel sprouts (coated with olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic powder).  Simple, healthy and delicious.
DIY Fish Tacos

The original plan was to make a different fish recipe tonight since we had tortilla soup earlier in the week, but what can I say...sometimes we get in a Mexican mood and we just can’t get out of it!  We always joke that in our past life we must have been Mexican.  Anyway here is my general approach for fish tacos...pretty simple DIY night.
Zazu Restaurant & Farm

As promised, it’s time to tell you all about our fabulous dinner we had at the end of our Wine Road Barrel Tasting day up in wine country.  Now, if you’re a regular reader you know that I don’t review restaurants very often but when they really blow me away, I feel it’s my foodie obligation to share...and Zazu Restaurant & Farm did just that!

How would I summarize the Zazu philosiphy?  Nightly changing menus inspired by American classics, authentic, rustic Italian cuisine and focused on what is local (often their own farm!) and in season.  Re-reading that sentence, makes Zazu sound a bit pretentious but in fact it’s quite the opposite their dishes and ambience are comfortable, uncomplicated and perfectly suited for the amazing wine that surrounds their location in every direction.  Next time you’re up in Sonoma County give Zazu a try....they’re right off the 101 so a quick and easy detour on your way to or from the wineries, I promise you’ll be back a second and third time!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

So I just realized that we’re on our way to spring and I’ve barely used my slow cooker all winter!  I used it a ton last year, but just seemed to forget about it this year.  I haven’t had Beef Stroganoff in years so I have no idea why once I decided to use my slow cooker I decided to look up this type of recipe, I must have been in an old-school comfort food mood or something.  Anyway, this Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe comes from the Cooking Light website and it definitely reminded me of what I knew growing up when I tasted it, but it’s quite a bit healthier which is nice!  That being said, it’s still a pretty heavy dish so a nice side salad or something bright is needed to perk it up!

To be honest our first try at this one didn’t come out perfect so I would make a few changes to the recipe as follows:
Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend

Ah, Barrel Tasting Weekend...nothing quite marks the start of Spring in the Bay Area as much as this event to me.  It’s always so festive and fun and it’s a nice easy way to explore new wineries and get a sneak peak to some truly delicious wines.  It’s also a fantastic wine education, because, you see it’s a bit of an art to taste a yet unfinished wine from the barrel and be able to truly imagine what it will be like finished to be confident enough to buy futures.  But the wineries are extremely helpful with this, allowing you to taste from the barrels and taste some finished products to compare and contrast.   Really though, the only way to learn is to jump in and buy some futures!  My first year doing it I was a bit disappointed with my wine once I did get it but I’ve gotten better over the years and it really allows you to form a bit of a deeper connection with the winery as well. If you didn’t make it this year, mark your calendar for March 2012!

Chinese Steamed Fish

This is a super easy and delicious way to prepare white fish so it’s healthy and flavorful.  Great for weeknights!  We often serve it with bok choy or broccoli cooked with a bit of sesame oil & sprinkled with sesame seeds (although we did roasted Rapini tonight) and some kind of whole grain.