Weekly Menu: March 25-31, 2012
Sunday: Mad Men Premiere! Julia Child’s Steak au Poivre, Haricot Verts a la Provencale & Gratin Savoyard
Monday: Leftovers: Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew (from last week's menu)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Mad Men Meal
Wednesday: Poached Halibut in Dashi with Vegetables
Thursday: Moroccan Carrot Soup with Side Salad & Sesame Bread
Friday: Leftovers:Carrot Soup
Saturday: Eat Out
Mad Men is back and we are super excited!  So for the premiere we'll be making us a '60s inspired meal à la Julia Child.  I chose these three dishes out of my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (while catching up on SMASH, if you must know!) but coincidentally found another blogpost that made almost the exact same 3 dishes as a meal as well...and they aren't lazy like me so they actually typed up the recipes for those of you who don't own a copy of MTAOFC.  The only difference, is that I am making Gratin Savoyard instead of Gratin Dauphinois.  The difference between these two dishes is that for Gratin Savoyard you substitute beef stock for the milk and add 2 extra TBS of butter.  
Weekly Menu: March 18-24, 2012
Sunday: Asparagus & Leek Quiche with side salad (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Irish Stew & Soda Bread
Tuesday: Salmon with Grilled Asparagus (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Quiche
Thursday: Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew with Rice & Purple Kale
Friday: Leftovers: Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Saturday: Eat Out
Asparagus at the Farmer's Market this week!  Woo hoo!  It's been almost a year since the last Asparagus season if I'm remembering correctly so I went a little overboard and bought 3 bunches.  Since it's such a short season I figured I might as well stock up and get my fill!  So lots of asparagus this week...but luckily our meals last week went a bit further than we anticipated so we never made the quiche we had planned.  Asparagus is one of my favorite quiche vegetables, especially with leeks...yum!

Rounding out the week with leftovers of our Irish stew form last week and a curried Cauliflower Stew from a 2009 Bon Appétit that sounds healthy and delicious.
Irish Baked Oatmeal

Nothing says the weekend like a homemade breakfast treat...and last weekend I stumbled across a good one!  I was looking for St. Paddy's Day dinner recipes and discovered this recipe for Baked Oatmeal.  I had been craving oatmeal lately so the timing was right and the ingredients are super simple and honestly things most people always have on hand.  The result of these simple ingredients?  It's like a warm cookie for breakfast!  So don't let the health properties of the oatmeal fool you...it's a bit indulgent but oh so worth it for a weekend treat...
Weekly Menu: March 11-17, 2012
Sunday: Homemade green chorizo, caramelized onion tacos with grilled nopales salad
Monday: Fish Skewers with Tarragon Vinegrette & herbed, parmesan orzo
Tuesday: Leftovers: Cheese tostadas with warm spinach, green chorizo, onion & jicama salad (DIY)
Wednesday: Dinner out with friends...Plum in Oakland
Thursday: Mushroom, Onion & Gruyere Quiche with side salad (DIY)
Friday: Leftovers: Quiche
Saturday: Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Irish Lamb Stew & Soda Bread
We're spanning the globe with this weekly menu...from Mexico to France to Ireland!  The beginning of this week is inspired by a Rick Bayless show I randomly caught a few weeks ago.  I never watch his television show, but Christian and I love Rick Bayless' food.  I'm a bit embarassed to say that we've often gone on a run to the Union Square's Macy's food court just to get his tortilla soup.  And when we were in Chicago last year we had brunch at Frontera Grill and were kicking ourselves for not hitting up his other places while we were there.  I honestly think if we had another night there we would have gone back to Frontera Grill for dinner as well!  The man knows his Mexican food...and as I've often said, we honestly both think we were Mexican in our previous lives.  So when I saw Rick Bayless quickly and easily whipping up homemade Green Chorizo and then making scrumptions looking tacos and a Mexican take on the traditional warm spinach and bacon salad I was hooked!
Weekly Menu: March 4-10, 2012
Sunday: Chickpea Stew
Monday: Teriyaki Salmon with braised bok choy (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Spinach & Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken (from last week)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Asian inspired Salmon tacos (DIY)
Thursday: Leftovers: Chickpea Stew
Friday: Pork Chops with Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Saturday: Eat Out
Lately I've been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon...Christian calls me "tri-curious."  So that means that I've been trying out a triathlon training program for the last few weeks...working out 5-6 times per week.  Yikes!  That crunches my time for cooking during the week a bit but since it's another healthy hobby I'm okay with it for now.  It's making me get more creative on the weekends to ensure we have more leftovers during the week or at the very least ensure the weeknight meals are super fast since we sometimes don't get home until after 7 when we workout at night.