Weekly Menu: April 28 – May 4, 2013
Sunday: In New Orleans - Dinner at Commander's Palace
Monday: In New Orleans - Dinner at Le Foret
Tuesday: In New Orleans - Conference Finale Dinner
Wednesday:    Returning from New Orleans
Thursday: Tortellini Soup
Friday: Breakfast for Dinner
Saturday: Leftovers: Tortellini Soup
Well, I'm sorry to say that I'm not going to be much help for your home cooking this week.  I'm in New Orleans for a conference until late Wednesday night and then we're keeping it simple for the rest of the week while I get back into the swing of things. By keeping dinner simple hopefully I can get a few workouts in so I can start exercising off all of those beignets and fried oyster po'boys.  Man I love New Orleans!  If you're heading there yourself anytime soon make sure to check out my Foodie Itinerary and Nightlife & Cocktails Itinerary to plan your culinary journey!

In the meanwhile, please feel free to check out my past menus or recipes to fill your week with delicious home cooking.  I'll be back to my normal menus next week.
New Orleans Nightlife

This is the second of two posts on New Orleans foodie travel...my first post was focused on eating well while visiting the Big Easy.  This one is all about enjoying your beverages and the nightlife just as much as the food! I have to give credit where it's due on this one though, my friend from business school and New Orleans native, Dave Heap, provided almost every single one of the recommendations below. Trust me on this...when it comes to drinking and having a good time, Dave is your man so I'm confident that we are all in extremely good hands with this inside source.

Have any favorite spots to imbibe of your own in NOLA that you don't see listed here?  If so please share! Otherwise, happy drinking...and as Dave said to me, "be safe and have fun out there. But not too much fun....we want you back in NOLA for more!!"
Weekly Menu: April 21-27, 2013
Sunday: Eva Longoria’s Chicken Tortilla Soup
Monday: Grilled Tilapia with Ginger Chile Salsa & Grilled Asparagus 
Tuesday: Leftovers: Tortilla Soup
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Fish Tacos with Black Beans & Swiss Chard
Thursday: Leftovers: Tortilla Soup
Friday: In New Orleans for Jazz Fest!
Saturday: In New Orleans!
We're heading back to my most popular post ever this week...Eva Longoria's Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I have to say, it's slightly depressing and a bit embarrassing to me that week after week for the past year plus that a T.V. celebrity's  recipe remains my most popular post, but what can I say?  People either really like Eva Longoria or they really like Tortilla Soup!  From what I recall, the soup totally lived up to the hype so I'm looking forward to making it again.

Then we'll pull out some leftover Ginger Chile Salsa from the freezer that we made a few weeks ago to dress up a grilled fish and asparagus dinner.  The rest of the week we'll be keeping it simple and rely on leftovers as we get ready to head out to New Orleans for Jazz Fest! If you're heading to Jazz Fest as well, make sure to check out my Foodie and Nightlife posts on NOLA before you go.

As always...if you need suggestions to fill in the gaps while I'm out of town visit my menu archives or recipes page.
Weekly Menu: April 7-13, 2013
Sunday: Pork Stir-Fry with Tangerine Chili Sauce
Monday: Rosemary Grilled Salmon with Ratatouille covered Grits
Tuesday: Leftovers: Pork Stir Fry
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Black Bean Salmon Tostadas & Grilled Asparagus
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Friday: Friends Visiting!
Saturday: Friends Visiting!
I was doing a bit of Spring cleaning and stumbled across this Pork Stir-Fry with Tangerines and Chili Sauce recipe that I had ripped out of a Bon Appétit a few years ago.  While I was on a bit of a cleaning binge and really wanted to just throw everything in the trash this one looked too yummy to pass up, so we're making it for our Sunday dinner.

Monday we're taking a salmon skewer recipe and making it a bit simpler and more in-season by serving it alongside grits covered with ratatouille instead of skewering the salmon with tomatoes.  Grilled skewer season is right around the corner...but it's not here quite yet!  For the ratatouille I'll simply sauté up some chopped onions, mushrooms, and eggplant in olive oil until they soften and begin to brown a bit.  Then I'll add a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, some capers and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook a bit longer until the sauce thickens and there you have it...easy ratatouille!
Huevos Rancheros Cups

Huevos Rancheros is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts...I honestly make it like 6-8 times a month.  But sometimes an old favorite needs a new twist. So I posted this picture of one of my random weekend breakfast creations on Facebook a while back and have been getting pestered by family and friends for the recipe ever since.  So while it isn't a formal recipe per se, it did turn out quite delicious so I thought I'd share...enter SavoryGirl's Huevos Rancheros Cups!

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (mini slider-sized tortillas if you can find them)
4 eggs
1 can black beans
1 can chopped jalapeños
1 shallot, minced
¼ cup chopped cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
shredded cheddar or mexican-blend cheese
salsa, for serving

Move oven rack to upper third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°

Mix together black beans, jalapeños, minced shallot, chopped cilantro and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.

Evenly coat the inside of four 10-oz ramekins with olive oil or spray oil.  Stack 4 corn tortillas on a paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds to soften.  Gently push each tortilla into a ramekin so it lines the inside like a muffin cup.

Spoon two heaping spoonfuls of the black bean mixture into each tortilla. Crack an egg on top of bean mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

Place in oven for 20 minutes or until whites begin to set around the edges. Sprinkle with shredded cheese to cover top of the egg.  Bake for another 5-7 minutes until white is fully set, but yolks are still soft.

Gently ease tortilla cup out of each ramekin with a spoon onto a plate. Serve with salsa, dig in and enjoy.