Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup with Spring Peas

I know, I know...soup often isn't top of mind as we head into the warmer Spring and Summer months but this soup is so refreshing because of the fresh lemon that it really works all year long.  The original Bon Appétit recipe doesn't call for the addition of Spring peas but I think they brighten up the dish even more. I also made a few other small tweaks, so my adapted version is below:

Weekly Menu: May 26 – June 1, 2013
Sunday: In San Diego!
Monday: In San Diego!
Tuesday: SavoryGirl’s Tortellini Soup
Wednesday: Basil Quinoa Cakes with Grilled Asparagus and Chickpea Salad
Thursday: Leftovers: Tortellini Soup
Friday: Breakfast for Dinner
Saturday: Eat Out
We're still in San Diego for the first couple of days this week and then keeping it pretty simple. Two of my old stand-bys, Tortellini Soup and Breakfast for Dinner.  The one new recipe we are trying out is a pretty simple vegetarian dish that I randomly found a while back...Basil Quinoa Cakes. We'll serve alongside grilled asparagus but also whip up some kind of Chickpea Salad.  At the moment I'm thinking chickpeas, red onion and feta...light, summery and fresh.

Since the menu is a bit light this week, if you need some additional recipes feel free to check out my recipe archives and menu archives.
Weekly Menu: May 19-25, 2013
Sunday: Roasted Pork Loin with Stuffed Squash Blossoms and Dandelion Greens
Monday: Grilled Halibut with quinoa and asparagus
Tuesday: Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup with Spring Peas & Spring Onions
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Pork Loin with Roasted Purple Cauliflower & Salad
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken & Orzo Soup
Friday: In San Diego!
Saturday: In San Diego!
The bounty of soon-to-be Summer appears to have arrived early in the Bay Area!  The Farmer's Market was exploding with colors and scents this morning so while parts of my menu were already set I've managed to work in as much of that fresh, local produce as possible.  Starting with tonight...to go along with our traditional Sunday dinner of a roasted pork loin we were inspired by the beautiful squash blossoms at the farmer's market.  So we'll serve those stuffed and baked alongside some fresh dandelion greens sauteed in a bit of olive oil, salt and red pepper flakes. .  Monday we'll continue with some of our amazingly delicious local  asparagus...the spring season is almost over here, so we have to eat it up while we can.  Tuesday we're making a soup that we made about a month ago that we both just loved...Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup, but in the spirit of Spring I'm adding in some fresh spring peas and onions (the tops...similar to scallions).  This soup is so easy to make and so surprisingly fabulous...that zing of freshly squeezed lemon really wakes up your taste buds and turns a normally comforting dish into something light yet still soul satisfying.

The rest of the week and early next week we'll be in San Diego to hang out with good friends for Memorial Day Weekend...probably lots of grilling and beer!  If you need some additional recipes to get you through check out my recipe archives and menu archives.
Eating Our Way Through New Orleans!

The Big Easy, NOLA, The Crescent City…whatever you call it there's one thing that isn't up for debate.  New Orleans is one of the greatest food cities around!  Rather than try to put it into words, I thought a photo journey through our recent trip would be more appropriate.  If you missed them, check out my New Orleans Foodie Itinerary and New Orleans Nightlife Guide.

Go ahead and take a spin through our foodie photo tour below…you'll be planning your own foodie visit to New Orleans in no time!

First things first…breakfast.  SavoryGirl's favorite meal of the day. I have to say that any city that serves grits alongside most breakfasts is an immediate win…but beyond the creamy, buttery grits we had some amazing breakfast.  Pulled Pork Cakes over Mustard Greens with Poached Eggs Creole Hollandaise, Grits and a Biscuit (EAT). Strawberry Shortcake Cornmeal Pancakes (EAT). Banana Fosters French Toast with Boudin Sausage (Surrey's)  Yup, this is a fantastic breakfast town!

I love me some oysters and I have to say New Orleans had some of the biggest, plumpest oysters I've had in a long time.  So salty-sweet perfect and plentiful…which means cheap! If I had more time I would have had oysters every day I was there…those you see above are from Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House…sit at the bar, order a drink and enjoy the atmosphere of local oysters being shucked and served right before you.  I really loved this place and highly recommend it. 

Weekly Menu: May 12-18, 2013
Sunday: Italian Vegetable Stew
Monday: Leftovers: Papaya Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Tuesday: Leftovers: Italian Vegetable Stew
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Italian Vegetable Stew
Thursday: Mexican Style Tofu Scramble with tortillas and fruit 
Friday: Leftovers: Mexican Tofu Scramble
Saturday: Eat Out
We're continuing our simple and healthy trend this week with a mostly vegetarian menu…summer's right around the corner you know! So first up is a new recipe from Bon Appétit for an Italian Vegetable Stew. It's a little wintery since it has collard greens and kale in it, but it looked so rustic and yummy I just couldn't resist…served alongside some hearty whole grain bread and you have yourself the perfect Sunday meal.

Then we'll have some of our yummy Papaya Salad leftovers from late last week with grilled shrimp and then since I'm at a local conference this week Christian will have the Italian stew leftovers for a couple of nights.  We'll finish the week out with a spin on our typical egg tacos, but this time substituting tofu for the eggs.  It's another new Bon Appétit recipe and since I pretty much love anything Mexican I'm sure I'll love it and I hope you do too!
SavoryGirl’s Favorite Mexican Dishes

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  In honor of this fun, yet often American abused holiday I thought I'd stay away from the bars and instead share a collection of some of my past favorite Mexican recipe posts. If you've been following SavoryGirl at all you likely know by now that I think I may have been Mexican in my past life.  It's hard to go two weeks without one of my weekly dinner menus including something Mexican inspired and it's almost guaranteed that I am making some version of Huevos Rancheros for breakfast on the weekends.  So let's take a spin through SavoryGirl's Mexican past creations...

First up is my all-time most popular post...Eva Longoria's Chicken Tortilla Soup.  It's a little hard for me to swallow that a once in a blue moon recipe that I ripped out of a People Magazine while traveling has been the most popular post on my blog for the past 2  years, but I can indeed stand behind the recipe.  This soup is better than most that I have in great Mexican restaurants.
Weekly Menu: May 5-11, 2013
Sunday: Indian-Spiced Chicken with Chickpeas & Spinach
Monday: Flounder Poached in Fennel Tomato Sauce with Quinoa
Tuesday: Leftovers: Indian Spiced Chicken and Rice
Wednesday:    Asparagus & Leek Frittata with Sweet Potato Home-fries
Thursday: Leftovers: Frittata & Home-fries
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad with Grilled Shrimp
After almost a week of eating fabulously decadent and delicious food in New Orleans I'm ready to get back in the swing of healthy, homemade cooking!  So I'm being a bit ambitious this week, leaning on leftovers less and planning to make four dishes...two new and two old stand-bys.

We're starting off the week with the new recipes...both from past issues of Bon Appétit that I finally had time to catch up on during my plane rides.  The chicken dish is pretty straightforward although it does have quite a long ingredient list, most of which you'll have if you have a well stocked pantry. The flounder is a nice easy weeknight dish, but instead of using jarred marinara as the suggested base I'll likely use canned San Marzano whole tomatoes and crush them up with my hands. A bit fresher and more authentically Italian.

We end the week with a seasonal frittata and then a culinary journey back to our Thailand vacation where we learned how to make traditional Som Tam while in Chaing Mai.  Som Tam is a spicy thai green papaya salad...not like the sweet stuff you get in the Thai restaurants here in the States. Nothing like a yummy trip down memory lane for a fun Saturday night.  We'll get some Thai beer and maybe even make mangoes with sticky rice for dessert...hope you join us!