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This is going to be short and sweet, but wanted to share some exciting news with all of you.  Starting in October, SavoryGirl is now going to be a monthly guest blogger on Omaha Steak's blog SteakBytes.com!  So why am I so excited about this?  Well first and foremost I actually truly do enjoy Omaha Steaks' products...so getting an opportunity to try out 2-3 each month is a big win for my belly and weekly menus.  But secondly, I'm excited because this will get SavoryGirl more exposure and maybe start to turn this into a bit more of a legitimate blog vs. the hobby that it has been for me over the past 4 years.  So I'm hoping a side-benefit of this is that it will make me start to focus a bit more and provide new, updated content more often like I used to when I first started out.  Win-win for me and my readers!

So just to be transparent...how does this work?  At the beginning of every month I'll get to choose 3 Omaha Steaks products which they'll ship to me for free.  I then get to use them however I'd like...make up my own recipes, use them in existing recipes, entertain with them, etc...  From there I write 2-3 blog posts about the experience and send it off to Omaha Steaks within 2-3 weeks to be published that next month.  I'll send them photos too, but more often than not they'll use their own stock photography.  Now the cool thing for me, as someone who always has a lot to say, is that they actually don't want these posts to be product reviews and focused on the product alone.  So I'll still get to write in my true SavoryGirl voice about the recipe or party or experience like I always do...just mentioning which Omaha Steaks product I used at least once. Easy breezy way for me to still feel as though I'm being authentic. Especially since this is a brand I already know, have bought myself, and do enjoy...I would have never accepted the opportunity otherwise!

Stay tuned...I'll post links to my SteakBytes articles here of course and can't wait to hear what you think!  In the meanwhile, to get you salivating check out my past post on how to cook a perfect steak here.
Weekly Menu: August 31 – September 6, 2014
Sunday: Date cooking for me at his place!
Monday: Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Tuesday: Leftovers: Zucchini Orzo with Shrimp
Wednesday: Drinks & Oysters HH then Dinner 
Thursday: Dinner Date!
Friday: Birthday Dinner with Friends!
Saturday: Leftovers: Zucchini Orzo
This week is going to be a crazy, fun one which is fantastic because it's leading into my birthday weekend!  The more celebrations and fun nights out the better in my mind!  Let me tell you - I love me some birthday!  For both me and others, so yes...I'm embracing a week of fun even though my big day is over a week away still!

Starting off I have a 2nd date having me over to his place to cook for me....cooking for SavoryGirl?!  I love this...can't wait to see what he makes and how it goes.  Then I'm making an easy breezy Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp (to use up that surplus of summer zucchini we all seem to have at this time of year!) that will fill my free nights throughout the rest of the week.  Then drinks and oysters with my real estate agent followed by a dinner out on Wednesday.  Another dinner date on Thursday and then we launch into my birthday weekend!  Dinner with 7 friends at Espetus Churrascaria...all you can eat, carved table-side Brazilian meat with yummy sides. I've always wanted to try it out so I'm really looking forward to it!

Clearly I'm almost no help with cooking this week!  So as always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week.  Happy cooking/eating...
Tú Lan – A San Francisco Institution!

Menu Cover at Tu Lan

First, let me say that I am a failure of a foodie...it has taken me 8 years to try this San Francisco institution and now that I have I am kicking myself for the 8 years wasted not eating this amazing (and affordable!) Vietnamese food.  And truly, I'm not just saying that...just because others rave about a restaurant does not mean I agree (take the famed Boulevard for example).  This spot is truly worth a try...here's a quick rundown why:

Tú Lan has been in one of the sleazier parts of San Francisco, 6th right off Market, since 1977 which is a feat unto itself.  They've recently renovated but honestly it's still a dive so I can't imagine what it was like before...I almost gave my out of town friend a heart attach walking the two blocks on 6th to get here and there wasn't much solace once inside.  But for me, that's part of the charm...I've lately been feeling kind of tired out on all of the fancy eating San Francisco has to offer and am really enjoying the many dives and bargain bite spots with character and sometimes surprisingly delicious food, like Tú Lan. The other part of the charm is that Julia Child loved this place, particularly the lemon beef salad.  Just the sheer thought of Julia Child in this neighborhood,  hunkered down and truly appreciating this simple but great food is enough to make me smile.  But the real reason to come check this place out is, of course, the food itself...

Imperial Rolls

First up, #1 CHẢ GIÒ...better known as Imperial Rolls.  I've had my share of Imperial Rolls over the years but these are to die for...and that's coming from someone who typically avoids fried food.  Perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside and bursting with peppery, pork on the inside. I kept telling myself to not finish these, but we certainly didn't bring any home...oops!

Lemon Beef Salad

Weekly Menu: August 17-23, 2014
Sunday: Orecchiette with Melon, Pancetta, Mint & Ricotta Salata
Monday: Leftovers: Chicken Tacos
Tuesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Thursday: Hopalong Board Meeting
Friday: Pool Party at Francis Ford Coppola Winery!
Saturday: Dinner Out
The melon at the Farmer's Market lately is out of control. Like seriously some of the best melon I've ever had...I can't get enough.  Ask everyone I work with, I keep bringing containers full of melon to meetings to share.  I'm like a melon pusher.  It's hilarious. Which made me think of this recipe I made a few years ago which was to die for...kind of a play on melon wrapped in prosciutto but turned into a meal.  Yum.  The rest of the week will be leftovers.  My soup stretched further than I expected last week so I didn't make the grilled chicken until Saturday and have leftovers to stretch into this week which is perfect.  Then I have a cooking-free (well except those breakfasts I love!) weekend full of fun.  Lounging by the magnificent pool at Francis Ford Coppola most of the day Friday and a hopefully fun and fabulous dinner date Saturday!

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week.  Happy cooking...  
Weekly Menu: August 10-16, 2014
Sunday: Dinner at Alexander's Steakhouse!
Monday: Summer Minestrone Soup
Tuesday:  Drinks & Dinner Out
Wednesday:  Leftovers: Soup
Thursday:  Grilled Chicken with Rapini & Tomatoes
Friday:  Leftovers: Chicken with Rapini
Saturday:  Drinks & Dinner Out
August has arrived and our typical San Francisco summer appears to have arrived with it.  Foggy, windy, cool.  But instead of complaining about it I'm embracing it by making one of my favorite summer soups this week.  It's a simple but yummy minestrone chock full of squash and tomatoes.  Super healthy and delicious.  Later in the week I'll keep it simple with an easy grilled chicken dinner, but I'll be using a dry rub that my wine-club sent me to spice things up a bit.

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week.  Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: August 3-9, 2014
Sunday: Camping in Tahoe!
Monday: Camping in Tahoe!
Tuesday: Asparagus Mushroom & Goat Cheese Frittata with Sweet Potato Homefries
Wednesday: Leftovers: Fritatta and Homefries
Thursday: Drinks/Dinner Date
Friday: Brooke Visiting!  Dinner Out
Saturday: Party Bus to Napa with 6 Great Friends!
I'm going camping, I'm going camping!  Yippee!  I thought I wasn't going to get to go this year now that I'm no longer with my built-in camping partner in crime (and apparently none of my friends camp) but that same great ex-husband gave me his car while he's out of town for two weeks.  So I'm taking an impromptu solo trip up to Tahoe to get at least a little bit of camping and Tahoe beach time in this summer!  I've never camped by myself but I'm actually really looking forward to the experience.  And some solid me-time is in order...especially after this week which ended up being crazy busy and unexpectedly weird in not the best way.

Then next weekend one of my closest friends is coming to visit which I'm super excited about...but in between all of that fun I'll be whipping up a seasonal frittata and my famous sweet potato homefries.

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week.  Happy cooking...