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Weekly Menu: September 28 – October 4, 2014

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Sunday: Beef Wellington Bites with Red Wine Rosemary Dipping Sauce
Monday: Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Tuesday: Leftovers: Beef Wellington Bites 
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Thursday: Leftovers: Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Friday: Camping in Tahoe!!
Saturday: Camping in Tahoe!! 
This is going to be a yummy yet simple week leading up to a weekend of spectacular fall camping in Tahoe, which I'm super excited about! Starting the week off, I'll be making my second Omaha Steaks meal for my guest  post on SteakBytes.com.  They wanted a spin on a tailgating at home dish so I decided to take their Beef Wellington and turn it into Beef Wellington Bites to serve alongside a yummy Red Wine Rosemary Dipping Sauce.  Of course you can also just cook up Beef Wellington normally and drizzle the sauce over it.  I've made this sauce before and it's delicious...only difference is that I mince the garlic and rosemary and leave it in the sauce vs. leaving them whole and taking them out at the end. I also typically half the recipe since I don't need as much. I'll likely serve alongside a garlicky green vegetable...maybe brussel sprouts or peas depending on what I'm in the mood for on Sunday.  Peas seem so much more fitting for Beef Wellington despite the fact that they're not currently in season.

I'll round out the week with an old summer staple...Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp.  I know it's not summer anymore, but I froze some extra shredded zucchini I had from a Farmer's Market run a while back so I'm going to use that up here.  I like that this dish is a bit lighter to contrast the beef wellington as well.  Then off for a weekend of fun camping in Tahoe! Brats, fajitas, grilled corn and more all cooked over the fire...and of course, lots of S'Mores!

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: September 14-20, 2014
Sunday: Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
Monday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Tuesday: Dinner Out
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette 
Thursday: Board Meeting
Friday: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Fried Rice
Saturday: Gala on the USS Hornet!
Fall is in the air, so I'm pulling out one of my old comfort food favorites this week...Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe. Being the singleton that I am it will help feed me most of the week whenever I'm home which is fantastic! But later in the week I'm getting my first Omaha Steaks shipment in which included Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin.  So I'm going to create a farewell to Summer meal and make pork tenderloin alongside some pineapple fried rice. I'm likely just going to make up my own fried recipe depending on what I have in the house, but I linked to a Food Network recipe for those interested in using a proven one.  A little taste of Hawaii as I say Aloha to an amazingly fabulous summer.  I'll, of course, make sure to post a version of my first Omaha Steaks blog post here as well.  Wish me luck!

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...
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...
Foodie Itinerary: San Diego, CA

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This is a reposting from September 2011 as I head down for a visit with friends this upcoming weekend... Sunny San Diego...how we love it here! I know, I know...everyone loves it here but we have a sentimental attachment since we lived in Pacific Beach for 3 years right after college, got engaged and got married here. We were young, poor, in love and on our own starting to define what our life together would look like for the first time. Incredibly happy memories filled with sand, sun & way too much drinking with good friends.

So all of this nostalgia means that our visits to San Diego tend to be a little different than our typical Gastronomic Globe Trotting. Instead of trying to track down the latest and greatest restaurant or looking for an authentic "taste of place" we tend to just stick to our old haunts (mostly in/near Pacific Beach) and hang out with friends. That being said, a lot of our old haunts are the perfect taste of San Diego to us (and pretty darn cheap since we were so poor!) so I think you'll enjoy some of our favorites when you're in town as well:
A Taste of New England Summer in San Francisco
Nothing says summer like a New England Lobstah roll and with this amazing heat wave we've been having in San Francisco lately it definitely feels like summer is upon us.  That and recently having the Bruins in the playoffs (I don't want to talk about it) was making me miss home a bit, so a homage to my New England roots only seemes appropriate. Particularly since a few weekends ago I found myself in the fortunate situation of staring down two food trucks, both of which proudly boasted their own version of the classic lobster roll (lobstah if you please!).  I, not so subtly, convinced my friend and co-worker to embark on a lobster roll taste-off with me...and while I know there are many other lobster rolls to be devoured in the city, consider this the start of a SavoryGirl journey down lobstah lane.

So first things first...I will say neither came even close to my favorite lobster roll from Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis, MA shown above.  Let's be honest though, I'm not expecting to find a CA-made lobster roll that can rival an authentic New England one...but I sure will be happy trying!  Now onto the first two contenders...Sam's ChowderMobile and Lobsta Truck.
SavoryGirl’s Recent Eats!
As you all know, lately I've been making strides in rebuilding my social life, making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and generally just reminding myself how to live the good life now that I'm on my own.  When you live in a city as food-obsessed as San Francisco, an active social life often means a gastronomic tour of duty...no complaints from SavoryGirl on that!  So I thought I'd share my iPhoto journey of my past 10 days eating out...enjoy! First up!  Bar Jules in Hayes Valley.  I bus by this adorable cafe restaurant twice a day on my way to and from work...and while it has always caught my eye this was my first visit, which I was very excited about.  Come to find out, that excitement was well warranted!  I loved everything about this place...the food, the atmosphere, the service, the crowd...everything. There are a lot of amazing restaurants in my fair city, but to be honest, there aren't many that I immediately put on the "I'll definitely be back" list.  Even before I had a taste of the food I had a feeling Bar Jules would be making the list, but as soon as I had my first few bites it was firmly planted there.
Foodie Itinerary: New Orleans, LA

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Since Jazz Fest is right around the corner, thought I'd bring back an old post that will help you eat your way through your time in New Orleans if you're lucky enough to be heading down for some fun!  I had an amazing time last year and I have to say the fried chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House and oysters and gumbo at the bar at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House were spot on, so I strongly recommend both of those from last year's full itinerary below.  I also strongly recommend the pork rinds at Jazz Fest itself...seriously the best pork rinds of my life.  Some also swear by the fried chicken at the festival but I thought Willie Mae's was even better.  If you want to see the post-New Orleans blog post with pictures of all of the food from last year you can check it out here for some inspiration to get you hungry. Happy Eating...oh yeah, and enjoy the great music too!!   Originally Posted on April 17, 2013: New Orleans has a very special place in my heart...the first and only time I've ever been there was 11 years ago on my cross-country road trip to move from my hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to San Diego, California.  Since we were tight on cash and camping our way across the country, New Orleans was the only big city on our 2-week trip and I totally fell in love! I'm finally heading back for a work conference and Jazz Fest, so while my time will be tight I'm going to make the best of it! Luckily I know a few locals so my 11 year gap shouldn't slow me down at all.  Between all of the conference meals and Jazz Fest food I will only have a few meals to explore on my own, but in typical SavoryGirl style I'm going in prepared and sharing my full itinerary for all of the places I would want to check out if I had the time. So next time you're heading to New Orleans go ahead and use this foodie itinerary as a starting point to plan all of your great culinary adventures in the Big Easy and then let me know what you think.  The drinking and nightlife version will be coming next week, so stay tuned.  If you like what you see, feel free to check out my past foodie travel posts here.
Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp

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This is an oldie but a goodie that I found years ago when I read one of my now favorite books Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a super simple, healthy and delicious dinner.  Perfect for a warm summer night…particularly late summer when you're just starting to get sick of zucchini.  If you eat seasonally like we do, in the early summer it's hard to imagine you'll ever get sick of zucchini since it's been so long since you've had it…but it can happen!

So if it happens to you whip up this dish,  because as the name of it suggests, the zucchini kind of disappears within the orzo and it helps you use up lots of zucchini if you're lucky enough to have one of those neighbors who keeps bringing you baskets- full!  It's also a great dish if you're trying to sneak some veggies into the kids as I know you parents often need to do.

The original recipe can be found here, but I've also copied it below with a few very minor adjustments (including the addition of grilled shrimp).
New Orleans Nightlife

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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: March 10-16, 2013
Sunday: class=#v=onepage&q&f=false" target="_blank">Chickpea & Kale Soup with Diavolicchio
Monday: Baked Salsa Verde Halibut & Black Bean-Mango Salad (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Fish Tacos with Cabbage & Avocado
Wednesday: Leftovers: Chickpea & Kale Soup
Thursday: Orecchiette with Braised Broccoli Rabe  & Sausage
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
It's our first week back to our own menu planning after three weeks on the Whole Living Detox and while we feel great and are certainly going to try to keep some of the new habits we've developed we are looking forward to adding a few of our favorites back into the rotation.  Namely meat and the occasional pasta! That being said, most of this week's menu would still fit perfectly within the Whole Living detox guidelines while still being delicious.

The Chickpea & Kale Soup with Diavolicchio (olive oil infused with red pepper flakes...so good!) is one of our old favorites.  We've been making it for years and it is so rich and satisfying yet completely healthy and very easy to make. Don't skip making the diavolicchio, it makes the dish and you'll find plenty of other things to drizzle it on throughout the week.

The Baked Salsa Verde Fish & Black Bean-Mango Salad is a DIY dish...so feel free to get creative here.  It's inspired by a fresh salsa verde I saw at the Farmer's Market last weekend. I'm basically just going to put some Halibut (or whatever white fish looks good this week) in a baking dish, pour the salsa over it and let it bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes (until it flakes easily).  I'll mix up a can of black beans with some freshly chopped mango, cilantro, red onion and jalapeño and there you have it...easy breezy weeknight meal!  Make sure to make a double batch of fish so you have leftovers to turn into fish tacos the next night.

Thursday we're looking forward to one of our absolutely favorite dishes.  This one would not be detox approved since it has pasta (gluten) and we're adding sausage, but it's so much better with sausage. If you've never made this from my previous menus try it out...easy and amazing.  But if you're using spicy sausage be careful because this gets spicy fast so you may want to dial back the red pepper flakes.

Happy, healthy eating everyone!