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Weekly Menu: November 20-26, 2011
Sunday: Veggie Pasta (DIY)
Monday: Huevos Rancheros (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Pasta
Wednesday: Pizza Welcome Party in Palm Springs!
Thursday: Thanksgiving" href="http://www.savorygirl.com/site/home_cooking_entertaining/a-savorygirl-thanksgiving/">THANKSGIVING!
Friday: Leftovers: Turkey Day Fixin's
Saturday: Eat Out in Palm Springs and/or Backyard BBQ
The countdown is on...only 4 days until Thanksgiving!  So that means this is an easy DIY-focused cooking week except for the big day.  I'd rather spend my time throughout the week prepping and doing some early cooking for Turkey day than making elaborate meals for dinner, so that's what we'll do.  We're heading to Palm Springs with 11 of our good friends for the holiday and it's going to be delicious & indulgent in your typical SavoryGirl style (menu, prep schedule & shopping list linked above!).  Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a fabulous, delicious, fun and safe holiday weekend.  Mangia, Mangia!  
SavoryGirl’s Famous Sweet Potatoes

I've been making these sweet potatoes for as long as I've been making Thanksgiving dinner and they've been requested by my repeat guests every year since.  To be honest, I did not grow up eating sweet potatoes with marshmallows in them....always kind of thought it was gross.  But the hubby requested it the first Thanksgiving we were together so I went and found this recipe that has the added twist of coconut.  So now even I can't imagine Thanksgiving without them.
Weekly Menu: November 6-12, 2011
Sunday: thanksgiving-dinner/7" target="_blank">Potato & Portobello Mushroom Casserole
Monday: Baked Flounder with Tomatoes & Basil
Tuesday: Leftovers: Fish
Wednesday: Leftovers: Casserole
Thursday: Pork Phanang Curry
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Curry
I'm pretty excited about this Sunday's recipe...it's a Hubert Keller recipe and I still have such fond memories from our time eating at his restaurant, Fleur de Lys, for our 5 year anniversary.  He's also technically a neighbor of ours here in the Marina, so we have a bit of a soft spot for him and his recipes.    The fish dish is a new one, but sounds simple, healthy and tasty to start the week off right.  The Phanang Curry is a recipe from our cooking class in Thailand...it's been a while since we've made one of those dishes so we're pretty excited to bring back some flavors from that fabulous vacation.  Have a good week!  
Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

How my Christian loves his pancakes...so much so that years ago when we started cutting back on processed foods (meaning no Bisquick) he started experimenting himself with different pancake recipes...and he was no cook back then! He's now made so many different pancakes that we often lose track as to which are our favorites, but these Pumpkin Pancakes are a mainstay... especially in the fall.  Christian's tinkering with this recipe has perfected them over the years and boy was he happy when I woke him up on his birthday last weekend with a freshly made batch topped with candied pecans! So what's so special about these pumpkin pancakes vs. others?  Well they're healthy as far as pancakes go (hey, the amount of butter & syrup you slather them with is your issue!), spiced and flavored perfectly and oh so puffy...which is my one and only criteria for pancakes on the rare occasion that I eat a sweet breakfast. Just in time to try out a few times before Thanksgiving breakfast....they're always a hit with our family and friends as a start to our Turkey Day!
Weekly Menu: October 23-29, 2011
Sunday: Christian’s Birthday Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Scallops w/  Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes and Cheesy Polenta (DIY)
Monday: Taco Night with Spicy Brussel Sprouts (DIY)
Tuesday: Salmon over Warm Lentil, Apple & Walnut Salad
Wednesday: Leftovers: Tacos
Thursday: Chickpea Soup with Kale & Diavolicchio
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Soup
So we're back on schedule with the menus again with no trips planned out of town until Thanksgiving!  This week is a good one, because we're starting it off with Christian's birthday so I'm making him his requested dinner and then we're going old-school with a good 'ole family taco night.  Haven't done that in a while, so we're looking forward to it...we usually make our tacos with ground turkey and homemade seasonings so their a bit healthier and we control the salt.

The rest of the week is getting us into the Fall spirit with one new Salmon recipe (I'll let you know what I think!) and one of our favorite soups from The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook (Vol II).  The diavolicchio in this recipe is basically red-pepper flake infused olive oil...it's super easy to make and insanely addictive.  We always make extra so we can slather it on everything in our house for weeks.  Yum!  
Weekly Menu: October 16-22, 2011
Sunday: In Orlando, FL for work
Monday: In Orlando
Tuesday: In Orlando
Wednesday: In Orlando
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Leftovers: Shrimp & Parmesan Grits
Saturday: Eat Out
Oh, I'm sorry to say that you're on your own again this week...I'm heading to a conference for work so most of this week's menu is non-existent, but feel free to go back to menu archives and fill in the blanks.  After this I'm back until Thanksgiving though...so there shouldn't be anymore interruptions to the menu.  And speaking of Thanksgiving...stay tuned, good stuff planned, I'm cooking for 12!
Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese & Figs

I made these delicious & easy little suckers from the November 2010 Bon Appétit for Thanksgiving last year and they've been a go-to appetizer in our house ever since...well at least when we can find fresh figs (although I've also used fresh dates...if you do that you can skip the jam/preserves though). They are so super easy to make...mostly assembly and since you can crisp up the pancetta in advance.
Barley Pilaf Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is a new recipe for us from one of our favorite cookbooks, Almost Meatless.  The nice thing about it is that it can be a great vegetarian dinner or you can add a bit of crumbled sausage to it if you’re feeding people who can’t fathom why you would ever have a meal without a bit of animal protein (I, admittedly, used to be a card-carrying member of this group!).  But really, doesn’t sausage make everything better?  I digress! If you plan ahead and cook the squash, the rest of this meal is pretty easy and straightforward.  And for a cold, foggy fall or winter night it’s the perfect comfort food...actually a little reminiscent of Thanksgiving (which lovely flavors I personally think shouldn’t be relegated to just once a year!)  Pair it with a full-bodied Chardonnay (we chose Frog’s Leap 2009) and a week night meal turns into an intimate occasion worth savoring!
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter & Bittersweet Chocolate

The one big, perfect ravioli!

This is one of our favorite pasta recipes...we’ve been making it since 2005 when I think I first saw it on Michael Chiarello’s then Food Network Show.  Over the past years though it has become even better because we’ve started making homemade pasta (with my fancy Kitchen Aid attachment...makes homemade pasta so easy!  We honestly never buy any flat noodled dry pasta anymore). But don’t fear, you certainly don’t have to go that far to make this dish a winner, feel free to buy pasta sheets.  The filling is sweet, rich and complex while the sage butter sauce is rich and savory (put lots more sage than it calls for if you like sage...it’s so yummy in this dish).  And then finishing it off with shavings of bittersweet chocolate is pure genius!