Orange Fennel Steamed Salmon with Roasted Winter Veggies
This is a DIY night turned into a Suzanne original (this only happens if the meal turns out exceptionally good, which Christian & I thought this was!).  The inspiration for this one came from the recent Farmers’ Market trip where I got some Fennel & Pink Navel Oranges (delish!)...I was originally thinking I would just do a standard shaved fennel and citrus salad but then had the idea to make it into a more complete meal while also trying to use all parts of the fennel.  So here is what I did:
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I LOVE eggs...so much so that I often say if I was stuck on a desert island for the rest of my life with only one food to eat eggs would be my immediate choice.  So versatile, delicious and nutritious.  That means when I find an egg meal worthy of dinner I get very excited.  A friend of mine shared this recipe with me that she found a while ago on smittenkitchen.com (which is a fab site that I aspire to be even 50% as great as some day!) and swears she makes it at least once a month now, so I’m looking forward to adding it to my recipe repertoire!
Pork & Noodle Soup with Shrimp

Christian cooked the Pork Noodle Soup with Shrimp (recipe below) tonight since work ran a bit late for me.  That’s another fabulous thing about having a menu posted on the fridge...if I’m not around Christian can dive right in and at least start cooking for us!

Christian’s a good cook, but can get a bit flustered at times so the fact that he told me that this was an easy recipe means it really is easy which makes it perfect for weeknights.  And we both think that it turned out a restaurant quality soup...so much so that we had a hard time restraining ourselves and saving enough for our leftovers night!
Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard

One word...DELICIOUS!  And honestly, really easy as well.  This is a great weeknight meal and I think it may be the best Chard that we’ve ever made...the shallots, dates and toasted pine nuts just compliment the chard so perfectly that I was actually sad when we we’re out.  I seriously would encourage you to double the chard part of the recipe...it’s that good.
Thai Red Curry with Kabocha Squash & Shrimp
This is a recipe I stumbled upon because I had a Kabocha squash lying around the house from a recent farmers’ market trip...so I turned to the trusty google and found this FABULOUS and EASY recipe on Epicurean.com.  My husband loves Thai food and he thought that this was restaurant quality...we’ll definitely be making this one again, yum! http://www.epicurean.com/featured/thai-red-curry-with-kabocha-squash.html  
Chocolate Fondue

Christian is a true choc-aholic, so every Christmas Eve when we have our little family Fondue Party he is kind of just tolerating the cheese & meat fondue courses so that he can get to the chocolate course!  I think a lot of people assume that fondue is complicated or super messy, but really it's quite quick and easy.  It's also the perfect dessert for a party since it allows you to converse and have fun while playing with your food and indulging your sweet tooth!

The recipe below uses dark chocolate since that's our favorite, but you could also use milk or white if that's your preference.  Depending on how big your sweet tooth is, this should serve about 6.
Cheese Fondue

We are fondue lovers in our household...so much so that we even had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding at a fondue restaurant!  I love anything that slows down a meal and let's you play with your food while you have good conversation and fun.  Christian loves it for those reasons too...but I think he also has a lot of fond family memories of fondue since he grew up having fondue with family and friends every Christmas Eve, a tradition we've continued together.  So Christmas Eve is really our one time of year when we make fondue...and when we do it it's a full meal so this cheese fondue is followed by a meat/seafood fondue and a chocolate fondue.  But to be honest, the appetizer cheese course has always been my favorite!

When it comes to cheese fondue, I'm a traditionalist.  There are lots of recipes out there for Mexican cheese fondue or other versions but I absolutley love the traditional European style fondue which is what the recipe is for below.  This is another one of those recipes that I'm sure I got from somewhere, but I've been making it for so long that I'm not sure what the original source was and I think I've modified it a bit over the years.  Enjoy!