Weekly Menu: October 20-25, 2014
Sunday: White Fish with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes
Monday: Leftovers: Frozen Many Bean Soup
Tuesday: Christian’s Birthday! SavoryGirl’s Steak with Brussel Sprouts & Bacon
Wednesday:   Shakshuka
Thursday: Leftovers: Steak tacos with avocado & grilled scallions
Friday: Dinner with Matt & Renee
Saturday: Leftovers: Shakshuka
I'm out of town for a bit so I thought I'd share an old menu from 2012 instead of just skipping this week and leaving you hanging completely! And of course, Happy Happy Birthday to my ex, Christian on Thursday! ---------------------------------- 2012 Post: I'm back in town and not leaving again for the foreseeable future, yippeee...so let's get cooking! Since it has been a bit hectic we're starting off the week an easy fish and roasted rapini & tomatoes dinner. Nice and healthy. Then we're reaching back into the freezer to pull out a fantastic soup we made from our October 7th menu. Tuesday is Christian's special day and he has requested my famous home-cooked steak (I swear, they're as good as most restaurants!) with a side of roasted brussel sprouts and bacon. My newfound approach to steak comes from a past Bon Appétit article about how to cook the prefect steak, which I linked to in the menu above. Trust me, you'll feel like you're using way too much salt, but just go with it!

Then we're rounding out the week with a nice Israeli vegetarian dish...you all know how much I love eggs for dinner and this one is a winner! We'll turn Christian's steak dinner into some yummy steak tacos for leftovers on Thursday and then we have a dinner date with one of our all-time favorite couples. Between the birthday and dinner with friends I'd say we have a fun and yummy week coming up!
Weekly Menu: October 12-18, 2014
The Key Components to Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Sunday: Chicken Tiki Masala 
Monday: Leftovers: Tiki Masala
Tuesday: Girls Night Dinner!
Wednesday: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Thursday: Dinner & Game Night Date!
Friday:
Leftovers: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Saturday: Dinner Out
This is my last week in town for a while so I'm trying to cook a bit more despite some plans I already have.  Whenever I'm on the road I get a little sick of eating out so I try to book-end my trips with good home-cooking!  So I'm starting the week off with so Chicken Tiki Masala simply because I've been craving Indian food lately.  I'm cheating a bit and just using a jarred sauce since I had a busy weekend and won't get home until late.  Then Wednesday I'm making one of my fall favorites...Garlicky Red Lentil Soup. Easy, healthy and delicious!

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: October 5-11, 2014
Sunday: Leftovers: Spicy Black Bean & Grilled Corn Salad Tacos
Monday: Leftovers: Spicy Black Bean & Grilled Corn Salad Tacos
Tuesday: Brown Rice Bowl with Kale, Avocado & Poached Eggs
Wednesday: Friend cooking me Balinese Chicken Curry with Sweet Potato Rice!
Thursday: Leftovers: Brown Rice Bowl with Kale, Avocado & Poached Eggs
Friday: Dinner Out
Saturday: Fleet Week Wine Cruise on the Bay!
Camping in Tahoe with friends this past weekend was fabulous and recharging, as always!  Lucky me, I came home with some leftovers of the spicy black bean and grilled corn salad that we made to go along with our campfire fajitas.  So instead of letting it go to waste I'm simply heating it up and throwing it on a grilled taco shell with a bit of cheese for a ridiculously easy and delicious dinner! Later in the week I'm turning to another easy favorite...brown rice topped with sauteed kale, some chopped avocado and two poached eggs.  Sprinkle some salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on top and you have a quick, healthy, satisfying meal.

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 28 – October 4, 2014

Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp

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 21-27, 2014
Sunday: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Fried Rice
Monday: Leftovers: Tenderloin & Fried Rice
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Wednesday: Leftovers: Tenderloin & Fried Rice 
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Friday: Dinner Out
Saturday: Easy DIY dinner before going out
I got a little delayed last week, so to start off this week I'm cooking up my first Omaha Steaks product, Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin for my first blog post.  I'm creating a farewell to Summer meal and making the teriyaki 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 precise one.  Although I encourage you to get creative...fried rice is very forgiving and a great way to get creative and use up what you have on hand! A little taste of Hawaii as I say Aloha to an amazingly fabulous summer.  I'm rounding out the rest of the week with some leftovers I have in the freezer because I'm realizing after only my first Omaha Steaks shipment I'm going to need to free up some freezer space!

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: 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...
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...