Weekly Menu: July 22-28, 2012
Sunday: Smoky Pea & Artichoke Pasta
Monday: Shrimp & Balsamic-Orange Onions
Tuesday: Beef Bulgar Bean Burger & Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday: Leftovers: Smoky Pea & Artichoke Pasta
Thursday: Leftovers:Shrimp & Balsamic
Friday: Leftovers:Beef Bulgar Burgers
Saturday: Eat Out
I’m in Cape Cod this week for a long overdue family reunion, so in reality I’m not sticking to a menu.  Instead I’ll be going with the flow of the group when it comes to dinner, which probably means a lot of grilling, definitely some New England fried clams, and if we’re ambitious maybe even a clam bake!  Good times.

That being said, just because I’m on vacation this week doesn’t mean you don’t still need to figure out your dinner plans!  So the menu I’ve provided above is one from around this time last year...enjoy!
Weekly Menu: July 8-14, 2012
Sunday: Leftovers: Frozen White Bean & Kale Soup
Monday: Stuffed Salmon with Ratatouille (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Frozen White Bean & Kale Soup
Wednesday: Omeletes with Honey Toast
Thursday: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa, Grits & Summer Vegetable
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Grilled Pork & Cherry Tacos with Summer Vegetable 
Having just returned from San Diego on Sunday we're going to keep it pretty simple again this week.  We're also going to make sure to keep it healthy since we indulged in a few too many drinks and yummy Mexican meals while we were having fun in southern California!  So the majority of the week is focused on a mix of previously frozen home-cooked meals and DIY meals.

One of the DIY meals leverages this delicious stuffed salmon that our local fish market sells...we'll pair it with a homemade ratatouille since the farmer's market is overflowing with squash and tomatoes these days!  We'll also have my old stand-by, breakfast for dinner.  Omelets are another great way to use up the season's freshest produce.  The one new recipe we are trying out is the Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa...I love cherries, so I'm really looking forward to this one. For the vegetable, we'll cook up whatever strikes our fancy at the Farmer's Market. I think it's going to be delicous!
Weekly Menu: July 1-7, 2012
Sunday: Leftovers: Minestrone Soup from last week
Monday: Leftovers: Frozen vegetarian Cassoulet leftovers with a side salad  
Wednesday: In San Diego for 4th of July!
I apologize...I'm not going to be much help with your dinner planning this week.  We're only here for two days before heading down to San Diego to visit good friends so we're relying heavily on leftovers to keep it simple.  I made a double batch of the Minestrone Soup last week so we're freezing some but also stretching it to feed us for one more night. Monday we're reaching back into the deep crevices of our freezer and pulling out something we made a few months ago, vegetarian cassoulet.  Simply mix up a little butter, breadcrumb mixture to sprinkle on top, pop it in the convection oven and we'll have dinner in less than 30 minutes.  Perfect...that means I'll have time to pack!

If we were hosting 4th of July at our house we would likely be heading over to Fort Mason with a grill for a good old fashioned BBQ.  Nothing too fancy for this holiday...grilled summer corn, high quality sausages and burgers, maybe my mom's cracker-fried chicken, pasta salad and a beautiful red, white and blue summer berry trifle to finish it all off.  Good 'ole American beer and maybe some white sangria to quench our thirst.  I know, I know...this may seem a bit underwhelming for SavoryGirl.  Since we never eat this kind of food it's a bit of a treat for us, so I've really tried hard over the years to avoid making 4th of July fussy despite all of the fun, unique recipes I always see out there this time of year.

Happy 4th of July everyone...I hope you have a wonderful day with family, friends, good food, great fun and beautiful fireworks!
Weekly Menu: June 24-30, 2012
Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken & Mixed Mushroom Casserole
Monday: Salmon Panzanella
Tuesday: Leftovers:Salmon Panzanelle
Wednesday: Leftovers: Chicken Casserole
Thursday: Summer Minestrone Soup with Rustic Whole Grain Bread
Friday: Leftovers: Soup
Saturday: Eat Out
Summer is definitely in full swing now, which means great produce! So while the first dish of the week is a bit heavier my menus will be lighter for the next few months and incorporate lots of summer squashes, stone fruits, corn and all of the other amazing produce that we've been waiting all year to eat.

The Slow Cooker recipe is a new one, but sounds delightfully unique from your typical boring chicken and mushroom casserole...I know, the word casserole alone conjures up images of bland clumpy rice and mushy vegetables from your past, right?.  This dish uses wild rice, has lots of different mushrooms and is accented with dried apricots and seasoned with Marsala wine and lemon zest.  Sounds nice, doesn't it?

The other two dishes for the week, Salmon Panzanella (bread salad) and Summer Minestrone are two of our favorite summer dishes.  Both are easy, light, healthy and super flavorful...perfect for warm summer evenings.