Weekly Menu: May 27 to June 2, 2012
Sunday: Slow Cooker Tandoori Chicken w/ Rice & Veggies
Monday: Memorial Day BBQ!
Tuesday: Leftovers: Tandoori Chicken
Wednesday: Asparagus & Potato Frittata with Side Salad
Thursday: Leftovers: Frittata
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Ginger Pepper Salmon with CousCous and Seasonal Veggies
So, technically, this is not our weekly menu.  Why?  Because we're living aboard a boat in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador right now! I'd love to tell you I'm thinking of my readers while on vacation, but let's be honest...I'm totally unplugged and immersed in the world of Darwin.  That being said, the miracles of technology allow me to ensure that I haven't left you menu-less while on vacation.  So the menu above is actually from this same time last year.  But don't feel like you have to be limited to this (especially since we just had quiche/frittata last week)...all of my archived menus can be found here.  So feel free to peruse these previous menus or recipes and make what works best for you...have a good week!  I'll share Ecuadorian foodie pictures, stories and maybe even video when I return!
Weekly Menu: May 20-26, 2012
Sunday: SavoryGirl's Homemade Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs 
Monday: Shrimp Enchilado with Rice & Swiss Chard
Tuesday: Leftovers: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Shrimp Enchilado Tacos with sauteed brussel sprouts  
Thursday: Asparagus & Shallot Quiche or Frittata with Sweet Potato Homefries
Friday: Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry
Saturday: Leftovers: Quiche & Homefries
This is it!  Our last week before heading to the Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu for 2 ½ weeks!  So we're going with a few classic comfort food dishes that are pretty different from what we'll be eating while traveling.  First up, my famous homemade spaghetti & turkey meatballs.  I'm often my own worst critic...but my Italian roots come in handy for this one.  Mmmm, mmmm.  Especially with the handmade pasta.  Bellissimo!

The shrimp enchilado dish is actually a new one that looked good and spicy but also relatively healthy since it's from my Cooking Light cookbook.  Quiche or Frittata with my famed sweet potato homefries is another classic comfort food dish for us.  I love me some breakfast for dinner!  We're trying not to eat out this week since we'll be spending alot of money over the next couple of weeks so Friday will be a quick, easy & healthy DIY Tofu & Veggie Stirfry....brings me back to my grad school dinner days!

So while I'm off galavanting in South America over the next two weeks, I obviously won't be cooking.  So while I won't be providing new menus I will be providing links to menus from roughly this time last year for you to leverage if you're interested.  Feel free to peruse the rest of the menu archives as well though...
Weekly Menu: May 13-19, 2012
Sunday: Kale, White Bean & Pasta Soup
Monday: Grilled Salmon with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes (DIY)  
Tuesday: Chicken & Asparagus with Melted Gruyere
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Soup
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken & Asparagus
Friday: Leftovers: Frozen Vegetarian Cassoulet from February 5th menu
Saturday: Eat Out: Dave’s in town from L.A.
Friends of ours were heading out on vacation this week, so they graciously offered us their CSA box in their absence...which means I have a great box full of veggies just daring me to let them go bad before I figure out what to do with them!  And as with most CSA boxes, there's a few random ones in there that I don't buy very often, namely turnips and fava beans.  But I'm up for the challenge, so here goes...
Weekly Menu: May 6-12, 2012
Sunday: BBQ for my Board Director's Going Away Party
Monday: Moroccan Halibut & Carrots w/ Cous cous and Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Poached eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes & grilled toast
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Poached Eggs
Thursday: Saigon Chicken Rice Soup
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Soup
No big Sunday meal this week....we're heading up to Vallejo for a BBQ to send off the Executive Director of my board since she is changing jobs.  It will be a bittersweet celebration, but to help sweeten it up a bit I'm bringing to homemade fruit clafouti with me.  It's my all-time favorite quick, easy but impressively delicious & elegant dessert...check out the recipe here.

For our Monday fish night we're making a Morcoccan Halibut that we made once before and I remember it being delicious.  We'll serve it with cous cous and a DIY cucumber salad.  For the salad I'll macerate some sliced cucumbers by putting them in a baggie with 1 tsp salt & 1tsp sugar, some other herbs that strike my fancy and mix it all up in the bag and let it sit for 30 minutes or so to soften the cucumbers and release some of the juices.  Mix in some thinly sliced shallots and then serve.  Really you can mix in any other vegetables or herbs...the macerated cucumbers are just a base for the salad.

You all know we love eggs for dinner and this poached eggs with mushrooms & tomatoes t is a winner that we've made before.  We like to serve it with a rustic wheat bread sliced thinly, rubbed with olive oil and thrown on a hot grill.  The Saigon Chicken Rice soup, is  new one for us though.  It's from my fabulous cookbook, Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever, so I'm sure it will be delish!
Weekly Menu: April 29 – May 5, 2012
Sunday: Niece’s First Communion & Reception in Sacramento
Monday: Pan Seared Scallops with Ginger Orange Spinach
Tuesday: Springtime Spaghetti Carbonara
Wednesday: Leftovers: Spaghetti Carbonara
Thursday: Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder with Brown Rice
Friday: Leftovers: Asian Pork Shoulder
Saturday: Friend’s Cinco de Mayo Baby Shower
Okay, we're ready to get cooking again!  Sorry the last few week's have been so busy and my menus have been so basic, but life has quieted down again for at least the next few weeks so I hope you're back for more with this week's menu.  The first two dishes are new ones for us...but they're from two of my favorite cookbooks: Cooking Light & Almost Meatless.

We LOVE scallops but don't make them very often, so I'm pretty excited about Monday's dinner.  The Carbonara dish looks like a nice slightly lighter version so that will be a bit of a treat mid-week.  The Sweet & Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder is an oldie but a goodie from Martha Stewart's Real Simple magazine.  It's so easy to make and it's seriously addictive.  The first time I made it I honestly made it again one week later when Christian had some friends in town..it's that good.  The bok choy in the dish cook down quite a bit though, so it might not be a bad idea to make another veggie to serve on the side, or maybe a side salad.  Delish! Oh, and if you don't have Chinese Five Spice on hand, no worries.  It's pretty easy to make out of basic spices...just combine the spices below and store in small airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Weekly Menu: April 22-28, 2012
Sunday: Suz in Baltimore for work: Christian's Posole
Monday: Suz in Baltimore: Grilled Fish, Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes & Barley (DIY)
Tuesday: Suz in Baltimore:: Turkey & Veggie Pasta (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Posole
Thursday: Leftovers: Turkey & Veggie Pasta
Friday: Friends in town: Dinner Out
Saturday: Friends in town: Forage SF Wild Kitchen with Friends in Town
As promised, my menus aren't going to be super helpful this week and next week due to a hectic schedule between work travel and friends in town.  That being said, Christian is still cooking for himself while I'm out of town so I thought I'd share what he's planning.  As most of us know, cooking for one isn't nearly as much fun as cooking for two or more.  Why?  Well because if you cook for one, odds are your stuck with all of the cleaning too.  Wah, wah.

But Christian's fabulous posole is a one-pot wonder.  I'm jealous he's making it when I'm not around. Honestly better than most I've had in restaurants and super easy.  The rest of the week is DIY and pretty healthy with a Tuesday throw-back to our college days.  Ground turkey, veggies and pasta used to be our go to dish...and we thought it was oh so gourmet back then!
Weekly Menu: April 15-21, 2012
Sunday: Asian Inspired Pot Roast with Creamy Grits & Spicy Bok Choy
Monday: Leftovers: Tacos from last week
Tuesday: Leftovers: DIY Pizza from Saturday
Wednesday: Leftovers: Pot Roast
Thursday: Ginger Pear Pumpkin Soup with side salad & bread
Friday: Christian's brother Kyle is in town! Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Soup
This week's menu is very leftovers heavy...not on purpose really more because our meals last week stretched further than we thought they would.  Made our grocery shopping bill very affordable this week!  If you followed along last week, I hope your Tacos and Pizza came out as delicious as ours did.  If yours weren't a home run in your house (it happens to all of us!), just try to get creative and turn your leftovers into something new. The taco meat could turn into a layered enchilada casserole for example.

If you didn't try the DIY pizza night that I recommended in last week's menu I encourage you to do so soon.  We've been trying to make homemade pizza for quite a while and this dough recipe and minimalistic approach to toppings made our most successful DIY pizzas yet!  The dough requires no kneading, is super easy and comes out great even without a pizza stone or fancy tools/ovens. Blistered, crispy crust at home, really! Christian even said these could replace going out to eat fancy artisan pizzas at restaurants for him. High praise from a pizza lover in a city with great artisan pizza everywhere you turn (Tony's, A16, Una Pizza Napoletana, Pizzeria Delfina, Delarosa, just to name a few of our faves!).  I'll be writing a post about our successful pizza night soon...stay tuned.
Weekly Menu: April 1-7, 2012
Sunday: Butternut Squash & Chickpea Farrotto
Monday: Halibut in Dashi with Vegetables
Tuesday: Leftovers: Farrotto
Wednesday: Rosemary Red Wine Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Rice
Thursday: Gastronomy at the the Exploratorium after Dark
Friday: Leftovers: Rosemary Red Wine Chicken Pasta
Saturday: Veggie Omelets & Honey Toast (DIY)
Oh, Sunday is going to be a good day...as long as Christian doesn't play any crazy April Fool's jokes on me!  This Heirloom Squash Farrotto is one of our favorite recent finds. Whatever you do, don't skip the Cumin Yogurt sauce on top...it's one of the best parts of this dish.  So comforting, well spiced and yummy!  Our seafood dinner this week is the fish we were supposed to make last week but our curried chickpea stew made enough for 3 nights worth of dinner so we pushed it off to this week.  For Wednesday, we have a 1/2 botttle of red wine that we didn't love sitting in our fridge so we're going back into the archives to make a red wine marinated chicken dish I remember being pretty darn good. 
Weekly Menu: March 25-31, 2012
Sunday: Mad Men Premiere! Julia Child’s Steak au Poivre, Haricot Verts a la Provencale & Gratin Savoyard
Monday: Leftovers: Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew (from last week's menu)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Mad Men Meal
Wednesday: Poached Halibut in Dashi with Vegetables
Thursday: Moroccan Carrot Soup with Side Salad & Sesame Bread
Friday: Leftovers:Carrot Soup
Saturday: Eat Out
Mad Men is back and we are super excited!  So for the premiere we'll be making us a '60s inspired meal à la Julia Child.  I chose these three dishes out of my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (while catching up on SMASH, if you must know!) but coincidentally found another blogpost that made almost the exact same 3 dishes as a meal as well...and they aren't lazy like me so they actually typed up the recipes for those of you who don't own a copy of MTAOFC.  The only difference, is that I am making Gratin Savoyard instead of Gratin Dauphinois.  The difference between these two dishes is that for Gratin Savoyard you substitute beef stock for the milk and add 2 extra TBS of butter.  
Weekly Menu: March 4-10, 2012
Sunday: Chickpea Stew
Monday: Teriyaki Salmon with braised bok choy (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Spinach & Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken (from last week)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Asian inspired Salmon tacos (DIY)
Thursday: Leftovers: Chickpea Stew
Friday: Pork Chops with Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Saturday: Eat Out
Lately I've been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon...Christian calls me "tri-curious."  So that means that I've been trying out a triathlon training program for the last few weeks...working out 5-6 times per week.  Yikes!  That crunches my time for cooking during the week a bit but since it's another healthy hobby I'm okay with it for now.  It's making me get more creative on the weekends to ensure we have more leftovers during the week or at the very least ensure the weeknight meals are super fast since we sometimes don't get home until after 7 when we workout at night.