Weekly Menu: December 2-8, 2012
Sunday: Thai Chicken Peanut Noodle Soup
Monday: Leftovers: Chili from the Freezer
Tuesday: Orecchiette with Braised Broccoli Rabe
Wednesday:  Leftovers: Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Henricksen Annual Cookie Party!
During the holiday season we try to keep it pretty simple with our dinner menus, relying heavily on old favorites that we can practically make on auto-pilot. So that's exactly what we're doing this week. Sunday Christian will be making a Thai Chicken Peanut Noodle Soup that we've been making for years to welcome me home from Austin. There's nothing more comforting after a plane ride than a steaming bowl of homemade soup! Tuesday we'll make our Orecchiette with Braised Broccoli Rabe (and probably sausage)...if you only try one recipe on my entire site this is the one to try. Particularly during the colder winter months.  It is so satisfying and comforting and super easy to make, absolutely one of our all-time favorites.

The rest of the week we're relying on leftovers (one from the depths of our freezer - Emeril's 5 Bean Chili) and a night out before we get to our annual holiday Cookie Party. We've been throwing an annual holiday cookie party for a little over 7 years now...but we can't take all the credit. This is actually a tradition that Christian's mother started when they first moved to Massachusetts, when Christian was about 16. When I became a part of the family a few years later and went to my first one I immediately fell in love with the idea of it. Bringing friends, neighbors and family together to share their favorite home-baked cookies, enjoy holiday beverages (like our Glögg - warm mulled spiced red wine), cheesy Christmas music and a good time. What's not to love? So while technically we don't serve any dinner at this party the extensive cheese & charcuterie plate and other nibbles beyond the cookies will be enough to hold us over for the night without formal dinner plans.
Weekly Menu: November 25 – December 1, 2012
Sunday: Turkey Mushroom Risotto
Monday: Tofu Veggie Stir Fry
Tuesday: Leftovers: Risotto
Wednesday: Leftovers: Stir Fry
Thursday: Suz in Austin; Salmon & Roasted Rapini with Tomatoes
Friday: Suz in Austin; Christian eating out
Saturday: Suz in Austin; easy grilled Chicken and Baked Sweet Potato (DIY)
It's a short week for me since I'm heading to Austin, TX for a long overdue girls weekend on Thursday so we're keeping it pretty simple in terms of dinner.  Sunday we'll use up the last of our Thanksgiving turkey and broth leftovers and make a turkey mushroom risotto with a side spinach salad. Then we'll do a simple tofu and veggie stir fry...vegetables that don't have marshmallows melted over them seem to be lacking a bit lately so this will be a nice healthy dinner.  Once I take off on Thursday Christian will most likely turn to his old standby favorites. Salmon with roasted rapini & tomatoes one night and easy grilled chicken and a baked sweet potato another night. Healthy, simple home cooking.

I'll return home on Sunday to a nice home cooked meal by Christian...but you'll have to wait until next week to find out what that delicious meal will be!
Weekly Menu: November 18-24, 2012
Sunday: Leftovers: Shrimp & Grits
Monday: Grilled Salmon with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes
Tuesday: Eat Out
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Frozen Mixed Bean Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Thanksgiving seconds!
Saturday: Eat Out
My favorite cooking week of the year is here! If you've already checked out my Thanksgiving Menu that I posted last week you know that I plan ahead and spread out my cooking over the entire week before. Makes the big day much more enjoyable so I can focus on my friends, family and football. So that means we'll be keeping the cooking for our other dinners this week pretty simple. Leftovers from both last week's menu and soup from the freezer that we cooked a while back and of course those wildly sought after Thanksgiving leftovers.

Weekly Menu: November 11-17, 2012
Sunday: Malaysian Beef Curry
Monday: Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Spinach
Tuesday: Leftovers: Malaysian Beef Curry
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken & Goat Cheese Quesadillas
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichoke over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Easy Breakfast for Dinner
Saturday: Eat Out
It's weeks like these that make me particularly grateful for our menus. I'm out of town for work Tuesday through Thursday but by planning ahead and cooking early in the week Christian can just rely on leftovers while I'm out of town. Then we'll keep it simple when I return with an old favorite (that we were supposed to make last week, ooops!) and an easy night of breakfast for dinner.

Sunday's Malaysian Beef Curry is a new recipe...sounds spicy and fantastically delicious and the best part is that it's a slow cooker meal. There is a longer ingredient list and tamarind paste can sometimes be a bit hard to find, but boy is it going to make the house smell amazing while it cooks! The Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken recipe is a new one, but super simple and healthy. Just make sure you prepare and start marinating the chicken the night before you plan on making it. Get creative with the chicken leftovers...we're going to turn it into chicken and goat cheese quesadillas, probably with a side black bean salad.

Stay tuned for my Thanksgiving Menu, which I'll be posting in a couple of days. It's my favorite holiday since I love cooking and entertaining so much.  The planner in me will help lay it all out for you so you can actually enjoy yourself day-of and not be stuck in the kitchen missing the party. If I do say so myself, SavoryGirl Thanksgivings are always a big hit and my guests are quite happy and well-fed by the end of the day!
Weekly Menu: November 4-10, 2012
Sunday: Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard and Couscous  
Monday: Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew
Tuesday: Leftovers:Lamb with Chard & Couscous
Wednesday:   Leftovers:Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers:Shrimp & Grits
Before we get to the food, let me first say that my heart goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. As a born and raised East Coaster who has experienced many hurricanes myself I am completely dumbstruck by the amount of devastation this has caused...this world of climate change is bringing a whole new class of storms along with it unless we all start changing our behaviors now. Luckily all of my people out there are safe and have their electricity back as of yesterday...I hope the same is true for all of you. If you're not close enough to lend a helping hand in person and feeling a bit helpless like I am, please donate to one of these fantastic organizations and their specific Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I think we're all in need of a bit of comfort...so this is a week of quick and easy hearty fall favorites. While that means no new recipes for us, I encourage you to give them a try...I'm confident at least one of them will end up in rotation as a favorite at your house too. First up, Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard. If you don't cook with lamb often don't worry, this preparation is pretty similar to cooking a steak so nothing too advanced going on here. If you prefer you could swap this out for another meat as well (lamb is a bit pricey) since it's the spices and chard preparation that make this dish so unique.

The Curried Cauliflower is an amazing vegetarian dish...I found it last year when I was on a huge chickpea kick. Check out my post on all of my other favorite chickpea recipes that I found during that time, if you don't currently love chickpeas you will after these! This would also make a great pot-luck dish to serve lots of people if you do live on the East Coast and are helping get friends in your community fed. Last, but certainly not least, is Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits. I've been making this dish for almost 10 years...from one of my earliest cookbooks I think. It's super simple (you use canned artichokes) but comforting and delicious. Just what we all need at this time of year.

Weekly Menu: October 28 – November 3, 2012
Sunday: Roast Chicken with Parsnips, Golden Beets & Sunchokes & Kale Salad
Monday: Salmon over Warm Lentil, Apple & Walnut Salad
Tuesday: Leftovers:Salmon over Warm Lentil Salad
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Chicken & Roasted Vegetables
Thursday: Roasted Pear-Butternut Squash Soup with Stilton
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers:Pear & Squash Soup
I've had a hard time getting back into the swing of things since returning from all of my travel.  I feel like I'm eating too much, drinking too much, not exercising enough and certainly not sleeping enough. The nice thing about cooking so much though is that at the very least, I can control what I'm eating (even if I eat too much of it!)...so this week is full of nice and healthy fall favorites.

This roast chicken recipe is a new one, but I love roasting chickens on a Sunday as the weather starts to get cooler. It also reminds me that Turkey Day is right around the corner...time to start practicing that trussing technique! If you've never had sunchokes before (absolutely delish!), they're also called Jerusalem Artichokes. The kale salad is a DIY spin-off of this salad we make pretty often.  We'll likely keep it a bit simpler to pair with this dish though.

The salmon lentil dish is one we discovered last year that we fell in love with. It's so simple, healthy and tasty. We'll likely make the lentil salad components on Sunday to save ourselves some time on Monday night since work has been crazy lately. Lastly this soup is my all-time favorite fall soup. I made it a couple of years ago for the first time and was floored at how easy it was and how good it came out. You seriously just chop up some veggies, roast them in the oven, throw them into a blender with some chicken broth, puree and enjoy!  Don't skip the addition of stilton cheese on top and serve with some nicely grilled or toasted rustic bread.  Yum...I can't wait for Thursday!
Weekly Menu: October 21-27, 2012
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 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 14-20, 2012
Sunday: Easy chicken Stir-Fry (DIY)
Monday: Salmon with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: chicken stir-fry
Wednesday:   Take-Out after pick-up Suz from the Airport
Thursday: SavoryGirl’s Tortellini Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Tortellini Soup
Saturday: Dinner at Incanto for Christian’s Birthday!
This week is an easy-breezy one...mostly because I'm out of town and Christian is on his own, but he still likes to cook for himself. So this is what he's planning on making this week; a simple chicken stir-fry, his favorite veggie alongside some grilled salmon and then later in the week when I'm home we'll make my super comforting and easy Tortellini Soup. I've been eating a version of this tortellini soup since I was a kid...so really my mom gets the credit for this one, but we did make it our own by adding mushrooms!

At the end of the week we have a special day to celebrate...Christian's Birthday! It's actually not until next Tuesday but we'll go out and have a night on the town Saturday at one of our favorite restaurants in the city, Incanto...read my post from our last visit. Incanto is Chris Cosentino's place...if you haven't heard of him you will! He's an up and coming celebrity chef in his own right, recently winning Top Chef Masters and really being known for his specialty dishes that feature offal. He's one of the leaders in the "whole animal" movement that I hope will start to sweep the nation. Stay tuned, I'll likely write up another post on this fabulous spot after Christian's birthday dinner.
Weekly Menu: September 30-October 6, 2012
Sunday: Asian Turkey-Jasmine Meatballs with Bok Choy
Monday: Emeril’s 5-Bean Chili & Jalapeno-Corn Bread
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken & Corn Soup with Chile Mint Salsa
Wednesday: Leftovers:Emeril’s 5-Bean Chili & Corn Bread
Thursday: Tofu & Veggie Stir-fry (DIY)
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Tofu & Veggie Stir-fry
I have been traveling a lot lately so I am really looking forward to a full week at home with home cooking, healthy eating and getting back into my routine. I know Sunday's recipe was technically on last week's menu, but since I wasn't actually cooking last week and this is one of my favorite oldie, but goodie dishes I decided to bump it to this week so we could really enjoy it. Apologies if you already made it last week...feel free to peruse the archives to find a replacement recipe.

A few weeks ago my lovely landlady knocked on my door with 5 big bags of dried beans...she had tried out a new 5-bean chili recipe and had some leftovers to pass on to me. I tried to convince her to keep the beans (since they're dried after all) but she really wanted to share, so I decided to follow her lead and try out a new 5-bean chili recipe myself. Enter Emeril Lagasse...he seems like a man who would know his way around a good chile, but we'll see! On the side we'll go old-school and make some Jiffy cornbread that I'll add canned diced jalapenos to in order to make it a bit more SavoryGirl style. Maybe a bit of shredded cheese on top as well. I also think I'll adjust Emeril's recipe and use half beef and half pork for the meat in the chile. Perfect fall comfort food for a weary traveler like myself.

Last, but certainly not least we'll finish off the week with a quick, easy and healthy tofu stir-fry. To keep it simple we'll likely just buy our favorite teriyaki sauce, Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki (full disclosure, my day-job company owns Soy Vay, but I've honestly been using it for ever and have always been addicted to it!). I linked to my approach for this DIY dish in the menu above, but feel free to experiment and use whatever veggies you have on hand.
Weekly Menu: September 23-29, 2012
Sunday: Porcini Parmesan Ravioli with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Wild Mushroom Risotto (from last week's menu)
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon with Bulgar and Roasted Rapini with Tomatoes (DIY)
Wednesday: Turkey-Jasmine Rice Meatballs with Baby Bok Choy
Thursday: Leftovers: Meatballs & Bok Choy
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Easy DIY Egg Dish
I'm only home for the blink of an eye this weekend to snuggle Christian & Cali before heading back out on the road for one more week for work so this menu is from 2011...but it's a yummy one!  The ravioli dish leverages some leftover porcini paste from last week's risotto recipe and turns it into a ravioli filling...totally DIY. As I recall it turned out really good...I basically just mixed the porcini paste with mascarpone, Parmesan, salt, pepper & fresh parsley.  Put it inside some homemade pasta sheets and slathered it with a sauce using some leftover spicy turkey sausage we had in the freezer and canned roasted tomatoes. Delish! The turkey meatball recipe is one of our favorites that we've been making for years...healthy & flavorful. Then we finish off the week with an easy breakfast for dinner night.  Back to new recipes and new menus next week, I promise.  Of course if this old menu doesn't work for you feel free to go back and peruse the full Menu Archives to find one that does!
Weekly Menu: September 16-22, 2012
Sunday: Slow Cooker Orange Chipotle Pork Loin with Polenta, Roasted Carrots & Brussel Sprouts
Monday: Grilled White Fish with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes (DIY)
Tuesday: Eggs in Purgatory with Artichoke Hearts, Potatoes & Capers
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orange Chipotle Tacos
Thursday: Leftovers: Eggs in Purgatory
Friday: Wild Mushroom Risotto & Roasted Red Pepper Spinach Salad
Saturday: Leftovers: Risotto
As I mentioned last week, I'm out of town this entire week and won't be doing any cooking...so the menu above is from this time last year. Living the life of a jet-setter this week with three separate trips back to back! Fun for me, but that also means no home cooking at the SavoryGirl household...well that's not entirely true. Christian will certainly cook for himself while I'm gone but he'll most likely keep it pretty simple with things like omelets, grilled chicken or pasta.  It's no fun cooking for one and then having to clean the entire mess up too!

So while I don't have a new weekly menu or new recipes to share with you this week I do know that all of these recipes are winners. They're so good that this actually causes a bit of a conundrum because now I want to make these dishes when I'm back in town but they're already on this week's menu! Apologies in advance if you see any of these on a menu again sometime in the near future...of course, you can always feel free to peruse the entire Menu Archives to find other menus and recipes or check out some of my favorite recipes that I've written up on SavoryGirl over the years.
Weekly Menu: September 9-15, 2012
Sunday: Seasonal Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato Homefries (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Summer Minestrone Soup from last week
Tuesday: Chicken Stir Fry over Brown Rice (DIY)
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato Homefries
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken Stir Fry
Friday: In Burlington, VT for a wedding
Saturday: In Burlington, VT
Our menu last week stretched quite a bit further than we had planned for which means this is going to be an easy cooking week, which is fabulous since we're heading out of town on Thursday night.  The veggie frittata got bumped up from last week's menu and we also have extra Minestrone Soup leftovers to finish up. So the only new thing we're cooking is a DIY chicken stir fry.  While we used to make our own stir fry sauces we really love Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki so we'll most likely just buy a bottle of that and slice up whatever veggies we have left in the fridge before heading out of town.

Also, quick heads up...I'm out of town traveling (wedding, work, fun, more work) for the next 2 weeks so the menus that I post for the week of 9/16 and 9/23 will most likely be old menus from 2010 or 2011. Still yummy, but no new recipes.  
Weekly Menu: September 2, 2012
Sunday: Camping at Lake Tahoe: Grilled Salmon with Corn & Black Bean Salad
Monday: Returning from Lake Tahoe - easy take out
Tuesday: Chinese Steamed Fish with Baby Bok Choy and Brown Rice
Wednesday:  Summer Minestrone Soup with Rustic Bread
Thursday: Leftovers: Minestrone Soup
Friday: Eat Out for Suz’s Birthday!
Saturday: Seasonal Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato Home-fries
Since we're just returning from our fabulous long weekend camping in Lake Tahoe this will be a pretty easy cooking week as we get back into the routine of real life. Both the Chinese Steamed Fish and Summer Minestrone Soup are dishes we've been cooking for years.  They're quick, easy, healthy and delicious. After my birthday celebration, we'll finish the week off with a DIY dish we've been making since college...some things you just never grow out of and sweet potato home-fries is definitely one of those things!

My birthday is this weekend so we're planning a fun night out...checking out a relatively new restaurant called Heaven's Dog.  It's Charles Phan's (owner & chef at the Slanted Door, which we love!) new place in Soma with Chinese cooking and pre-prohibition era cocktails so we're pretty excited to check it out.  Then we're going to Local Edition for a couple of drinks.  This is the newest bar from the fabulous Bourbon & Branch crew so I'm sure it will be fantastic. Then I think we're going to meet some friends out to go dancing since I love dancing but we never do it...fun night out.  Happy Birthday to me!

Weekly Menu: August 26, 2012
Sunday: Oreccheitte with Braised Broccoli Rabe & Sausage
Monday: Grilled salmon and Summer Squash with Brown Rice Salad with Crunchy Sprouts & Seeds
Tuesday: Leftovers: Frozen Vegetarian Bean Cassoulet with Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach Salad
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Thursday: Leftovers: Vegetarian Bean Cassoulet with Salad
Friday: Camping at Lake Tahoe: Grilled Steaks and Sweet Potatoes in the Campfire
Saturday: Camping at Lake Tahoe: Chicken Fajitas with Refried Beans
We're keeping it simple this week as we gear up for our Labor Day Weekend camping trip to Lake Tahoe. Sunday is one of our all-time favorite dishes that is always in rotation, no matter what time of year. So admittedly, it's a bit of a more winter-y dish...but to be honest it has felt like winter in San Francisco the past few days! Monday we're grilling up some salmon and summer squash to serve alongside another batch of that Brown Rice Salad with Crunchy Sprout & Seeds that we made last week. It was that good...we decided to make a second batch as soon as we ran out of it last week!  We're depending on some leftovers we've had in the freezer to round out the rest of the week so we have time at night to start pulling together our camping gear and packing up.

Then we're heading up to Lake Tahoe nice and early on Friday...if you've never been, put it on your bucket list!  There are very few places as spectacular and amazing as Lake Tahoe in the summer. When we go camping we do it SavoryGirl style...cooking delicious food over the campfire all weekend long. I haul up my spices, knives, cutting boards, french press and we eat well...particularly for breakfast and dinner. We take it easy for lunch and go old school with PB&J to take on our hikes and down to the beach or we'll ride our bikes up to Tahoe City for lunch. Breakfast is eggs and bacon or pancakes on the camp stove. Of course, don't forget the s'mores fixins! Some people think it's crazy to cook so much while camping, but I love it because I get to cook outside and I have tons of free time so there's nothing else pulling for my attention!

Have a fantastic Labor Day Weekend...I hope it's full of fun, family, friends and of course fantastic food!
Weekly Menu: August 19-25, 2012
Sunday: Takeout Pizza & Salad to celebrate Christian’s triathlon!
Monday: Fish & Bean Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Spicy Brussel Sprouts
Tuesday: Dinner with friends at Saha, my Check, Please Bay Area Reviewed Spot!
Wednesday: Grilled turkey sausage with Brown Rice Salad with Crunchy Sprouts & Seeds
Thursday: Chicken & Corn Soup with Chile-Mint Salsa
Friday: Leftovers: Brown Rice Salad with Sausage
Saturday: Leftovers: Chicken & Corn Soup
First things first...a huge congrats to Christian for completing his 3rd triathlon this Sunday!  In celebration we're indulging in some delivery pizza, which is rare for us and therefore feels special for Christian. I'll have to make sure I get a good workout in too so I deserve it! Monday is one of our old standbys...a fabulous take on fish tacos that is simple and healthy.

Tuesday we have a rare mid-week dinner date with some friends. My episode of Check, Please! Bay Area re-aired recently and a friend at work reached out wanting to get together and try my restaurant so we're heading to Saha. We haven't been in a while and obviously I love it, so I'm pretty excited to introduce some new friends to an old favorite.

Wednesday & Thursday are two new dishes from the June & August issues of Bon Appétit...my go-to resource for stellar recipes. Christian requested "something with lentils" this week so the Brown Rice salad looks like a nice way to incorporate them into a meal without it feeling like a heavy, winter-like dish. The chicken soup is a new take on one of our all-time favorites...Chicken Tortilla Soup. Not that the old favorite needs any fixing, but sometimes a fresh spin on an old dish is fun!  
Weekly Menu: August 12-18, 2012
Sunday: Grilled Filet Mignon with Nectarine and Blue Cheese Salad with Plum Vinaigrette
Monday: Quinoa Soup
Tuesday: Disappearing zucchini orzo with grilled shrimp
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Quinoa Soup
Thursday: Leftovers: disappearing zucchini orzo
Friday: Easy egg dish (DIY)
Saturday: In Sacramento for Christian’s Triathlon tomorrow
This Sunday is our 7 year wedding anniversary, so it's a special day and while we've been celebrating all weekend (because that's how we roll!) we've decided to keep it simple and cook a nice meal for ourselves on the actual day. So we're indulging in some quality filet mignon and serving it alongside a seasonal salad with a nice bottle of wine.  Perfect, intimate night in.  We'll likely whip up a nice homemade dessert as well.  Maybe a summer berry clafouti or homemade strawberry shortcake.

We somehow had an extra night of dinner last week (I think I forgot to account for one night of leftovers) and ended up eating out with a friend we hadn't seen in a while so the Quinoa Soup got bumped from last week into this week since we already had the ingredients on hand.  It's a good Ecuadorian friend's family recipe so I'm pretty excited to try it out and see if it is similar to the Quinoa soup I loved so much while traveling in Peru.  The rest of the week is "oldie but goodie" recipes.  Disappearing zucchini orzo is one of our favorites...especially this time of year when you're drowning in zucchini!  If you need ideas for an easy egg dish check out my post on breakfast for dinner here.

Christian's competing in his third triathlon next weekend so we'll be up at his sister's place in Sacramento and likely just eat dinner with them.  Good luck Christian, I know you'll do awesome!  
Weekly Menu: August 5-11, 2012
Sunday: Pork Tenderloin with Plum Chutney and Corn Pudding with Mushrooms
Monday: Pan Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Cilantro Pesto and grilled squash
Tuesday: Juan's Family Quinoa Soup
Wednesday: Leftovers: Quinoa Soup
Thursday: Pasta Salad with Melon, Pancetta & Ricotta Salata
Friday: Eat Out for our 7 Year Anniversary at State Bird Provisions!
Saturday: Leftovers: Pasta
If you've been paying attention to my menus lately you've probably noticed that my cooking and recipe experimentation has been lacking a bit.  There's been a lot of travel, visitors, busy weekends...hey, it's summer!  Finally, things feel like they have died down a bit, at least for the next few weeks, so I'm being ambitions this week and planning 5 new recipes.  None of them seem too difficult but they all sound delicious so I have a feeling there's going to be some good eating this week!
Weekly Menu: July 29 – August 5, 2012
Sunday: Suz still in Boston, Christian veggie pasta (DIY)
Monday: Suz still in Boston, Christian grilled chicken and veggies (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: veggie pasta (Suz still in Boston)
Wednesday: Easy take-out
Thursday: DIY grilled shrimp tacos with peach salsa and smashed avocado
Friday: Grilled whole grain bread topped with sauteed zucchini, tomatoes, onions and a poached egg (DIY) 
Saturday: Leftovers: grilled shrimp tacos with peach salsa and smashed avocado
I’m returning from vacation this week, but not until Wednesday so for the early part of the week Christian is on his own. He’s a great cook, but neither one of us really enjoy cooking (and cleaning) for one so he’ll likely keep it simple with things like omelets, grilled chicken or maybe a quick and easy pasta. Since I get in a bit late on Wednesday and Christian is picking me up, we’ll do a rare middle of the week take-out. Probably Pacific Catch…the Poke Wasabi Bowl, to be exact.

The rest of the week will also be pretty simple since it’s always a bit hectic readjusting to the real life after being away for a while. Our DIY grilled shrimp tacos with peach salsa and avocado were so successful the week before we left for vacation that we’re actually just going to do a repeat of that...super simple, healthy and delicious. We’ll try a new DIY creation on Friday and grill some whole grain bread, top with a mixture of grilled, chopped zucchini, tomatoes and onions and a poached egg. Nice easy way to use up summer veggies and have a quick healthy dinner.

I know it's a heavy DIY week...back to experimenting with fun new recipes next week!
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 15-21, 2012
Sunday: Grilled Salmon with Grilled Corn, Roasted Red Pepper Salad (DIY)
Monday: Ground Turkey & Veggie Pasta (DIY)
Tuesday: Shrimp Tacos with Peach Salsa and Grilled Zucchini (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Pasta
Friday: In Boston/Cape Cod
This is a short week for us, so it's 100% DIY and mostly designed to use up everything in the fridge before I head out to the East Coast for a week and a half. It's also a week that is focused on all of the great summer produce that is in season so you should be able to find all of the fruits and veggies for this week's menu at your local farmer's market.  Since it's an all DIY week I've provided some insight as to how we'll pull everything together in the SavoryGirl household:

For the corn salad on Sunday, we'll grill whole ears of corn (still in the husk, but peel it back to take all of the silk out first and then re-wrap it) until the husks get black and crispy and the corn on the inside is tender, about 15 minutes.  Cut the kernels off the ears of corn once they're done (invert a small bowl into a big bowl to prop the ear up vertically while slicing and keep the flying kernels contained!).  Then we'll mix in some chopped roasted red pepper, black beans, a bit of olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Voila!  Delicious grilled corn salad to go along with your salmon.