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.
Weekly Menu: June 17-23, 2012
Sunday: Pineapple Glazed Chicken with Jalapeno Salsa, Black Beans & Rice
Monday: Miso Glazed Salmon with Braised Bok Choy
Tuesday: Leftovers: Pineapple glazed chicken
Wednesday:    Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter
Thursday: Leftovers: Gnocchi
Friday: Huevos Rancheros
Saturday: Eat Out
First full week back after our long vacation to the Galapagos & Machu Picchu...time to get back in the cooking swing of things!  Since we've left, summer has arrived so hopefully this menu feels a bit lighter and more summery to you.  The first two recipes are new ones that have been on my "to be cooked" spreadsheet for a while, both from Epicurous so I'm sure they'll be delish.  Especially the chicken...pineapple is pretty much my favorite fruit.  The miso glazed salmon is also one we haven't tried before, but in our household it's virtually impossible to go wrong with salmon.  If you're worried about buying miso for this one dish and never using it again, fear not!  Miso has a million great uses in everyday cooking...you can use it as a milk/butter substitute in some dishes, you can tenderize meat with it, use it in salad dressings, etc...  Here is a good article on miso to get you started.

The Gnocchi dish is from the cookbook Eating Well in Season.  We've made it quite a few times and it is definitely a winner.  Usually we make homemade gnocchi to go with it, but since we're making it mid-week we'll likely just buy some fresh gnocchi at our little Italian market down the street (Lucca Delicatessen for those of you in the area).  No shame in that!  But if you want to get adventurous (maybe move it to a weekend dish) and make your own gnocchi here is a post I wrote a while back on how to do that and the recipe I use to get perfect airy little gnocchi.

Friday is my favorite go-to breakfast for dinner dish.  Huevos Rancheros...the recipe I've linked to is my DIY version but it's super flexible so feel free to make it your own.  It's quick, tasty, filling and pretty healthy.  Happy Cooking & Eating!
Weekly Menu: June 10-16, 2012
Sunday:  Last few days of vacation...Cuzco, Peru
Wednesday: Quick and Easy Take-Out - First Night Back from Vacation   
Thursday: SavoryGirl's Tortellini Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Tortellini Soup 
Saturday: Veggie Omelets & honey toast  (DIY)
Okay, so we're finally getting back from vacation this week, but since it's always a bit hectic and exhausting the first few days you're back we're keeping it pretty simple in terms of dinner, which may not be that helpful for you.  So if not, please feel free to check out any of my previous menus or favorite recipes  to fill in the gaps.  We'll get back in the swing of things next week, I promise!
Weekly Menu: June 3-9, 2012
Sunday Nona’s Umbrian Lentil Soup
Monday Grilled Grouper w/ Apricot Ginger Relish, Grain & Veg
Tuesday Leftovers: Lentil Soup
Wednesday Leftovers: Fish Tacos with beans & spicy brussel sprouts  
Thursday Beef Tataki with side noodle salad (DIY)
Friday Eat Out
Saturday Leftovers: Beef Tataki
We're still on vacation...but now we've moved from Ecuador to Peru.  Dining at Astrid y Gaston in Lima (one of the top 50 restaurants in the world!), heading to Cuzco and then hiking & camping our way up Machu Picchu for four days.  So while we certainly aren't following this menu this week, we did follow it this time last year so I thought I would share it as a resource for you while we are away.  The Beef Tataki dish is phenomenal. If this menu doesn't work for you, remember you can always peruse my 18+ months of previous menus or favorite recipes and make a menu that works best for you.  Happy eating!  Peruvian foodie photos, stories & video to come...
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 8-14, 2012
Sunday: Chicken & Whole Wheat Biscuit Pot Pie
Monday: White Bean & Kale Soup
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday: Leftovers: White Bean & Kale Soup
Thursday: Taco Night!
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: DIY Pizza Night!
Happy Easter everyone!  That's about all you get from me for this holiday...unless your lucky enough to be joining me for a Gospel Brunch at 1300 Fillmore, that is.  Otherwise, Easter is not a big deal in the Henricksen household.  Maybe when we have kids it will be, but until then we typically just treat ourselves to a nice brunch so it feels a bit like a special day.  For the past few years we've been taking a long bike ride on Easter as well.  No Easter ham or fancy lamb dinner...just brunch and a bike.  Sorry to disappoint...but I'd love to hear what you are doing for Easter so when I do start celebrating it a bit more elaborately I have some yummy ideas!
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 18-24, 2012
Sunday: Asparagus & Leek Quiche with side salad (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Irish Stew & Soda Bread
Tuesday: Salmon with Grilled Asparagus (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Quiche
Thursday: Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew with Rice & Purple Kale
Friday: Leftovers: Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Saturday: Eat Out
Asparagus at the Farmer's Market this week!  Woo hoo!  It's been almost a year since the last Asparagus season if I'm remembering correctly so I went a little overboard and bought 3 bunches.  Since it's such a short season I figured I might as well stock up and get my fill!  So lots of asparagus this week...but luckily our meals last week went a bit further than we anticipated so we never made the quiche we had planned.  Asparagus is one of my favorite quiche vegetables, especially with leeks...yum!

Rounding out the week with leftovers of our Irish stew form last week and a curried Cauliflower Stew from a 2009 Bon Appétit that sounds healthy and delicious.
Weekly Menu: March 11-17, 2012
Sunday: Homemade green chorizo, caramelized onion tacos with grilled nopales salad
Monday: Fish Skewers with Tarragon Vinegrette & herbed, parmesan orzo
Tuesday: Leftovers: Cheese tostadas with warm spinach, green chorizo, onion & jicama salad (DIY)
Wednesday: Dinner out with friends...Plum in Oakland
Thursday: Mushroom, Onion & Gruyere Quiche with side salad (DIY)
Friday: Leftovers: Quiche
Saturday: Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Irish Lamb Stew & Soda Bread
We're spanning the globe with this weekly menu...from Mexico to France to Ireland!  The beginning of this week is inspired by a Rick Bayless show I randomly caught a few weeks ago.  I never watch his television show, but Christian and I love Rick Bayless' food.  I'm a bit embarassed to say that we've often gone on a run to the Union Square's Macy's food court just to get his tortilla soup.  And when we were in Chicago last year we had brunch at Frontera Grill and were kicking ourselves for not hitting up his other places while we were there.  I honestly think if we had another night there we would have gone back to Frontera Grill for dinner as well!  The man knows his Mexican food...and as I've often said, we honestly both think we were Mexican in our previous lives.  So when I saw Rick Bayless quickly and easily whipping up homemade Green Chorizo and then making scrumptions looking tacos and a Mexican take on the traditional warm spinach and bacon salad I was hooked!
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.
Weekly Menu: February 26 – March 3, 2012
Sunday: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Monday: Grilled white fish with lemon sauce, rapini and brown rice
Tuesday: Leftovers: Soup
Wednesday: Blue cheese & spinach stuffed chicken with  roasted carrots & parsnips (DIY)
Thursday: Leftovers: stuffed chicken
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Easy Huevos Rancheros
This red lentil soup we're making on Sunday is one of our all-time favorites.  So simple but so yummy.  The recipe I've linked to looks almost exactly the same, except I would finely chop the carrot in the same size of the onion instead of slicing the carrot as the recipe says.  You also may want to double the recipe...it never seems to make enough.

We made this fish recipe a few weeks ago and it was so simple and yummy that we decided to make it again this week.  The chicken on Wednesday is a DIY dish inspired by some blue cheese we've had in the house for a while.  I'll just butterfly some chicken breasts, lay them open and pound them until about 1/2" thick  spread some blue cheese along the inside lay some spinach on top, close it up sprinkle with salt and pepper and then sauté the chicken in a bit of olive oil until cooked through.  For the carrots and parsnips I'll slice them into matchsticks, toss in some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder and roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Rest of the week is easy breezy...leftovers and one of our favorites breakfast for dinner on Saturday.