Weekly Menu: February 19-25, 2012
Sunday: Pork Phanang Curry
Monday: Sautéed white fish with roasted sweet potatoes & brussels sprouts (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Curry
Wednesday: Homemade wheat pasta with tomatoes, basil & parmesan (DIY)
Thursday: Leftovers: Pasta
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Spinach, mushroom omeletes & honey toast (DIY)
Right around this time last year we were preparing for our big trip to Thailand so we were thinking it's about time to make the Pork Phanang Curry that we learned to make when we were in Chiang Mai.  We've made it a few times since returning, but it's been a few months now so good homemade Thai food is in order!  This recipe is pretty simple and super authentic...delicious!

We're keeping the rest of the week pretty simple with all DIY dishes so feel free to wing it like we'll do or look up some recipes for fish and pasta dishes online.  We have lots of homemade whole wheat pasta dough in our freezer so we'll thaw it out, cut it into spaghetti and make a homemade sauce based on the brilliant Bon Appétit tips for how to make a perfect pasta dish...no recipe required. Seriously, once you master this technique you'll never need a pasta recipe again.  It's that good and versatile!  Chritian's heading up to Sacramento to pick up a bike on Saturday so I'll just make myself a quick omelet with honey toast for dinner.  Nice and easy with minimal dishes.
Weekly Menu: February 12-18, 2012
Sunday: French Chicken in Vinegar Sauce with with Pepper-Spiked Polenta
Monday: Slow Cooker Confetti Split Pea & Smoked Sausage Soup
Tuesday: Valentine's Day: Mussels South of Two Borders with salad, bread and chocolate-dipped strawberries
Wednesday: Leftovers: French Chicken
Thursday: Leftovers: Split Pea Soup
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: frozen vegetarian cassoulet from last week
This French Chicken recipe is one of our all-time favorites...of course it doesn't hurt that it's served over creamy and delicious polenta either!  The key to making this chicken amazing is to use high quality aged basalmic vinegar.  It should be the thick and syrupy kind, not the thin watery kind we all grew up using.  Once you use the good stuff, you'll never go back, I promise!

We've been on a slow cooker kick lately since we've both been really busy...this week it's a split pea and smoky sausage soup. Christian doesn't love split pea soup, but I do...so I keep trying to find a recipe that he will fall in love with as well!  For Valentine's Day we like to keep it simple and intimate at home.  Last year we had a really nice dinner with tomato-cilantro mussels, salad, bread and chocolate dipped strawberries so to be honest we're just going to do the same thing again this year!  Switching it up to a new mussels recipe, but otherwise pretty much the same deal.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

We're finishing off the week by reaching into our freezer for some leftovers from last week.  Nice and simple but still homemade.  Just how we like it.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone....I hope you have a great day filled with laughter and love!
Weekly Menu: February 5-11, 2012
Sunday: Superbowl!  Mini Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Monday: Vegetarian Cassoulet with Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach Salad
Tuesday: Grilled Halibut with Lemon Sauce, Bulgur & Mustard Greens
Wednesday: Leftovers: Cassoulet
Thursday: Coriander Chicken Tostadas with Grilled Fennel
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Chicken Tostadas
Oh, the big day is here!  Time for lots of screaming at the T.V., nervous drinking and indulgent eating while we watch our Pat's in their 7th Super Bowl.  Since I'm a New Englander I actually want to watch the game, which means that I need relatively easy food for our Super Bowl party.

So for Super Bowl Sunday I'm making some ridiculously good (and somewhat healthier than wings) Mini Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs since I can make them in advance and then just cook them off at the last minute.  I'll also probably make a slow cooker Mac & Cheese, chips and homemade guacamole decorated like a football field and put out a veggie plate.  Add some beer, bubbly, Pat's gear and good friends and you have yourself a Super Bowl party!

To make up for the Sunday indulgence we're trying to keep the rest of the week relatively light.  So instead of a traditional meat-laden cassoulet we're making a vegetarian version and then a nice, simple fish dinner with healthy grains and greens.  Then we're finishing the week off with a bit of Mexican flair....this recipe calls for homemade refried beans, which are easy enough and yummy but feel free to use low-fat canned ones if you're in a rush.

Go Pat's!
Weekly Menu: January 29 – February 4, 2012
Sunday: Mushroom, Onion & Gruyere Quiche with Sweet Potato Homefries (DIY)
Monday: Steamed Black Cod with Soy-Chili Sauce, Bok Choy & Rice
Tuesday: Leftovers: Quiche
Wednesday: Broccoli Rabe Orecchiette
Thursday: Christian's Posole Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Saturday: Leftovers: Posole
It's been a while since we've had quiche and I have some leftover pie dough in the freezer from the holidays so we thought it would make a nice easy Sunday meal.  There are lots of quiche recipes out there...my one recommendation when looking for one is to pick one that uses heavy cream in it.  Yes, I know...not as healthy but I really think it makes for the best quiche.  The beauty of quiche is that you can really put whatever you want into it so the options are endless. We'll go with sauteéd mixed mushrooms, onion and gruyere this time.

Our sweet potato homefries are an old standby...we partially bake the potatoes first so they're soft, but still hold their structure when you cut them up into cubes.  Then we sauteé some onions in a bit of butter and oil, add the potatoes with some salt, pepper and rosemary and let them cook for about 10 minutes without stirring.  Then check to see if they're getting crispy on the bottom, if so, they're ready to stir so you can get them crispy on the other sides.  Leave alone again until crispy on the bottom, etc... Keep doing this until they're crispy enough on all sides for you....adding more butter/oil as needed.  In total it usually takes ours about 30 minutes once we start sauteing.

We had one extra meal planned than we actually needed last week (I forgot I had a board meeting & Christian had dinner plans with a friend) so we're making the fish dish from last week this week instead.  The rest of the week finishes off with two of our absolute favorite dishes that you see on our menus quite often.  Broccoli Rabe Orecchietti and Christian's Posole Soup.   Yummm-mmy!
Weekly Menu: January 22-28, 2012
Sunday: Order in Pizza for the Playoffs!
Monday: Steamed Black Cod with Soy-Chile Sauce, Bok Choy & Rice
Tuesday: Grilled Sirloin Steak, Baked Sweet Potato & Sauteed Spinach with Garlic & Chili Flakes
Wednesday: Leftovers: Steak turned into DIY Steak Tacos with Grilled Scallions & Avocado
Thursday: Slow Cooker Bean & Pasta Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Soup
Saturday: In Sacramento for our Nephew's birthday
Go Patriots! Our Pat's are in the Playoffs so Sunday is all about pizza and beer so we can focus on the games.  I say games, plural, because we do live in San Francisco after all, so while we are tried and true Pat's fans we're pretty excited for the 49ers as well.  It would be amazing for this city and our household if those two teams made it into the SuperBowl...although let's be honest, all Pat's fans kind of want a re-match with the Giants. Our fish dish for Monday is Asian inspired and a new one for us.  We may not be able to find Black Cod (or want to pay for it) so we'll likely substitute another firm whitefish...Black Cod is also known as sablefish & butterfish if you're looking for it.  On Tuesday we're going to cook up another one of our Omaha Steaks that we got for Christmas...but we'll make it stretch for 2 meals to spread the red meat goodness out a bit.  Then to finish the week off, a nice vegetarian soup from my favorite Slow Cooker cookbook.  
Weekly Menu: January 15-21, 2012
Sunday: Ginger Pepper Salmon
Monday: Vegetarian Lasagna
Tuesday: Lentil Country Supper
Wednesday: Leftovers: Lasagna
Thursday: Leftovers: Lentil Country Supper
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Beef Udon Noodle Soup (DIY)
So, in theory this week is a healthy week...full of vegetarian dishes and seafood. In reality though, there is a bit of butter in the salmon dish and the lasagna is drowning in Alfredo sauce and cheese. Lentil country supper...über healthy though, I swear! We've made this salmon dish from our SF Chronicles cookbook before and it's really quite good. Some may think it covers up the flavor of the salmon too much, but we eat salmon a lot so we need a change every once in a while. The veggie lasagna is one of our favorites of Christian's moms...so it's soul satisfying food for us. A little piece of home. We started making Lentil Country Supper about 5 years ago...got it from a magazine, but no idea which to be honest. It's one of those dishes that is so stupidly simple but for some reason amazingly good in it's rustic flavors. We were addicted from the very first time we made it. For the DIY night, I typically dry toast about 1 tsp of chinese five-spice powder in a pot for 30 seconds and then add beef broth and a few slices of ginger and let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, shred some carrots and cabbage and then slice up some good mushrooms. Add them to the broth along with 2-3 packages of udon noodles (you can find them in the produce section of your grocer...near the tofu) and cook according to the package. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle on some thinly sliced scallions and there you go...delicious and easy Asian-inspired soup!
Weekly Menu: January 8-14, 2012
Sunday: Lentil Dal with Bitter Greens & Curried Butternut Squash
Monday: Eggs in Purgatory with Artichoke Hearts & Capers over Polenta
Tuesday: Leftovers: Lentil Dal
Wednesday: Leftovers: Eggs in Purgatory
Thursday: Pork Chops with Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Pork & Kale Salad
This is going to be a yummy week.  The lentil dal dish from my old, worn Cooking Light cookbook is a really nice vegetarian dish.  Filling, nicely flavored and perfect for this time of year.  For the butternut squash just chop it up in cubes and coat with olive oil, curry powder, salt and pepper.  Roast it at 450 for about 25 minutes, or until soft.

You all know I love eggs for dinner, and this recipe is no exception.  The recipe actually calls for potatoes in the dish, but we like to leave them out (Christian hates potatoes....un-American, I know!) and serve it over polenta to make it even more filling.  If you want to go with the original recipe, just serve it with some hearty toast.

Lastly, we got an Omaha Steaks variety pack gift over the holidays so we have some nice pork chops in the freezer.  We thought we'd pair them with that delicious Kale & Brussels Sprout salad that was such a hit over Thanksgiving this year.  We're both really looking forward to having that again, healthy, easy & delicious!!  
Weekly Menu: January 1-7, 2012
Sunday: Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Poached Eggs & Sauteed Spinach
Monday: Mushroom & Herb Potage
Tuesday: Salmon with Orange-Chili bulgar and Roasted Winter Veggies (DIY)
Wednesday: Tofu Veggie Stir Fry
Thursday: Leftovers: Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Stir Fry
Saturday: Eat Out
Happy New Year!  Time to welcome in 2012 by reintroducing veggies and other healthy foods into the diet!  I don't know about you, but these past few weeks have been super indulgent in the Henricksen household and while the holidays were fantastic, we're ready to get back on track.   So, as we always do we'll be starting off the New Year with black-eyed peas for good luck in 2012...it's a new recipe and I'm turning it into a breakfast style dinner but I think it will be yummy.  To be honest, I might use canned black-eyed peas to keep it a bit more simple :)

The soup dish for Monday is new...and while the website I've found with the recipe doesn't source properly, I originally found it in my Debrah Mayhew Soup cookbook (one of my favorites).  Yes, it has some bacon in it, but we have to ease our way back into this whole healthy thing, right?!  Tuesday and Wednesday are old stand-by DIY dishes for us...roasted winter veggies will likely be parsnips, brussels sprouts & sweet potatoes.  I hope you are as excited about stepping into this new year as we are...here's to 2012 being the best year yet!    
Weekly Menu: December 25-31, 2011
Sunday: Christmas Roast “Beast” with Mashed Potatoes & Spinach
Monday: Salmon with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes (DIY)
Tuesday: LEFTOVERS: Roast Beef Au Jus Sandwiches
Wednesday: Christian’s Posole
Thursday: LEFTOVERS: Posole
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: New Year’s Eve Osso Bucco & Cheesy Polenta
Ah, Christmas...in my household growing up that always meant a "Roast Beast," so that's what Christian and I do now.  This year I'll likely do some kind of rosemary horseradish crust (something like this one), cook it medium rare and serve it with a side of the delicious mashed potatoes that I made on Thanksgiving and some spinach sauteéd with garlic and red pepper.  For the rest of the week we'll keep it pretty simple with one of our favorite healthy fish dishes and another one of our favorites, Christian's yummy Posole soup.

For New Year's Eve we have a tradition of splurging one last time for the year and making the Italian classic, Osso Bucco.  It's one of those amazing dishes that cooks all day and makes your house smell amazing.  We go completely traditional and use veal shanks (I know, I know...judge away) but you can absolutely make this with beef shanks as well.  We serve it with a super decadent cheesy polenta and usually a dark leafy green or salad.  The kale brussels sprout salad we made for Thanksgiving would go nicely now that I think of it.

One last big Happy Holidays wish to you and yours...and if you managed to cook at home even just a bit more than usual this year, congratulations!  If not, there's always next year!  Check back here first thing in 2012 to join me as I embark on a new year of fun recipes, menus and home cooking...
Weekly Menu: December 18th-24th, 2011
Sunday: Crab Season at Home!
Monday: Tortellini Soup
Tuesday: Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday: LEFTOVERS: Tortelini Soup
Thursday: Eat Out before the Nutcracker
Friday: LEFTOVERS: Chicken & Dumplings
Saturday: Christmas Eve Fondue!
The sugar haze from Saturday's cookie party now over, it's time to forge ahead into the week before Christmas, and boy do I have some treats for you!  It is Crab Season here in San Francisco so we're going to go buy a few live crabs down in Chinatown and cook them up here at home.  We'll probably keep it simple and serve with a lemon garlic butter, crusty french bread and a nice big salad of some sort.  Monday and Tuesday we're keeping the feeling of home alive at the holidays with two old family recipes that I grew up eating...who doesn't need a bit of comfort food this time of year?  Especially when you're 3000 miles away from family!

The end of the week starts to pick back up with lots of holiday cheer.  We're going to the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker on Thursday so we'll likely have a quick dinner out beforehand.  Then on Saturday, we have another one of our holiday traditions...Fondue on Christmas Eve, often accompanied by Lambrusco and good old-fashioned board games.  When we do Fondue we do all 3 courses...cheese, meat/seafood and chocolate.  A bit indulgent, but oh so fun with the T.V. fire crackling and the tree lit behind us.  Whatever your tradition may be, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve surrounded by loved ones and holiday cheer!    
Weekly Menu: December 11-17, 2011
Sunday: Roasted Pear & Butternut Squash Soup with Stilton
Monday: Grilled Fish & Bean Tacos with spicy sautéed spinach
Tuesday: Leftovers: Soup
Wednesday: DIY Egg Dish (Suz @ Board Meeting)
Thursday: Pot Roast Italiano
Friday: Leftovers: Pot Roast
Saturday: ANNUAL COOKIE PARTY!!
Tonight's soup is one of our all-time favorites! It's so easy and so, super delicious.  The pot roast recipe is a new one from my slow cooker cookbook, and while I wasn't always a big fan of traditional pot roast growing up this one sounds like it could change my opinion.  The recipe linked here isn't the same one I'm using (since I couldn't find it online), but it's pretty close except for the fact that mine is done in a slow cooker.

Finally, Saturday is the Henricksen Cookie Party, an annual holiday tradition that we've been doing for at least 5 years.  Christian's family did it growing up and it was so much fun that we've adopted it as one of our own traditions...everyone brings freshly made cookies to eat and swap and I provide lots of savory snacks (cheese platter!) to balance us out.  Homemade spiked apple cider and Glögg (mulled wine) are also a mandatory ingredient to the fun...love the Holiday Season!
Weekly Menu: December 4-10, 2011
Sunday: Cheese Souffle & Roasted Red Pepper Salad (DIY)
Monday: Orange Fennel Steamed Salmon with Roasted Winter Veggies
Tuesday: Leftovers: Souffle
Wednesday: Easy Egg Dish (DIY)
Thursday: Taco Night (DIY)
Friday: Leftovers: Tacos
Saturday: Eat Out
We didn't quite make it to our fish dish last week, but since we have all of the ingredients except for the salmon we're just going to roll it over into this week's menu...feel free to peruse the fish/seafood archives if you need to find another meal to swap in.  I'm not sure I've ever made a souffle, although Christian insists that I have. Either way I'm a a bit nervous about it falling, but I'm sure it will be yummy even if it isn't pretty. The French Chicken, on the other hand, is something we've been making for at least 8 years...really good and pretty darn easy. Of course, you know Taco Night is a favorite in the Henricksen house as well. Have a great week!
Weekly Menu: November 27 – December 3, 2011
Sunday: Use leftover crudite  to make DIY Asian Noodle soup
Monday: White Bean & Kale Soup
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Thanksgiving Spicy Cranberry Sauce, Rice & Seasonal Veggie (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Chicken
Thursday: Leftovers: Soup
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Orange Fennel Steamed Salmon with Roasted Winter Veggies
Feeling a little guilty after my indulgent Thanksgiving weekend in Palm Springs (we had 12 desserts for 14 people!)...so we're going to try our best to get our appetites back to normal this week and make homemade healthy meals.  The soup and Salmon dishes are two of our favorite healthy meals in the winter, while the chicken dish is inspired by the crazy delicious leftover Cranberry-Red Pepper Jelly we made for Thanksgiving.  If you had as much good eating as I did over the past few days, good luck in your own efforts to get back on track, it's always hard this time of year but sticking to a simple & healthy dinner meal plan sure is helpful!  
Weekly Menu: November 20-26, 2011
Sunday: Veggie Pasta (DIY)
Monday: Huevos Rancheros (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: Pasta
Wednesday: Pizza Welcome Party in Palm Springs!
Thursday: THANKSGIVING!
Friday: Leftovers: Turkey Day Fixin's
Saturday: Eat Out in Palm Springs and/or Backyard BBQ
The countdown is on...only 4 days until Thanksgiving!  So that means this is an easy DIY-focused cooking week except for the big day.  I'd rather spend my time throughout the week prepping and doing some early cooking for Turkey day than making elaborate meals for dinner, so that's what we'll do.  We're heading to Palm Springs with 11 of our good friends for the holiday and it's going to be delicious & indulgent in your typical SavoryGirl style (menu, prep schedule & shopping list linked above!).  Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a fabulous, delicious, fun and safe holiday weekend.  Mangia, Mangia!  
Weekly Menu: November 13-19, 2011
Sunday: Ordered Pizza to celebrate Christian’s triathlon!
Monday: Lemon, Shrimp & Arugula Pasta (DIY from stuff we have on hand)
Tuesday: Healthy take-out from the grocery store
Wednesday: Heirloom Squash Farrotto
Thursday: Meet friends out for dinner
Friday: Leftovers: Farrotto
Saturday: Eat Out for a friend's birthday
SavoryGirl confessional here.  We don't always manage to stick to our menus as planned and this last week was one where we kind of failed miserably.  We only managed to make one dish off the menu (the curry which was easy and delish!) simply because it was a super busy weekend with Christian's triathlon (he did fantastic by the way!) and we didn't actually make it to the grocery store until Tuesday.

So, I thought I'd share what we actually ended up eating last week as this week's menu. The only difference is that I substituted in the new recipe we're adding to last week's menu to take the place of the curry for you to try out...the Heirloom Squash Farroto.   For the DIY pasta we honestly just scourged our cupboards and fridge to come up with that dish and it turned out really well!

I know this week's menu isn't super helpful since there's a lot of eating out, but take it as an excuse to get creative on your own...and of course share any success you have!  
Weekly Menu: November 6-12, 2011
Sunday: Potato & Portobello Mushroom Casserole
Monday: Baked Flounder with Tomatoes & Basil
Tuesday: Leftovers: Fish
Wednesday: Leftovers: Casserole
Thursday: Pork Phanang Curry
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Curry
I'm pretty excited about this Sunday's recipe...it's a Hubert Keller recipe and I still have such fond memories from our time eating at his restaurant, Fleur de Lys, for our 5 year anniversary.  He's also technically a neighbor of ours here in the Marina, so we have a bit of a soft spot for him and his recipes.    The fish dish is a new one, but sounds simple, healthy and tasty to start the week off right.  The Phanang Curry is a recipe from our cooking class in Thailand...it's been a while since we've made one of those dishes so we're pretty excited to bring back some flavors from that fabulous vacation.  Have a good week!  
Weekly Menu: October 30 – November 5, 2011
Sunday: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut & Apples
Monday: Lemon-Dill Halibut with seasonal vegetables & brown rice (DIY)
Tuesday: Poached Eggs with Mushrooms, Tomatoes & Toast Points
Wednesday: Leftovers: Pork Chops
Thursday: Leftovers: Poached Eggs Dish
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Carb Loading for Christian! Homemade Pici & Roasted Red Pepper Salad (DIY)
One week left until Christian's triathlon!  Which means we have a nice carb-loading meal scheduled in for the end of this week...one of my all-time favorite homemade pasta recipes, pici!  Otherwise we're keeping it relatively simple and healthy this week with minimal fat and meat.  I always love breakfast for dinner, so I'm pretty excited to try out Tuesday's new recipe and the new fall-inspired slow cooker recipe on Sunday seems like a perfect way to finish off the month of October.  Have a great week and keep your fingers crossed for Christian next Sunday!  
Weekly Menu: October 23-29, 2011
Sunday: Christian’s Birthday Dinner: Bacon Wrapped Scallops w/  Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes and Cheesy Polenta (DIY)
Monday: Taco Night with Spicy Brussel Sprouts (DIY)
Tuesday: Salmon over Warm Lentil, Apple & Walnut Salad
Wednesday: Leftovers: Tacos
Thursday: Chickpea Soup with Kale & Diavolicchio
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Soup
So we're back on schedule with the menus again with no trips planned out of town until Thanksgiving!  This week is a good one, because we're starting it off with Christian's birthday so I'm making him his requested dinner and then we're going old-school with a good 'ole family taco night.  Haven't done that in a while, so we're looking forward to it...we usually make our tacos with ground turkey and homemade seasonings so their a bit healthier and we control the salt.

The rest of the week is getting us into the Fall spirit with one new Salmon recipe (I'll let you know what I think!) and one of our favorite soups from The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook (Vol II).  The diavolicchio in this recipe is basically red-pepper flake infused olive oil...it's super easy to make and insanely addictive.  We always make extra so we can slather it on everything in our house for weeks.  Yum!  
Weekly Menu: October 16-22, 2011
Sunday: In Orlando, FL for work
Monday: In Orlando
Tuesday: In Orlando
Wednesday: In Orlando
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Leftovers: Shrimp & Parmesan Grits
Saturday: Eat Out
Oh, I'm sorry to say that you're on your own again this week...I'm heading to a conference for work so most of this week's menu is non-existent, but feel free to go back to menu archives and fill in the blanks.  After this I'm back until Thanksgiving though...so there shouldn't be anymore interruptions to the menu.  And speaking of Thanksgiving...stay tuned, good stuff planned, I'm cooking for 12!
Weekly Menu: October 9-15, 2011
Sunday: Chicken Curry Udon Noodle Soup (DIY...see thoughts below)
Monday: Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf with late season corn on the cob
Tuesday: Leftovers: Soup
Wednesday: Leftovers: Meatloaf
Thursday: Orecchiette with Cauliflower, Anchovies & Fried Croutons with Farmer's Market Shishito Peppers
Friday: Leftovers: Orecchiette with a side salad
Saturday: Eat Out
We're getting back into the swing of things this week with a few favorites and one new recipe that I've been wanting to try for a while.  The Chicken Curry Udon Noodle Soup is inspired by some of the delicious dishes we've had at one of our favorite restaurants...Noodle Theory.  To make it we're going to riff off of two of our own favorite recipes (Thai Chicken Noodle Soup & Khao Soi) and use Udon which we're both kind of obsessed with these days.  We're pretty excited about the idea of this soup, so if it comes out well I'll post the recipe we end up creating.  The meatloaf recipe is an oldie but a goodie...one we've been making from way back in our early living together days.

Orecchiette is one of our favorite pastas so when I stumbled upon this Bon Appetit recpe a while back I made note of it, so I'll let you know how it turns out.  We also saw some beautiful shishito peppers at our farmer's market which seemed like a nice appetizer/side to go along with the orecchiette dish....they're very en vogue these days showing up on pretty much every appetizer menu we see from Zuni Cafe here in San Francisco to Girl & the Goat in Chicago.  They're so super delicious and so easy to make...just sautee them up in some olive oil salt and pepper until they start to blister a bit and eat them whole.  Yum!