Weekly Menu: October 2-8, 2011
Sunday: Returning from Chicago...likely airport food ;(
Monday: SavoryGirl's Tortellini Soup
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon with Roasted Rapini & Cherry Tomatoes (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Tortellini Soup
Thursday: Lentil Country Supper
Friday: Leftovers: Lentil Country Supper
Saturday: Eat Out - something healthy, likely Sushi
So, we're back from our hectic & fun week of travels to Austin, Peoria & Chicago and back to our trusty weekly menus...and boy do we need it.  Between Austin's great BBQ and Tex-Mex and Chicago's Italian Beef's & Deep Dish we feel like we've been on all-meat diets for the past 9 days...yikes!  So while we're starting the week off with what I'll call healthy-comfort food (you gotta ease-in from the vacation food, ya know?), the rest of the week is focused on being healthy, light and meat free.

If you haven't made the DIY roasted rapini & cherry tomatoes yet it's one of our favorite easy veggies.  Just get a head of broccoli rabe/rapini, chop off the thick stalks and then rinse & chop up the leafy greens.  Throw them onto a deep roasting pan (covered with foil for easy clean-up), cherry tomatoes and season liberally with olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper and roast at 400 for about 15 minutes, stirring half way through.  Everything is done when the greens are wilted and starting to get a bit crispy and some of the tomatoes start to explode.  Yum.
Weekly Menu: September 25 – October 1, 2011
Sunday: In Austin - Michelle's Wedding!
Monday: In Austin
Tuesday: In Austin
Wednesday: In Peoria, IL for work
Thursday: In Peoria, IL for work
Friday: In Chicago
Saturday: In Chicago
I apologize...but you're on your own this week!  As you can see from above I'm traveling all week.  Of course, all of this travel means lots of good eating and exploring.  I've posted/will post our itineraries for both Austin & Chicago, so take a look here on the Gastronomic Globe Trotting page. If I'm missing anything you would recommend in either city I'd love to hear about it so I can try to add it in.    I'll add updates to each itinerary post when I return to let you know which ones were winners and which I would recommend you skip if you're heading to either city yourself sometime soon.

In the meanwhile, I hope you have a wonderful and tasty week...my menus will be back next week.  This week, feel free to use a menu from the past by scrolling through the menu archives, or try your hand at making a menu of your own.
Weekly Menu: September 18-24, 2011
Sunday: Porcini Parmesan Ravioli with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Wild Mushroom Risotto (from last week)
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: TRAVELING!  First night in Austin
Saturday: In Austin
So, we didn't quite make our 7 nights without eating out last week, sad and pathetic, I know.  But that means we have some risotto leftovers to use up this week.  We also have some leftover porcini paste from the risotto recipe that I want to use up so we're going to use it for a ravioli filling...totally DIY, so if it turns out any good I'll share the recipe!  But basically I'm just mixing it with mascarpone, Parmesan, salt, pepper & fresh parsley.  Put it inside some homemade pasta sheets and slather it with a sauce using some leftover spicy turkey sausage we have and canned roasted tomatoes.   The meatball recipe is one of our favorites that we've been making for years...healthy & delicious!
Weekly Menu: September 11-17, 2011
 
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
I love fall...the weather, Christian happy that football is back and the food that it inspires me to make.  Warm, soul satisfying dishes.  So that's what this week is about, the return of fall.  A new slow cooker meal to start the week off, our favorite roasted veggie side with our standard Monday fish dish, a hearty vegetarian egg dish and then a slow-cooked and deeply flavored risotto.  All while being pretty darn healthy if I do say so myself (even the risotto only has 2 TBS of butter!).  And you'll notice we don't have an "eating out" night built in as we usually do...we're trying to cut back for the next couple of weeks since we have trips to Austin & Chicago at the end of this month where we'll do a lot of eating out...but feel free to bump one of the dishes to next week if you don't need all 7 meals.  Enjoy!
Weekly Menu: September 4-10, 2011
 
Sunday: Tofu & Veggie Stir-Fry (DIY)
Monday: Labor Day BBQ!  see below...
Tuesday: Leftovers: Stir Fry
Wednesday: Julia’s Salmon en Papillote with wild rice & salad
Thursday: Eating Out: Suz’s Birthday at Zuni Cafe!
Friday: Orecchiette with Rapini & Sausage
Saturday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!  While most of the country is sad that summer is over, those of us in San Francisco are celebrating Labor Day knowing that our summer is just about to start...clear skies & warmer weather are hopefully just around the corner for us.  If we get at least one good enough BBQ day in the city this weekend, Christian and I will be making one last round of summer corn on the cob and Blue-Cheese stuffed burgers topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms  out at Chrissy Field on the waterfront near our house.  If not, we'll just move the BBQ indoors onto my cast iron grill pan! What are you doing this weekend?  I love to hear the different food traditions from around the country for this classic American holiday so if you're having a celebration share your menu for all of us to see...  
Weekly Menu: August 28 – September 3, 2011
 
Sunday: In San Diego
Monday: Suz Client Dinner, Christian frozen leftovers
Tuesday: Tofu & Veggie Stir-fry (DIY)
Wednesday: Suz Work Dinner, Christian Omelet
Thursday: Leftovers: Stir-fry
Friday: Christian's Posole Soup
Saturday: Leftovers: Posole
This week is a bit crazy...we fly back from San Diego Monday morning and then I have two work dinners.  So we're keeping it simple and leaning on some old favorites.  Feel free to dig back in the archives to fill the nights where this week's menu isn't helpful for your schedule!  
Weekly Menu: August 21-27, 2011
 
Sunday: Eggplant Putannesca Stacks with Roasted Balsamic Seasonal Veggies
Monday: Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Shrimp & Salad
Tuesday: Leftovers: Eggplant Putannesca
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orzo
Thursday: In San Diego
Friday: In San Diego
Saturday: In San Diego
The menu is a bit bare bones for those of you using it this week since we're heading down to San Diego to see our good friends Nancy & Adam and our little sister Katrin.  But fear not! There are 8 months of archived menus to dig back through for other ideas for the weekend if you're interested.

Both of the dishes we are making this week are old-time favorites of ours...the first one from our Almost Meatless cookbook (this is the cover recipe) and the second one actually comes from the book Animal Vegetable Miracle...which if you haven't read yet you definitely should!  It's an incredibly inspiring book and it has lots of good recipes throughout...we add grilled shrimp to this one to add a bit of protein, but otherwise it's fantastic.    
Weekly Menu: August 14-20 2011
 
Sunday: Camping in Tahoe: Leftover Brats & Corn Salad
Monday: Takeout on way home from Tahoe
Tuesday: Chicken Tacos, Roasted Red Pepper Salad & Refried Beans (DIY)
Wednesday: Summer Minestrone Soup
Thursday: Leftover Chicken: Quesadillas
Friday: Leftovers: Soup
Saturday: Eat Out: Incanto!
Weekly Menu: August 7-13 2011
 
Sunday: Roasted Tomato Soup with Spinach Pesto
Monday: Fish Fillets in Mole Verde with seasonal veggies
Tuesday: Curried Red Lentil, Kohlrabi & Couscous Salad
Wednesday: Leftovers: Soup
Thursday: Leftovers: Lentil Salad
Friday: Camping in Tahoe: Grilled Salmon with Ratatouille (DIY)
Saturday: Camping in Tahoe: Brats with Peppers & Onions and Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Jalepeño Salad (DIY)
This week we have pretty light and mostly vegetarian meals since we’re heading to Tahoe to go camping this weekend and I know we’ll have quite a bit of meat for dinner there. All of the links are to the actual recipes I’m using this week except for the Tomato Soup...the recipe I am using is actually from “Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever,” but I couldn’t find it online. The one I linked to here isn’t a slow cooker recipe and I’ve never used a recipe from this blog, but it looks yummy...so if you try it out let me know how it is!  
Weekly Menu: July 31st – August 6th 2011
 
Sunday: White Bean & Kale Soup
Monday: Salmon with Snap Peas, Yellow Peppers & Dill-Pistachio Pistou
Tuesday: Leftovers: Soup
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken “Parmigana” over rapini & tomatoes
Thursday: Spicy Thai Tofu with Red Bell Peppers & Peanuts
Friday: Leftovers: Grilled Chicken Tacos w/ Jalepeno Black Beans
Saturday: Eat Out
So, Christian has decided to fully commit himself to training for an Olympic distance triathlon...he’s been considering it for a while, but this week he’s decided it’s go-time! He’s done one sprint distance triathlon in the past with great results (especially considering he didn’t really train for the swimming or running!) and I’m sure he’ll kill this one too. Very exciting! So what does that mean for the weekly dinner menus? While I certainly think they’ve always been pretty healthy and balanced they’ll have to get even healthier! Not sure exactly how yet or what that means but we’ll learn as Christian gets deeper into his training...so stay tuned. In the meanwhile, enjoy my attempt at a lighter menu this week.  
Menu: July 24-30
Sunday: Salt & Pepper Rib Eye with Grilled Scallions and Tuscan Kale Caesar Slaw
Monday: Catalan Fish Stew with Pimenton Mayonnaise
Tuesday: “Grown Up” BLTs (DIY)
Wednesday: Leftovers: Fish Stew
Thursday: Leftovers: BLTs
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Eggs Benedict (DIY)
I'm excited about this week's menu...it's a little meat-heavier than usual but I've been making my way through my stack of Bon Appétit and Food & Wine Magazines and these recipes rose to the top.  So be it!

For the BLT, it was honestly the editor's letter to the August 2011 Bon Appétit magazine that inspired me...I can't seem to find it online but it should still be on newsstands so pick yourself up a copy.  The essence of it is that a BLT can be an amazing sandwich if you use unique and uber-fresh ingredients...and when it comes to amazing tomatoes now is the time to strike (heirloom, please!).  Be creative with the lettuces (arugula?), bread, and mayo/dressing too.  Lastly, don't skimp on the bacon get some of the good stuff from your local butcher shop, not the grocery store.  And if you want to add your favorite cheese, go for it!  Isn't your mouth watering just at the thought of it?  
Menu: July 17-23 2011
Sunday: Takeout on way home from Sacramento
Monday: Broiled White Fish with Candy-Stripe Beet & Carrot Slaw
Tuesday: Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter
Wednesday: Chicken Cutlets with Asparagus, Capers & Shallots
Thursday: Leftovers: Gnocchi
Friday: Leftovers: Chicken turned into quesadillas
Saturday: Eat Out
So you’ll notice there’s a repeat this week from last week....that’s because we ended up going to Sacramento for 2 nights so we didn’t end up making it but still have all of the ingredients. If you need a substitute meal feel free to dig back into the archives. Otherwise I’m pretty excited to try out this new slaw recipe from this month’s Bon Appétit and to bring one of our old summertime favorites back with this gnocchi and zucchini recipe from one of our favorite cookbooks - Eating Well in Season.    
Menu: July 10-July 16 2011
Sunday: Salmon Panzanella
Monday: Leftovers: Salmon Panzanella
Tuesday: Leftovers: Soup
Wednesday: Leftovers: Umbrian Lentil Soup from freezer (6/5/11 menu)
Thursday: Chicken Cutlets with Asparagus, Capers & Shallots
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Chicken turned into quesadillas
All of the recipes this week are really straightforward and simple which is good because life has been feeling a bit hectic lately and so I’ve had a hard time fitting in the gym this past week. Hopefully a simplified dinner week will help get me back in balance! For the DIY pasta night, I’m trying out Bon Appétit’s “perfect pasta” tips from their Italy Issue (May 2011)  
Menu: July 3-9 2011
  • Sunday: Camping @ Sequoia Natl. Park!
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  • Monday: Takeout on way home from Sequoia
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  • Tuesday: Shrimp & Avocado Omelets with Honey Butter Toast (DIY)
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  • Wednesday: Veggie Pasta (DIY)
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  • Thursday: Thai Coconut Curry Soup
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  • Friday: Leftovers: Soup
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  • Saturday: Eat Out
  •   This week is a bit haphazard with us just returning from our 3-night camping trip and getting back into the swing of things so mostly DIY easy meals and one soup from our Almost Meatless cookbook.  Have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!
    Menu: June 26-July 2 2011
    • Sunday: Frozen Chicken Leftovers with Cous Cous & Veggies
       
    • Tuesday: leftovers: Chicken leftovers
       
    • Thursday: leftovers: Quiche
     
    • Friday: Camping @ Sequoia Natl. Park! (Campfire Chicken Fajitas, Beans and Chips with Guacamole)
     
    • Saturday: Camping: Brats & Burgers with GriledCorn on the Cob
    So we’ve had a significant amount of leftovers in our freezer from a past menu for quite some time.  And since I have an all day board meeting on Sunday and we have a visitor in town on Saturday it seemed the perfect time to pull them out and use them up.  Otherwise we’re keeping it pretty simple this week since we’re heading out camping at the end of the week...
    Menu: June 19-25 2011
    Sunday: Lasagna w/ Asparagus, Leeks & Morels Monday: Fish in a Palace Way (SF Chronicle Cookbook Vol II)

    Tuesday: leftovers: Lasagna

    Wednesday: Slow Cooker Jamaican Chicken & Corn on the Cob

    Thursday: Shrimp & Avocado Omelets (DIY)

    Friday: leftovers: Chicken

    Saturday: Eat Out

    Unfortunately I couldn’t find the Monday or Wednesday exact recipes online to share.  For Monday, really just a simple broiled white fish with mango salsa a healthy grain and seasonal vegetable would be a perfect substitute for what we’re making.  
    Menu: June 12-18 2011
    Sunday: Braised Broccoli Rabe with Orecchiette & Sausage

    Monday: Roasted Salmon Citrus Salad

    Tuesday: Saigon Chicken Rice Soup

    Wednesday: leftovers: Orichetti

    Thursday: leftovers: Soup

    Friday: Nectarine & Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

    Saturday: Eat Out

    I actually think I found all of the exact recipes that I am using from my cookbooks online this week...so everything linked is accurate.  This Sunday’s meal is one of our absolute favorites...it makes an appearance almost monthly while Rapini is in season, enjoy!  
    Menu: June 5-11 2011
    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
    I actually think I found all of the exact recipes that I am using from my cookbooks online this week...so everything linked is accurate to what I’ll be cooking. I know it’s technically Summer, but it’s been awfully rainy and chilly in San Francisco lately so some good ‘ole lentil soup sounds perfect for a Sunday meal even if it is June!
    Weekly Menu: May 29-June 4, 2011
    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: YJI Fundraiser!
    Saturday: Ginger Pepper Salmon with CousCous and Seasonal Veggies
      While the recipes linked to above aren’t the exact ones I’m using this week (they’re from my cookbooks Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever and SF Chronicle Cookbook Volume II and aren’t online) they are pretty close and a good starting point for those of you who want to make these.  
    Weekly Menu: May 22-28, 2011
    Sunday: Beef Bulgur Bean Burgers & Baked Sweet Potato Fries
    Monday: Shrimp & Balsamic-Orange Onions
    Tuesday: Leftovers:Beef Bulgar Burgers
    Wednesday: Leftovers:Shrimp & Balsamic
    Thursday: Dirty Rice (DIY - see below)
    Friday: Early Dinner @ Lovejoys Tea House
    Saturday: Dinner @ Saha with Jen & Brent
    For Thursday's dinner, I'm using the term “dirty rice” loosley.  I typically don’t have chicken livers on hand (which is what puts the "dirty" in dirty rice.) so I just use leftover rice and mix it together with cooked sausage, ground chicken or beef or shrimp and some seasonings...usually including a bit of tomato paste, chili flakes and garlic.  I often throw in whatever veggies I have on hand to use them up as well.