April 6th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu



Grilled, Spiced Steak  *  |  Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts & Paprika  *  |  Parsley & Mint Tabbouleh  *


Spaghetti tossed with Kale Pesto  *


Honey, Lemon & Garlic Baked Chicken Wings  |  Kale Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing


Miso Soup with Turmeric  *  |  Honey, Lemon & Garlic Chicken Wings  |  Spiced Strawberries with Yogurt  *


Mushroom Risotto  *  |  Mixed Greens with Lemon Vinaigrette  


Glazed Salmon with Vodka~Infused Citrus Sauce  *  |  Miso Roasted Asparagus  *   |  Brown Rice

{  *  denotes a new recipe  }

Home…all of us together, no morning alarms, no travel plans, no conference calls for work made this weekend nothing shy of glorious.  This past week found us playing catch-up {following a 5~day trip to Southern California with the girls and their horses} both here at home as well as at school and Michael’s week was brutally busy at the office.  Too many things going on and not enough sleep have been the underlying theme in our household for the past two weeks…until now.  The smell of freshly brewing coffee, the sound of a gentle surf outside our bedroom window and brilliant sunshine pulled me out of bed yesterday morning instead of the usual alarm which pierces the cold, dark, silent early morning hours during the week.  While the children slept in {three teenagers, mind you} like you could only dream about and hope for one day when they were infants and toddlers, Michael and I enjoyed coffee outside on our deck drenched in sunshine.  Several days of rain {and a good night’s sleep} left everything sparkling…the blue waters below us and the trees around us with bright green new leaves and colorful buds.  After pouring myself a very rare second cup of coffee, I picked up my iPad with no intention other than to casually browse some of the unread magazine issues that have been piling up in my newsstand file.

First up in the queue…the March 2014 issue of Town & Country.  I have been reading this magazine, faithfully, since I was a teenager and the first stop on tour of each new issue is always the horoscopes.  I tuned in a bit late, with March having come and gone, but I wanted to compare reality with what the stars had predicted.  As it turns out, there was a shift in Saturn on the 2nd that I completely missed and “Mars’ backward motion in Libra” also went undetected.  Jupiter was in my “favor” this month promising that I will go “far” {does Temecula, California count?} and, finally, “Venus squaring Saturn on the 29th” hit the nail on the head with the message: “it’s time to take a well~deserved break.”  For nearly half of an hour I got lost in pages of dreamy gowns, extravagant jewels, a visit with the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire at her home, Chatsworth, and a quick tally of the “Martha Stewart vs. Nigella Lawson” scorecard in the domestic diva category left me firmly planted in Lawson’s camp {I’ll take chocolate over crafting ceramics as a coping mechanism any day of the week}.  

Flipping through the pages of the March issue of Food & Wine pulled my head out of the clouds and into the kitchen, more specifically, the kitchens of Reem Acra, Curtis Stone & Heidi Swanson.  Maybe it was my recent dip into the world of luxury and design that lured me into the home of fashion designer Reem Acra but once I arrived I was totally taken with the simple Middle Eastern recipes she shared from her own kitchen.  Sitting in the warm, Spring sun, I found myself craving preserved lemon, a creamy hummus and Persian~spiced meat from the grill.  In a different LA kitchen, Curtis Stone cooked from the heart and paid homage to his “Granny Maude” sharing one of her recipes that caught my eye, Linguine with Kale, Lemon & Walnuts.  Finally, stunning photos of a golden Miso Soup with Turmeric and Spiced Strawberries with Yogurt had me sold even before I knew they were from one of my favorite “foodists” {NOT foodies, mind you}, Heidi Swanson.  And so began the makings of this week’s dinner menu…

A few notes on this week’s menu:

SUNDAY:  Taking inspiration from Reem Acra’s recipe for Hummus With Spiced Beef & Pine Nuts, I decided to turn her mezze dish into a dinner by using this Baharat Spice Mix as a dry rub for NY strip steaks and then grilling and thinly slicing the meat and serving with the hummus and toasted pine nuts as well as her herb~heavy, Parsley~Mint Tabbouleh.

MONDAY:  One of our meatless meals actually falls on Monday this week and I will be tweaking Curtis Stone’s Linguine with Kale, Lemon & Walnuts recipe just a tad by using spaghetti noodles and substituting pine nuts for the walnuts called for in Stone’s version, as both the noodles and pine nuts are currently sitting in my pantry.

TUESDAY:  These Honey, Lemon & Garlic {Baked} Chicken Wings have become a fast favorite of ours and have gone directly to the top of our list of favorite chicken wings recipes.  They are EASY…wings marinate overnight and then bake in the oven for about 45 minutes…that’s it!  A simple salad and this Creamy Miso Dressing turn finger food into a meal.


WEDNESDAY:  One of the best things about those Honey, Lemon & Garlic {Baked} Chicken Wings is how great they taste the next day, either warmed up a bit or even served cold.  Making a double batch of the wings yesterday meant plenty of leftovers {and an easy dinner} for tonight.  Heidi Swanson’s Miso Soup With Turmeric {minus the tofu} adds bold color to our dinner plate and marks the welcome return of soup to our weekly dinner menu.  I am tweaking her Spiced Strawberries With Yogurt just a bit by substituting crushed coriander seed {borrowing from this Red Fruit Salad} in place of the caraway seed for a healthy dessert this evening.

THURSDAY:  This mushroom risotto found a spot on our dinner menu last week but never made it to the table.  Instead, I landed a date with my husband on Friday evening and, along with his charming personality and engaging company, I enjoyed a lovely glass of prosecco and an absolutely spectacular dish featuring Corvina sea bass with lemon, capers, cherry tomatoes and herbs kissed with white wine served up by the talented Chef Renzo at Luna Blue, the newest {and very welcome addition} to the Tiburon restaurant scene.  If you are local, or visiting our neck of the woods, you need to give this dining gem a try.

Date Night Collage

FRIDAY:  We thoroughly enjoyed this citrus glazed salmon and miso roasted asparagus dinner before my trip with the girls to Southern California last week but didn’t have the chance to share it with you at the time.  The kids have requested it again for dinner so look for the recipes here later in the week.

Salmon Asparagus Collage

Have a wonderful week everyone!

K Medium




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