October 13th, 2013 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

Weekly DINNER Menu Sign


Grilled Korean~Style Steak with Spicy Cilantro Sauce  |  Green Beans   |  Roasted Baby Red Potatoes


Parmigiano~Pumpkin Soup * |  Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese, Granny Smith Apple, Spinach & Dijon Mustard Sandwiches *


Grilled Sambal Chicken Thighs  |  Kale & Butternut Squash Salad *


{Slow~Cooker} Pulled Pork Tacos * |  Sweet Chili Cabbage Slaw *


Sausage Risotto


Oaxacan Black Mole *  |  Pork Enchiladas with Sour Cream & Cilantro *

{ * New Recipe  }

“…the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”  ~  Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Before I begin, let me just share with you how pleased I am with myself for remembering that quote {thank you Mr. Riccagni…my 9th grade English teacher…a devotée of Dickens} from SO many years ago.  Admittedly, a bit of an abbreviated version of what actually appears in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations {Mr. Dickens was actually describing spring}, but it so perfectly describes our current season here in Northern California.  Growing up in New England, the transition from summer to autumn seemed to happen, seamlessly, over such a short time…a weekend at the beach on Long Island Sound in September gave way to a drive north to Putney, Vermont for apple-picking, cider-tasting and a tour of the changing leaves by Columbus Day {snow possibly falling by Thanksgiving}.  But, here in the San Francisco Bay area, that seasonal transition is much more gradual.  I am hardly complaining, mind you…clear skies, sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s followed by fog, wind, earlier dusk and temperatures that fuel a fire in the fireplace by dinner time.  This seasonal indecision, however, leaves me bouncing back and forth between outdoor grilling and crockpot soups for our dinners.  So there you have it, the explanation for this week’s dinner menu which fluctuates between steak & chicken on the grill and pumpkin & pork in the slow~cooker.  Whatever the weather is where you are...ENJOY…for in a few short weeks we will set the clocks back and begin the journey into winter.

A few notes on this week’s menu…

SUNDAY:  As I have said before, this recipe for Korean~Style Steak & Spicy Cilantro Sauce is a family favorite.  A wonderful dinner entrée and the leftover meat makes AMAZING sandwiches for lunch tomorrow.  Tonight, the steak is accompanied by steamed green beans and herb~roasted baby red potatoes

Korean Steak 2 Collage

MONDAY:  Tonight we are taking the dinner show inside and enjoying a savory {not sweet} pumpkin soup.  Sandwiches made with sourdough bread, aged cheddar, tart green apples and this  homemade grainy mustard will be pressed on the griddle to accompany this savory soup packed with herbs.


TUESDAY:  This recipe, previously enjoyed as kebabs, reappears on our dinner menu using skinless, boneless chicken thighs saving the step of skewering.  A new kale salad, incorporating seasonal butternut squash, will be served alongside the chicken.

Sambal chicken kale Collage

WEDNESDAY:  An inexpensive pork shoulder roast will be coated with Homemade Taco Seasoning and put into the slow~cooker for the day.  The tender meat will be used to stuff tacos topped with a Sweet Chili~seasoned cabbage slaw.


THURSDAY:  Another family favorite, this risotto is a one-bowl wonder of a dinner…

Intro Collage

FRIDAY:  An authentic mole, complete with spices and chocolate, will simmer all day and then top enchiladas stuffed with the leftover shredded pork from Wednesday evening as well as sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.  This is the recipe I am most excited about this week!


Have a Wonderful Week Everyone!

K Initial

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