Weekly Eats

The latest installment of my week in food:


Lunch: Local sausage from Sausage Craft, cheese grits and a fried egg. I also ate some leftover veggies with mine.

Dinner: Tacos with ground turkey, homemade taco seasoning, lettuce, cilantro, salsa, cheese, sour cream, diced onions, pickled jalapenos. Whew…I think that’s everything!


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Roasted bok choy (with a bit of mirin tossed in when it was done). Sauteed yellow squash. Roasted shrimp. Soba noodles rinsed in cold water, drained well and tossed with sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and sesame seeds. Served separately and eaten together like a deconstructed noodle bowl. 


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Roasted chicken breasts (on the bone) served with leftover veggies.


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Seared salmon served with braised cabbage and sweet potato, walnut and goat cheese quinoa salad.


Lunch: Tarrants Cafe!

Dinner: Chili and cornbread muffins for the boys. It’s book club night for me! That means awesome snacks and wine pot luck style! We read The Husband’s Secret which I finished in just a day and a half. Unanticipated and eventful. A good book!


Lunch: Leftovers

Valentine's centerpiece

Dinner: Some our friends rotate what they call “family dinner” every Friday night. We haven’t participated in a while (like Thanksgiving!) but I offered to host on Valentine’s day. It’s a horrible night to go out to eat and since we always go out we like to save nights like this for the amateurs! We grilled flank steak. I made chimichurri again since it turned out SO good last week. I roasted brussel sprouts and asparagus. Made shrimp, tarragon and arugula pasta. My friend Ashley brought a salad. Also…BANANA CREAM PIE!!!!!!!!


Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Thin crust pizza from Bottom’s Up…delivery!


My mom and I both bought the same recipe book from a Southern Living At Home party a few years ago; The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. I made a Boston Cream Pie out of it recently but there are a few recipes in this book that have turned up again and again at family get-togethers…namely this Ratatouille and a Black Bean and Corn Salsa. My mom and sisters and I made this Ratatouille together last weekend and served it with a thai marinated flank steak (recipe to come soon) and it was GONE. No leftovers. Seven people and a baby made short work of the whole pot of stew. Since I didn’t get enough last weekend and the farmer’s market had all the right ingredients I decided to make it again.

Almost everything that went into the Ratatouille was from the farmer’s market that I shopped at yesterday (with the exception of the red onion and the wine and spices). The beer was to help me get through all of the chopping involved for this dish 🙂

The finished stew:

It was so hard to take this picture and have to wait a minute to dig my spoon into the veggy-goodness.


Slightly Adapted From The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

  • 1 large eggplant (I used 5 small eggplant), cubed
  • 1 large zucchini (1 used 2-3 smaller ones), cubed
  • 2 medium yellow squash, cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 peppers (red, yellow, green), coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomato wedges (I used a large pint of fresh grape tomatoes cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese and pitted black olives, for garnish


  • Saute first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Add peppers, onion and garlic and saute for another 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, wine and spices and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaf.
  • Serve with olives and some grated parmesan cheese. Can be served hot or cold. I prefer it warm. Makes great leftovers!!

Farmer’s Market picks

Travis and I took a short ride to our local South of the James farmer’s market this morning with our dogs. I haven’t been in the mood to take pictures of my food this past week but this beautiful bounty inspires me. I made a large pot of Ratatouille last weekend and it was gobbled up before there were any pics taken. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making it again with all the peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and eggplant that I have here. Happy Saturday!!