My First Attempt at Meal Planning

Happy Monday! Hopefully you’re all as lucky as Nathan to have off for the holiday. I know I’m happy to have him around for an extra day!

Saturday we planned on loading up on groceries and really stocking up our fridge and pantry with some of the basics. I’d say between Sam’s Club and Berkeley Bowl, we did a pretty darn good job. I also made my very first meal plan for the week [Saturday-Friday] so we had a pretty definitive list to go by which was so helpful! In between all of the shopping, we stopped for lunch at Pyramid Alehouse.

Pyramid Brewing Co

It isn’t a brew pub trip if there isn’t a flight of beer!

After lunch, we walked around a bit to explore the area and just so happened to have walked by San Francisco Creamery Co. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I had to convince Nathan to split their smallest size of Apple Pie ice cream with me. Their sizes were described as “the size of a baseball or the size of a softball.” Holy moly that was the tastiest baseball I’ve ever had!

San Francisco Creamery Co Apple Pie

Chock full of pie crust and chunks of apple!

We finished stocking up on groceries for the day and made our way home for a relaxing rest of the day and a night in. I was excited to get started on dinner since it was the first night of my weekly menu! I had so much fun putting the menu together from all of my pins and I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.

SaturdayBaked Turkey Meatballs with leftover pesto gouda smashed potatoes & zucchini noodles

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Zucchini Noodles Pesto Gouda Smashed PotatoesThe other day I found a spicy smokey chipotle bbq sauce from Marshall’s for $1. I figured if it was terrible, it was only $1, but we both loved it! I adjusted the meatball recipe to make bbq meatballs instead of tomato sauce and this dinner was a big hit!

Sunday – Roast chicken, roasted potatoes & broccoli, & pea shoots.

Roasted Chicken Potatoes Broccoli Pea Shoots

We originally planned on doing a whole roasted chicken at home but since we were going to Sam’s Club anyway, we couldn’t pass up the $5 roast chicken. All the deliciousness and none of the work 😉 And we were so happy to find pea shoots at the store and they were stupidly easy to make and so light and tasty. We will definitely be loading up on these again!

Monday – Roasted portabello tacos with spicy mango slaw & chunky guacamole.
TuesdaySlow cooker ginger and orange glazed pot roast with roasted asparagus & potatoes.
WednesdayPretzel crusted chicken and brussels sprouts with wheat berries & dried cranberries. – Nathan isn’t a big quinoa fan and I love the extra bite that wheat berries have. I’m excited for this one!
ThursdayJamaican jerk chicken, fried plantain, & coconut fried quinoa with macadamia nuts. – He is definitely excited for this one and has been asking when I’m going to make it since I first showed him the recipe!
FridayCauliflower crust pizza. – I’ve seen so many recipes for this but have yet to try it. Friday is pizza night, right?

That’s a lot of food! I’m well aware that we might have to take a look mid-week and decide if we’re going to swap one or two recipes out for a night of leftovers, but hey, it’s only the first week of this and it’s been successful so far. I also want to make sure there are plenty of leftovers for Nathan to take to work with him for lunches and it definitely looks like he will. I’m pretty darn excited to get cooking this week!

I also have to mention how excited I am about my special delivery on Friday!

A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut ButterNot only is this peanut butter incredible, but so are the story and the girl behind the company. I’m so excited to have won a sample of it and I can’t wait to try other flavors. Thanks, Sarah!

This is going to be a good week, I can feel it 🙂

Food for Thought

What is your dessert weakness?
Are you a weekly meal-planner?

Woodberry Kitchen: A Foodie’s Paradise

Last Wednesday, I was thrilled to be able to share my fabulous dinner at our favorite restaurant; Woodberry Kitchen. We have spent Nathan’s last 3 birthdays here. It’s one of the few farm-to-table restaurants in the Baltimore area and they are serious about their ingredients.

Woodberry Kitchen relies on longstanding relationships with the growers of the Chesapeake to provide the ingredients that nourish and delight our guests. At our table, you join us in supporting sustainable agriculture that respects the abundance and traditions of the region while helping to ensure its future.*

You enter the restaurant and immediately note the unique, rustic and unique decor, and the laid back feeling from the almost hipster-like staff with their plaid shirts and black frame window glasses who could not be friendlier. We were seated upstairs with a great overlook of the open kitchen, featuring a wood fire brick oven.

Each meal starts with a box of freshly made bread. As with everything else on their menu, the types of bread change everyday.

We immediately dive right into the cocktail menu. These guys do not mess around! Only the freshest ingredients to go into their seasonal cocktails and the attention to detail is surely appreciated. The silver and copper mugs really set the drinks off.

I ordered the Blueberry Daisy.

Philadelphia gin, blueberry preserves, lemon, thyme, sparkling rose, silver cup.

Nathan enjoyed their famous Gov’t Mule.

Organic VT vodka, housemade ginger beer, ginger-lime syrup, copper mug.

Ordering starters is a must. There are too many amazingly fresh items on the menu to pass up, so we started out with the Woodberry Kitchen Caesar. Believe me when I tell you you’ve never had lettuce so fresh in your life.

Big City romaine, croutons, ‘allegheny’, oyster-chovy dressing.

Our salad was immediately followed up by the Woodberry Kitchen Butcher’s Board.

Duroc salami, pancetta, bresaola, coppa, pork cracklins; smokey baguette, pickles, mustard.

We didn’t like it at all……..

And onto the main course…

The fish at Woodberry is by far my most favorite item to order. It’s always cooked perfectly and never heavy. The Viking Village Monkfish Out of the Oven did not disappoint!

The mushroom broth was light, the vegetables were portioned perfectly, and each bite was out. of. this. world.

Nathan order the Whistle Pig Hollow Duroc Pork Loin.

Polenta, ramp greens, grilled scallions, pork pan gravy.

The pork fell apart, waiting to be scooped up with the gravy-soaked polenta and fresh greens. The sauce infused each bite perfectly leaving you wanting to practically lick the plate clean!

And no dinner at Woodberry is complete without dessert.

Despite my attempt to be a bit healthier, they only serve their cappuccinos with whole milk. As it should be. I can’t argue that!

And after one sip, I couldn’t agree more. Chef Spike Gjerde and Woodberry Kitchen will be opening a new coffee house in June called Artifact Coffee, managed by Woodberry’s own head barista, Allie Caran, and I cannot wait to try it!

A Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler featuring their homemade fresh cream ice cream. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, especially if it includes their homemade ice cream!

And of course, for the birthday boy they brought out his very own Buttermilk Peach Ice Cream topped with a shortbread cookie that melts in your mouth! (Note the hands of a patient fiance ready to dig in!)

We really could not have asked for a better meal and overall experience. I would recommend Woodberry Kitchen to anyone who lives in or is visiting the Baltimore area. Do yourself a favor!

Speak Up!

What is your all time favorite restaurant?

*From WoodberryKitchen.com