Memories ... and BBQ!

People, this is fun dinner week, so I'm going to dive right in:  here's what we've got for
Tuesday, January 15th!

Main Meal (choose small $32, regular $38, or large $45):
  • Booyah BBQ Stew with Chicken & Pork - spicy or mild!
  • Circa 1982 Wedge Salad with Applewood Bacon & Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Cheesy Cornbread
  • Vegetarian Version:  Booyah BBQ Stew with Beans & Veggies
  • Kids' Meal:  BBQ Pork & Buns for Sliders ($6)
  • Dessert:  M&M Brownies with Chocolate Icing ($6)
GYTTW Options:
  1. Two-Soup Dinner with Homemade Mushroom Tarragon & Chorizo Lentil Stew and yeast rolls ($25)
  2. Three Cheese Jumbo Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage or Fresh Spinach ($25, $30 Large)
  3. Crock Pot Mongolian Beef with Broccoli ($25)
  4. Pasta, Plain & Fancy:  Rotini with Basil Eggplant Marinara & Chicken or Sweet Pea Alfredo ($22, $30 Large)
  5. Friday Night Pizza Pack ($22, $30)
Optional Extras:
  • Roasted Red Pepper Dressing ($4)
  • Fresh Veggie Bag ($6)
  • Jalapeno Ranch Dressing ($4)
  • Salad Pack:  Organic Romaine, Veggies, Jalapeno Ranch & Croutons ($10)
  • Vantastic Pimento Cheese :  regular or Spicy!! ($5)
  • Camino Bakery Pumpkin Bread ($5)
  • Camino Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Bread ($6)
Sometimes people ask me how we come up with our menus and recipe ideas, and I never really can come up with a good answer.  It's always really random and organic, and just when I think I'm totally out of ideas, something will all of the sudden sound so perfect and delicious that we just know.  So it happened this week:  I happened to see a picture of a wedge salad so delicious-looking, so crispy, so blue cheesy and bacon-y, that I could taste it just looking at the picture.  And then the picture reminded me of being a kid out to dinner at a fancy restaurant with my parents.  They would always let us choose where we wanted to eat to celebrate the end of each school year, and we would always choose the same place:  Vargo's.  Vargo's was a total 70s spot:  lush carpet, low lighting, big picture windows looking out onto gardens and ponds and, much to our delight, peacocks.  It was the kind of place where you find career waiters and breath mints in the bathroom.  And on the menu, you guessed it, all the classic hits of the 70s and early 80s.  For my main course, I only ever had eyes for the fried shrimp, but the Iceberg Wedge was my favorite part of dinner.  Maybe it was just the thrill of ordering a "starter course" just like a grown-up, but I still really don't think there are many salads that can hold a candle to a good Wedge.  The combination of the crispy iceberg lettuce with the salty bacon, crunchy croutons and a great blue cheese dressing is truly a work of art.

Anyhow, seeing the picture of the Wedge salad caused this entire menu to come together like magic, and I can't wait to enjoy it!  Of course we'll start with the Iceberg Wedge.  If your kids are still on the fence about salads in general, they are likely to jump right down onto this one.  We'll serve it deconstructed, so everyone can stack it up just like you like it.

The Booyah BBQ Stew is loaded with every manner of delicious things:  great smoky meat, BBQ sauce, corn, tomatoes, beans and seasonings.  It is firmly in the category of meal rather than soup, and it's a perfect January dinner that your whole family will love.  And you can debate the origins of the name in your house and maybe even come up with your own!  You'll want to crumble in some warm Cheesy Cornbread, and probably have another piece on the side as well loaded up with butter just to keep the whole meal in balance.

Homemade Mushroom Tarragon
After Tuesday, you will likely be in Wedge Salad withdrawal like me, so you'll want to have some other goodies to look forward to for dinner the rest of the week!  Our Two-Soup Dinner features two amazing soups.  My husband has asked me to make this Mushroom Tarragon Soup every week since I made it for him once a long time ago, and I'm finally getting around to it!  It's so good - rich but still fresh and so flavorful.  The Chorizo Lentil Stew is hearty and smoky but not at all spicy (I promise!), with subtle flavors and great texture.  Served with rolls this is a perfect quick dinner on a busy night!

Our Three Cheese Jumbo Stuffed Shells are always a favorite, probably because they are a family-favorite.  Stuffed with cheeses, sausage or veggies, and nested in our Fire Roasted Marinara, they will not linger on your dinner table very long!

This week's Crock Pot Mongolian Beef is so easy and so tasty - just throw it all in, come back a few hours later, and delight your family with this yummy treat.  Who says cooking dinner is so much work?!

The Pasta, Plain & Fancy dinner this week is sort of a landmark over at my house, I have to say.  I know it may not be a college scholarship or anything, but I was so proud of the fact that one of my children actually chose the Basil Eggplant sauce over the Alfredo that I had to take a moment (I was actually just getting more wine, but I made it seem pretty dramatic).  Of course, the Alfredo was the Kids' Choice Award winner, but the Eggplant was honored to even have been in the same category.

And, of course, we have to keep the peace around here with pizza at least once a week, so I feel like making our own little Pizza flats is a good choice since it's healthy, it lets the kids experiment and have fun "making" dinner, and I don't have to deal with ordering a pizza that has 1/8 sausage, 1/3 black olives, and 2/5 pepperoni.  I mean, I'm pretty sure that doesn't even add up.

So, that's lots and lots of dinner options, and there are even some more little goodies to choose from, so please peruse away and then let us know what we can put together for you!  We're excited to be getting back into the swing of things this new year, and we'll be looking forward to seeing you on the porch,

Claire & Alex

Here are just a few things to keep in mind:
  • Email your order to and be specific!!!  
  • Size Matters!!  Now that we are offering Small, Regular and Large portions of our Main Meal, things are a little more complicated!  We only need you to specify if you want a Small or Large - if you don't specify a size, we will assume you want the Regular, $38 meal.  
  • If you do not like any particular ingredient, just let us know and we'll be happy to accommodate you.  If we can't do it, we'll let you know!
  • You will receive your confirmation & reminder on Monday night - call me asap on Tuesday morning if you do not receive that email because it means we do not have you on our list! 
  • Dinners will be delivered or be available for pick up at Sociale Gourmet on Tuesday afternoons between 2-6 pm.
  • If you are new, please send your address so we let you know if you are a pick-up or a delivery person.  
  • If you have any food allergies, please let us know!
  • If you like extras of anything like salsa, sour cream, etc, just let us know and we'll be glad to include it in your bag at no charge.
  • For any other questions, check out the Order 411 page or email me at