I had a great 2 days visiting my daughters in Dallas and I was also able to teach a class at my friend Lisa’s house for her and her lovely friends.  So fun!  I’m off to Palm Springs today to meet my husband and Mr. Picky for Modernism Preview Weekend.  It’s just a quickie in PS since I have get back to teaching classes in LA on Monday.  LA fall has finally arrived, as opposed to normal fall which is actually cool weather.  LA fall means you may need a sweater when you walk out the door in the morning or when the sun goes down, but it’s still 72 (or warmer) and sunny the rest of the day.  It’s all I need to start making soups!

Here’s your dinner planner for the week:

Monday: Cranberry bean soup, garlic toasts

Tuesday: Turkey meatballs with brown rice pasta, sautéed kale

Wednesday: Chicken and sausage cassoulet, roasted cabbage wedges

Thursday: Miso-glazed cod, steamed black rice, roasted broccoli

Friday: Slow cooker Beef and barley soup from The Kitchn

Saturday lunch: Butternut squash and chickpea stew

Sunday: Moroccan chicken with dates, raw carrot and beet salad


Here’s what you can do ahead if you need to:


Soak beans for cranberry bean soup

Soak and cook chickpeas for stew; freeze.

Wash, destem, and chop kale


Make meatballs and refrigerate until ready to bake


Marinate cod overnight

Peel and cube butternut squash


Juice lemons for Moroccan chicken

Salt chicken when you get home from the market

Grate carrots and beets or make and dress entire salad the day before

Here is a link to the rest of my dinner planners.


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