Sunday: Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard and Couscous  
Monday: Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew
Tuesday: Leftovers:Lamb with Chard & Couscous
Wednesday:   Leftovers:Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers:Shrimp & Grits

Before we get to the food, let me first say that my heart goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. As a born and raised East Coaster who has experienced many hurricanes myself I am completely dumbstruck by the amount of devastation this has caused…this world of climate change is bringing a whole new class of storms along with it unless we all start changing our behaviors now. Luckily all of my people out there are safe and have their electricity back as of yesterday…I hope the same is true for all of you. If you’re not close enough to lend a helping hand in person and feeling a bit helpless like I am, please donate to one of these fantastic organizations and their specific Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I think we’re all in need of a bit of comfort…so this is a week of quick and easy hearty fall favorites. While that means no new recipes for us, I encourage you to give them a try…I’m confident at least one of them will end up in rotation as a favorite at your house too. First up, Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard. If you don’t cook with lamb often don’t worry, this preparation is pretty similar to cooking a steak so nothing too advanced going on here. If you prefer you could swap this out for another meat as well (lamb is a bit pricey) since it’s the spices and chard preparation that make this dish so unique.

The Curried Cauliflower is an amazing vegetarian dish…I found it last year when I was on a huge chickpea kick. Check out my post on all of my other favorite chickpea recipes that I found during that time, if you don’t currently love chickpeas you will after these! This would also make a great pot-luck dish to serve lots of people if you do live on the East Coast and are helping get friends in your community fed. Last, but certainly not least, is Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits. I’ve been making this dish for almost 10 years…from one of my earliest cookbooks I think. It’s super simple (you use canned artichokes) but comforting and delicious. Just what we all need at this time of year.