93. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: Guerriere Family Pear Salad, Sea Scallops & Sunday Gravy

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It’s Heinen’s Sunday Supper time and the Guerriere family is inviting us to their dinner table tonight by sharing photos of some of their favorite Sunday dishes. Hyla, an interior designer and Nick, a financial trader, say they always enjoy sharing Sunday meals at home with their three children.

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Photo by April Graves/Light Drawn Studios

Heinen’s Grocery gave the Guerrieres a gift card to purchase groceries for this week’s dinner, which includes fresh ingredients for dishes that bring back cherished family memories.


Pear Salad, Sea Scallops & Sunday Gravy

by Hyla Guerriere, Heinen’s Shopper, Interior Designer & Mother-of-three

At the end of the day on Sundays before the workweek begins, our family loves to gather around the table in our new Fox Point home for a healthy, hearty meal from Heinen’s Grocery.

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A salad is a family favorite for the first course and I like to keep it simple.  Tonight, I’ve prepared a pear salad with just a few key ingredients. We love how Heinen’s glazed pecans add a little crunch to every bite:

Hyla’s Pear Salad

Mixed organic greens
Blue cheese or gorgonzola 1/2 cup
1 fresh ripe pear cut into small pieces
A cup of Heinens glazed pecans ( found by the beautiful cheese display )
Fat free balsamic ( maple grove farms of Vermont )

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Growing up, my mom and dad spent years together cooking in the kitchen. One of her favorites was serving seafood at home.  Now, as a mom myself, I’ve discovered how easy and carefree seafood is to make, especially when’s it’s as fresh and healthy as the seafood found at Heinen’s!  And, for tonight, sea scallops are the star of the show.

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2 tsp olive oil
1 pound sea scallops, patted dry
Pinch salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup minced shallots
1/2 cup dry white wine
10 ounce bag baby spinach
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions (Serves 4):

Heat oil on medium-high heat in large heavy skillet.

Add scallops and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes per side.  Remove scallops and keep warm.

Add shallots and stir. Add wine to deglaze the pan, scraping bits from the bottom, then add spinach.

Cook for 2 minutes, until wilted. Add lemon juice.

Divide spinach among four plates and top with warm scallops.

* Recipe from LowFatCooking.About.com.

My husband Nick is from a large Greek and Italian family that spent many Sunday suppers around the table enjoying classic meals.

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One of Nick’s absolute favorites was traditional Italian Sunday Gravy.  When it’s on the stove, it’s impossible to keep him out of the pot ;).  Our favorite recipe was actually recommended by friend & chef Robin White.

Nick’s Favorite Sunday Gravy


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground lean beef
1 pound ground pork
2 italian sausages, casings removed
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1 to 2 cups red wine
1 cup soffritto (recipe below)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
16 to 20 tomatoes or 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes, juice included, chopped


Pour the olive oil into a 4-quart heavy pot with a lid. Over medium-high heat, brown the meats, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, and 1 cup of the red wine. After the wine has cooked into the meat, about 10 minutes, add the soffritto, and stir in the tomato paste and tomatoes.

Bring the sauce to a boil, and then lower to a quiet simmer. Partially cover, and continue cooking for 3 hours, stirring now and then. Along the way, add the remaining cup of wine if you think the sauce is too dense.

Traditional Italian Gravy

Recipe for Soffritto (Makes 1 cup)

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, minced
1 carrot, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 handful of flat-leaf parsley, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Saute the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until they begin to color and turn tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

* Recipe from TheRecipeClub.net.

And a finishing touch for tonight’s dinner is delicious Berries & Cream. When it comes to dessert, I like to keep things light.  Heinen’s produce is superior with fruit that’s oh-so sweet, especially topped with whipped cream flavored with vanilla from Madagascar!

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But, let’s face it, it is hard to resist the items made fresh daily in Heinen’s bakery.  My kids adore the mini cupcakes!

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And for the perfect accent to a delicious meal, I love the ease of a fresh floral bouquet.  Heinen’s displays tempt me every time I stop by to shop.

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As a mom who works hard to feed my family healthy foods, we were so excited when Heinen’s Grocery opened in Barrington. Nick and I both grew up in Ohio, where Heinen’s is from, so it’s a familiar name that we trust.

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Our Sunday Suppers always start with fresh ingredients and we are grateful to Heinen’s Grocery for being an endless source of inspiration that continues to fuel my passion for family cooking!


Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

Heinen's Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois
Heinen’s Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

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