Friday, July 23, 2010

Last week of JULY? What?

No one told me July was in fast forward. How did I miss that memo? Can someone please tell me how to live in the moment, and not panic because school is literally just around the corner? Ok, if summer is going to fly by, we're gonna eat well for the ride.

Saturday: Grilled Vidalia Onion and Steak Sandwiches, corn on the cob, watermelon

If this looks familiar, it's because it was posted for last week's menu. We were supposed to have it Friday night, but I had to switch around because I didn't marinate the meat in time! Shame on the dinner diva!

Sunday: Breakfast for dinner: blueberry pancakes, farmers' market peaches, eggs

Monday: OUT. It's time.

Tuesday: Classic Italian Panini with Prosciutto and Mozzarella, carrot fries

Look for carrot fries in your grocer's freezer.

Wednesday: Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta, steamed green beans

Thursday: White Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad, crusty french bread

Friday: "Meaty" Meatless Spaghetti with Fresh Spinach, garlic bread

Saturday: Pizza Night

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's HOT!

Dear Summer,
I'm sorry if you have not received the attention to which you've become accustomed, and have felt so unnoticed that you have increased the heat to the most unbearable degree, making you impossible to ignore. I'm focused on you now, and promise to be attentive to your needs until you yield yourself to Fall. Please feel free to reduce the temperature to a livable level, perhaps something in the double-digit range, in the meantime. Thank you.
Respectfully yours,
Dinner Diva

Monday: Herb-Rubbed Ribs with Cherry Zinfandel Sauce, corn bread, fruit salad

I find the bright orange stickers, "reduced for quick sale," on the meat packages at Sam's Club simply irresistible. I confess sometimes I wake up early and go to Sam's just to see what meat is marked down. "I cost less!" "Buy me!" "Choose me, I'm a bargain!" Hence, the ribs. They were on sale, and I had leftover sauce in my freezer.

Tuesday: Cuban Black Bean Patties with Pineapple Rice

This one is new for us, and it jumps a bit outside our norm. Still, it looks tasty, and easy, and I love trying new things!

Wednesday: Pan-Grilled Salmon with Red Pepper Salsa, chili-cheese fries

I'm craving the flavors of the southwest, and Wednesdays are Farmers' Market days!

To make the fries:

Cut several (I use 1 1/2 potatoes for each person) white potatoes into french fries (sharp knife or french fry cutter if you have one). Place in large zip top bag with: 3 t. chili powder, 1 t. salt, 1 t. pepper, and 1/3 cup oil. Seal bag, shake to coat potatoes. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet, and bake at 400 for 30-45 min, or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned, stirring half way to unstick them. Sprinkle with shredded sharp cheddar and/or shredded pepper jack cheese as soon as it comes out of the oven; allow cheese to melt, then serve hot.

Thursday: Farfalle with Tomatoes, Onions, and Spinach, Olive Flatbread

This homage-to-summer recipe was found almost smack-dab in the center of the July Cooking Light magazine. The magazine has the recipe for the flatbread, but the website doesn't. So, I'll transcribe it:

Olive Flatbread
Oven to 450. Unroll 1 11oz can refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough onto a baking sheet. Combine 1 1/2 T. olive oil, 1/2 t. crushed red pepper, and 1 minced garlic clove; brush over dough. Sprinkle dough with 1/3 c. chopped kalamatta olives. Bake at 450 11 min or until browned and done. Top with 2 T. thinly sliced basil.

Friday: Grilled Vidalia Onion and Steak Sandwiches, corn on the cob, fresh watermelon wedges

Just because I'm trying to be more vegetarian doesn't mean I have to give up my steak! Give me corn and watermelon from local growers, homemade whole wheat buns, and this is the night I will look forward to all week!

Saturday: Pizza night